Dont’a Hightower gives insight into the Rams’ offense.
New England Patriots line backer Dont’a Hightower gives insight into the Rams’ offense.
Super Bowl LIII and Super Bowl LII had had the same NFL team representing then AFC, but this year the AFC’s representative had a distinct change at line backer, Dont’a Hightower. The New England linebacker was instrumental to the near shutout the Patriots’ defense delivered only allowing three points.
The former Alabama linebacker stuffed the stat sheet as it displayed his pivotal impact on the field against the Rams. Hightower presence was felt as he recorded two tackles (both being for a tackle for a loss), two sacks, one pass deflection and three quarterback hurries. Some pundits felt that the linebacker should have been the recipient of the Super Bowl MVP over New England wide reciever Julian Edelman.
This was no easy feat for the New Englands’ defense as the Los Angeles Rams ended the regular season with an average of 32.9 points per a game in the regular season and 28 points per a game in the postseason. The Rams were able to muster up a total of three points the entire game because of the outstanding play of Hightower and key plays on the defensive side.
The Rams potent offense can mostly be accredited to the Rams’ run game; it is the foundation of many offenses in the NFL. The Rams offense is spearheaded by running back Todd Gurley and postseason- acquisition C.J. Anderson.
Hightower said Anderson and Gurley are “two different backs”, but are effective at the same facets of the run game. He also added that arm tackles will be rendered useless against the these two backs. Gurley ran through arm tackles all season long as he accumulated more than 1,200 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns.
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