Rams Can’t Hang On, Fall to 0-6


The Breakdown

The defense made huge plays, Marc Bulger came back strong, Donnie Avery had a touchdown grab, and the Rams had the lead with less than three minutes to go in the game.  Never-the-less, the Rams found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, losing 23-20 to the Jaguars this afternoon.  The highlights:

-DE Leonard Little returned an interception 36 yards late in the fourth quarter to give the Rams a 17-13 lead.

-QB Marc Bulger found Donnie Avery on a 17 yard touchdown pass to give the Rams the lead early.  It was a great start to what was a pleasent return for Bulger.

-LB James Laurinaitis had another big game, coming up with an interception inside the Rams red zone and keeping the Rams lead intact.

-The Rams got to David Garrard three times, and forced him out of the pocket on several occasions.  Not so lucky for the Rams, Garrard was not afraid to run with the ball, picking up 31 yards on 4 attempts.

So Torry, How’d That Feel

WR Torry Holt lit up the Rams in the passing game, racking up 101 yards on 5 receptions against his former team.  Holt had stated that emotions would be running high during the game, but never did he say he would doom the Rams in such a manner.  Everytime I looked up, Torry Holt was weaving around Ram defenders and springing wide open.  Ram receivers on the other hand struggled to get much of an opening.  I will forever miss the days of Torry Holt running around in a Rams jersey, but for now I’ll have to make due with Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton, Ruvell Martin, Tim Carter, and Danny Amendola.

Pat Shurmur, the Downfall of us All

The Rams offensive coordinator has been horrendous so far this season.  On several occasions in the past we’ve all seen how teams with mediocre players can still lead a strong offensive attack with the right playcalling.  So far this year, Shurmur has not been providing that playcalling.  Numerous times this year he has played right into the defense’s hands and has been very predictable.  Start with a run or short pass, go deep, then medium pass.  If the Rams want to take a step forward on offense, its time for a change.  Shurmur needs to go.  I have absolutely no reccomendations as far as replacements, but right now we are scraping the bottom of the barrel.