Friday’s Official We Love Mike Sando Post

For all of you that do not know, Mike Sando is running the NFC West blog over at ESPN.com and doing an absolutely amazing job covering all four teams.  Mike travels every week to a different NFC West game and covers all the teams at great depth.  Today, he reports on the Rams offense and defense.

Here is his Rams defense coverage From his tape study he comes to the conclusion that the Rams cornerbacks have improved their play since the first four weeks.  They have been much more aggressive in coverage (Randy Moss excepted) and have had some success jumping routes (as witnessed by Fakhir Brown’s dropped INT in the endzone).  He also notes that Leonard Little makes the defensive line better by drawing double-teams that give Chris Long a one on one assignment.  Mike is completely right and the best part is that when Little is left one on one with a lineman, he is able to pressure the quarterback every time.  See the below post for an injury update on Leonard Little for Week 9.

He also covers the Rams offense and formations.  He agrees with me that Marc Bulger is falling on his heels and throwing the ball too quickly in the face of the rush.  In his best game in 2008, Bulger stepped into his throws regardless of whether or not he was getting pressure in his face.  I disagree on Antonio Pittman slightly as I think he is a good backup running back and does have a great burst, but he too often goes down at first contact at the line.  Once he gets to the second level, he is very dangerous.

You can check out Mike’s work at the NFC West blog here.  We need to get him more Rams questions so he does not have to answer the same Niners and Seahawks questions all the time!


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