A few observations from the Rams week 1 game vs. Arizona.
Rough start for Rams coaching staff
With a rookie quarterback starting his first game as a pro, Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur didn’t waste any time getting him aquatinted. In the Rams first 3 possessions, 11 plays were called, 9 pass and 2 run. The coaching staff clearly wanted to make a statement with Sam Bradford, unfortunately they failed. Of those 9 pass attempts, 1 resulted in a sack, 1 resulted in an interception, and only 1 resulted in a gain of more than 10 yards. The only statement they made was that they plan to move the ball laterally instead of vertically.
It was clear early on that Derek Anderson was not in sync with the deep routes. Time after time Anderson missed badly on deep throws forcing him to find holes underneath. It also was clear that the Rams didn’t notice since they continued to play the secondary far off the line which allowed Arizona to chip away with small yardage gains. The Rams coaching staff failed to make defensive adjustments all game. It showed me that they have little faith in their secondary.
I know it’s only been 1 game but Chris Long looks possessed on the field. The offensive line can’t afford to double team his as much since the Rams added veteran DT’s Fred Robbins and James Hall to the line.
Long treated the Arizona offensive line like a turnstile. No sacks, but he made his presence known in the pocket by consistently getting hits on Derek Anderson.
No deep balls
When Donnie Avery went out, the Rams lost their deep threat. When they traded for Mark Clayton it was thought he would play that role. Even though Clayton had 10 grabs on Sunday, he wasn’t sent down the field very often.
It’s important for a rookie QB to get in a rhythm of consecutive completions. The Rams’ play calling didn’t allow for the receivers to create any space to get open. Bradford was consistently forcing balls in underneath. That doesn’t provide enough room for error for a QB in his first start in the NFL.
The Rams need to find a way to spread the field in Week 2.
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Written by Bear Heiser
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