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NFC WEST
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

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PROBLEM STAT

18 Tackles missed by Janoris Jenkins, tied for most among cornerbacks.

SOLUTION

Jenkins was a playmaking machine as a rookie (his four interceptions led the team, and his four return TDs led the NFL), but he needs to learn to tackle better. The new defensive coordinator, whoever he is, will help with that.

AND THEN?

Spend some draft capital (the Rams have two first-round picks) on finding RB Steven Jackson's replacement. Whether Jackson, 29, returns in 2013 or not, the end of his successful tenure is near.... WR Danny Amendola is a nice little receiver, and St. Louis needs to re-sign him. But give quarterback Sam Bradford a fighting chance and add a big, athletic target in free agency. Chiefs free agent Dwayne Bowe should be on the radar.... Coach Jeff Fisher doesn't like to draft offensive linemen in the first round, but there's a need at tackle, and if Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is still available at No. 16, Fisher should break his rule for Fisher.

PROBLEM STAT

39.2% Plays during which QB Russell Wilson was pressured, second most in the NFL.

SOLUTION

Adapt the blocking scheme so that it's more in sync with Wilson, who is not a pocket passer. Keeping rushers off Wilson, who was sacked 33 times as a rookie, is paramount.

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