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Jim Thomas: Rams Blow ‘Another Missed Opportunity’

Brendan Marks, Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:53:00 GMT

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Monday to give his take on the Rams’ Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

We typed up most of the notable excerpts from the segment, which you can listen to by

clicking the player below:

His take on the loss to the Steelers:

“It’s 9-3 and we’re at halftime. Then (Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger). And I thought the Rams had a real chance to win the game. Chalk it up to another missed opportunity. They really could be 3-0. They were outplayed in the Washington game, but there’s no way they should’ve lost to Washington. It looks like another slow start. Now they have to go to arguably the next two best teams in the NFC.”

On the crowd noise from the Steelers’ fans:

“You have first and goal at the seven and you have two false starts after having to go to the silent count from the crowd noise. You rarely see a team that has to go to a silent count at home.”

Why was the pass to Kenny Britt not rules a catch?

“The official rule is that they needed to complete the catch. I
don’t know what the TV showed. I could not really tell from looking at the monitors. Kenny asked me and I thought the replays were inconclusive. Anything that the referee has, they will show on TV. Then how can they overrule it? it does not guarantee a win for the Rams but they would still have time left on the clock.”

On the struggling Rams running game:

We have been waiting for this power running, ball-control running game from the Jeff Fisher Rams. They have finished 20th, 19th and 19th in rushing offense. This year they were 27th going in to this game…and they will remain there three weeks in to the season. Rams running backs have not run the ball very well. It will probably take several weeks for (rookie Todd Gurley) to get up to speed. It is not like he has gotten much practice work.”

Can you tell us about his performance?

“I did not see him enough in college to really know his subtleties of his running style. He looked very hesitant in the hole. I didn’t see him pressing the whole, hitting the hole and accelerating. They ran quite a few stretch plays against the Steelers. I don’t think those plays work against the Steelers. Their linebackers…they’re so fast, those plays don’t work. I think they would have been better off just running right at the Steelers.”


What happened last week in the run game against last week?

“I think most of us expected the offense to start a little slow. But to score only 16 points in two games? I think we expected more than that.”

Why don’t they get Chris Givens more involved in the offense?

“Especially with the deep routes, he can run. I thought maybe the best way to attack these guys would be to come out and throw the ball more often. Because their secondary is clearly the weak link of the PIttsburgh defense. I thought this might be the game they came out throwing but that clearly was not the case.”

When you are watching Brian Quick , are you seeing him at 100 percent? It seems odd that he hasn’t dressed the last two games.

“I
could buy it after the first game…But then these last two weeks, why not try the guy? How much worse can you be if you put Quick in and see what he can do with the offense. He looks good on the practice field. The shoulder looks fine. Basically you have the same offense, just with some tweeks. Is he not picking up the tweaks? I don’t think that’s the case. I know its a numbers game but I think its getting to a point of stubbornness with the coaches right now.”


On James Laurinaitis being recognized for setting the franchise record for tackles:

“They waited ’til the time out and they did it right. They had a nice video tribute. He is a classy guy. Someone to represent your city through your sports team, I don’t think you can ask for a better ambassador for football and for St.
Louis than James Laurinaitis. He cares about his craft, he cares about his teammates and cares about St. Louis.”

Jim Thomas Talks Rams’ Loss on The Morning After