The most notable change in the Ram's offense this afternoon was the slow movement of the team. The trademark Ram speed with crisp patterns coupled with innovative routes was awol. Instead the offense fell into a predictable playbook with tired effort and failure to execute.
The coach squandered a superb collection of offensive players including record smashing receivers and dead accurate passer. The upfield pass patterns in the middle and exquisite timing patterns on the edges were replaced by awkwardly slow button hooks.
Today demonstrates the power of a coach in football. The defense played with intensity, blazing speed and discipline. The tackleling reminded me of Tampa Bay in the Rams playoff game, violent and correct. The defense play calling was aggressive with just the right restraint. This was an amazing coaching accomplishment.