Los Angeles Rams: 3 grades for their Week 10 win against the Seahawks
As consistently good as the Los Angeles Rams offense has been, is how consistently poor the LA defense has devolved. Despite all the high profile acquisitions in the offseason, Week 10 against the Seahawks was another afternoon of underachieving. Forget the name “talent” and notice the trends of a unit who can give up bunches of points as quickly as the offense can score them.
Most disturbing is the newest of wrinkles. As if being bad against the run and the pass weren’t enough, the Rams defense looked undisciplined and out of control, including 2017 Defensive Player Of The Year Aaron Donald who lacked any sort of personal accountability at games end.
Hey look. I know all the fanboys out there love them some AD on the loose, but it’s one of those ill-conceived episodes that could lead to disaster if the league were to suspend him or worse, it led to an untimely injury.
Unfortunately, it’s a good example of where this Rams defense is. It’s unusual that 10 games in, fans would see type of digression under a McVay coached team. Discipline and a lack of ego has been a hallmark of his team two years into his career in Los Angeles. What fans saw on Sunday was one group of 11 players working in unison to win a football game, and another group of 11 doing a lot to undermine that effort.
The Rams need Donald to get it together and lead a defense increasingly leaderless and off the grid. With so much at stake in a year they can win a Super Bowl, it’s the actions of AD that sanctions further undisciplined play.
Aaron Donald and the Rams defense-D minus