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    RamView, 11/20/11, Game #10: Seahawks 24, Rams 7, by Mike Franke

    RamView, November 20, 2011
    From Row HH
    (Report and opinions from the game.)
    Game #10: Seahawks 24, Rams 7

    The poorly-run, poorly-manned, poorly-schemed Ram offense puts on one of its poorest performances in memory as the Rams get dominated at home by a 3-6 team. God I hate this season.

    Position by position:
    * QB: It’s hard to say Sam Bradford (20-40-181, 60.5 PR) looked anything other than awful in this game. If he’s really as bad as he was this week, we’re all screwed. He certainly made his share of poor plays. His first throw of the game was behind Brandon Lloyd and should have been intercepted. That was a theme of the Ram passing game – force the ball to Lloyd – that usually didn’t work. Bradford got nothing done with his long ball and showed sporadic inaccuracy on medium passes. However, he strung a few completions together from time to time, and he hit a wide-open Lloyd in the end zone with a pretty 30-yard pass to open the scoring. Midway thru the 3rd, the Rams are still in the game, down 10-7. But at that point, the Ram offense that had been sputtering at best suddenly stepped on the gas and ran headfirst into a tree. Problems Bradford has had all season reared their ugly heads. Poor feel in the pocket and poor ball protection led to a critical sack/fumble for Chris Clemons that led to a Seattle TD. Midway through the 4th, Bradford once again fails to throw a pass over the defensive line; Brandon Mebane tips it and Red Bryant ends up with it, another Bradford turnover that led to another Seattle score. Seattle put the game in the cooler when Bradford fumbled again late in the 4th after another sack by Clemons. Those are situations where Bradford’s got to do better and elevate the rest of the offense. But before we start calling for A.J. Feeley, (or I get accused of it) let’s make sure to step back and look at the whole picture of this game. Bradford got hurt a couple of times in the 2nd half by momentum-crushing drops. You might even say there was one on his INT. The Rams lacked any running game, certainly complicating his job. He seemed to lock onto receivers and hold the ball too long on sacks. Don’t put all of that on Bradford. There weren’t a lot of receivers breaking open. The offensive line was decimated by injury and played abysmally. Just as bad, the game plan did nothing to adjust for these issues, rarely throwing over the middle, getting away from the quick passing game, calling overcomplicated downfield pass plays on 3rd-and-shorts. Several times Bradford threw dumb-looking passes towards not-open receivers not expecting the pass because it was either that or get sacked. On the second fumble, Bradford had all of 2 Mississippis before he got hit. Tom Brady wouldn’t have succeeded in Bradford’s shoes this week, and Bradford’s not going to succeed until the Rams’ offensive coordinator recognizes he’s working for the 2011 Rams, not the 2007 Patriots.

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