By John Turney
|Joseph-Day, Brockers, and Donald Credit: NBC|
The Rams let Wade Phillips go after three years as their defensive coordinator after the 2019 season and singed young up-and-comer, Brandon Daly, as his replacement.
With no preseason games and little reporting from the Los Angeles/Rams media, we could go little sense of what Daly was planning on doing or what changes or impression he was going to make on the Rams defense.
We were told and knew it would remain a base 3-4 defense. Stay was from the Vic Fango coaching tree and Fangio is a 3-4 disciple.
Other than that, we knew little.
Last night we got some answers. More will come as Taylor Rapp gets healthy—more on thta later in the post.
But in addition to the Rams defense doing a solid job in a win over Dallas we know the starters (not announced by NBC's Sunday Night Football) are as follows:
|Rams base 3-4 defenses|
|Rams 3-3 nickel personnel (a 5-1 look)|
|"Long nickel/prevent-type" nickel personnel|
|Lindon Crow #41, likely the rams first strong safety as opposed to "left" safety—1963|
Strong safeties were bigger, stronger, and able to cover tight ends, but also to force run plays inside by taking on blocks of pulling offensive linemen and tackle fullbacks. So the skill sets grew apart over time.
|John Johnson III with the "green dot" |