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Dickerson (and Rams) Did It the Hard Way, Robinson Says

September 25, 1985|RICH ROBERTS | Times Staff Writer

Coach John Robinson suggested Tuesday that Eric Dickerson got 150 yards and three touchdowns largely on his own efforts in the Rams' 35-24 victory at Seattle Monday night.

"I was not impressed with our blocking," Robinson said. "We had some guys that were watching Eric run.

"After watching the films I'm less impressed with how well we played than how hard we played. It wasn't a perfect game. We could have dominated more than we did."

Two factors that pleased Robinson were the performance of quarterback Dieter Brock, even though he threw three interceptions, and the way the Rams stopped the Seahawks' running attack.

Robinson called the noisy Kingdome "the most negative environment a quarterback can be in," and said that the Seahawks took advantage of that by constantly changing defenses and forcing Brock to change signals at the line.

The Seahawks rushed for only 44 yards in 15 attempts. They ran the ball only five times in the second half.

Robinson: "Our first priority is still to stop the run. Once a club gives up on running, they don't go back to it. Then all you have to do is defend the pass."

Ram Notes Eric Dickerson had his left hand X-rayed Tuesday. He injured it in Monday's game. Results of the tests weren't immediately known. . . . Dickerson's representatives, who received an offer from Ram management eight days ago, apparently will make a counter proposal on a contract extension when the sides meet again Thursday. Neither seems to be in a hurry to settle, considering that Dickerson is playing again and is under contract through 1986. . . . The most serious injury at Seattle Monday night was reserve linebacker Norwood Vann's bruised right knee. He returned to the game but will be checked further this week. Coach John Robinson said that running back Barry Redden (ankle) should be available for the Atlanta game at Anaheim Sunday, but that guard Dennis Harrah (thigh) and receiver Ron Brown (pancreatitis) are doubtful. . . . The last time the Rams started 3-0 was in 1978 when they won their first seven games under Ray Malavasi. . . . The Rams returned home from Monday night road victories the last two seasons and lost badly to teams on their way to the Super Bowl, to the Redskins, 42-20, in '83, and to the 49ers, 33-0, last season. . . . Ram radio broadcaster Bob Starr, recovering from a mild heart attack, is due to return for the game against Minnesota Oct. 6.

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