It only took one half of football for Rams fans to question Raheem Morris’ scheme in 2023. Late in the second quarter against the Seahawks, edge rusher Michael Hoecht lined up across from DK Metcalf in the slot – and not once, but twice.
The first play resulted in Hoecht being called for pass interference, while the second was zone coverage and the ball went elsewhere, not to Metcalf. Fans predictably couldn’t believe those two play calls by Morris, lining up a defensive tackle-turned-edge rusher across from one of the best and most physically gifted receivers in the NFL.
Only Raheem Morris would expect Michael Hoecht to cover DK Metcalf
— Koll_0ne3RA (@Koll_0ne) September 10, 2023
Hoecht on Metcalf?!!!
— HD Wags💯 (@Wags_Official) September 10, 2023
LMAOOO hoecht in coverage vs dk metcalf 😭😭😭😭😭
— niya . 🌟 (@niyaaszn_) September 10, 2023
Lemme send out my first “fire Raheem” tweet of the season:
2 plays in a row you have Michael Hoecht, an undrafted DT who you converted to edge.
Why is he on DK Metcalf in the slot?
— JJ 🐏🐻 (@JJfrom_NJ) September 10, 2023
Michael Hoecht is in the Slot guarding D.K. Metcalf on back to back plays
— Jacob Nierob (@JNierob) September 10, 2023
Pass rusher (i think) in coverage doesn’t end well usually, and doesn’t here, as Hoecht gets called for PI on Metcalf
— 12sRecap/Al (@12sRecap) September 10, 2023
Rahim has to be fired!
Hoecht 1 on 1 DK!!!!
— That's Joe's boy Joseph (@JosephAGarcia69) September 10, 2023