Shocked Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams ‘way too good’ to be mired in three
The Los Angeles Rams have been a wrecking machine, and Jalen Ramsey does not believe the Jacksonville Jaguars are equipped to stop them.
Jalen Ramsey, one of the most talented players in the NFL, was shocked that his Los Angeles Rams team is “way too good” to be mired in a three-game losing streak.
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ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry
- For the Los Angeles Times, I covered the Rams for two years.
- Previously, I wrote about the Falcons.
- Has written about the NBA, as well as college football and basketball.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – Following a 38-26 defeat to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams retired to the visitors locker room as “Go Pack Go” shouts reverberated around Lambeau Field.
Soon after, cornerback Jalen Ramsey stood at a podium and took questions for ten minutes, confirming what had become clear after the Rams had lost their third game in a row.
“I’m in a bad mood,” Ramsey said. “I have the authority to say that.”
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, Ramsey, and the recent signings of outside linebacker Von Miller and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have gone all-in to assemble a group worthy of a Super Bowl run.
With six games left, though, the Rams are on their second three-game losing run in Sean McVay’s five seasons as head coach.
Ramsey confessed that he was surprised that the Rams could go from 7-1 to 7-4 after losing by an average of 13.7 points to the Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, and Green Bay Packers.
“Of sure,” Ramsey said. “We have players who are much too excellent to be losing games like this, especially on the road. All we have to do now is get it right. We have to play better, everything has to be better because we’re much too good to be losing games like this, but we’re not playing like it right now, so we’ve got to make some changes.”
This season, the Rams are 1-4 versus teams with winning records and 6-0 against everyone else. They’ve also struggled while down by multiple digits, going 1-4 in such situations.
McVay said that he is “absolutely not” worried about the season’s direction.
“Some of these self-inflicted wounds have to cease, and that’s going to be a focus and concern for us,” McVay said. “After that, you should expect to see some results.”
Stafford maintained his recent string of blunders by losing a sack fumble in the first quarter and then throwing an interception that was recovered for a score to give the Packers a 36-17 third-quarter lead.
In the last three games, the 13th-year quarterback has six turnovers, including five interceptions (three of which have been returned for touchdowns). Stafford has the most pick-sixes in the NFL this season with three, and he’s the first quarterback to do it since Matt Schaub threw a pick-six in four consecutive games in 2013.
Stafford said of his recent turnovers, “You have to take them all individually.” “I understand that this may be difficult for you to hear, but it is the truth. That’s how I perceive things.”
McVay stated: “Matthew Stafford has my whole trust and believe. And although everyone wants to blame him for “six turnovers,” each of those mistakes has a unique tale to tell, and not all of them are his fault.”
Stafford also threw a 79-yard touchdown throw to second-year pro Van Jefferson and a 54-yard touchdown pass to Beckham against the Packers, which was his first touchdown as a Ram and his first overall since Oct. 4, 2020.
Stafford completed 21 of 38 passes for 302 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. After the game, he said that his physical condition had no bearing on his performance.
Stafford, who did not practice before to the Titans’ Week 9 defeat due to a back injury and then twisted his ankle late in the game, said, “I am feeling good.” “That week, my back was a little irritated with me, but I haven’t missed any time since. Is the rest of my body in perfect condition? At this stage in the season, neither is anybody else’s in this league.”
The Rams struggled to get off the field defensively against the Packers, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers ripped apart the middle of the unit on third downs, similar to the techniques used by 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 10.
As the Packers moved to 9-3, Rodgers completed 28 of 45 throws for 307 yards and two touchdowns while also keeping the ball for a 1-yard touchdown.
“Offenses are absolutely trying to get matchups that they believe are ideal for them,” Ramsey said. “They’re definitely trying to scheme things up a little bit differently to make us perhaps play things a little bit differently.” “They’re doing their homework, after all.”
Next Sunday, the Rams host the 2-9 Jacksonville Jaguars before heading to Phoenix for Monday Night Football against the division-leading 9-2 Cardinals, whom they upset 37-20 in Week 4.
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