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Rams-Chargers: Lack of Personnel Moves Show Commitment to Gameplan

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Here's the breakdown of the playing time from yesterday's 24-27 loss to the Chargers.

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Offense

D Joseph G 64 100.00%
R Saffold T 64 100.00%
J Barksdale T 64 100.00%
G Robinson G 64 100.00%
S Hill QB 64 100.00%
S Wells C 64 100.00%
K Britt WR 59 92.19%
T Austin WR 50 78.13%
S Bailey WR 43 67.19%
L Kendricks TE 37 57.81%
J Cook TE 37 57.81%
T Mason RB 32 50.00%
B Cunningham RB 30 46.88%
C Givens WR 14 21.88%
C Harkey TE 13 20.31%
M Person G 2 3.13%
Z Stacy RB 2 3.13%
A Bayer TE 1 1.56%

Equal work for Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks and nearly equal work for Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham. The Rams had a clear gameplan for this one. It just didn't produce much.

Defense

J Jenkins CB 63 100.00%
R McLeod FS 63 100.00%
T McDonald SS 63 100.00%
E Gaines CB 63 100.00%
A Ogletree LB 63 100.00%
J Laurinaitis LB 63 100.00%
T Johnson CB 56 88.89%
A Donald DT 48 76.19%
R Quinn DE 46 73.02%
M Brockers DT 42 66.67%
W Hayes DE 33 52.38%
E Sims DE 30 47.62%
K Langford DT 26 41.27%
E Westbrooks DE 17 26.98%
M Barron SS 13 20.63%
J Dunbar LB 4 6.35%

Jo-Lonn Dunbar is persona non grata at this point. The Rams are going heavy on nickel and flexing Mark Barron in instead of Dunbar to deal with heavy sets. Yesterday was more about scheme and gameplan than personnel, but I'm interested to see what happens if Lamarcus Joyner gets healthy before the end of the year.

Special Teams

W Herring LB 25 83.33%
D Bates LB 25 83.33%
T Watts RB 20 66.67%
C Reynolds RB 20 66.67%
M McFadden LB 20 66.67%
C Davis FS 20 66.67%
M Alexander SS 18 60.00%
B Cunningham RB 16 53.33%
A Bayer TE 16 53.33%
M Person G 10 33.33%
G Zuerlein K 10 33.33%
J Hekker P 10 33.33%
T Barnes C 10 33.33%
J McQuaide LS 10 33.33%
S Bailey WR 8 26.67%
J Jenkins CB 8 26.67%
R McLeod FS 7 23.33%
T McDonald SS 7 23.33%
D Joseph G 5 16.67%
R Saffold T 5 16.67%
J Barksdale T 5 16.67%
G Robinson G 5 16.67%
T Austin WR 5 16.67%
E Gaines CB 5 16.67%
A Donald DT 5 16.67%
R Quinn DE 5 16.67%
M Brockers DT 5 16.67%
W Hayes DE 5 16.67%
E Sims DE 5 16.67%
M Barron SS 5 16.67%
T Johnson CB 4 13.33%
L Kendricks TE 3 10.00%
C Harkey TE 2 6.67%

Benny Cunningham as a kick returner may be the surprise of the Rams' 2014 season. You could argue for Austin Davis' play early, but by season's end Benny might have the nod there.

With Oakland and Washington coming up, we'll have to see if the Rams make any substantive changes to this group.