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Just wondering ...

*If anyone noticed that the Rams' run-pass ratio Sunday was actually lower in the opening possession than it was for the team's next seven possessions through the end of the third quarter?

It has been said several times that Jackson had five rushes in that first drive but only seven for the rest of the game. True. But here are the relevant numbers:

In that scoring drive to open the game, the Rams ran 13 plays, so Jackson's run accounted for 38.5 percent of the total plays. The real problem Sunday was that after that possession, the offense stagnated, and the Rams could barely make a first down. In fact, they had five first downs on that drive and only three more by the end of the third quarter.

Between the end of the scoring drive and the start of the fourth quarter, the Rams had just 25 plays. Of those plays, 11 were runs with seven from Jackson and four by Daryl Richardson. Those 11 runs were 44 percent of the total plays.

Too often, the Rams lose, and there are those that simply look at Jackson's total runs and say he didn't run enough without examining the flow of the game, looking back at specific possessions to see what really happened and taking into account the number of plays.

The reality is that by the end of the third quarter Sunday, the Rams had run an embarrassingly low 38 plays, with 16 being runs. Add in the firsdt four plays of the fourth quarter when the score was 20-7, and there were four plays and two runs by Richardson, the final one being a fumble.

After the Jets took a 27-7 lead, the Rams had just one more called run and ended the game with 22 consecutive called pass plays (Bradford ran for seven yards on one of those called passes).

*Is there anyone besides the Rams coaches that believes rookie Trumaine Johnson is a better nickel back than Bradley Fletcher?

It's true that Johnson needs time on the field to gain experience and be the player the Rams believe he can be. But to reduce Fletcher's snaps so that he is virtually a non-factor doesn't seem to make sense.

In the last three games, Fletcher's defensive snaps have gone from 53 against New England to 35 against San Francisco to a stunning one (yes, one) Sunday against the Jets.

Meanwhile, Johnson had six snaps against the Patriots, 50 against the 49ers and 19 against the Jets.

Because the Jets don't use multiple receiver packages that much, those two combined for just 20 snaps, while Cortland Finnegan played all 65 snaps and Janoris Jenkins played 57.

But one for Fletcher? Shocking. And yes, that was Johnson that got burned on a pump fake by quarterback Mark Sanchez and double move by future Hall of Famer Chaz Schilens for a 25-yard touchdown.

Coach Jeff Fisher attempted to deny Monday that Fletcher got only one snap for "performance reasons," when he said, "No. We split packages. We moved Trumaine into the nickel package where 'Fletch' had been playing and we had Fletch in three other defensive packages, but we didn't deploy them yesterday."

Sounds like semantics. Yes, Fletcher played one snap because those packages weren't used. But, obviously, Johnson moved ahead of him as the nickel back for performance reasons. Why else would that happen?

Asked point blank if Johnson is now the third cornerback, Fisher said, "Trumaine is the third corner in the nickel and 'Fletch' is the third and fourth corner in three of the other packages."

However, you slice it, that doesn't add up to many snaps for Fletcher unless the Rams are playing a prolific passing offense.

*When center Scott Wells returns to the starting lineup at center, will Rob Turner slide back to left guard? Let's hope so. Turner opened the season as the left guard, but wasn't there long when Wells suffered a foot injury in the season opener.

That resulted in Quinn Ojinnaka being re-signed. Ojinnaka started for several games until he was cut again and Shelley Smith was installed as the starter. Smith has been game, but struggled Sunday going against Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.

It was Wilkerson that caused the strip-fumble of quarterback Sam Bradford, which Bart Scott returned 38 yards to the Rams' 28-yard line. Two plays later was when Schilens toasted Johnson and the Jets had their first lead of the game. Smith barely touched Wilkerson as he blew by him to get to Bradford.

Wells was activated from reserve/injured Tuesday, and how he practices will determine whether he plays against Arizona Sunday. When he does play, and if Turner is back at left guard, the line will finally be the one that opened the season.

*Finally, will Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie be fined for what Fisher believes was a shot to the face with a forearm on a third-and-four play in the second quarter?

"Usually, that's called," Fisher said. Pettis was defenseless when the hit came and he wasn't able to hold on to Bradford's pass. It was one of four failed third-down plays in the quarter.
 

Just wondering ...

