Notebook 10/24: Rams Defense Readies for Seattle Ground Attack

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher has no shortage of concerns when trying to figure out how to contain Seattle’s vaunted running game, led by RB Marshawn Lynch.

“Oh boy, lots of problems,” Fisher said. “(Indianapolis) has a pretty good defense, and he runs for (102 yards), and their quarterback runs for (102), so they present all kinds of problems.”

The Rams’ run defense has had mixed results through seven games, though showed considerable progress last week in Carolina, when they held the Panthers to just 2.7 yards per carry on 38 attempts.

Lynch has certainly had his share of success against St. Louis. In two games against the Rams last year, Lynch carried 38 times for 218 yards and a touchdown. Through seven games this year, Lynch ranks second in the NFL with 578 yards on the ground, trailing only Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy. Together with dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks boast a running attack that averages 154.4 yards per game, the league’s second-highest per-game total.

“We’ve just got to try to slow them down as much as we can,” DE Robert Quinn said. “They’re great players, so you’re not going to be able to stop them entirely, but hopefully we can start to do what we want to do there.”

News and Notes:

-Fisher said the Rams’ signing of QB Austin Davis on Tuesday was largely due to the speed with which Davis would be able to re-acclimate himself to the team’s offensive system.

“We were fortunate that he was here and stayed in shape and was working out,” Fisher said. “It just makes it that much easier when you’ve got a guy in that spot and knows what he’s doing. It just makes it a lot easier for the play-caller. In the event something happens, he can put you in position to execute and makes some plays.”

-Seattle enters Monday following a Thursday night game last week, providing them a pseudo-bye week between games. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll said the break came at a welcome time during his Wednesday conference call with St. Louis media.

“It certainly helps,” Carroll said. “It’s like a mini bye (week) and we tried to take full advantage of that. Our team’s been playing real hard, working really hard, and we wanted to see if we could get as much of a break as possible and so we did that and we’re back into a full week swing. I think it should help us through the next couple weeks, and then before too long we have our official bye coming up.”

-RB Zac Stacy has been productive in each of his three games as the team’s lead back, piling up 210 yards on 49 carries in his three starts. However, it was his production as a receiver that showed the most progress in last week’s loss at Carolina. After logging just two catches for 11 yards through the season’s first six games, Stacy grabbed a career-high four passes for 34 yards against the Panthers.

Injury Report:

RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) did not practice. CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) was limited.

FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring), T Breno Giacomini (knee) and Jeron Johnson (hamstring) did not practice. LB Bobby Wagner (ankle) was limited. WR Golden Tate (shoulder) participated fully on Thursday.