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Rams 2012 Week 3 Players of the Game (And More)

Rams 2012 Week 3 Players of the Game

 

DEFENSE

James Laurinaitis – 11 solo tackles against the Bears.  This ties the NFL’s best solo sack numbers for week 3.  This was an outstanding job.  Of course Laurinaitis wouldn’t have had to make so many tackles if the D-line did its job.  Two sacks against a normal O-line wouldn’t really be that bad, but this is something the Rams should have game planned for.  Their O-line is currently just like ours: injured and underperforming.  On a day when Jay Cutler has a QB rating of 58.9, we had to do more.  The Bears defense did.  Their 4th quarter pick-6 (complements of Major Wright) won them the game.  That’s what good teams do… even when they play poorly they find a way to win.

OFFENSE

There is almost no one on the offense who deserves this reward.  How about Sam Bradford?  He got sacked 6 times and hit another 9 times.  I have a lot of sympathy for the man getting hit so many times, but I’d have to tell him, “TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT”.  There are times when I go to work and I have to face the same nagging problem every day (in Sam’s case it’s no O-line).  After a week or 2 of frustration I put together a plan.  I analyze the data, I look at the processes involves, and I implement changes.  I automate manual activities and I repair broken processes.  “Sam, news alert… your offensive line is not getting any better any time fast.”  How about insisting on changing the plays that are being sent in?  Have you heard of the word ‘audible’?  We all love to hate Jay Cutler but when he saw his O-line performing like crap he called them out.  “SAM… where are you man?”  The Rams are paying you $40-$50 million dollars and you’re playing like someone else is responsible.  You are the leader my friend.  Try something different.  Go to the practice field and work on your footwork.  Start running the ball!  How about going to the gym with RG3?  I hear he benches 375.  And frankly I’m tired of hearing about the greatness of other team’s players.  “Sam, instead of hitting the turf when the other team pressures you, how about pulling a Roethlisberger?  Push that bad boy to the side.  Make a play out of nothing.  Get a skull tattoo and show some toughness.

Steven Jackson…  dude… you are about to be replaced my friend.   I’ll say it again.  “Dude, you are about to be replaced.”  11 carries for 29 yards?  Wait, don’t talk about SJ like that.  He has rushed for 1,000 yards for something like 8 years in a row.  So what@!  With a 16 game schedule you only need to average 65 yards per game to reach 1,000 yards for the season.  SJ could have 8 great yardage games in a year and score 1 TD in 7 of them.  Under that scenario (which is not too far from reality) he can take the other 8 games off and still get 1,000 yards.  If we continue to praise him for these kinds of numbers we will never have a winning season.  After 3 games in the 2012 season he has scored zero TDs.  Ok, it is definitely not all his fault.  You got me… that’s a given, but he is our #1 star, man of  the hour, pro bowler, joe positive, multi-million dollar salaried running back.  Last year he had a grand total of 5 TDs (plus 1 receiving).  The year before?   He had 6.  The year before that?  4  SJ, stop with the interviews, the charities (until the off season), promotions and acting classes.  Stop being so positive and score a TD please.

Ok, so in keeping with the low standard of performance we are accustomed to here in St Louis, I will name the Rams offensive player of game as Greg Zuerlein.  Why give Greg this prestigious award?  Because he did his job.  He was asked to make 2 field goals and he made 2 field goals.  Gentleman, every team struggles.  Every team has injuries.  Heck the Packers are 1-2 so far this season.  The Packers!  But do you think they are bent and determined to change?  Do you think they will make the playoffs this year (yep, probably)?  Again, not a fair comparison, but I sincerely believe that when a few players step up and refuse to lose others will follow and elevate their play.  We have the talent.  We have the right athletes in the right places, but none of them other than Laurinaitis (and maybe Cortland Finnegan) have taken on the responsibility of playing with pride and excellence.

Next week the Rams play the Seahawks here at the Edward Jones Dome.  The Seahawks are coming off an exciting and controversial win against the Packers.  They are pumped up.  But I don’t want to hear about them.  I want to hear good news from Rams camp.  I want to hear they’re preparing for Seattle as if it was a must win playoff game.  I want the Rams to refuse to give into mediocrity.  I don’t care about the replacement officials or if Bill Belichick gets a big fine for grabbing a ref (the ref completely deserved it btw), I care about the Rams winning.

(Coach Fisher is getting a pass in this article.  I can’t stop thinking about the ‘Fisher Staches’ from week 2 and I’m still crackin’ up.  But if things don’t start turning around, you’ll hear from me coach.)  Go Rams!!!


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One Response to “Rams 2012 Week 3 Players of the Game (And More)”

  1. Trae Davis says:

    I love it I love it! Yes I dont understand why the Rams dont take more shots down the field. 5yrds her and 3yrds there wont get points on the scoreboard. Yes we have talent and need to use the like it should be. Please get on Fisher for me and all the other Ram fans thats feed up with this nice QB and conservative offense.
    Trae Davis Memphis, Tn.

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