Of course, the LA Rams have been a bit of a disappointment so far this season in several regards. But let’s not overdramatize the situation, the concerns about this team right now start with the team’s record: Winning and losing. If the team was winning, there would be no reason to have many discussions about the strategy that the team used.
But the team is not winning. Rather, the team is plummeting in the NFL rankings thanks to a three-game losing streak that has ripped the team from the discussions of winning the NFC West, and if the streak continues, will rip the team from the ranks of the NFL Playoffs.
One of the most noticeable tendencies of the team is to place Darious Williams, Taylor Rapp, Donte Deayon, Jordan Fuller, and Taylor Rapp in the secondary, play about 7-10 yards off the line of scrimmage and keep everything in front of them. The problem is that plays right into the opposing offense’s strategy, as the past three teams have deployed an uptempo passing game to negate the Rams pass rush.
Time to counter punch
Of course, the LA Rams can counter that offensive strategy by mixing in elements of press-man coverage early in the game to throw off the offensive timing. But to do that, the team will need to play more physical defensive backs. Players like Terrell Burgess and Robert Rochell offer more in the way of pure pass defense and can offer a bit more physicality to the secondary that has not mustered much impact in recent weeks.
The good news is that those players have been working late, getting extra reps, and could see greater roles on the defense in Week 13.
The Rams have to get better in several areas and develop those players to get them there. Young defensive backs like Terrell Burgess or Robert Rochell will be crucial for the team to and through the postseason, but sitting them on the bench will not help the Rams improve.
To be better later, the Rams must allow younger players to gain experience now. Hopefully, they will do well and earn a chance to face the Arizona Cardinals the following week. After all, the team has lost their last three games. It’s time to change some things up, isn’t it?