It's been incredibly difficult to write this. On the one hand, I can completely agree with the whole, "this is a new era" spiel. It's a different, young team with an experienced coaching staff. On the other, the same lack of consistency and utter collapse is what stared right back at me while I watched the end of the game.
I guess this is the straw that broke the camels back? I'm tired of justifying losing. I'm confident that the Rams will win, but the same longing, lingering, "when?" is the question I'm left asking anyone who will listen. This was the Rams game to lose. And lo and behold, they did what they do best.
Brandon Gibson, WR
I can't say enough about how pleased I was with Gibson. After the bonehead penalty, I assumed he was simply a warm body itching to be replaced with Austin Pettis. However, Gibson brought his A game. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that he was the best player on the field when it counted. He made a spectacular catch for a touchdown and also made grabs to pick up key first downs (a direct result of YAC, I might add).
All in all, Gibson gave us glimpses of what he did for so long in preseasons' past. Except this time, it was in the regular season. Gibson has always had great potential, but he hasn't been able to translate that into success- until yesterday.
Cortland Finnegan, CB
Finnegan's interception was the most impressive to me. It was a cerebral interception, because he knew exactly what Matthew Stafford was thinking and exactly where he was going to throw the ball. The Rams have long searched for a player in the secondary who could do that, and they finally found one.
Finnegan, along with Janoris Jenkins and Bradley Fletcher played an excellent game until the total collapse by the defense in the 4th quarter. But that interception of his left me smiling for a long time after.
Rokevius Watkins, OL
Watkins was simply destroyed when he was put into the game. He looked slow and outmatched, which isn't surprising given his conditioning, experience and opponent. However, the Rams are dangerously thin on the offensive line. Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells both left with injuries and the team is unsure about when they will return.
Rok really needs to step up his game, at this point simply out of necessity.
Darryl Richardson, RB
Oh. My. Goodness. Richardson is going to be something special. There isn't any doubt that Isaiah Pead is on the outside looking in. That's a lot to say after two carries, but man, he looks good.
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