If the St. Louis Rams who took the field for the first quarter Thursday night would have played all 60 minutes, there may have been a different outcome at the Edward Jones Dome.
The St. Louis Rams dropped to 1-3 on the 2013 season after losing to the 49ers, 35-11. A game that meant a lot to both the 49ers and the Rams fell out of reach for St. Louis after the first quarter. A crowd of 56,648 packed the Dome and played as the twelfth defender in the first quarter. San Francisco was 0-for-3 on 3rd down conversions, and only 25 yards of offense during the opening quarter.
A questionable switch on defense had former Pro-Bowler Cortland Finnegan defending Anquan Boldin. Finnegan got beat on the first touchdown of the game leaving Boldin open to leap into the end zone for the game’s first score. From then on, the 49ers continued to pour it, on resulting in a 35-11 victory and sending close to 57,000 fans home disappointed.
The frustration wasn’t solely from the fans, the Rams locker room wasn’t happy with its game play after dropping their third straight game.
“I mean its disgusting, that’s not who we are and if we keep playing like that it will be who we are,” defensive end Chris Long said. “When you give up that many yards in the run game it’s a lot of things going on, we have to fix a lot of things but we can do it”.
The blame can’t sit solely on the defense. With only 18 rushing yards, and Sam Bradford going 19-for-41 it’s hard for an offense to put points on the board. An already injured 49ers defense had many expecting more production from the Rams offense, but nothing surfaced.
“We just failed to do a lot of things that are necessary in order to be efficient on offense. I think the good news is we have 10 days, 11 days until we play again and there’s going to be ample time to get that corrected,” Bradford said. “I think the frustrating thing is the past two weeks our performance…I feel like we should be playing at a much higher level than we have”.
The run game frustrated Head Coach Jeff Fisher as well.
“Well, obviously as a football team we have a lot to work out considering what’s happened in the last five days and we’re going to have to take advantage of some opportunities here throughout the weekend and early next week and try to get these issues fixed, namely our inability to run the football,” Fisher said. “We had two less carries than they did at half time for no yards and that’s pretty much the issue we’re facing right now because everything spins off of that.
With ten days until the Rams host the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fisher and the Rams know there are things that need to be fixed. The question is, can they?