Thousand Oaks — Seemed a disastrous start for Raheem Morris as Rams’ defense coordinator.
Instead, it became the moment of early signing for the defense of Morris and 2021 Rams.
Chicago, who ran back to David Montgomery in his second play from Scrimmage in the season opener against Bears on Sunday, took a handoff from quarterback Andy Dalton and was well-blocked defensive linebackers Aaron Donald and Sebastian. Cut to the right between Joseph Day and jumped out of outsidelinebacker Leonard Floyd’s arm and five trackers who evaded for a long time. Only the desperate speed of linebacker Kenny Young, who pushed Montgomery out of bounds, prevented the touchdown. The run went to the 41-yard and 12-yard lines.
As a bystander at SoFi Stadium, Morris didn’t get angry or pause to understand what had happened.
He calmly told the coaching headset. “Let’s increase sales.”
Cool, after three plays, the Rams defense got it.
Cornerback David Long intercepted Young’s chipped Dalton Pass in the end zone, placing the ball in the hands of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, leading LA to a 34-14 victory. It was one of the takeaways and blockbusters in the first half of. ..
“I thrive in adversity,” Morris spoke during a practice session on Thursday, talking about the Bears’ 41-yard run. “When that happened, I thought,’OK, let’s go make a sale.’ That was the first idea that came to my mind. And not for cheeky or arrogant things. You just have to find a way to calm people.
“If you get caught up in the feeling of being upset, the next thing you’ll notice is 7-0, which is a problem.”
Rams (1-0) tried to improve his defensive performance as he was preparing to play Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
They kept the Bears down to two touchdowns, but Rams gave up 108 yards and rushed to Montgomery himself, putting a total of 134 yards on the ground.
Sean McVay blamed the tackle for failure and acknowledged that keeping starters out of pre-season matches could lead to early-season rust.
“I think we’ll see improvements between the first and second weeks, but that’s definitely an urgent need to deal with,” McVay said.
It’s especially urgent because Colts has a powerful running game led by Jonathan Taylor (1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie last season).
“I don’t know what’s going on there,” said Donald, who was unavoidable for the lack of tackles. “I was slipping the play out of my hand. So I’ve been working on the grip all week and I’m sure everything works. I changed my gloves. They aren’t running away anymore. ”
For Morris, the problem with Run’s 41-yard gut punch was not the blown tackle, but the failure of Lineman to compete for the block and the poor positioning of the secondary.
“(Cornerback) Darious Williams should have been on the left, (Safety Jordan) Fuller on the inside, and at most a 41-yard run should have been 7 yards,” Morris said.
However, a temporary retreat may have helped the 45-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and Atlanta Falcons interim coach hired last winter after defense coordinator Brandon Staley became the Chargers coach. not. Last season’s NFL points and yards.
Part of that identity is the importance of “drama that makes a difference,” such as takeaway. The bad moments of the first minute of the season opener set Rams to be one of those plays. And they made more.
Outside linebacker Justin Hollins forced Young’s recovered Daton’s fumble in a quarter try by Bears, while cornerback Jalen Ramsey went down another quarter to Allen. I knocked out the pass from Robinson.
It’s encouraging to know that the gentle voice of the headset expects to find a solution when Rams’ defense inevitably hits a problem during the season.
Morris certainly had no panic last Sunday.
As he said, “I didn’t think of my legacy as a defensive coordinator for second play.”
Defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph Day (knee), the only ram injured in the Bears victory, was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice after sitting Wednesday.
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