Rams anticipated Steelers’ effort to take away Cooper Kupp

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Rams receiver Cooper Kupp had 220 receiving yards against the Bengals. In his very next game, at Pittsburgh, Kupp had none.

On Wednesday, various members of the L.A. organization were asked about that stunning reversal of production for one of the best receivers in football.

“[T]here were some instances where they were doubling him,” coach Sean McVay told reporters. “You could see in some of those known passing situations, they were very aware of where he was at. That was something that we kind of anticipated. You’ve got a lot of confidence in Cooper, he did a couple things. There’s a couple plays that I think he would say he could do better on as well. That’s kind of part of the game. You’ve got to be ready to have other guys step up if that’s what the opposing defense activates. That’s why we do have five eligibles. If it’s not one of them, then the other four, we’ve got confidence to separate and get them the football.”

That’s the way it always works. The defense has eleven guys. If they focus excessively on one, others will in theory have an easier time getting free.

Quarterback Jared Goff took a very pragmatic view on the situation, and he doesn’t seem to be all that concerned by it.

“They did a bunch of things, like I talked about after the game,” Goff told reporters. “They doubled him at times — just played good defense, were able to get home, did a good job. That’s all it was. They just played well on defense, when they did have him singled up, they covered him well and when they doubled him, they doubled him.”

What the Steelers did with Kupp becomes particularly important tonight, and in 17 days. The Steelers have eight quarters of football against the Browns, and if they were able to take away Cooper Kupp, they may be able to take away, or at least to minimize, Odell Beckham Jr.

While the two receivers have different styles (and, as Simms said on PFT Live, Pittsburgh’s defense is better suited to taking away a slot receiver than an outside threat), it becomes part of the game within the game as Pittsburgh and Cleveland meet for the first of two games between them over the next two-and-a-half weeks.

17 responses to “Rams anticipated Steelers’ effort to take away Cooper Kupp

  1. what do you mean, didn’t game plan for it? the other 2 WR’s Woods and Reynolds had 10 receptions for over 100 yards, and the 2 TE’s had 11 for close to 100 yards and they didn’t have their top speed guy in Brandon Cooks. If your premise is they didn’t score, well tip your cap to the entire Steeler D…tough defensive battle on the road, made more difficult by some questionable calls, but that happens every week in the NFL…take the L and move on…

  2. I’m sure the Rams didn’t anticipate that the refs would call a forward incomplete pass a fumble/fake defensive TD or a bogus PI call that gave the Steelers their only offensive TD.

  3. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma

    By your description of the game, it’s obvious that you watch the Steelers as much as a Steelers fan. Thank You for your support!

    Signed,
    Steeler Nation!

  4. I thought McVay was the next genious offensive mind taking the league by storm? Truth is defenses caught onto his scheme of telling Groff the play to run after the def got set and before headset shut off. If you watch defenses who play them meander a bit and dont show coverage until 15 seconds or less. Only way to combat that is speed things up.

  5. troy43mvp says:
    November 14, 2019 at 10:53 am
    TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma
    By your description of the game, it’s obvious that you watch the Steelers as much as a Steelers fan. Thank You for your support!
    Signed,
    Steeler Nation!

    Uh…Steeler “Nation,” the game was on TV. You know, that thing that broadcasts video and audio signals? And it was pretty obvious that the homer refs were intent of keeping the Steelers in the game. I mean, who gives a team two free TDs in a largely defensive battle?

  6. Taking away Odell may actually work out better for the Browns because their other receivers and running backs are a threat.

  7. . I mean, who gives a team two free TDs in a largely defensive battle?
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    Let it go and admit the Steelers Defense is a pretty good squad. The offense needs work. The rams Offense scored 3 points, not merely enough to win the game. Steelers won that game, nothing was giving to them.

  8. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 14, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I’m sure the Rams didn’t anticipate that the refs would call a forward incomplete pass a fumble/fake defensive TD or a bogus PI call that gave the Steelers their only offensive TD.

    Rent free dude….rent free. Starting to look a little sad..

  9. So Wonder Boy (McVay) knew it was going to happen and had no plan for it? All you Rams fans better get used to more bone-headed decisions like this from your genius head coach.

  10. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:31 am
    troy43mvp says:
    November 14, 2019 at 10:53 am
    TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma
    By your description of the game, it’s obvious that you watch the Steelers as much as a Steelers fan. Thank You for your support!
    Signed,
    Steeler Nation!

    Uh…Steeler “Nation,” the game was on TV. You know, that thing that broadcasts video and audio signals? And it was pretty obvious that the homer refs were intent of keeping the Steelers in the game. I mean, who gives a team two free TDs in a largely defensive battle?

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    TV’s receive broadcasts….. stick to what you know, which isnt much.

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