How good is John Fassel and his special teams group of players?
Maybe the best in the NFL, that’s how good.
They got contributions that had the Rams lost, they’d have broken a Cardinal Rule of football that if your special teams get you a score, you win a football game.
Yesterday they got a kickoff return for a touchdown from Pharoh Cooper, a blocked punt returned for another touchdown from Malcolm Brown, and two field goals from Greg Zuerlein.
That’s 20 points from a group who doesn’t have the number #1 overall draft pick in the huddle calling the play.
That’s big time.
Look, over the last two games, the Rams haven’t found the end zone offensively, with the exception of once last week, and with Gerald Everett yesterday. With the Rams offense trending down, it’s not hard to see how a good, if not great special teams unit wouldn’t soar.
Los Angeles has a remarkably accurate kicker in Greg Zuerlein who is bankable, a punter who is the best in the league in Johnny Hekker, a returner in Pharoh Cooper who broke one yesterday and likely will again, and a coach who has them not just ready, but excelling every week.
Hey, if the offense is pumping something of a dry well lately, having special teams trending up will keep you in games. And that’s what the Los Angeles Rams need right now.