SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys sacks quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter of an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on September 18, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The Cowboys won the game in overtime 27-24. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
The Rams offensive line hasn't been great this season. Whether it's the players, coaches, or the offensive scheme, it's hard to pinpoint why they have been poor this season. However, the regression of Rodger Saffold and lack of progression from Jason Smith has to be the most concerning problem.
This week, the Rams' offensive line will have their hands full with DeMarcus Ware. Ware is easily a top five defensive player. Rodger Saffold has played against some good rushers this season, but Ware is a different beast.
This season, Ware has 7 sacks, tied for 3rd best in the NFL. The Rams will have to adjust their offense to defend Ware. It's hard for me to expect that Saffold will be able to hold his ground against Ware one on one. Now I do think he will get doubled teamed and tight ends to chip him some.
Not playing Sam Bradford might be smart, because Ware vs. the Rams offensive line could get ugly real fast. Bradford has a high ankle sprain and his offensive line hasn't done good the last couple of weeks. Unless the Rams are sure they can contain Ware, I wouldn't expect to see Bradford in the game.
I could be putting too much stock in Ware, but read this quote from Blogging The Boys:
On the outside, DeMarcus Ware ( ) was his usual destructive self. Prior to the game, Patriots left tackle Matt Light had been the top rated tackle in the league by PFF. After Ware abused the multiple Pro Bowler for two sacks, and the rest of the Cowboys front five added two QB hits and three QB pressures against him, Matt Light ( ) dropped from first to sixth among the highest rated tackles in the league.
It's easy to assume that Ware will get one sack, that's not too bad. However he get's the most attention on defense, and this will help the other players in their front seven rush the passer.
Here's a clip of Ware.