Welcome back to reality fellow Rams fans. Seems like having the week off didn't help our cause as we stand as the only win-less NFC team. After watching the 49ers dominate and the Sea-hawks make the needed plays to win this week also hasn't helped. At least the Cardinals loss to the Vikings gives me hope that we won't go 0-8.
Now comes the big IF. IF the rams can correct the blocking, penalty, catching, assignment, injury and Brain-fart issues. Wait, that's just too much to correct in one week. Let me re-phase that, let's call it Dutch-boy the issues. A good showing this week is possible. Don't get me wrong, we will be 0-5, but going down with fight will go a long way to win back respect and fans. It's the following games that could be interesting if the steps are in the right direction. Along with the Arizona game, the Cowboy and Saint games have possibilities based on their recent play. Would 2-6 save jobs, face and fans? We'll see!
This is my first quarter grades on every player on the roster. I weighed their play, experience and intangibles. Of course, if I missed something that would alter the grade, please let me know. Since most grades wouldn't be good on a A-F scale, I decided to go pass/fail. Players listed in alphabetical order:
Danario Alexander Pass Considering his limitations don't show at times and his ability to get open he gets a passing grade. His flop on a long pass play does stick in my memory though.
Billy Bajema Fail For a blocking specialist, he hasn't been special. I do remember a critical dropped pass on him too.
Jacob Bell Pass He gets a pass on the fact his number hasn't been called on the numerous o-line penalties. Not too bad on pass blocking. Needs to be on the field though.
Sam Bradford Pass Poor Sam, it's as if he was forgotten on Christmas day. With he has to play with, his toy box brings no envy.
Jason Brown Fail His grade has to be the best we've seen from him this year. With so much experience and less responsibilities, I don't get it!
Dominque Curry Pass I saw a posting showing him cut, WHAT? This guy is one the few who has done more than asked in his ROLE.
Harvey Dahl Pass Unless I missed it, he has no personal fouls this year. Come on Harvey, that is what the doctor ordered. It might be all we have to cheer about this year.
A.J. Feely Fail Your suppose to set a example for Sam, oh wait, you were on losing teams, maybe not showing how to lose would be better.
Brandon Gibson Pass Ah Brandon, everyone expects you to be Fitz, you're not, but you haven't hurt the team as others have.
Adam Goldberg Pass This one was very hard to grade. I guess not being on the field changes the curve for you.
Michael Hoomanawanui Fail Dude, do you want bionic replacements? It's that or get parted out.
Steven Jackson Pass Son, you really must of done something bad back in the day. How you've been punished for so long should only happen to hardened Criminals. You really kicked em all where it hurts, now some of the other leaders (Where or should I say who are you?) need to kick ass too.
Lance Kendricks Fail One of two ways to go Lance. Go home and have the neighborhood boys throw you the ball and really have to work to catch it. Or just relax and know the ball is going to be there on your break and look the ball in the whole way!
Brit Miller Pass Another role player that has gotten cheers this year.
Jerious Norwood Fail Disappeared after the first game. Get better fast, you need to be on the field to keep your job.
Austin Pettis Fail If only he wasn't in the dog-house (hence his grade) earlier. Looking forward to see more from him real soon.
Quinn Porter Pass Hasn't done much, but the reward of this find is a few games away.
Roger Saffold Fail Nothing to say Roger? A flashback to last year must be like a dream now, huh?
Greg Salas Fail Nothing like making losing into losing bad.
Mike Sims-Walker Fail Make the needed catches. Garrand must have been throwing pillows to you. Sam has a real NFL arm, doesn't he?
Jason Smith Fail Some-one had a good idea, take some of that big money you're making and take Coach Spags and the rest of your fellow linemen out to dinner to talk and solve the biggest weakness on this team now!
Stephen Spach Fail Tell me, has this guy done anything at all?
Tony Wragge Pass Compared to all the bad from the o-line has done, he's been O.K. Way to step up!
C.J. Ah You Fail Your follow Sooner alum needs You to play.
James Butler Fail When will you make a play again that I'd remember?
Chris Chamberlain Pass Not bad on special teams, but what else have you done?
Craig Dahl Fail Too bad you're not 3inches taller and 20lbs heavier, you would be a decent line-backer. That td pass allowed against the Giants will never be a teaching tool, I promise.
Gary Gibson Fail Your attempts at being a disappearing act have gotten rave reviews.
Josh Gordy Pass You get a pass because I thought you were related to Barry.
James Hall Pass Pretty soon experience alone won't get you to the Quarterback.
Al Harris Pass You're welcomed to the party as long as you can stay. That doesn't make you fell better does it?
Rod Hood Pass When you play, think your Rod Perry. At least we all can hope for that.
Josh Hull Fail Josh, if the two players ahead of you are playing for a contract next year, aren't going to get one at this point. Why don't you?
Bryan Kehl Fail The coaches must see something in you. Now we need to.
Justin King Fail Do really think a pick will make us forget your terrible play, NNNOOO!!!
James Laurinatis Pass Your a true Spartan Bro. It feels like a million arrows falling, yes?
Ben Leber Fail Actually a tough call to make, should of tried to call collect.
Chris Long Pass Al Davis has took his place among the football gods now. Your dad's old boss was always reminded of the Raider hay-day when you play, keep him proud!
Quintin Mikell Pass I know you're new to the team, but you could give a large boost to this team if you stepped up now, your leadership would be a welcomed site.
Brady Poppinga Pass Some will disagree with the grade, but I'd remind them it was much worst on your side last year.
Robert Quinn Pass I'm thinking if you played any last year, that experience might have you starting this week.
Fred Robbins Pass One more for the road Fred? Your play the last few years has been more than expected, Thank You!
Darrell Scott Pass Get well soon, looks like you'll be getting some more playing time when your back.
Eugene Sims Pass Some-one tell me why he's not on the field.
Darian Stewart Pass Didn't you dream about being a starter in the NFL. Didn't expect this did you?
Jabara Williams Pass Get him on the field coach, the reward you'll get from getting him experience is bank!
Josh Brown Pass Our leading scorer, what? You can read his lips on the sidelines. "Catch the ball, hold on to the ball, ....he dropped the ball, Damn-it!
Donnie Jones Pass He's reading his contract looking for the clause for maximum punts in a year.
Jacob McQuaide Pass Read above.