Panic Button: Rams shuffle defense
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
- Clifton Ryan replaced La'Roi Glover at defensive tackle.
- Chris Draft replaced Quinton Culberson at strongside linebacker.
- Victor Adeyanju worked ahead of James Hall at defensive end.
Adeyanju is the Rams' best defensive lineman against the run. The Rams just allowed 245 yards rushing to Seattle in Week 3. Adeyanju's starting status in practice (at left end) might mean nothing if Leonard Little returns from a hamstring injury.
Culberson had started one NFL game before this season. Draft is a highly experienced veteran. He should also be relatively fresh.
Glover seemed perplexed by the Rams' use of a three-man line at times against Seattle. He has been a very good player for a very long time, but sometimes veterans have a hard time following along blindly when things aren't working. Glover has long been known for his relentless, all-out style. Ryan is also known as a high-effort player.
These moves, justified or not, definitely qualify as hitting the panic button. That's what teams do when they allow 763 more yards than they gain through three weeks.