The line's run blocking was atrocious for most games. There were very few good performances overall. They were also very inconsistent pass blocking as well. As a team, the Rams only eclipsed 100 total rushing yards in a game nine times. The Rams only had 7 runs that went for 20 or more yards in 2014, as opposed to 11 in 2013. The team kept their total interceptions down to 11 last season and finished with only 16 total turnovers. This season the Rams had 16 interceptions alone, and 22 total turnovers. Of those 16 interceptions, 10 Came with the quarterback under pressure. As a whole, the Rams only averaged 4.1 ypc. The line also allowed 47 sacks which is by far the most since that scary 2011 season. The best player here was no one.
Overall Grade - D
At quarterback Shaun Hill proved to be as advertised; nothing more than a journeyman back-up. He is without question a very solid back-up. But a solid starter? Not so much. He was re-installed as the starter because he supposedly would do a better job taking care of the football than Austin Davis. When the dust settled he did just that finishing with eight turnovers in 8 starts, to Davis' 12 turnovers in the same amount of starts. Davis finished the season besting Hill in QB rating, yards, touchdowns, and touchdown to interception ratio. Davis had a touchdown percentage of 4.2, to Hill's 3.5. Hill also showed horrible deep ball accuracy and arm strength. By my count, he missed a wide open Kenny Britt for deep touchdowns - all of which could have been 50 yards or more - 6 times. We're talking corner badly beat, walk in, easy touchdowns. All but one was under thrown badly. But when reviewing the games there was one glaring difference, Hill was much more composed when blitzed. Seven of Davis' turnovers came when heavily blitzed, and three had a check down open. In conclusion I would have to put the blame on inexperience. Overall, Austin Davis was the better player.
Positional Grade - C-
The running back position really suffered from poor blocking. This is a talented and deep group. They really flourished when given the opportunity. Benny Cunningham really added a nice dimension to his game this season with his receiving and pass blocking. He is really developing into a complete back. Zac Stacy in my opinion did not do anything to get benched. Like the others he was a victim to poor run blocking, bad play calling, and a good first half of the schedule. Playing from behind will never allow a running back to get in a groove. Not to mention the Rams rotation made zero sense the first eight games of the season. Tre Mason eventually proved to be what he was believed to be from the second the Rams drafted him the third round; the most explosive back on the roster. He displayed some great lateral agility, toughness, tackle breaking, vision and patience. Throw in another great find in Trey Watts and the Rams might have the deepest backfield in football. Watts has a future, and it does not only consist of special teams. He is a great option out the backfield and a really hard guy to tackle. He's very shifty with great burst, though his top end sped is suspect. This was an easy one, the best player here was Tre Mason.
Overall Grade - A-
Overall Grade - B+
Overall Grade - B
Offensive Grade C+
*****I made a few changes. The overall QB grade is now a C- in stead of a C, and the overall offense grade is now a C+ instead of a B-. These were my initial grades when writing but I thought that I might be being a little hard on the QB's considering the circumstances, not mention personal, biased feelings, of disappointment. But after further review, I have reached the conclusion the initial grades were indeed fair.*****