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Wrapping Up Cleveland

Posted by nickwagoner on November 14, 2011 – 10:39 PM

– Welcome to this week’s edition of Wrapping Up as we put the finishing touches on yesterday’s 13-12 win against the Browns.

– Not going to dive into injuries in this space because we did so ad nausea in the two main features that can be found on the front of the site. Obviously, it’s a lengthy list right now.

– As for the game itself, coach Steve Spagnuolo shed some more light on what happened on the botched field goal by Browns K Phil Dawson.

– According to Spagnuolo, his review of the film showed that DE James Hall actually got his forearm on the kick which might have helped push it wide left. The Rams sent the play to the league to be reviewed so Hall can be credited.

– Spagnuolo also said Hall and DT Gary Gibson along with special teams coach Tom McMahon noticed something in their kick block teams and a weakness to exploit the Browns. They attacked that area on the final miss.

– That gives us a great chance to tip our cap to a guy who probably doesn’t get enough credit…Hall. He’s a team captain and the ultimate in setting the right example for his young teammates. Just another great example of his leadership and why he’s so valued in the locker room.

– Spagnuolo again acknowledged the work done by LB David Nixon, who came in last week and made the big forced fumble happen on the punt return. Spagnuolo said Nixon was good in other areas too and was the team’s most productive special teams player overall.

– It won’t get noticed much but DE Robert Quinn had his best game in terms of staying assignment sound and doing the right things Sunday. Were it not for the benefit of the doubt going to All Everything LT Joe Thomas, Quinn would have had some sacks or at least drawn a flag for holding.

– Very productive day for the Rams’ three starting linebackers. That group combined for 23 tackles.

– DE Chris Long now has eight sacks in nine games. Any guesses on where he finishes? I’m thinking in the 13 range. Breakout year.

– Mentioned it last night but bears repeating: RB Steven Jackson is on pace for the best year of his career in terms of yards per carry. He’s missed three games essentially and he still sits ninth in the NFL with 707 rushing yards. In addition, he’s eighth among regular backs in yards per carry at 5.1.

– Expect to see more of WR Mark Clayton moving forward. Team wanted to be cautious with him in his first game back and he only played about nine plays against the Browns.

– QB Sam Bradford seems to be getting healthier. He should have less restrictions on his ankle this week and will likely get more reps in practice this week.

– The Rams host the Seahawks this week in another divisional game. The Rams are looking to even up their record in the NFC West as they now return home for a pair of games after hitting the road the past two weeks.

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