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Random Ramsdom 5/15: Rewriting the defensive playbook

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Alright, some non-QB related stuff for your randomness today. How 'bout that? Let's start with a look at how Spags and Co. are reshaping the defense.

The offense isn't the only unit dramatically altering it's approach. Spagnuolo and DC Ken Flajole are instructing the defensive linemen to move upfield, rather than slide left and right along the line of scrimmage to try and nab blockers. That approach, championed under Haslett, led to the Rams defenders being out of position so often, especially on a blitz. This piece from USA Today examines the Rams new approach and points out that last year the defense allowed 71 plays of 20 yards or more. Here's DT Clifton Ryan:

You're going to see whole different wrinkles from us on defense.


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