There’s no question Janoris Jenkins was over-matched against Steve Smith. The second-year corner is talented, but fell to quick-twitch moves at the line of scrimmage that young defensive backs tend to struggle with. If Cortland Finnegan played, this could have been a different story (or a very similar one). However, most the blame goes to the Rams’ defensive coaching staff.
Jenkins’ inability to cover Smith was endemic. No adjustments Cheap Soccer Jerseys From China were made to either rotate defensive backs or put a safety over the top to help him. The Rams allowed Carolina to dictate the tone by over-committing to stop the running game by playing a safety in the box, putting Jenkins on an island.
“A total lack of discretion and wisdom on the decision to put Josh Freeman in,” Dilfer said.
Freeman didn’t get much help from the running game or his offensive line, but even when he he had time to throw, he didn’t look anything like a franchise quarterback. He completed 20-of-53 for 193 yards and an interception. As bad as those numbers are, they are inflated by Minnesota’s final drive. With New York playing prevent defense, Freeman completed 4-of-7 passes for 28 yards. Take that series Cheap Rugby Jerseys New Zealand away and a 22-yard dumpoff to Adrian Peterson earlier in the game and Freeman completed 15-of-45 passes for 143 yards.
While not all 33 incompletions were his fault, but he was far from accurate and sailed several passes over the heads of his receivers. He threw an interception deep in New York territory and took a sack during the third quarter that knocked the Vikings out of field goal range when the game was still within reach.
Freeman averaged 3.6 yards per attempt, becoming the 10th player since 1960 to attempt 45 or more passes, but average less than 3.75 yards per attempt. New York appeared set on slowing Peterson and forcing Freeman to win the game for Minnesota. Even when New York put nine defenders in the box, Freeman was unable to take advantage.
If Freeman and the Vikings are looking for a silver lining, his Minnesota career will likely only go up from here.