Lesson No. 2: Sacks Won’t Come Easy
Trying to take Lamar Jackson down behind the line of scrimmage isn’t impossible, but it’s not easy.
Here on a bobbled snap against the Rams, Jackson managed to recover the ball make a quick read, and then decide to take off for a big first down near the goal line.
Late in the first quarter, the Rams set the edge with Samson Ebukan and covered up the back end, which forced Jackson into a sack.
When running man coverage, the 49ers are going to have to stay home. Jackson isn’t just a running back with an arm, he does a great job of attacking the line of scrimmage and forcing defenders to commit to him. The minute a linebacker or defensive back leaves his assigned man, Jackson can pull up and zip the ball into the uncovered receivers for a big gain.
San Francisco needs to figure out a way to contain this, and the Rams might have revealed one of the methods how.