The Los Angeles Rams started the defense of their temporary LA home with a swarming defense. After a week of running a hybrid 4-2-5/4-1-6 with Alec Ogletree being the only “true” linebacker, the Rams altered course and started rookie LB Josh Forrest as a true linebacking complement:
Rams opened in a 4-3 base with LB Josh Forrest out there. Forrest listed as third string this week on depth chart. Unofficial for reals.— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) September 18, 2016
In other defensive news, CB Coty Sensabaugh, the Rams only major dollar free agent signing, was benched in favor of undrafted free agent Troy Hill. Granted, Hill had some mistakes and gave up a long pass to Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett near the end of the game, but Ogletree preserved the win with a forced fumble of RB Christine Michael.
Sadly, departed Rams CB Janoris Jenkins continues to play well for his new team, a revamped New York Giants squad that is now 2-0. E.J. Gaines, please get healthy quickly.
Most important to note, the Rams play “good football against Seattle but not against anyone else” like DE Michael Bennett has said. The Rams have won the last three contests against the NFC West powerhouse.
Every team in the NFL except the Rams has scored at least one touchdown after two weeks of the 2016-17 NFL season, and yet the Rams are 1-1 after averaging a mere 4.5 ppg. Fortunately, Jeff Fisher agrees and was adamant that touchdowns are necessary for this team to be competitive. However, it’s interesting to note that QB Case Keenum proudly told the media, “I like touchdowns but I love winning”.
Jared Goff did end up as the No. 2 QB this week to learn how to prepare and what adjustments are made during the course of a game. Goff must continue to soak up all the knowledge he can like a sponge so he can be ready for his opportunity. However, it was admittingly pleasant to see the number one overall pick to be truly “one play away”.
For this week and this opponent it seems, Fisherball prevails again.