*If anyone noticed that the Rams' run-pass ratio Sunday was actually lower in the opening possession than it was for the team's next seven possessions through the end of the third quarter?

It has been said several times that Jackson had five rushes in that first drive but only seven for the rest of the game. True. But here are the relevant numbers:

In that scoring drive to open the game, the Rams ran 13 plays, so Jackson's run accounted for 38.5 percent of the total plays. The real problem Sunday was that after that possession, the offense stagnated, and the Rams could barely make a first down. In fact, they had five first downs on that drive and only three more by the end of the third quarter.

Between the end of the scoring drive and the start of the fourth quarter, the Rams had just 25 plays. Of those plays, 11 were runs with seven from Jackson and four by Daryl Richardson. Those 11 runs were 44 percent of the total plays.

Too often, the Rams lose, and there are those that simply look at Jackson's total runs and say he didn't run enough without examining the flow of the game, looking back at specific possessions to see what really happened and taking into account the number of plays.

The reality is that by the end of the third quarter Sunday, the Rams had run an embarrassingly low 38 plays, with 16 being runs. Add in the firsdt four plays of the fourth quarter when the score was 20-7, and there were four plays and two runs by Richardson, the final one being a fumble.

After the Jets took a 27-7 lead, the Rams had just one more called run and ended the game with 22 consecutive called pass plays (Bradford ran for seven yards on one of those called passes).

*Is there anyone besides the Rams coaches that believes rookie Trumaine Johnson is a better nickel back than Bradley Fletcher?

It's true that Johnson needs time on the field to gain experience and be the player the Rams believe he can be. But to reduce Fletcher's snaps so that he is virtually a non-factor doesn't seem to make sense.

In the last three games, Fletcher's defensive snaps have gone from 53 against New England to 35 against San Francisco to a stunning one (yes, one) Sunday against the Jets.

Meanwhile, Johnson had six snaps against the Patriots, 50 against the 49ers and 19 against the Jets.

Because the Jets don't use multiple receiver packages that much, those two combined for just 20 snaps, while Cortland Finnegan played all 65 snaps and Janoris Jenkins played 57.

But one for Fletcher? Shocking. And yes, that was Johnson that got burned on a pump fake by quarterback Mark Sanchez and double move by future Hall of Famer Chaz Schilens for a 25-yard touchdown.

Coach Jeff Fisher attempted to deny Monday that Fletcher got only one snap for "performance reasons," when he said, "No. We split packages. We moved Trumaine into the nickel package where 'Fletch' had been playing and we had Fletch in three other defensive packages, but we didn't deploy them yesterday."

Sounds like semantics. Yes, Fletcher played one snap because those packages weren't used. But, obviously, Johnson moved ahead of him as the nickel back for performance reasons. Why else would that happen?

Asked point blank if Johnson is now the third cornerback, Fisher said, "Trumaine is the third corner in the nickel and 'Fletch' is the third and fourth corner in three of the other packages."

However, you slice it, that doesn't add up to many snaps for Fletcher unless the Rams are playing a prolific passing offense.

*When center Scott Wells returns to the starting lineup at center, will Rob Turner slide back to left guard? Let's hope so. Turner opened the season as the left guard, but wasn't there long when Wells suffered a foot injury in the season opener.

That resulted in Quinn Ojinnaka being re-signed. Ojinnaka started for several games until he was cut again and Shelley Smith was installed as the starter. Smith has been game, but struggled Sunday going against Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.

It was Wilkerson that caused the strip-fumble of quarterback Sam Bradford, which Bart Scott returned 38 yards to the Rams' 28-yard line. Two plays later was when Schilens toasted Johnson and the Jets had their first lead of the game. Smith barely touched Wilkerson as he blew by him to get to Bradford.

Wells was activated from reserve/injured Tuesday, and how he practices will determine whether he plays against Arizona Sunday. When he does play, and if Turner is back at left guard, the line will finally be the one that opened the season.

*Finally, will Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie be fined for what Fisher believes was a shot to the face with a forearm on a third-and-four play in the second quarter?

"Usually, that's called," Fisher said. Pettis was defenseless when the hit came and he wasn't able to hold on to Bradford's pass. It was one of four failed third-down plays in the quarter.
 

Just wondering ...
 
