Whiffs in the secondary
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has stressed his team will keep things vanilla-flavored on both defense and offense during the preseason. But it's doubtful his desire to hide certain schemes includes a wish to shy away from basic fundamentals like proper tackling. The Rams' starting defense -- specifically the secondary -- showed some rustiness wrapping up during its three series on the field.
Two players most likely to hear about their form in film review are cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Darian Stewart. Both came up empty-handed more than once on stops that should have been made. None was worse than the spin move Packers' rookie running back Eddie Lacy used to leave Johnson hugging air.
Whiffs aside, credit the Rams defense for shoring things up in the red zone. Green Bay's first-team offense never reached the end zone and twice had to settle for field goals.
"I'm disappointed in our tackling," Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis said at halftime. "We didn't ...