Wade Phillips: I’d be surprised if we weren’t really good on pass defense

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The Rams have Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters at cornerback, Nickell Robey-Coleman at slot corner and John Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner at safety. Offensive coordinators and quarterbacks who face the Rams should be quaking at the thought.

“Not only the two corners, our two safeties are outstanding players and they can cover man to man,” Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said, via Myles Simmons of the team website. “So, it gives you so many possibilities to double cover somebody and put the pressure on one of those guys to cover his guy by himself.”

Phillips started Talib and Chris Harris at corner and T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart at safety in the Broncos’ Super Bowl victory over the Panthers. On paper, the Rams secondary looks even better.

With a defensive line featuring Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, Phillips will have plenty of options to attack offenses.

“[I]t opens up a lot of things for you to play,” Phillips said. “I mean, I can think of a lot of things to play, but I haven’t always had the players to play those coverages and so forth, and these guys can. So we’ve got a lot of versatility there and we can put pressure, we can match up guys. Both corners can play both sides, either side. And Robey’s a tremendous nickel-inside player, and the two safeties are outstanding.”

The Rams finished 13th in pass defense last season. They expect to be even better this season.

“I’d be surprised,” Phillips said, “if we weren’t really good on pass defense.”

19 responses to “Wade Phillips: I’d be surprised if we weren’t really good on pass defense

  1. I’d be surprised if your defensive schemes weren’t so outdated that the other team’s offense doesn’t know ALL your play calls.

  2. I see the Rams being good on paper, but sucking in real life. Not Cleveland Browns sucky, but maybe Detroit Lions sucky

  3. raiderej says:
    June 25, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    I’d be surprised if your defensive schemes weren’t so outdated that the other team’s offense doesn’t know ALL your play calls.
    I guess we’ll find out on Monday night opening week, when the Rams play your Raiders, won’t we?

  4. It looks good on paper. Which is what you want this time of year. We’ll see if they can put it together. I say they are about as good as last year as I expect the QB to take a step back.

  5. I would be concerned that Talib is the weak link. He’s on the wrong side of 30 (at 32), and it gets ugly when a top CB suddenly loses it (Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel, etc.)

    And it’s not like they slowly move from premier CB to a still-serviceable plug – their performance falls off a cliff.

  6. There is no denying, this is a scary, scary defense. If they can keep healthy and their collective egos under control, the Rams can go deep into the playoffs

    – niner fan

  7. Well just wait until your defense has the opponent facing 3rd and 8 and see Marcus Peters play 10-12 yards off his receiver and give up a first down on a down and out, or slant route.
    Watch it happen over and over again.
    Thank goodness the Chiefs got rid of this militant, cancerous, MEfirst locker room divider.
    Just wait until Peters blows up and wants to scream at Wade, and/or throw a tantrum and run off the field.

  8. I’d be surprised if that defense didn’t take a step back after they gave their defensive captain (Alec Ogletree) away for a 5th round pick. Got rid of the defensive play caller and the best character guy on the team before adding two divas.

  9. Talib isn’t a spring chicken anymore…

    He could still play really well… but Father Time is undefeated.

    At some point he’ll lose a step or three.

    With his emotional outbursts, if I were a wideout and I saw him across from me, I’d talk trash to him all day long, getting under his skin doesn’t seem to take much.

  10. There has NEVER been a NFL Super Dream Team that has won squat. TO MANY EGOS AND PERSONALITIES.
    Wade IS and DOES get PREDICTABLE.
    Paper Champs there are 32 of them. Real Champs Have 5 or more rings. One hit wonders eagles, seattle, etc ..
    are a flash in the pan. Y A W N …… COME GET SOME!

  11. Uh oh those are famous last words before an imminent implosion. Wade is a heck of a defensive coach, but he should know better than to make such proclimations in June. Stevie Wonder can see the names look good on the paper, but paper never showed up to compete for 4 quarters or longer if needed.

  12. Even when they were a losing team, the Rams beat the daylights out of the Seahawks when they were a top team. I’m interested in seeing if that holds true now that their positions are somewhat reversed

  13. So let’s say Wade Philips defense is predictable. You still have to play well enough to defeat it! Coaches can only coach, players have to play. The amount of talent the Rams have on the defensive side of the ball is phenomenal. If the offense plays even moderately well, this will be a very difficult team to defeat.

    As for the “too many egos” comments — winning is the best deodorant. This team will win games and winning means all of the egos will gel just fine.

  14. I’ll give you that the Rams’ front seven looks better than the Broncos’ that year, but that secondary certainly does not. Talib and Peters obviously measure up, but you cannot seriously equate Lmarcus Joyner (who isn’t actually that a bad a player, admittedly), John Johnson, and Nickell Robey-Coleman with T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart, and Bradley Roby. This isn’t to say that the Rams are bad or that the defense won’t better than Denver’s, but that Denver secondary was “on paper” much better than Los Angeles’ is right now.

    Again, that defensive line by itself, though, might be one of the best we’ve seen since…well, a good long while. It at least has the potential to be.

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