• Bernie Miklasz
Let’s talk about the Rams…
1. I view the trade for Tampa Bay strong safety Mark Barron as the Rams’ first move of the 2015 offseason. Sure, Barron can help the Rams now. He’s a box safety, a run enforcer, and a weak Rams’ run defense need his muscle. And Barron can do his part to strengthen a vulnerability: containing outside runs that have repeatedly gone for big gains.
2. In 2012, Barron (as a rookie) was rated No. 9 among NFL safeties by Pro Football Focus in “stop percentage” on running plays when lining up within eight yards of the line of scrimmage. (In other words: in the box.) Last season, Barron was ranked No. 2 by PFF in stop percentage among safeties when setting up in the box. This year his stop percentage is down; Barron clearly has struggled to adjust to coach Lovie Smith’s Cover 2 defensive scheme. I would imagine that the Rams will keep it relatively simple for Barron by turning him loose to make tackles.