The guys over at Pro Football Focus have compiled a list of the NFL’s best secondaries, and the Los Angeles Rams are getting some major love, as expected.
Here’s what they said about the Rams’ secondary:
3. Los Angeles Rams
Projected starting lineup:
Starting cornerback: Aqib Talib, 86.2 grade
Safety: Lamarcus Joyner, 90.3
Safety: John Johnson III, 85.9
Starting cornerback: Marcus Peters, 85.7
Nickel cornerback: Nickell Robey-Coleman, 84.9
The Rams were already one of the best pass defenses in the league in 2017 and no one arguably upgraded their secondary more this offseason. They subbed in Talib (86.2) and Peters (85.7) for Kayvon Webster (71.1) and Trumaine Johnson (74.2) at corner. Those two now team up with one of the league’s top slot corners in Robey-Coleman (84.9) to form a secondary that legitimately has no weak link.
I’d say that’s pretty much spot on, and that’s the best part of it all. The secondary truly has no weak link. If teams are going to pass the ball on the Rams’ secondary, they’re truly going to earn every single yard.
It doesn’t hurt that the Rams also boast a former pro-bowl CB in Sam Shields as the fourth CB, and an ascending player in Troy Hill as continued depth at cornerback.
It was quite a quick turnaround in the secondary for Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.