The Los Angeles Rams had one of the most reliable tacklers in the middle of their defense last season with Cory Littleton running the show at inside linebacker. He missed five total tackles on 139 attempts, a remarkable missed-tackle rate of only 3.6% – the second-best rate of any player with at least 100 tackles, behind just Taylor Rapp (2.9%).
They’re now transitioning to the least-proven group of linebackers in the NFL, with Micah Kiser taking Littleton’s spot as ILB1. While expectations are relatively high for the former Virginia Cavalier, the early returns are not encouraging.
In the season opener against the Cowboys, Kiser missed a whopping seven tackles, according to Pro Football Reference. That’s two more than Littleton missed on 1/10th of the attempts, which is obviously alarming. That doesn’t mean he’s going to miss more than five tackles each week, but he leads the NFL in that department