The Bolts defense proved too tough for us and we can’t seem to keep it rolling. We started out like a runaway train and then the brakes were applied by the Bolts defense. Rivers shined with a 116 passer rating against us.
Tough night. Hit and miss again. We ran the ball well at times and then couldn’t. The pass rush off the edges didn’t get blocked a few times and Orton paid the price. He’s a tough guy. Growing pains showed and inconsistency prevailed all over the field. I couldn’t stop watching because I just knew they would snap out of it and get rolling, but that’s the homer in me I guess.
What did you guys see? It was just a plain tough night in San Diego to me.
Have to add a side note from last week. Go back and check out the last few posts because it was late in the week and you probably missed Bay go into his reasoning for his current jersey selection……..it was toooooo funny.
Okay, my buddy Cory lives in St. Louis and he sent me the following as his scouting report, so I told him I would make him famous with a very tough, intelligent PRO-Broncos blog-o-sphere crowd.
This weekend’s game between the Denver Broncos and the St.Louis Rams is highlighted by a rematch of the coordinators from Super Bowl XLII. Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels was the Offensive Coordinator for the record setting 2007 New England Patriots. And Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnulo was the Defensive Coordinator of the 2007 New York Giants.
Offensively the Rams run a West Coast Offense that looks a lot like the Bill Walsh West Coast System the 49ers utilized in the 1980′s. A lot of 3 and 5 step drops and a lot of short throws to RB’s and TE’s. There is no deep threat for the Rams so most defenses play safeties no further than 8-10 yards from the line of scrimmage. The Rams weakness on offense is their WR corps. They have no real #1 or #2. Danny Amendola is the teams leading WR and he plays out of the slot. Their WR corps may be the worst in the NFL. They have two or three guys that wouldn’t even be able to make most of the other teams in the NFL. These guys are easy to jam at the line of scrimmage and do not get separation from DB’s. QB Sam Bradford is likely going to win this year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He makes very little mistakes. He just set an NFL record for rookies for most consecutive pass attempts without an INT. The Rams offensive line is one of the highest paid in the NFL and one of the most underachieving. Rookie Left Tackle Rodger Saffold (2nd Round Pick out of Indiana) is arguably their best lineman. Very good feet, plays with good leverage, and has the best hands of any lineman I have seen since Jake Long came out in 2008. Their interior O-Line is their weakness. OLG Jacob Bell has been one of the biggest free agent busts of the past 10 years for the Rams. ORG Adam Goldberg is 6’7 and is not very mobile and get’s pushed into the backfield a lot. The Rams best offensive player is RB Steven Jackson who is 4th in the NFC in rushing. Jackson is also a threat out of the backfield as a receiver with 30 receptions. Jackson’s weakness is, for a big back (6’2 240), he dances a lot and is not a good pass blocker.
Defensively the Rams have made great strides after being one of the worst defenses in the NFL for the past 6 seasons. The Rams give up a lot of yards but not a lot of points. They are 8th in the NFL in points allowed at 19.8. The Rams implore a 4-3 scheme that is very similar to the Jim Johnson Philadelphia Eagles defenses from the past decade. It all starts up front for the Rams on the defensive line. The Rams D-Lineman do so many things during any given game. A lot of stunts and zone blitzes. Chris Long is the team’s starting DLE and is the son of Hall-of-Famer and former Oakland Raider D-Lineman Howie Long. Chris had a slow start to his career after being the #2 overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2008. Long played a lot of OLB and 5-technique DE in college at Virginia, where the Cavaliers played a 3-4 defensive scheme. So it has taken a while for Long to learn how to play in a 4-3. He played DRE his first two seasons before moving to DLE this season, where he is having his best season to date. Playing OLB at Virginia has helped Long drop back in the Zone Blitzing as he is their most effective player doing so. Long and opposite starting DE James Hall have combined for 13 sacks so far this season. The Rams are 6th in sacks in the NFL this season with 28. The Rams do like to blitz. Especially up the A and B gap. At LB the Rams are very thin and not very talented. Their best player on defense is their MLB James Laurinitis. If that name sounds familiar for wrestling fans it should. He is the son of former Professional Wrestler “Animal” of the legendary tag team The Legion of Doom (or Road Warriors). The Rams LB’s are weak in pass coverage and the middle of the field can be attacked. At CB the Rams like to be physical with receivers at the line of scrimmage then play a lot of zone cover 2 and cover 3. FS O.J. Atogwe is among the league leaders in INT and forced turnovers since 2006. But Atogwe is a liability against the run and is easily fooled against the play action.
Here is the bottom line. The Rams went 6-42 from 2007-2009. They are 4-6 in 2010 and one game behind Seattle in the NFC West. The Rams did not draft well from 2000-2007 and had a lot of free agent busts. So depth is an issue at nearly every position. Especially WR, D-Line, and CB. The Rams are 0-4 on the road this season and 1-11 on the road under Steve Spagnulo. They have given up 4th quarter leads in three of their four road games thus far. Mostly due to the front line D-Lineman wearing out late in the game and their backups just are not very talented.
Definite W for the Broncos…I added that. )