Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Scouting report: Rams' passing defense

Oct. 21, 2012
 
  • Filed Under

Here is Pete Dougherty's scouting report on the Rams' passing defense based on interviews with coaches and scouts:

The Rams rank No. 6 in the NFL in passing yards allowed and No. 5 in opponent's passer rating (72.8), and have the talent distribution that has given the Packers' passing game some problems dating to last December.

They have the rushing talent to get decent pressure with their front four, which could help them keep two safeties deep, and a physical cover corner in Cortland Finnegan.

They have two good outside rushers in Chris Long (6-3, 276) and Robert Quinn (6-4, 264). Long (four sacks) has improved steadily in his five years in the NFL, from an effort rusher to a polished player with good counter moves, and though he's not among the game's elite rushers, he's in the next group.

Quinn, a first-round pick last year, is a big-time talent with power and speed who was an underachiever in college at North Carolina. He's starting to blossom (six sacks this year) and last week induced one of the game's best left tackles, Jake Long, into committing three penalties in pass protection.

Finnegan (5-10, 188), a free-agent signee from Tennessee, is a battler and instigator who has three interceptions. The other corner, rookie Janoris Jenkins (5-10, 193), was the best natural cover man in the draft but wasn't selected until the second round because he was kicked off the team at Florida for multiple positive tests for marijuana. He's talented but takes chances and is prone to inexplicable brain lockups, such as last week against Miami, when he got caught flat-footed and staring into the backfield with no help at safety while rookie receiver Marlon Moore blew past him for an easy 29-yard touchdown catch.

About this blog

Get Green Bay Packers updates as they happen from our reporting team: (from left) Mike Vandermause, Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
575 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports