Can Seahawks WR DK Metcalf name any LA Rams defensive backs yet?

After sleighting the LA Rams secondary in a pre-game interview, Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf suffered an attitude adjustments at the hands of the Rams no-name secondary.
Los Angeles Rams DK Metcalf, Michael Hoecht
Los Angeles Rams DK Metcalf, Michael Hoecht / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

If it works, it works. Right now, the LA Rams' young defensive secondary has to feel a bit vindicated. Before the 2023 NFL season, the young defensive backs impressed nobody. Well, even that feels like an overstatement. Pro Football Focus projected the LA Rams as the worst secondary in the NFL with no apologies or hesitation.

Projectioning is just a longer and fancier term for guessing. After Week 1, that is all that it was. The LA Rams allowed just 95 net passing yards (4th best) against the lauded Seattle Seahawks passing attack. The same 'worst secondary,' held Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith to a completion rate of just 61.5 percent (10th best secondary rating).

For context, the Seattle Seahawks passing offense was the 12th best in the NFL last season, averaging 231.4 yards per game (12th ranked), and completing 69.6 percent of their passes (Top ranked) in 2022. And their passing game was touted as being far better this season with the addition of rookie WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Do you know them now, DK?

One of the motivating events that almost certainly made it to the LA Rams bulletin board was the response of Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf when asked what he thought of the LA Rams secondary before their Week 1 matchup. Metcalf's response was steeped in hubris:

"To be honest with you, I cant name one player in that (LA Rams) secondary."

Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf

At least one Rams defensive back, second-year Rams safety Quentin Lake, remembered that statement and made it a point to ridicule it on social media.

It was clear that statement played a role in the game. Despite his bravado, Metcalf caught three of five passes thrown his way for 47 yards and the lone Seahawks score. That certainly was not the feast on the football field that he expected to consume at the expense of the worst secondary in the NFL.

Frustrations boiled over late in the game when he took a cheap shot at blocking Rams defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon in the back far away from the play. No flag was thrown on this play.

We'll address how the LA Rams conducted themselves as a result of this play in the next article. Suffice it to say that the Rams did respond with a fury that likely had the Seahawks own bench getting riled up at Metcalf.

The LA Rams showed grit in Week 1, and that is something that every LA Rams fan loves to see. We have a day to break down this LA Rams glorious victory before turning our attention to Week 2 and the NFC West Division nemesis, the San Francisco 49ers.

Stay tuned, we have plenty to discuss today, Victory Monda