The Rams dressed only 4 cornerbacks against Arizona, which seems ill-advised to start with, but then when they lost both Justin King and Kevin Dockery to hamstring injuries during the game – that plan seems like a mistake waiting to happen. As Jim Thomas said, the lack of corners required the Rams to go to a zone late in the game when the Cardinals opened the game up to 4+ wide receivers. And open it up they did. The Rams were forced to bring in James Butler, who was still hobbled and was not 100%. He was unable to get over to Larry Fitzgerald in time to prevent the game winning touchdown pass as Derek Anderson’s pass went just over the outstretched hand of Ron Bartell.
We can second guess a lot of decisions from the Rams first game, but the moral of the story is that the Rams are snakebit by injuries yet again. The two most major injuries are Chris Chamberlain special teams ace and nickel LB is out 6-8 weeks with turf toe and Michael Hoomanawanui should be out for a while with a high ankle injury.
There is the possibility that both Justin King and Kevin Dockery will miss the Rams game this week at Oakland, leaving rookie Jerome Murphy as the Rams 3rd and last corner on the roster. If the Rams will address their corner position for this week with an outside pickup, they will do that today. With the Rams so thoroughly exposed in the secondary against 4+ wide receivers, you can bet your bottom dollar that other teams will repeat the same strategy. The Rams need to get healthy or fix their secondary depth quickly.