Coach Spagnuolo said that their reasoning for starting Kevin Dockery over Bradley Fletcher at starting corner which had disastrous consequences was because “we’ve got a number of corners, a number of guys that are competing all the time,”. Now, I know Coach Spagnuolo is an honorable guy and does not want to rip Fletcher in the press for having bad practices or taking plays off and I think that’s a very honorable way to go about coaching and I’m sure his players appreciate that. But, for us as fans it is infuriating.
Fletcher has had a good short career in St. Louis when he has been healthy. He’s got burned a few times over 8 weeks, but everyone in the Rams secondary has. Fletcher has been a better corner facing off against better wide receivers for the Rams in 2010, plain and simple. Why are we suddenly giving starts for “good play”. If Dockery plays well at nickel corner, that is great, he has earned himself another game at nickel corner.
Why are the Rams suddenly using a rotational system at their starting CB position, not to mention outside linebacker. Additionally, let’s not get started on the rotation practice that they have used at right guard this year and tackle in the past.
This is not the preseason. The Rams should not be giving reps on the basis of the last good game, they should be giving starts and reps based on who is going to have a good game this week. The game against San Francisco was the biggest game of the Rams season and they started out by playing Kevin Dockery at 2nd corner. The 49ers targeted and exploited Dockery twice in the opening quarter.
The regular season is not a test track and every position cannot be swapped in and out as easily as defensive linemen. The Rams have precious little depth and they do not need to waste time giving out starts like little league trophies. Play the best guy for this week. Period.