After stumbling through their preseason opener at Tennessee, the Rams meet the Chargers on Saturday night at the Edward Jones Dome. After seeing his troops pummeled 34-13 by the Titans, coach Scott Linehan is placing considerable importance on the outcome. Enough so that he plans to play a significant amount with our starting unit.
I dont know what that means; when were done, were done, Linehan said. But we want to play a great game on Saturday.
Emerging victorious in St. Louis, where ticket sales are lagging, is very important, Linehan added. I dont discount the importance of any game, preseason or not. Theres not a whole lot of good that comes out of losing a game.
That said, here are a couple of unsolicited suggestions:
Since the first-team offense hasnt produced a touchdown in a preseson game since 2005, keep Marc Bulger & Co. in Saturday until they do. If it takes them until the fourth quarter, against the Chargers scrubs, so be it.
Since the Rams most recent first-round draftees, defensive tackle Adam Carriker (2007) and defensive end Chris Long (2008), had zero tackles between them vs. the Titans (according the unofficial press-box stats), same thing: keep them in the game until they start to make some plays.