NFL Nation: silver linings

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams brass met late into the night to discuss Scott Linehan's fate. Also, running back Steven Jackson reacts angrily when offensive coordinator Al Saunders offers words of encouragement.

Also from Thomas: Rookie receiver Donnie Avery takes part in a little trickery. Meanwhile, benched quarterback Marc Bulger keeps his distance.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wants to believe change is coming for the Rams, but nothing will surprise him.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch works late into the night monitoring Scott Linehan's job status. There was nothing new as of midnight approached, but it's a fluid situation.

Also from Miklasz: Linehan leaves with his head up.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat offers up a report card from the Rams' latest defeat. Steven Jackson gets a B. Coaching gets a D-plus.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also issues a report card following the Rams' 31-14 home defeat to Buffalo in Week 4. Steven Jackson and the running backs top out with a B-plus. The coaching gets a C-minus.

Also from Coats: Trent Green adds life to the Rams' offense early.

More from Coats: Cornerback Tye Hill suffers an injury, forcing the Rams to scramble.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says Linehan's future with the Rams appears bleak.

Note: I'll be on a plane for 5-plus hours Monday. We'll have analysis here when possible. My plane is scheduled to land around 2 p.m. ET.

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