Rams make Five Changes on Defense

According to Bill Coats at Around the Horns blog on Stltoday.com, the Rams will have five new starters on defense in week 4.  I’ll quote Bill, and then give my reactions to each one.

*Cornerback Fakhir Brown, who started in Tye Hill’s place Sunday at Seattle, was released Wednesday morning. Hill was back in the lineup at practice.

*Clifton Ryan was at defensive tackle, replacing La’Roi Glover.

*Victor Adeyanju was at defensive end, in James Hall’s spot. (We don’t know yet whetherLeonard Little will be healthy enough to play this week.) Adeyanju was on the left side, with Chris Long back on the right side.

*Chris Draft was at strongside linebacker, taking over for Quinton Culberson.

First, Hill lacks confidence, but he will not get this confidence on the sidelines.  He needs to be in the lineup and he will be able to get his confidence back as he starts to play better.  Additionally, the Rams do not have any corners that are better than Hill, so it is in their best interest to help him turn it around

Second, Clifton Ryan was a breakout and suprising rookie last year, but he hasn’t seen much of the field this year.  I applaud this move as Ryan has a very high ceiling and was playing well at the end of 2007.  Glover additionally will be fresher if he is brought on to spell Ryan.

Third, Adeyanju is very good against the run and in Hall’s two plus games, he was never heard from.  It makes sense to start Adeyanju based on the Rams problems against the run so far this season.

And lastly, I am certainly a supporter of Quinton Culberson, but for now Draft will be able to play much more solid at the strong side linebacker position.  The Rams defense needs solid and consistent play, and Draft will be able to provide it better than Culberson.

Beyond these moves, the only other move I would make would be to replace Corey Chavous.  However, Chavous’s backup is Todd Johnson, who is a spectacular special teams player, but unproven in the starting strong safety role.  Lacking a good option, Chavous does not yet have to be replaced.

Also, kudos to the Rams coaching staff for making changes.  Now, let’s see how they turn out against a solid and up and coming Buffalo Bills team.


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2 Responses to “Rams make Five Changes on Defense”

  1. Lee says:

    I agree that Chavous needs to be removed from the starting lineup. His lackluster play coupled with his “veteran filibustering” is simultaneously a burden and a distraction. Who appointed this has-been the spokesman for the D?

    As a lifelong Rams fan (25+ years), I don’t mind it when they suck… but I do take offense to players who don’t try, so kudos to these moves. Hopefully we’ll see a more passionate defense come Sunday.

    Let’s just hope they ran some freakin’ tackling drills this week…

  2. Chris fan since 1971 says:

    Good changes its time to bring on thre young guys.

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