By Bernie Miklasz
Good morning. I’m back from vacation and trying to shake off the rust…
Here are your Bernie Bits for Monday July 28:
1. Having just returned from a holiday in the Dominican Republic, I haven’t had a chance to visit Rams training camp. Besides, I’m of the Allen Iverson school: it’s just practice, man. We’re talking about practice. And too many people overreact to training-camp flashes; other then the coaching staff evaluating camp practices to form opinions on roster spots, the true team-wide judgment begins with the first regular-season game. But I didn’t need to be in Earth City to know there’s considerable buzz over the Rams’ attacking defense under new coordinator Gregg Williams.
Reading some of the early reports and comments from players merely reaffirms something that I wrote earlier this summer: Williams was the Rams’ most important offseason acquisition. The Rams already had the pieces for a disruptive defense but were often too passive last season under deposed coordinator Tim Walton. And that made the St. Louis defense too easy to exploit in the passing game. The 2013 Rams defense wasn’t nearly as effective, overall, as they should have been. But that won’t be the case with Williams. He’s going to unleash the hounds. Exotic blitzes, aggressive “press” coverage, intriguing personnel mixes, and anything to whip up a firestorm of pass-rush pressure on the QB.
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