Link Between Rams Defense and Offense

The Rams defense has been outstanding so far in 2010.  They have taken a step forward from 2009 without much change in personnel.  The young Rams defense has improved by leaps and bounds, but is not a shutdown unit yet.  They are not quite a standalone defensive force and do not have enough depth to stay on the field for most of the game.  This is why the Rams defense is helped by the improvements made by the Rams offense in 2010.

Some defenses do not need a good offense to have quality games.  The Ravens and Steelers defenses of the recent past come to mind.  Some defenses do not need a good offense to be completely terrible.  The Houston Texans defense this year comes to mind.  However, in most occasions, the offense and defense are linked.  Short drives or 3rd and outs put pressure on an own team’s defense.  Turnovers are the also the worst thing a defense can get from their offense as they have to jump quickly back on the field.

The Rams in 2010 have cut down on turnovers and have increased time of possession.  Sam Bradford has been great on 3rd down, which helps extend drives and eat up clock while the defense is getting rest on the sidelines.  This is especially important for the Rams defensive line, which has a lot of skill, but lacks depth.

The Rams defense was really bad in 2009 if you look at the numbers, but they held together for most of the game before falling apart late in every contest.  What was consistent was the Rams offense lack of points, time of possession and field position.  The Rams defense could have been serviceable in 2009 with a good offense, but they got no support and the defense was not anywhere near good enough to support the team on its own.

Two times late in the game in 2010, the opposing team was able to drive on the Rams tired defense and get a touchdown.  One time the Rams were able to get away with it against San Diego and the other time it lost the game against Tampa Bay.  In both games, the Rams offense went into a shell in the 2nd half and the defense held at first and then began to crack as the 2nd half wore on and the opposition got more desperate.

On the St. Louis Rams, as the offense goes, so goes the defense.  It is a bit of a symbiotic relationship between the two sides of the ball for the Rams.  That is why it is of the utmost importance for the Rams to have their offense put the other team to the sword whenever possible, because without the offense’s help, the defense will suffer.


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