The Eagles' defense gave up 169 yards rushing on 25 carries by Rams running backs. That equates to an unacceptable 6.7 yards per rush average.
The Rams' first play from scrimmage was a 47-yard run for a touchdown by Steven Jackson. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn's "wide 9" scheme seemed to be a little too wide for my liking.
At one point, it was so bad that I wondered why the Rams were even bothering to pass the ball. They could have just run it down the Eagles' throats at will. The Rams had 116 rushing yards in the first half.
Much of the poor run defense had to do with the play of the linebackers. This is a weak area of the Eagles' defense and can be exposed in this manner.
The young crew of Moises Fokou, Casey Matthews and Jamar Chaney routinely overran plays in the first half, which allowed for gaping holes for Rams running backs to exploit.
In Washburn's scheme, the linebackers are even more important for gap assignments to fill running lanes. Hopefully the young LBs improve as the year goes on.
The defense tightened up a little bit in the second half, but at that point, the Rams were getting further behind, which meant they had to pass more...which isn't their strong suit.
Regardless, the Eagles better tighten up their run defense if they want to compete in January. They can't afford to allow good teams—playoff-caliber teams—to control games by running the ball.