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No, it's not.

September 27, 2022 07:55AM
We all saw it with our own eyes for 9 straight games, 53. C’mon, man…

It’s on tape, on YouTube, and in the record books. Lol.

It's a lie. Your eyes didn't see fewer rushing yards, fewer yards
more sacks, more interceptions, fewer points.

And I saw the same scheme. No extra "aggression"
no one setting the edge better, whatever that means,

The run defense was slightly worse after Miller arrived.
Aggression? Sacks slightly went down after Miller,

I know because I took the time to watch the video. You've admitted
you don't understand the scheme. Since that is a fact
you agree to, you cannot possibly claim the things you

And since it is plain and obvious and provable . . . you are
just refusing to admit the truth.

You're the kid who proverbially covers his eyes and plugs his ears.
When someone refuses to even try to understand the scheme
they speak from ignorance. When they try to say they saw a
scheme change "with their eyes" and that is all they can
claim it's just opinion. Opinion not based in fact.

My opinion is this all stems from the egg on your face for
wanting to fire Morris so early in the season. And calling for
it all year, until the Super Bowl win.

Must be embarrassing to be so wrong so often.


"So statistically speaking, the Los Angeles Rams defense was roughly as effective in the regular season with Von Miller as they were without Von Miller."

LA Rams defense: Before and after Von Miller
Will the Rams sorely miss Miller’s presence on the edge?

By Kenneth Arthur Jul 7, 2022

Von Miller is no longer on the Los Angeles Rams, so it is not a priority anymore to talk about Von Miller. But that hasn’t stopped Rams fans from talking about Von Miller since he signed with the Buffalo Bills, a discussion that got more heated on Thursday with reports that Miller was offered a more sizeable contract from L.A. than initially believed.

Miller also reportedly would have liked to sign with the Dallas Cowboys but didn’t get the offer he wanted to make that happen.

Ultimately what matters is that the Rams did not re-sign Von Miller and they have not done much to address the position he occupied for 12 games—including playoffs—with the Rams in 2021/2022. For the time being, Terrell Lewis, Justin Hollins, and Chris Garrett would appear to be the top-three options to replace Miller as an edge rusher opposite of Leonard Floyd.

It is considered one of L.A.’s most glaring needs, but that same issue didn’t stop Les Snead from eventually acquiring Miller for two day two picks prior to 2021’s NFL trade deadline and it may not mean that the Rams won’t be fine at the position when all is said and done.

How not fine were the Rams prior to trading for Miller last season?

Games 1-8
Prior to trading for Von Miller, the Rams were led in sacks by Floyd with 6.5, followed by Aaron Donald with 5, then Sebastian Joseph-Day and Lewis tied with 3 each.

As you can see, almost no pressure came off of the edge other than Floyd, who also had nine QB hits (I believe sacks are included in those totals, however) and five tackles for a loss. Lewis had only three QB hits and he was consistently playing over 30 snaps per game, peaking with 51 snaps against the Giants in Week 6.

Lewis had one sack each against the Cardinals, Seahawks, and Giants, playing in three more games after Miller was acquired and then missing the rest of the season and playoffs.

Hollins had two sacks in Week 1 against the Bears, but then no pressures in Weeks 2 and 3 before missing the next nine games. Hollins returned in Week 14 but only registered one QB hit and zero sacks over his next nine appearances, including playoffs.

The Rams registered 25 sacks as a team from games 1-8, allowing 218/323 pass attempts (67.5%) with 2,113 yards, 9 TD, 11 INT, and an 83.2 passer rating. Teams converted 42% of their third down attempts in that span of time.

It really matters a lot who those opponents were, especially when comparing to the second half of the season. So for some more context, the quarterbacks in those games were: Andy Dalton, Carson Wentz, Tom Brady, Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson/Geno Smith, Daniel Jones, Jared Goff, and Davis Mills.

How much did things change after Von Miller’s arrival?

Games 9-17
Let’s do some refreshment...

Terrell Lewis had seven pressures and three sacks in the first eight games.
Justin Hollins had four pressures and two sacks in the eight regular season games he played in.
Leonard Floyd had 6.5 sacks and 21 pressures in the first eight games of the season.
Miller was inactive during his first official game with the Rams, but then played in roughly 75-percent of the snaps over his first four starts. In those games, Miller had zero sacks and only one QB hit, but recorded one tackle for loss in each appearance. He had five pressures in those first four games, which is more than Hollins had in the entire season and almost more than Lewis in half as much playing time.

