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Monday, September 22, 2008
Around the NFC West: Blaming Rams' front office


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Brian Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, having already called for a Rams coaching change, says the team lost hope against Seattle. Burwell blames management for plunging players and coaches into a situation neither deserves to face. 

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have become a national punch line. Tight end Randy McMichael said he was struggling to hold back tears of frustration.

Also from Thomas: Seattle fans booed Josh Brown mercilessly.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the Rams had no answer for the Seahawks' two-man ground game. Rookie defensive end Chris Long expressed his frustration.

Also from Coats: Running back Steven Jackson said he had a "pretty nice day" after averaging 2.9 yards per carry with a long run of 8 yards against Seattle. Jackson did have a 50-yard gain on a short pass, but if this was a "nice day" in the ground game, the Rams are worse off than any of us could have expected.

More from Coats: Seattle's ground game pounded the Rams into submission during a 15-play, 86-yard touchdown drive spanning nearly 9 minutes.

And this: A report card showing a D-minus for the secondary, the lowest grade of the day.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com expects Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom to follow through on promised changes. Gordon on Linehan: "It's over for Scott. As it turns out, nice guys really do finish last."

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the pressure is mounting on the Rams. Steven Jackson says the team hasn't been able to fix mistakes.

Todd Milles of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Rams never foresaw what awaited them this season. Receiver Dane Looker had lots of family and friends watching at Qwest Field, but he wasn't looking forward to speaking with them after another Rams blowout defeat.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Rams' coaches had no towels in the locker room, forcing them to drip dry following their showers. That was about right. Scott Linehan might be a good guy with Northwest roots, but he's sunk as Rams coach.

Steve Korte of Ramblings offers his postgame Rams report card. The offensive line and special teams received "B" grades. Korte gave D-minuses to the defensive line, linebackers and coaches.