3 reasons Los Angeles Rams losing to New Orleans Saints Week 9 will pay off in long run
By Dan Parzych
3. Rams can no longer deny cornerback isn’t an issue
Back in the offseason, the cornerback position was one of the biggest questions surrounding the Rams on defense since they knew it was only a matter of time before Trumaine Johnson, who ended up signing with the New York Jets, would end up on a different team. Like most players in Johnson’s situation, his time in Los Angeles came to a point in which the organization knew it would be too much to keep him around financially, but at least the team seemed like they would be just fine after some key moves.
It was one thing for the Rams to acquire Marcus Peters in an unexpected trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, but the addition of Aqib Talib as well made it seem like the team upgraded at the position with a new dynamic duo. Unfortunately, Talib’s ankle injury has kept him sidelined since September, and when looking at how much Peters has struggled overall, Los Angeles could certainly use the veteran cornerback more than ever.
Rams fans have unfortunately become quite familiar with some of the struggles by Peters in recent weeks, but watching his performance on Sunday against the Saints was straight-up embarrassing, and the numbers recorded by Michael Thomas will support it. The fact that Thomas finished with12 catches for 211 yards with a touchdown shows what kind of day it was for Los Angeles on defense, and after being able to get by in previous weeks with excuses, there’s no way to deny that cornerback is an issue.