WWGD? The St. Louis Rams Edition

It is Week Seven of the NFL season, so here is the latest installment of What Will Garrett Do(WWGD)? This Week we will be Looking at the St Louis Rams, and one of the worst defenses in the League. But before we Start breaking down the Defense, here is the back story on this series:

In this Series of posts I am going to look at the Defenses that Dallas will be facing this year. I will give a Scouting report on each, then based off that I will try to set out what I think the Game plan that I think Garrett will employ. This will be based off my "Air Garrett" posts (Version 1,Version 2) where I set out this statement:

That is what I think "Air Garret" is all about. Attacking the Defense at it's weakest point. Study the opponents carefully. Find out where they are lacking defensively. I bet you will see alot of plays designed to target that area.

So on Sunday, October 23nd, 2011, The Cowboys(2-3) will be at home in Cowboys Stadium for the St Louis Rams(0-5) . Now with Felix and Nagy hurt, there are some questions that arise. However Demarco Murray looked pretty good in relief of Felix, and we might get Derrick Dockery back. So I doubt that there will be any significant changes. So lets Look at the St Louis Rams Defense....

Wow...I thought the Patroits Defense was Bad....the Rams basically are as bad if not Worse statistically. 30th in points @ 27.4 per game, 15th in passing yards @ 240.0 per game, and 32nd in rushing @ 163.0 per game... Just Wow. Now as we saw from the New England game, the stats can be misleading....So lets look at the past 5 games shall we?

Performance vs. Rams
and avg. Team performance
Points Passing Rushing
Week 1
vs Rams 31 32 14 43.8% 187 4.8 32 236 7.4
Average/game 24 36 22 61% 271 7.7 30.0 170 5.7
Week 2
vs Rams 28 30 19 63.3% 228 6.2 38 119 3.1
Average/game 25.7 32.7 20.8 63.8% 278 9.1 27.5 90 3.3
Week 3
vs Rams 37 48 27 56.3% 389 7.7 26 168 6.5
Average/game 29.6 34.6 17.8 51.4% 245 7.7 28 121.6 4.2
Week 4
vs Rams 17 29 15 51.7% 143 4.9 40 196 4.9
Average/game 19.2 36 20 55.6% 232 6.9 27.4 109.8 4.0
Week 5
vs Rams 24 28 17 60.7% 321 6.4 25 125 5.0
Average/game 32.8 34.8 24.3 69.9% 325 9.7 26.2 98.5



So what do we see from this? Well the Rams Defense as been horribly inconsistent this year.

Week one they let the Eagles run roughshod on them (32-236-7.4).

The Giants get only 3.1 per attempt but Then Eli Manning looks like Aaron Rodgers on them(9.1 ypa).

When the Ravens play them they again allow 6.5 yards per rush, and allow Flacco to maintain his average ypa.

The Redskins have their way with their Secondary, to the tune of 6.9 ypa.  

They play the Packers, They have decent success holding the Packers Passing game in check(6.4) yet again, the PAckers just run rampant on them(5.0).

So basically the Rams cannot stop the run if you have a good Passing game, nor can they stop the Passing game if you have a good Running Game. So lets look at a the players on the Defense for the Rams.

Right Defensive End James Hall Eugene Sims Robert Quinn
Left Outside Linebacker Ben Leber Chris Chamberlain Jabara Williams
Left Defensive End Chris Long Eugene Sims
Right Outside Linebacker Brady Poppinga Bryan Kehl
Free Safety Quintin Mikell James Butler Jermale Hines
Right Inside Linebacker
Left Cornerback Justin King Tim Atchison
Strong Safety Craig Dahl Darian Stewart
Right Cornerback Bradley Fletcher Al Harris
Nose Tackle
Left Defensive Tackle Fred Robbins Darell Scott
Middle Linebacker James Laurinaitis Josh Hull
Right Defensive Tackle Justin Bannan Gary Gibson

Well Their Top three Tacklers are here

James Laurinaitis 39 28 11 0.0 0
Justin King 28 25 3 1.0 1
Quintin Mikell 28 25 3 1.0 1
Craig Dahl 25 22 3 0.0 0
Bradley Fletcher 23 22 1 0.0 0

So Three of the Top 5 Tacklers on the Defense are in the Secondary With King, Dahl and Fletcher.....that is never a good thing....

Chris Long 10 9 1 3.0 0

That is their Top Defensive player in terms of Sacks....and he only has 3...In fact as a team St Louis only has 9 sacks Total on the year....definitely not fact St Louis doesn't have a single player other than Long with more than 1 sack. 

So lets Look in a little more detail at Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, and Justin King, arguably the three best players on the Defense in each Area.

Chris Long:

Height: 6030
Weight: 272
40 Yrd Dash: 4.75
20 Yrd Dash: 2.70
10 Yrd Dash: 1.53
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 34
Broad Jump: 10'04"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.21
3-Cone Drill: 7.02
No bench/thumb

Dates: 03/18/08 
Height: 6030
Weight: 272
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

James Laurinaitis:

Height: 6017
Weight: 244
40 Yrd Dash: 4.76
20 Yrd Dash: 2.75
10 Yrd Dash: 1.59
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
Vertical Jump: 33
Broad Jump: 09'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.24
3-Cone Drill: 6.93

Dates: 03/13/09 
Height: 6017
Weight: 244
40 Yrd Dash: 4.72
20 Yrd Dash: 2.72
10 Yrd Dash: 1.59
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.18
3-Cone Drill: 6.81

Justin King:

Height: 5107
Weight: 192
40 Yrd Dash: 4.31
20 Yrd Dash: 2.46
10 Yrd Dash: 1.40
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 14
Vertical Jump: 34
Broad Jump: 10'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.31
3-Cone Drill: 7.14

Dates: 03/18/08 
Height: 5107
Weight: 192
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 37 1/2
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.34
3-Cone Drill: 6.91

So by Looking that these we can say that Long is Basically a quicker Anthony Spencer, Laurinaitis is Sean Lee, and King is Orlando Scandrick. So now that we have some Knowledge of Of the Rams Defense, What will Garrett do? Well here is how I see it. Run the Ball. Most will say that we need to pass it, but The Rams are a decent Passing Defense, However they sacrifice their run Defense to accomplish this. I would take a Cue out of Andy Reid's playbook. Send Miles, Dez and Witten on Deep routes, then drop it off to Murray/ Choice/Tanner.  Especially Murray. If Felix was healthy, then him and Murray would have a Field day against this Defense. However Murray could have a "breakout game" this week To that end here is My "funky Formation" for the Week:

That's right no "funk" this week. Just Line up in and destroy the Rams.....

As Always I welcome any Comments and Criticisms, especially from any Rams Fans that come over....

Go Cowboys!

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