Vaughn: Rams run defense struggles

Vaughn: Rams run defense struggles

Vaughn: Rams run defense struggles

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by Doug Vaughn/ FootballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

(FootballSTL) -- We’ve seen this before. The Rams defense, particularly the run defense, unable to come up with a stop when they desperately needed it. After holding Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch to just 23 yards Monday night against Seattle, the Rams were gashed for 150 yards on the ground Sunday by Tennessee’s Chris Johnson. 

Johnson hadn’t had a 100 yard game yet this season. In the last four Titans games, Johnson ran for just 21,17,33 and 39 yards. But against the Rams he was nearly unstoppable. 

Rams Head Coach had warned all week about the importance of stopping Johnson.

“Well, we lost the edges,” said Fisher. “ ‘CJ’, obviously, when he gets on the edge, he goes. We edged it up all week and we emphasized it and so I haven’t looked at it, but I’m sure we had a number of guys who made mistakes.”

Rams defensive end Chris Long was clearly frustrated by the Rams inability to stop Johnson.

“Yeah, you set a benchmark and then you don’t meet it as a group – frustrating things. Guys were ready to play, guys were mentally in it and jacked up for the game. I’m not sure what happened. It blows my mind, I have no idea.”

Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis led the Rams with nine tackles. He also had a sack. But Laurinaitis was unable to corral Chris Johnson, and keep him from scoring two touchdowns and have his most productive game of the season. 

“On a couple of those drives it was stuff we inflicted upon ourselves, “ said Laurinaitis. “It’s guys knowing where they’re supposed to be and not being there. When you do that against a guy who can take it to the house on a simple play, you’ve got problems. When people run the ball against you like that, it really comes down to team defense. It’s not one person, one position group. It’s everybody contributing to the missed gaps and stuff like that.”

    

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