St. Louis Rams running back Chris Ogbonnaya, (22), runs through Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52), during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in St Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford drops back to pass during the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in St Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
It was just one pre-season game, the first game in fact. Let me take the high road and say Steve Spagnuolo can use it as a barometer. His team isn’t ready for prime time. Not even close. The offensive line needs to come together in the next few weeks. I’d like to see them settle on the five guys they want to start and get them as many reps as possible together. Good teams, like the Vikings, can afford to use the pre-season to experiment and mix and match personnel. The Rams cannot.
I would also like to see Sam Bradford start the next preseason game. A.J. Feeley is here because he’s a veteran and should be able to deliver a solid performance if needed. But Bradford is here to be a difference maker and looks the part. If he can settle in the pocket and not run for his life, he might put up some impressive numbers as a rookie.
There were some impressive individual performances Saturday. Linebacker Larry Grant was all over the field. Chris Long was very disruptive early. I liked the way rookie defensive end George Selvie played. And as I wrote in the blog two weeks ago, Danny Amendola would and will remain the return man. Let rookie Mardy Gilyard get his feet wet at receiver. He’s got enough on his plate and Amendola is a very underrated player.
The Rams play at Cleveland this week. The Browns aren’t as good as the Vikings but they are a better team that the Rams. I hope we see a much better performance.