LA Rams News: The defense under rookie DC Brandon Staley is still improving but is already very stingy
The LA Rams are not a perfect team by any stretch of the imagination. They are a work in process, a team that is learning as they go in many respects. That’s due to the fact that the team has enlisted three new coordinators this season, all with the sole objective of innovating the team beyond their previous limits.
The team hired ST coordinator John Bonamego to work with the special teams to reverse their eroding production. The team hired OC Kevin O’Connell to shake head coach Sean McVay out of play-calling ruts. And the team hired on rookie defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to ensure that the Rams defense would be less predictable.
The hope was for the Rams defense to improve over 2019. The most optimistic hope was for the LA Rams to finish the season among the NFL’s Top-Ten defenses. So far, the LA Rams are doing a very good job at defense overall. Keep in mind that all defenses experience a ‘breaking in’ period. Whether it is miscommunication, failed responsibilities, or simply the inherent unfamiliarity between coaches and players, new defenses need to work out the bugs for much of the first season.
This should be a time where the Rams defense is flashing brilliance, not shining it. Still, they are taking everything seriously enough to get it right quickly so far. Here’s what I mean.
Of course, of the teams listed, the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Indianapolis Colts have all played just six games this year.
Staley has Rams defense cooking
The LA Rams are among the best defenses, having played an extra game and played three of the first seven games on the East Coast. This is a defense that can stymie the best receivers of the opponent’s offense. They can play the run hard and keep it under control. And when the Rams get a good lead, it’s been curtains for any quarterback trying to pass to retake the lead.
The Rams are putting up some incredible defense so far. While the team continues to tweak, they are already a dominant force in the NFL. And the team will add nose tackle A’Shawn Robinson to the active roster this week. The team expects to have safety Jordan Fuller available to play after the bye week. So the LA Rams defense is healing. While the roster will miss the play of Terrell Burgess and Travin Howard, the Rams defense will circle the wagons once more.