In his final four games of the regular season, Von Miller had five sacks and nine pressures, totaling at least two pressures in each start.
So in the final eight games of the year, Miller had five sacks and 14 pressures.
If you take Lewis’s first eight games and Hollins’ eight games on the year and combine them, they had five sacks and 11 pressures. But clearly this is not just swapping oranges for oranges.

In the final eight games, Donald had 6.5 sacks playing alongside Miller, followed by five by Miller himself, three for Greg Gaines, and two each for Floyd, Troy Reeder, and A’Shawn Robinson.

The Rams registered 22 sacks in the last eight games (fewer than the first eight games without Miller) and opposing passers went 179/275 (65%) for 1,871 yards with seven touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a passer rating of 84.9. Teams converted just under 42-percent of their third down attempts.

So statistically speaking, the Los Angeles Rams defense was roughly as effective in the regular season with Von Miller as they were without Von Miller. Let me make something clear because I know how unclear it will seem after reading that sentence: Von Miller is a fantastic football player—was, is, and in some regard always will be—and he is superior to the options that the Rams will have this season.

This is in no way meant to discredit Miller’s presence on the Rams defense simply because the Rams will have to move forward without Von Miller anyway. If reports are true, then the Rams did prioritize re-signing Von Miller and when that didn’t happen, decided to allocate those funds to a different future Hall of Fame linebacker who doesn’t rush the passer.

It’s somewhat interesting that the defense, on average, didn’t suffer immensely before and after Von Miller. That doesn’t mean that by some other measurement that there wasn’t a major difference before and after.

The list of quarterbacks that the Rams faced after starting Miller: Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Rodgers, Trevor Lawrence, Murray, Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Tyler Huntley, and Garoppolo.

The LA Rams also had the opportunity to play four playoff games, giving us an extended look at Von Miller alongside Floyd and Donald.

The Rams registered 12 sacks in those games: 4 by Miller, 3.5 by Donald, 2 by Floyd, one each by Ernest Jones and Robinson, and Gaines shared in a sack with Donald.

Miller also registered 11 pressures in the playoffs, which far outpaces the seven pressures that Lewis had over 367 snaps last year.

Opposing quarterbacks went 88/152 (58%) for 888 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions in those four games, registering a QB rating of 76.8. They were Murray, Brady, Garoppolo, and Joe Burrow.

What is clear is that the Rams defense played an integral part in the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship since 1999. What is yet to be determined is how vital Miller is to a repeat of that success and whether or not Lewis, Garrett, Hollins, or someone else will be able to viably fill that role. Or how much it matters.

The only thing that really matters today is that Von Miller is not on the Rams. No matter, Von Miller was not on the Rams this time last year either.

  Morris is running Staley's Match Zone . . . Attachments

JimYoungblood53765September 26, 2022 12:16PM

  Ejiro Evero also... Attachments

JimYoungblood53221September 26, 2022 12:19PM

  Re: Morris is running Staley's Match Zone . . .

Ramsfan1971141September 26, 2022 12:49PM

  so holding them to 9 points is not good enough?

JimYoungblood53222September 26, 2022 12:55PM

  Re: so holding them to 9 points is not good enough?

george_allen98September 26, 2022 04:04PM

  Re: Morris is running Staley's Match Zone . . .

The_Zone97September 26, 2022 01:51PM

  Call it whatever you want

Ramsdude167September 26, 2022 12:54PM

  9 points

JimYoungblood53149September 26, 2022 12:57PM

  Re: 9 points

Ramsdude114September 26, 2022 01:09PM

  Morris can't win

JimYoungblood5393September 26, 2022 01:13PM

  True to a point but...

Ramsdude91September 26, 2022 01:15PM

  I don't like it, but accept it

JimYoungblood5386September 26, 2022 01:26PM

  Re: I don't like it, but accept it

Ramsdude93September 26, 2022 01:30PM

  My reason for not taking the 9pts to the bank....

JamesJM80September 26, 2022 01:34PM

  So we are attacking Morris for games yet to be played?

JimYoungblood53107September 26, 2022 01:38PM

  You should really not do that...

JamesJM164September 26, 2022 01:42PM

  I didn't say perfect.

JimYoungblood53223September 26, 2022 01:47PM

  Thank you for these.

Ram_Ruler150September 26, 2022 12:56PM

  People want the defenses they grew up watching

JimYoungblood5394September 26, 2022 01:02PM

  I remember seeing a stat

Ram_Ruler119September 26, 2022 01:03PM

  Re: Thank you for these.

Ramstien89September 27, 2022 03:51AM

  Has the league caught up with this scheme?

RamsDynasty133September 26, 2022 01:08PM

  Re: Has the league caught up with this scheme?

Ramsdude100September 26, 2022 01:12PM

  Fair question.

