Thursday, October 4, 2012
A must-listen for Rams, Seahawks fans
By Mike Sando
Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams fans should check out former NFL assistant coach Rick Venturi's analysis of the teams' recent game on 101ESPN St. Louis.
Venturi goes over the Rams' defense and their offense.
A few quick highlights:
- The Seahawks' secondary, though strong, had no answer for Danny Amendola. Venturi: "Amendola right now is playing out of sight. Nobody really has the answer unless they load tons of people in there. (Marcus) Trufant couldn't stay with him in the nickel. Seattle was getting desperate. They brought Earl Thomas down to try to get him out. Earl has played some corner at Texas, and he shook Earl right away and got open."
- Venturi also thought Richard Sherman wasn't the same after the Rams' Chris Givens beat him deep for a 52-yard gain.
- Seattle played far too much zone coverage. Venturi: "(Pete Carroll) ought to press every single down man to man. If he were standing here, I would say it to him. Every time he plays zone defense, he gives you a chance to throw the ball.
- The Rams' offensive plan was solid except for allowing center Robert Turner to line up in a manner that lengthened already long odds against Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. Venturi: "Mebane ruined the day inside on the run."
- Venturi points to four areas allowing the Rams to win: "Superior coaching, tremendous kicking game, great corner play and Danny Amendola is a beast between the numbers."
- Rams right defensive end Robert Quinn remains a "total liability" against the run, while veteran defensive tackle Kendall Langford is also struggling to get off blocks. Chris Long and Eugene Sims played very well.
- The Rams' linebackers had their worst game of the season, in part because some of the defensive linemen had problems. Venturi: "They loaded the box and you still got 5.2 (yards per carry) because interior-wise they could not stop you. They pounded the linebackers just like they pounded the defensive line. (James) Laurinaitis had the worst game of the year because he's got guys out on him and that doesn't play to his strength. His game is to be protected inside and force the ball out and run sideline to sideline."
There's much, much more in these audio files. Figured I'd pass them along before the Rams were kicking off in Week 5.