A Little Seam, a Little Screen: the Few Successes of the '08 Rams

Megan PowellContributor IMay 29, 2009

EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 2: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams participates in drills during a mini camp on May 2, 2009 at the Russell Training Center in Earth City, Missouri.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

I’d love to be able to sit here and rattle off play after play that was effective for the Rams last season, but I would be hard pressed to think of five plays for the 2-14 Rams in 2008.

That being said, let me say: the spread formation, Holt drag, Avery, seam, seam. They used this a TON this year, with Tory Holt running a deep drag over the middle, and Avery hitting the seam right behind it.

Bulger throwing deep to Avery (and successfully, too) was seen often during the 2008 season.

The other two plays that worked were Steven Jackson, off tackle from a Pro (one TE, two WR) formation, and the screen pass from the same base formation. It worked pretty well when Jackson was injured with Antonio Pittman too, actually, but Steven Jackson is the horse. When they fed him, it wore on defenses and they could then go up top to Avery. Great looking plays...when they worked!