2008 Year In Review. [Part One] It Got Ugly Fast!

john renshawContributor IMay 27, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 28:  Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan #95 of the St. Louis Rams looks on as his team takes on the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 28, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Rams 31-27.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

GAME 1- Marc Bulger had no time to throw and Steven Jackson had no room to run against the Eagle’s defense in Philly. St. Louis had 109 total yards through three quarters. Tory Holt had only one catch. McNabb threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and rookie DeSean Jackson had six catches for 106 yards and returned a punt 60 yards in the Eagles 38-3-win.


 GAME 2- The Giants sacked Bulger six times in a 41-13 victory over the Rams in their home opener. The Rams are now 3-for-24 on third-down conversions in their first two games. Coach Scott Linehan answered only one question after the game and then went off on how pitiful his team was .Bulger was 20-for-32 for 177 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Steven Jackson had 53 yards on 13 carries. The Rams have now been outscored 79-16 in their first two games


GAME 3- Seattle had 6 injured wide receivers and still crushed the Rams 37-13 in the Pacific Northwest. The Rams lost for the 16th time in 19 games. They have been outscored 116-29 on the year. Scott Linehan hinted at lineup changes. Rams defensive end Leonard Little was out with a hamstring injury;rookie Chris Long played left end. Starting offensive guard Jacob Bell was also out with a bad hamstring .The league's lowest-ranked offense let nobody down .Marc Bulger was 18-for-31 with 184 yards, his third consecutive game below 200 yards passing.  The defense also ranked dead last, allowed 267 yards and 27 points in the first half.


GAME 4- In a 31-14 home loss to the Bills, Rams Coach Scott Linehan benched quarterback Marc Bulger and turned back the clock in favor of 38-year-old Trent Green. Linehan had six new starters; four on defense. After ripping his head coach earlier in the week, Steven Jackson had 110 yards on 24 carries and five catches for 78 yards.  Linehan entered the game with an 11-25 record in his third year. Last week he was ordered to make immediate improvements by owner Chip Rosenbloom. Linehan let it rip. In the first half alone, the Rams a called an end-around an option pass, and went for it on fourth-and-3 from the Buffalo 42., Bulger was the only active Ram who did not play. The Rams are [0-4] heading into the bye week and have been outscored 147 – 43.