After watching the game again for the third time, I just couldn't hold back from wanting to toss a flash-bang into a coaches meeting. Seeing time and time again costly penalties stopping very productive drives directly points to coaching. Yes, the team made large strides in correcting tempo and play calling. Yet, it's as if the cowboy (forgive the pun) forgets to draw his pistol before pulling the trigger. And yes, the offense put together some nice flashes that we were all waiting for only to have a penalty or brain-farts halt everything creating sunk-holes that can stop even a transformer.
On the first drive two penalties killed the momentum that most of us thinking "Can this Ram team really pull off an upset?". And calling a timeout on 3rd down that everyone saw as a draw play only to call a draw play, WHAT! Did Spags think that McD was calling a fade, I just don't get it. You just have to wonder since the Ravens game that he is looking back over his shoulder now. Am I the only one who saw the confusion on the sidelines at times when the Rams had the ball?
Before I go into the next rant, my coaching is limited to having done a few Pop Warner teams, but! First thing I would do is switch Smith and Saffold at Tackle. Of course, each side has it's own level of task, but Smith has played both sides and Saffold would only increase his value if another direction is taken next year. Another option would be to put Smith at Tackle and Saffold at guard on the blind side and look for another Tackle (not Goldberg)on the right side. This would make Bell a reserve and since he really hasn't been on the field that much the last couple years anyways and may get a little more of the value of his contract out of him.
Next, move Cromwell out of the receiver coach and put him on the defensive side. I just don't see him making a difference. All I see is him smiling, not coaching. It's as if he's trying to learn McD's offense for his next gig. He was one of the best DBs when he played, that's his value as a coach, not that he played QB in college.
Now on to special teams, what the hell is going on here. Not even forgetting the coaches' name will explain what's going on here. Do you feel ignored because all the attention is on the offense (as it should)? Missed field goal, terrible punts, no return game, should I continue? You all should be put on notice for your jobs next year.
Ok, let's go back to the game. Sam Bradford, you have to be wondering also. You did miss on a couple throws, but the hurry-up really got you going. I'm sure having less grass stains on you uniform made your day easier other than hurting your ankle. Heal fast, cause having Feely starting will make the Raven game feel like a win. The running game is back along with a healthy Sjax and Cadillac and some decent blocking, gentlemen keep it up. Mr. Kendricks nice catch on first drive but your field presence needs a little more work, game could of been 31-3 on that no look pass, Magic Johnson your not. Hey, fewer dropped passes this week still didn't knock us out of #1, but better though.
"Paging Mr. Lloyd, paging Mr. Lloyd." Rumor has it that your a #1WR. Please, let it be so. Get 50+ catches this year wearing horns and you'll get rewarded, I'm sure. If you catch 7 out of 10 passes thrown to you this week, I will Blog to all those who want our #1 pick next year to be your replacement to SHUT-UP for the rest of the season as we have needs at other positions.
On to the good news. When a DT gets a sack who hasn't even smelt a QB all year, all I can say is GOOD JOB DEFENSE. Yeah, we gave up yds, but to limit the champs to 24 (told you the Rams wouldn't cover the spread)and nill in the second half, I'll take it! Even though the Animal Jr. deserves the game ball, it must not have been a easy choice. We still need to upgrade our DBs, but the players who were getting torched the last few games have improved their play. Even our offense outgained theirs. The fire is back on your side of the ball. And get this, we are facing Romo this week. Yes, there still is hope.