And so the first game of the Spagnuolo Era of St. Louis Rams football is a win. That's right a Rams win.
In way, this was the perfect game to usher in the new era for St. Louis Rams football. Not the most well-played game, but a scrabbly effort that got results.
Some of the big stories we saw tonight:
- The first game of the Spagnuolo Era is a win! Come on, preseason or not, it's enjoyable to see that.
- Marc Bulger and the West Coast Offense: so far, so good.
- The run blocking is solid. Four running backs had runs of 10 yards or more.
- I don't know that they get an "A" for this game, but the linebackers look much better than last year. Still have some work to do though. They missed that end around that got the Jets downfield for a FG.
- The veterans played much better than the rookies. Stating the obvious, but looking at the notes the young guys got burned for the most glaring stuff, e.g. Darby and Ogbonnaya in pass pro and Justin King. That's about what you'd expect for the first game of the preseason. That's not to say the rookies look bad.
- Maybe it's overselling two passes, but I think Keith Null is going to be exciting to watch in the preseason. Could he play his way ahead of Boller?
- The run defense is much better this year. Remember how we got gashed against the Titans to open the preseason last year?
- Um, did anyone notice Steven Jackson out there with the defense? He picked up a tackle in the 3rd quarter. Is there anything the guy can't do? Yes, pass protection.
- Randy McMichael was the only starter to get flagged for a penalty.