Target practice on NFC West corners

September, 11, 2008
9/11/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Defensive Back
TeamTargetedBurnedYardsTD
Tye HillSTL981541
Corey ChavousSTL531311
Kelly JenningsSEA641271
Ronde BarberTB541231
Fakhir BrownSTL731161

Re-watching the Rams-Eagles game last night brought into focus the Rams' problems in the secondary. The chart, which shows the most yards given up by NFL defenders in Week 1, lists three Rams and one Seahawk among the top five.

Tye Hill seemed to be in position on one of the Eagles' big completions early, but DeSean Jackson made the play. Seattle's Kelly Jennings had a hard time with the Bills' Lee Evans.

These breakdowns, tracked by Stats LLC., can be subjective. Only the Rams know for sure which of their players were responsible for certain aspects of specific coverages. Sometimes a cornerback gives up a big play after a safety fails to help in coverage. That could have been the case with some of these plays. But a careful review can generally tell us which players failed in coverage most of the time.

How to read the chart: "Targeted" shows how many times each player had passes thrown to the players he was covering. "Burned" shows how many of these passes were completed. "Yards" shows how many yards these passes gained. "TD" shows how many produced touchdowns.

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