Summary of Dane Looker on Sirius NFL Radio
Dane Looker on Sirius NFL Radio...
-Looker says the Rams would like to throw the football like they did last night every game, but it all starts with how well Steven Jackson can run the ball. If he runs the ball like he did last night, they'll be able to throw better as well.
-He says it's nice for the offensive lineman to come out and run block more than they have in the past. The opposing defensive lineman would put their ears back and go full speed at the QB, so Jackson running the ball benefits everyone.
-Looker thinks that Martz is impressed with Steven and knows what kind of ability he has. Martz loves to throw the ball, but in the past they also had Marshall who was a great combo as runner/receiver, whereas he views Jackson as more of a horse. If Jackson is running the ball the way he can, Martz will be reluctant to go away from him.
-Dane says Marc takes his fair share of shots and being such a fast passing team sometimes D-lineman come hard to the QB. Dane thinks play action will work much better and Jackson's ability to run the ball will take pressure off of Marc on the play action, allowing him to hit Torry and Isaac.
-The Ram routes are deeper down the field, according to Looker, especially their in/dig route which I believe he said was 15-20 yards downfield. But the Rams are a speed cut team that needs to get down the field and out of breaks fast. They're a timing offense, so when Marc throws the ball the receiver is expected to be there.
-The O-line play thus far has been "great." They've had problems with injuries, had Barron come in late, started Terrell as LG for a bit, and have moved some guys around, but the line just has to find some cohesion as a unit. Tucker doing a great job at tackle last night, per Looker. It's kind of a patchwork deal, and once a unit is in there, he thinks they'll grow together and do well.
-Regarding Barron, Looker said when you draft a guy in round one, you expect him to start. He was hesitant to comment on the holdout situation, but Dane thinks he's a great athlete and Barron has shown that already. The system is complicated and it's hard to pick up, so Barron will have to learn quickly. He's been meeting early and staying late everyday, and will do what it takes. It'll be tough for him to start early on, but Dane thinks he'll be worked in later in the season.
-Dane thought the D-line was unbelievable last night, disrupting the QB and collapsing the pocket. LB's were going to the ball and the DBs matched up well even against the big receivers. Dane didn't see much separation between Lion receivers and Ram DBs, which was good. He mentioned that Groce was sick with the flu and could hardly compete. Ivy and Fisher played well. DBs aren't the most phsyical but are great in man to man.
-Expectations for the Rams are a division title, says Looker. They didn't win last year but beat the Seahawks all three times they played them. The Rams feel they're the caliber of team to do it this year. Great coahces and talent in Seattle, and Arizona is making great strides. Kurt's addition will make for a good rivalry between Arizona.
-The Rams/Hawks is developing into a great rivalry. Looker can't put a finger on why the Rams match up well with the Seahawks, but it's become something where the Rams have their number and the 'Hawks and Rams are basically the top of the division, even though you can't look past either Arizona or San Fran.