If you’re wondering why the 7-9 St. Louis Rams were able to play the San Francisco 49ers so tough during their two meetings last season, it’s because the Rams knew what plays the 49ers were going to run on offense.
According to former Rams safety Craig Dahl, who signed with the 49ers over the offseason, the 49ers tipped their hand against the Rams.
“We had a few tips off of film that we were able to differentiate between run and pass early,” Dahl told CSN Bay Area. “So that kind of gave us an added benefit on defense. It was a few different things. Some different personnel and alignment stuff really were the big keys, as far as our giveaways.”
The Rams took the 49ers to a 24-24 tie during Week 10, and they beat the 49ers 16-13 in overtime in Week 13.
Dahl says that the 49ers have made adjustments so that they don’t tip their plays again.
“It’s been addressed and corrected,” he said. “They knew most of it before I even got here, and it’s re-confirming. It’s just on-going, self-studying and self-scouting stuff. Got that cleared up, too.”
Dahl signed a three-year, $5.25 million with the 49ers this offseason. He started all 16 games last season for the Rams, registering 78 tackles and one interception. He entered the league with the Giants in 2007 as an undrafted free agent.
Not everybody was happy with Dahl after the story broke. Rams cornerback Corltand Finnegan tweeted this out on Wednesday:
Craig Dahl we know how you play thanks for the tips we know who to attack early and often
— Cortland Finnegan (@CortFinnegan) June 12, 2013
Hmm…looks like the 49ers vs. Rams rivalry may move up a few spots on our list.