Rams Insider: Observations from Rams Preseason Loss to Packers
By KMOV Web Producer
Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell hands the football off to Johnathan Franklin in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford runs the football in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers in their pre season game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Rams head football coach Jeff Fisher watches the action against the Green Bay Packers during their pre season game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hands the football off in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams in their pre season game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(FootballSTL) -- The good news is that the Rams first string defense kept the Green Bay Packers out of the end-zone. The bad news is that the Rams first team offense could not get into the end-zone themselves.
Most of the Rams defensive starters played for almost a quarter and half. For the second straight game, the Rams defense was on their heels on the very first drive. Despite giving up chunks of yardage throughout the first half, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense still settled for Mason Crosby field goals. While Tight End Jemichael Finley shredded the middle of the defense with 78 receiving yards, the Rams defense was also plagued by poor tackling. “I’m disappointed with our tackling, “ said linebacker James Laurinaitis. “ We didn’t play our best defense.”
On offense, Isaiah Pead got a good look from the Rams coaching staff, after starting at running back and playing in the 2nd half. Pead picked up 11 yards on his first carry from scrimmage. Pead had 11 carries for 22 yards on the night. Daryl Richardson came off the bench to make a nice 24 yard catch after he was isolated on a linebacker.
Sam Bradford and the offense did manage to pull off a couple of big plays. A 57 yard bomb to Chris Givens, and a 37 yard catch and run by Tight End Jared Cook highlighted the Rams offensive night. Rookie Tavon Austin had 4 catches for 27 yards, after not touching the ball in Cleveland last week. Austin was targeted 7 times. Bradford, who lost a fumble in the red zone, talked about the offense. “ A little shaky, but I think we played pretty well for the most part”. Bradford, who 8 of 12 for 155 yards, added “We moved the ball, we’ve just got to find a way to put some points up on the board.”
The Rams fall to 0-2 on the preseason, and hit the road for Denver next Saturday.