*If anyone noticed that the Rams' run-pass ratio Sunday was actually lower in the opening possession than it was for the team's next seven possessions through the end of the third quarter?
 
It has been said several times that Jackson had five rushes in that first drive but only seven for the rest of the game. True. But here are the relevant numbers:
 
In that scoring drive to open the game, the Rams ran 13 plays, so Jackson's run accounted for 38.5 percent of the total plays. The real problem Sunday was that after that possession, the offense stagnated, and the Rams could barely make a first down. In fact, they had five first downs on that drive and only three more by the end of the third quarter.
 
Between the end of the scoring drive and the start of the fourth quarter, the Rams had just 25 plays. Of those plays, 11 were runs with seven from Jackson and four by Daryl Richardson. Those 11 runs were 44 percent of the total plays.
 
Too often, the Rams lose, and there are those that simply look at Jackson's total runs and say he didn't run enough without examining the flow of the game, looking back at specific possessions to see what really happened and taking into account the number of plays.
 
The reality is that by the end of the third quarter Sunday, the Rams had run an embarrassingly low 38 plays, with 16 being runs. Add in the firsdt four plays of the fourth quarter when the score was 20-7, and there were four plays and two runs by Richardson, the final one being a fumble.
 
After the Jets took a 27-7 lead, the Rams had just one more called run and ended the game with 22 consecutive called pass plays (Bradford ran for seven yards on one of those called passes).
 
*Is there anyone besides the Rams coaches that believes rookie Trumaine Johnson is a better nickel back than Bradley Fletcher?
 
It's true that Johnson needs time on the field to gain experience and be the player the Rams believe he can be. But to reduce Fletcher's snaps so that he is virtually a non-factor doesn't seem to make sense.
 
In the last three games, Fletcher's defensive snaps have gone from 53 against New England to 35 against San Francisco to a stunning one (yes, one) Sunday against the Jets.
 
Meanwhile, Johnson had six snaps against the Patriots, 50 against the 49ers and 19 against the Jets.
 
Because the Jets don't use multiple receiver packages that much, those two combined for just 20 snaps, while Cortland Finnegan played all 65 snaps and Janoris Jenkins played 57.
 
But one for Fletcher? Shocking. And yes, that was Johnson that got burned on a pump fake by quarterback Mark Sanchez and double move by future Hall of Famer Chaz Schilens for a 25-yard touchdown.
 
Coach Jeff Fisher attempted to deny Monday that Fletcher got only one snap for "performance reasons," when he said, "No. We split packages. We moved Trumaine into the nickel package where 'Fletch' had been playing and we had Fletch in three other defensive packages, but we didn't deploy them yesterday."
 
Sounds like semantics. Yes, Fletcher played one snap because those packages weren't used. But, obviously, Johnson moved ahead of him as the nickel back for performance reasons. Why else would that happen?
 
Asked point blank if Johnson is now the third cornerback, Fisher said, "Trumaine is the third corner in the nickel and 'Fletch' is the third and fourth corner in three of the other packages."
 
However, you slice it, that doesn't add up to many snaps for Fletcher unless the Rams are playing a prolific passing offense.
 
*When center Scott Wells returns to the starting lineup at center, will Rob Turner slide back to left guard? Let's hope so. Turner opened the season as the left guard, but wasn't there long when Wells suffered a foot injury in the season opener.
 
That resulted in Quinn Ojinnaka being re-signed. Ojinnaka started for several games until he was cut again and Shelley Smith was installed as the starter. Smith has been game, but struggled Sunday going against Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
 
It was Wilkerson that caused the strip-fumble of quarterback Sam Bradford, which Bart Scott returned 38 yards to the Rams' 28-yard line. Two plays later was when Schilens toasted Johnson and the Jets had their first lead of the game. Smith barely touched Wilkerson as he blew by him to get to Bradford.
 
Wells was activated from reserve/injured Tuesday, and how he practices will determine whether he plays against Arizona Sunday. When he does play, and if Turner is back at left guard, the line will finally be the one that opened the season.
 
*Finally, will Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie be fined for what Fisher believes was a shot to the face with a forearm on a third-and-four play in the second quarter?
 
"Usually, that's called," Fisher said. Pettis was defenseless when the hit came and he wasn't able to hold on to Bradford's pass. It was one of four failed third-down plays in the quarter.


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