Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips did a great job in flipping his charges around and getting them going in the right direction after two terrible games against the Washington Redskins and the still winless San Francisco 49ers.
After halftime in Dallas, the ship looks to be righted and headed back to the top of NFL defenses.
Yesterday, and especially after rookie running back and Rookie Of The Year candidate Leonard Fournette broke of a 75 yard touchdown with the first play from scrimmage on Sunday for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Rams looked a bit shaky.
Fournette will do that to the best of NFL defenses.
But this isn’t the same unit who looked absolutely disastrous tackling and pass defending against the Redskins and the 49ers. As defensive tackle Aaron Donald gets back into form after a preseason holdout, the Rams defense improves.
Are they where they would typically be? Likely no, but Phillips has them playing better, and the last two weeks have shown that.
After Fournette’s monster run from scrimmage to open the Jags scoring, LA held Fournette to 55 yards, and Jacksonville to 10 points for the balance of the game.
The Rams on defense is trending up, and that bodes well for LA.