THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Missed tackles. Dropped passes. False begins. Errant kicks.
“We had a number of uncharacteristic issues, we had a number of our gamers that we depend on not come by means of in some conditions that they sometimes do,” Rams coach Sean McVay stated, whereas additionally shouldering a number of the blame. “It is an important studying alternative for us.”
The Rams are 4-2 total and 0-1 within the NFC West, removed from any must panic, however they need to rapidly repair points that plagued them towards their division rival earlier than they tackle the Chicago Bears (5-1) at SoFi Stadium on Monday Night time Soccer.
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The offense, which entered Week 6 averaging 27.2 factors per recreation, should return to establishing its dominance on the bottom behind a trio of wholesome operating backs, Darrell Henderson, Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown, whereas quarterback Jared Goff and large receiver Cooper Kupp should renew their connection by means of the air.
“It was just a few uncharacteristic stuff for me,” stated Goff, who handed for a season-low 198 yards and had a move intercepted ultimately zone towards the 49ers. “Lacking guys open there early. It is one thing that I’ve by no means completed in my life and do not anticipate to ever repeat.”
Nevertheless, even when on the right track, Goff’s receivers carried out few favors. Kupp, who has caught 31 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns, discovered himself circled on a throw over the center, then later dropped a move ultimately zone.
Even veteran Andrew Whitworth stumbled into a number of errors, because the sturdy left sort out twice was penalized for false begins.
“It is a type of issues that you’ve got had a pair video games the place your execution is not so good as it must be,” stated Whitworth, additionally referring to a Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills. “Simply all of the little particulars, and for some purpose generally, you are simply off.”
The protection, which has been sporadically struck by tackling points this season, should resolve the issue for good whereas discovering a method to stress Bears quarterback Nick Foles after they had been unable to disrupt 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
“We received punched within the mouth this previous week,” stated linebacker Micah Kiser, who fell sufferer to brutal stiff arm from 49ers operating again Raheem Mostert. “We’re simply able to get that style out of our mouth and get again to work. That is all you’ll be able to actually do.”
Defensive sort out Aaron Donald leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks, however didn’t take down Garoppolo, because the 49ers unfold the ball rapidly to the perimeter.
“We simply wasn’t taking part in our ball,” Donald stated. “We simply did not play good as a staff.”
Donald has not gone back-to-back weeks and not using a sack since Weeks 4 and 5 in 2019, and could possibly be additional motivated to take down Foles, who he has but to sack in his profession.
And eventually, there’s particular groups, the place rookie kicker Samuel Sloman related on a season-long 42-yard subject aim Sunday however in any other case continued to wrestle connecting on additional factors (15-of-18) and executing strategically positioned kickoffs.
On Tuesday, a day after McVay expressed frustration with Sloman’s growth saying, “He is received to enhance,” the Rams signed veteran kicker Kai Forbath from the Bears’ follow squad.
Forbath final kicked in an NFL recreation final season, when he appeared within the remaining three video games with the Dallas Cowboys and transformed 10 of 10 subject aim makes an attempt, together with a 50-yarder.
Regardless of the underwhelming efficiency that plagued each section final Sunday, McVay is continuous to specific optimism concerning the Rams’ capabilities transferring ahead.
“The factor that I do genuinely imagine is whenever you take a look at, ‘Okay, the place did we fall quick, are this stuff we’re able to doing or are we simply bodily outmatched?'” McVay requested, rhetorically. “No, we’re able to executing and taking part in higher soccer, being a cleaner operation.”