Offensive Game Ball: Offensive Line
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Defensive Game Ball:
Going into this game, my study of the Rams offensive line led me to believe that they could have some problems handling the Cowboys defensive tackles. For the third straight game, I felt like Jason Hatcher was outstanding. For a player who I had my questions about staying consistent in this scheme, he has more than proved me wrong. Hatcher played with explosive quickness and power. He was disruptive on the move and was relentless in the way he attacked the pocket. His play did not allow Rams quarterback Sam Bradford any room to step up and make a throw. Hatcher was quick to shed blocks, and he was technique-sound the entire day. His play overall caused this Rams’ offensive scheme huge issues.
Coaches Game Ball: Rod Marinelli
The Rams were going to have trouble running the ball, which meant that defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and his troops were going to have to play the majority of the game rushing the passer. Bradford put the ball up 49 times for St. Louis with an average gain of only 3.6 yards per completion. Bradford was never comfortable in the pocket, and it started on the opening series and did not end until the final whistle. Despite playing shorthanded without