THOUSAND OAKS — The Seahawks put 10 other players on the field, mostly for appearance’s sake. Their offense is all Russell Wilson, all the time, and the Rams understand the challenge this week.
Wilson has either passed or run for each of Seattle’s last 25 offensive touchdowns. Not since early October have the Seahawks put the ball in the end zone without Wilson’s direct contribution, and he single-handedly is keeping afloat a team beset by injuries in the offensive and defensive backfields.
He’s a focus for the Rams going into Sunday’s game at Seattle, so much so that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips didn’t wait for a question to be asked Thursday before he launched into a scouting report.
“Russell Wilson, Russell Wilson, Russell Wilson,” Phillips said with a grin after Thursday’s practice at Cal Lutheran. “You want to hate the other team, but he’s such a great guy. He really is. He does so many wonderful things. He’s a tremendous player.”
This is nothing new. Wilson has been terrorizing the NFC West since 2012, but when Wilson plays the Rams on Sunday, he gets to throw to a deep group of targets, and against a weakened secondary.
The Rams will be without cornerback Kayvon Webster, who tore an Achilles tendon last week. The other starting cornerback, Trumaine Johnson, seems to be ready to play even though he suffered a shoulder “stinger” last week, but both of the Rams’ middle linebackers have been limited in practice. Alec Ogletree is playing through a hyperextended elbow and Mark Barron often rests because of a variety of ailments.
The Rams have some options at cornerback without Webster, and explored some of them in September, when Webster missed two games with a shoulder injury.
The straight-line approach is to promote Troy Hill, who started four games last season. The Rams also could have nickelback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who played well last week, move to the outside and have Blake Countess cover the slot, or have…