Cornerbacking legend Aeneas Williams was on 101 ESPN on Tuesday afternoon, talking about the the St. Louis Rams' struggling secondary.
"Techniques have not been sound," Williams said. No, he didn't go into something about the "soft zone" from there. He talked about guessing. Specifically, the Rams' legend pointed toward a tendency among the Rams corners to forego the anticipation of what an opponent will do, and instead, guess at what an opponent will do. Sometimes it works, something you get caught by an opponent that's prepared for that.
It's film study. Williams used the example of matching up against Michael Irvin, spotting on tape Dallas' tendency to get him the ball on a five-yard hitch route. Knowing that, a player goes into the game better prepared to stop a receiver. When you guess, you get caught.
Does this sound familiar? This was the same criticism that dogged Jenkins' rookie season. Williams is seeing that among the entire position group now.
The good news is that these kinds of issues are easily fixed. Practice. Film study. Mental reps. That's how Williams fought through slumps during his career. It's also important for getting over the mental block that can sometimes make a player's struggles worse.
One thing that did not come up, but needs further discussion, is the question being asked about the safeties. Are the coaches concerned about the safeties in coverage? Is that why the corners and even the linebackers are playing back? This is something we saw last year too, but the Rams had two safeties then that lacked something in coverage.
We'll see what happens going forward. The secondary will have its hands full again this week against Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and the Cowboys.
The audio of Williams talking about the secondary is embedded below. Skip to the 3:30 mark, unless you want to hear the usual talk radio pablum about Johnny Manziel that you can hear pretty much every day, at least three times, in every media market in America.