Feldman: Vanilla Rams don’t offer very much to opponents in loss to Saints

Feldman: Vanilla Rams don’t offer very much to opponents in loss to Saints

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) gets past St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (20) on a touchdown reception in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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by Brian Feldman / FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- No team treats the preseason like they do the regular season.  Why would you?  The game, ultimately, doesn’t count.  So it’s natural to take out starters and not prepare for the opponent like you would in November.
 
But the Rams take this preseason thing to a whole new level.
 
They do absolutely no game planning, no exotic plays and no real stunts on defense unlike a lot of other teams in the NFL.  
 
Mostly, it’s see the guy in front of you and hit him.  Oh, and the plays?  They’re pretty basic.  So how hard is it to get a gauge of how well you played when you’re not really game planning?
 
“That part is difficult,” Shaun Hill said. “It really is.  But they’re not game planning us either so that’s just how it is in the first preseason game.  You just go out and read and react a little bit.  You just go back to your base rules on everything.”
 
Others put it differently.
 
“At the end of the day it’s just getting stuff on tape and seeing who can do what,” Tavon Austin said.
 
Starting with the second preseason game the Rams typically start the process of going in the direction of installing schemes that will be used on Sundays.  The 3rd preseason game is the dress rehearsal for Week 1 while the final exhibition varies from year to year.
 
But if you’re looking at the first preseason game for the Rams and trying to use the results that you saw on the field and establish what to expect from them this season, it’d be wise to change that line of thinking.  None of the players were doing anything that attacked the opponents’ weaknesses like they would normally do.
 
And the opponents weren’t doing that either.
 
First preseason games are always very vanilla.  And that makes grading this games ten times harder.
 

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