As you all know by now, each week, we talk to our opposing Fansided editor about the upcoming game, in a segment that we call “Know Thy Enemy”. So this week, we talk to the editor of the Rams’ Fansided site, ramblinfan.com, Nathan Kearns. Here is what he had to say about his team, and the upcoming game on Sunday:
THE JET PRESS:The Rams brought in a guy that we were all too happy to say good bye to in NY, and that is offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. What is the perception of Brian in St. Louis, in his playcalling, on whether or not he can develop Bradford…etc.?
RAMBLIN FAN:I think the perception is mixed about Schotty so far this season. You see games where he puts together a dynamic offensive plan, like the games against the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers, but then you also get predictable, conservative play calling that stalls out the offense, like against the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. Once the offensive line is solidified, and he has the opportunity to work with a more matured Chris Givens and Brian Quick, more people will jump on his bandwagon.
I don’t know that many were expecting him to develop Bradford, being the offensive coordinator. St. Louis fans had to watch as Josh McDaniels unsuccessfully attempted to be the OC and quarterback coach, and that left us with the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. I think his play calling has helped out Bradford tremendously, allowing him to the get the ball out of his hands quickly, build confidence, and, most importantly, stay upright and healthy.
TJP:How is Steven Jackson looking? He had a 100 yard game last week, but at 3.7 yards per carry, he is well below his career average of 4.2. Are his past health issues starting to get to him, or has he simply lost a step?
RF:The “lost a step” rumor has been throw around for the past 3 seasons about Jackson, so it is not uncommon for that to come up as a concern. Jackson tweaked his groin in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, and was only “fully recovered” heading into Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, after getting an extra three days rest after the Thursday Night Football game.
I think what we are seeing out of Jackson is a transition into a new phase of his career, where he is no longer the only running back getting valuable carries. Against both Miami and Green Bay, Jackson only got 50% of the handoffs, and got even less against the New England Patriots. Jackson is getting more of the carries up the gut, plays designed for 3-5 yards to keep the chains moving, whereas Richardson is getting a majority of the off-tackle/sweep plays on 2nd and Short, or situations were the defense isn’t stacking the box. However, putting up 101 yards on San Francisco is nothing to scoff at, especially considering they gave up only 103 yards to Marshawn Lynch and only 86 to Adrian Peterson.