Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jenkins Takes Blame, Says 'It Won't Happen Again'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jenkins Takes Blame, Says 'It Won't Happen Again'

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After getting beaten for two touchdowns against San Francisco, including a backbreaking 80-yard score by Brandon Lloyd at the end of the second quarter, cornerback Janoris Jenkins wasn't in the best of moods.

Despite some coaxing by the Rams' media relations department, Jenkins declined to take questions from reporters after Monday's 31- 17 loss the 49ers. On Wednesday, Jenkins tried to make amends.

"I wasn't running from you all," Jenkins said following practice at Rams Park.

He took full responsibility for the coverage bust that allowed San Francisco to jump back into the game with 14 seconds left in the first half. Instead of talking a 14-3 lead into the third quarter, the Rams led by only 14-10.

The 49ers got the kickoff to start the second half, mounted an 80- yard touchdown drive to take the lead and never looked back.

"Basically, he just 'double-moved' me," Jenkins said. "My eyes were in the wrong position. Basically that was it."

On third-and-6 from the San Francisco 20 with 27 seconds left in the half, Lloyd raced downfield, faked as if he was taking his route inside, then quickly cut back outside and down the field, leaving Jenkins in his wake.

"That was all on me," Jenkins said Wednesday. "I take full responsibility on that as a man. That's what happened."

The Rams were supposed to be playing a Cover 3 defense in the play, with both cornerbacks playing off the line and one defender deep in the middle of the field. But Jenkins instead was right up on Lloyd at the line of scrimmage as if in man-to-man coverage.

Jenkins used what's known as the "bail" technique right before the snap: turning sideways, moving back a few yards from the line of scrimmage and looking back at the quarterback.

That helped Lloyd get behind Jenkins immediately. But Jenkins basically had caught up when Lloyd got him with the double move, with Jenkins biting on the fake.

"I was surprised," Jenkins said. "But I've got to stay back."

Obviously, the worst thing you can do in that situation with just a few seconds left in the half is allow a receiver to get behind you. A short or intermediate completion probably doesn't lead to any points with so little time left on the clock. …

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