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Rams first-team offense sputters in preseason opener

Justin King,  Steven Jackson AP

The St. Louis Rams squared off with the Indianapolis Colts in the preseason opener for both teams Sunday afternoon. Under the direction of quarterback Sam Bradford, the Rams’ offense sputtered, scoring no points on two possessions.

Bradford, who struggled last season battling a recurring high ankle sprain, completed 8-of-10 throws for 60 yards. We had him down for 19 snaps played in Sunday’s exhibition game. Bradford’s best throw of the preseason opener came on a 13-yard slant to receiver Austin Pettis. Otherwise, Bradford’s completions were dumpoff-type plays. He rushed his two incompletions due to pressure from the Colts’ defense.

Tailback Steven Jackson looked quick and powerful, and he’ll surely be the centerpiece of new coach Jeff Fisher’s St. Louis offense. The Rams run blocked well, allowing Jackson to compile 23 yards on five touches before giving way to rookie Isaiah Pead.

Just looking at the makeup of the Rams’ roster, it’s hard to be optimistic about their 2012 passing game. They don’t pass protect well, and their receivers are rotational types who will likely play in a committee. Fisher’s actions have indicated that he realizes the foundation of St. Louis’ offense needs to be the running attack.

Expect Jackson to be the lead dog in this offense this year.

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23 Responses to “Rams first-team offense sputters in preseason opener”
  1. bigshirk says: Aug 12, 2012 2:49 PM

    Sorry, but if I were the Rams. I would of Picked RGIII and traded Bradford for butt load of picks.

  2. skoobyfl says: Aug 12, 2012 2:50 PM

    Was anyone expecting huge action from the 2 worst teams in the league?

  3. kivory2 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:54 PM

    Yeah…. They’re bad

  4. seatownballers says: Aug 12, 2012 2:57 PM

    I’m watching the game.. And nothing looks good for the rams. Their defense is atrocious. Their oline is garbage

  5. hulkhogansays says: Aug 12, 2012 2:59 PM

    They had a golden ticket in RGIII and threw it right to the Redskins LOL. Thank you my friends in St. Louie!!!

  6. ramsnation88 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:59 PM

    And Aaron Rodgers had a horrible outing on Thursday. Why is this news? It’s week one of the preseason

  7. mattwalshvideo says: Aug 12, 2012 3:02 PM

    Enjoy the gimmick amateur Shottenheimer offense St, Louis fans.

  8. jets13 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:04 PM

    Schotty is their OC

    they will sputter all year

  9. KIR says: Aug 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    Not sure about O. Coordinator.

  10. ramdomhaus says: Aug 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    Can’t argue with that. The offense has a lot of work to do. Defense was improved, but can’t discount more of the same.

  11. realfootballfan says: Aug 12, 2012 3:18 PM

    They can strive for Fisher’s hallmark season, 8-8.

    Too bad for Bradford that they didn’t hire him a real coach because although he’s brittle, he does have some skills to work with.

  12. iced107 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:24 PM

    Too bad for Bradford that they didn’t hire him a real coach because although he’s brittle, he does have some skills to work with.

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    He’s not brittle.. did you even watch? dude took more shots than Chad johnson’s wife

  13. nyjets1017 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:15 PM

    Did anyone think they would have an all star offense with schotty calling the plays.

  14. schmitty2 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:18 PM

    About the only good I saw from the Ram’s were decent qb pressure and run defense

  15. bchapman2011 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:18 PM

    As a Dolphin fan we have our own troubles but man am I glad that we did not get Jeff Fisher. His offenses never produce.

  16. iced107 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:31 PM

    I think ya’ll are making a big deal about this though. The Rams pulled their starters early (that was a nice screen call). The defense came back out and they shut down the colts twice – he didn’t score until they started pulling players like laurinitias, quinn, long, etc.

    When Jackson was in on offense, the Rams were movin the ball. He only played 2 series and there was a noticeable drop off from the rookie.

    I feel good in the way the starters played.

  17. sooner712 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:48 PM

    It’s Vince Young fault!!!! Sorry I had to go there. The Rams defense was sad. Fisher usually have good defense. I think the Rams going to have another bad season. But the good side Fisher can wear Luck #12 jersey and feel like a winner.

  18. realitypolice says: Aug 12, 2012 5:03 PM

    A Jeff Fisher coached team lacking a dynamic offense? Hard to believe.

    lol

  19. realfootballfan says: Aug 12, 2012 5:52 PM

    iced107,

    How many games has he missed or been dinged up in during his first two seasons? I rest my case.

    And don’t give me the line about the Rams offensive line being horrible (we all know that) because nearly every franchise QB going back 30 eyars has taken just as bad if not worse a beating and didn’t get banged up so much.

    Either way it goes, it won’t matter because he has an idiot as his HC.

  20. randallflagg52 says: Aug 12, 2012 6:12 PM

    An offense led by Sam Bradford struggled?! I’m shocked.

    Seriously that guy is not very good.

  21. toonloonboon says: Aug 12, 2012 6:27 PM

    the rams have to score by going down the field 5 yards at a time. very difficult to do. they have no receivers and whenever they get going, their oline has a false start on a critical third down.

    they have a good running back, if he gets hurt, like he always does, they have nothing on offense. their d line potentially could be pretty good though. all in all, maybe they win 6 or 7, that’s the best they can hope for.

  22. couldntthinkofaname says: Aug 12, 2012 8:29 PM

    Gee, I hope them being this bad–and they are–doesn’t keep the Rams fans there (all 7 of them) from attending home games! They might break 1,000 this year….

  23. k0mbucha says: Aug 12, 2012 8:35 PM

    bchapman2011 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:18 PM

    As a Dolphin fan we have our own troubles but man am I glad that we did not get Jeff Fisher. His offenses never produce.

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    I’m not Ram’s fan nor Titans fan. But have you ever watched the Titans during the Steve McNair era, and some of the early Vince Young years? those squads were a beast.

    As Dolphins fan you guys couldn’t even hire the coach’s you wanted and Fisher was top of the list ….lol

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