JimYoungblood53225September 26, 2022 01:15PM

  Re: Fair question.

3030162September 26, 2022 01:35PM

  Two different questions in play here…

Rams43135September 26, 2022 03:13PM

  Re: Two different questions in play here…

GlacieRam174September 26, 2022 03:34PM

  No difference

JimYoungblood5398September 26, 2022 03:38PM

  Re: No difference

JimYoungblood5382September 26, 2022 03:44PM

  Re: No difference

Rams43253September 27, 2022 05:25AM

  You admit you don't understand the scheme, you don't talk Xs and Os

JimYoungblood53140September 27, 2022 07:39AM

  Re: You admit you don't understand the scheme, you don't talk Xs and Os

Rams43176September 27, 2022 11:42AM

  For you it is not a choice. You lack understanding

JimYoungblood5378September 27, 2022 12:20PM

  Re: No difference

Rams4379September 27, 2022 05:19AM

  Re: No difference

Ramsdude90September 27, 2022 05:24AM

  Low hanging fruit

JimYoungblood5391September 27, 2022 07:56AM

  Re: Low hanging fruit

Ramsdude89September 27, 2022 08:21AM

  Or Oldbraindead

JimYoungblood5387September 27, 2022 08:29AM

  No, it's not. Attachments

JimYoungblood53116September 27, 2022 07:55AM

  Re: No, it's not.

Rams4374September 27, 2022 11:46AM

  You are never done Attachments

JimYoungblood53122September 27, 2022 12:14PM

  Here is an analogy

JimYoungblood5374September 27, 2022 08:19AM

  Re: Here is an analogy

Rams4381September 27, 2022 11:48AM

  To you

JimYoungblood5370September 27, 2022 12:15PM

  And if you wanted to know

JimYoungblood5398September 27, 2022 12:27PM

  Re: And if you wanted to know

Ramsdude88September 27, 2022 12:30PM

  What was different was Weddle Attachments

JimYoungblood5374September 27, 2022 01:58PM

  playing their responsibility

21Dog71September 27, 2022 03:20PM

  Agree-play better, get better results. Rams did.

JimYoungblood53161September 27, 2022 04:28PM

  Here is Weddle maybe 4 yards shallower Attachments

JimYoungblood5372September 27, 2022 02:08PM

  one more--- Attachments

JimYoungblood5381September 27, 2022 02:14PM

  Thank you 53!

Ramsdude67September 27, 2022 02:56PM

  I had to do a lot of reading

JimYoungblood53167September 27, 2022 03:20PM

  I wish Jourdan...

RamsDynasty113September 28, 2022 03:56AM

  Look where Diggs is playing--always the right corner Attachments

JimYoungblood53130September 26, 2022 03:36PM

  More Attachments

JimYoungblood5390September 26, 2022 03:49PM

  Just watch how often Dallas is "off" Attachments

JimYoungblood5398September 26, 2022 03:54PM

  And therein lies the issue

Ramsdude269September 27, 2022 04:10AM

  Swtiched it up to what?

JimYoungblood5367September 27, 2022 07:33AM

  Maybe move the DB's closer a few times?

Ramsdude101September 27, 2022 08:15AM

  That is an option . .. teams do that

JimYoungblood5391September 27, 2022 08:28AM

  Even Wink Martindale Attachments

JimYoungblood53166September 26, 2022 04:16PM

  Even Wink Martindale--another 3rd and long Attachments

JimYoungblood5381September 26, 2022 04:20PM

  Do you like Morris?

Stafford983September 26, 2022 03:45PM

  Re: Do you like Morris?

george_allen92September 26, 2022 04:05PM

  I hope you are right

Stafford974September 28, 2022 04:48AM

  Re: Morris is running Staley's Match Zone . . .

Classicalwit98September 26, 2022 03:48PM

  Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good Attachments

JimYoungblood53115September 26, 2022 04:00PM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

GlacieRam105September 26, 2022 04:06PM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

mtramfan209September 26, 2022 05:15PM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

JimYoungblood53115September 26, 2022 05:33PM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

SoCalRAMatic117September 27, 2022 03:45AM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

Ramstien87September 27, 2022 04:07AM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

Classicalwit75September 27, 2022 04:12AM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

Ramstien83September 27, 2022 04:03AM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

Classicalwit90September 27, 2022 03:40AM

  Re: Rams near the bottom in pressure--we are not good

Ramstien97September 27, 2022 04:16AM

  I guess there are some positives

Ramsdude89September 27, 2022 04:30AM

  Re: I guess there are some positives

BerendsenRam83September 28, 2022 08:49AM