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Rams vs Eagles – To Little Too Late

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In performance management, sports psychology, and dog training you know you never want to reinforce the wrong behavior. A good example in sports media is when a fan runs on the field and TV crews don’t show it. I think we need to employ the same strategy with the Rams. Today the Rams exposed us to 3 quarters of terrible football. I was so dull and depressed I wrote this

In the first half there were 2 small boys playing air hockey right under the large projection screen showing the Rams/Eagles game. They looked to be about 8 and 10. The 10 year old was quite a bit bigger that the 8 year old. Neither one looked very good at air hockey, but to look at the expressions on their faces you’d think they were world champions.   They played with exuberance; laughing, giggling, playfully teasing, and joyfully dancing. They were much more fun than watching the Rams game.

In the second half a little league baseball team took over the table. This time the table was lined with spectators. I don’t think either player was really favored as both contenders were loudly cheered onward. There was some playful jostling for table position, but mostly there was just a lot of laughter. #15 had the best run, but his reign was cut short when the pepperoni pizza was served.”

Then they (Rams) played with efficiency and bravado in the 4th quarter. I’m sitting with a bunch of Eagles fans for the whole game. They treated me like an unwanted fly on the wall. Suddenly, I’m some kind of vicious creature that eats eagles. Everyone in the room looked at me with fear. “Could this hapless, penalty riddled, weak team make the greatest comeback in the history of the NFL (I’m not kidding it would have been)? I got to tell ya, I enjoyed the moment, but we didn’t. So I don’t want to be encouraged or to have Rams fans encouraged by this near comeback. We lost again. You can’t play 3 quarters of bad football and expect to win after playing a good one at the end. So, absolutely no pats on the back for this flailing final effort. I mean it.

St Louis Rams players… shame on you. St Louis Rams coaches… double shame on you. You started the game in an embarrassing way (punt blocked for an Eagle TD). Bad. Bad St Louis Rams! No! No!!! Then you came out of the half and what did you do? On your first offensive possession you fumbled the ball and it was run back for another Eagle TD. You’re grounded. Everyone of you. I mean it. Go to your rooms. This has got to stop. What happened to the disciplined Jeff Fisher teams of the past? Bad Jeff Fisher. Bad!!!

Ok… a little about the second half.

  • First drive of the half Rams fumble and give the Eagles 7
  • With 8:31 in the 3rd QTR the Rams defense make a great stop forcing the Eagles to punt. This was a clutch stop. Another Eagles score here and the game would have been over
  • Stacy fumbles the ball which is recovered by the Eagles
  • 2 plays later Nick Foles throws a TD pass to a wide open Jeremy Maclin
  • With the third quarter ending the Rams drive the field. The drive is punctuated with a 14 TD run/explosion by Rams RB Cunningham. Cunningham was the star of the game. He had 71 all purpose yards and a TD for the day.
  • With 12:03 remaining in the 4th, QB Foles runs for a first down and coughs it up. Rams ball.
  • 9:02 and Davis is under pressure, he rolls out to his right and hits WR Britt for a 30 yard TD pass. The score is 21-34. The Rams gain hope from this thrilling play.
  • Once again the Rams defense makes an important possessional stop
  • Rams come up with another successful drive that ends in a 5 yard TD pass to WR Quick. The score is Rams 28 – Eagles 34 with 4:41 remaining in the game
  • AGAIN, the Rams defense holds. The Rams have the ball deep in their own territory.
  • The Rams make a valiant effort, but on 4th and 13 their final pass is incomplete.

Ok, the end of the game was a thriller, but Bad Rams… Bad! We are now 1-3 and next week we play the very tough (and arch enemy) SF 49ers. Valiant near victories are becoming very cheap in my eyes. Let’s master the fundamentals baby. Master the fundamentals. Go Rams!!!


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4 Responses to “Rams vs Eagles – To Little Too Late”

  1. Mike says:

    The Rams actually looked like an NFL team in the fourth quarter – partly because AD was getting better as we watched.

    You’re right – they played three quarters of mistake-ridden football, and deserved the L they got. But I actually felt better about being a Rams fan than I have all season!

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