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    Ogletree Should Thrive In Rams' Attacking Defense

    Ogletree should thrive in Rams' attacking defense

    11 hours ago • By Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com

    Alec Ogletree cannot help being excited about the offseason addition of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his style.

    “It’s a lot of the same stuff we did last year, but it’s just a lot more aggressive,’’ the second-year outside linebacker said earlier this week at Rams Park in Earth City. “You can already see the difference, even though it’s only OTAs. Guys are flying around and having fun. We just seem to be a lot more comfortable with each other and I definitely think coach Williams is going to make a big difference.

    “A lot of guys respect him and want to play for a guy like that. He’s going to shoot you straight. You want to go out and give it your all for him because you know he’s giving his all, too.’’

    Ogletree, selected by the Rams with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2013 draft, is the physical, quick and and athletic player who would seem to be an ideal fit for Williams’ attack-style defense. But the 22-year-old insists that he’s not the only such player on this roster.

    “This is something we’re all looking forward to,’’ he said. “We’ve got a lot of athleticism and speed on our team and with (Williams) being so aggressive and with our depth allowing us to keep bringing fresh players into the game, I think we’re going to be able to put a lot of pressure on the other team’s quarterback.’’



    Ogletree, who starred at the University of Georgia, was named to several All-Rookie teams a year ago but was not the Rams’ rookie of the year. That honor went to running back Zac Stacy, who led the team in rushing (973 yards) and touchdowns (eight).

    But the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Ogletree did lead the Rams in tackles (155), ending a string of four consecutive seasons of that honor going to middle linebacker and team leader James Laurinaitis. In addition, Ogletree finished among the league leaders with six forced fumbles top go along with 1½ sacks, seven passes defended, five quarterback pressures and three quarterback hits. He also showed some big-play ability, returning his only interception 98 yards for a touchdown in the Rams’ 38-13 rout of the Texans in Houston.

    “Each week he does something that surprises you,’’ Rams coach Jeff Fisher said late last season. “You just say, ‘Wow’ on a positive side. He’s tackled very well, got off blocks. ... He’s making a lot of plays for us.’’

    A starter from day one with the Rams, Ogletree struggled at times early last season with shedding blocks and finding his way in coverage. But he improved dramatically across the board as the season progressed and now feels ready to take another step forward as he prepares for his second training camp.

    “It’s like night and day,’’ he said. “When I first started last year, I was kind of nervous, trying to learn the position and to learn what I needed to do on the play. This year, I feel a lot more comfortable. I just feel like I’m able to go out there and just play and have fun.’’

    Ogletee, who posted a career-best 15 tackles in a 42-21 blowout win over the Chicago Bears in Week 12 last year, recorded double-digit tackles in 10 games, including the last six.

    The Rams wrapped up OTA workouts this week — veterans will report for training camp July 24 — and Ogletree finished strong by picking off a pair of passes during Tuesday’s session. On the first, he stepped in front of a Sam Bradford seam pass intended for tight end Lance Kendricks. Later, in an 11-on-11 drill, he made an early read and jumped the route to pick off a short pass in the flat.

    “Actually, those were my first two picks during OTAs,’’ he said. “It was fun.’’

    Ogletree, who started his college career as a safety, feels good about the progress he made in his first pro season, but he is definitely looking for more success, individually and for the team, in 2014.

    “I think I had a pretty good rookie year,’’ he said. “Just looking to get better this year. I had a lot of growth last year, with being able to be out there early and to get a lot of experience under my belt.

    “This year, I’m just trying to be more consistent in my preparation and out there on the field, getting lined up correctly and just communicating ... trying to make sure we’re all on the same page.’’


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    Re: Ogletree Should Thrive In Rams' Attacking Defense

    I think Tree is going to be huge this year. Might end up being our defense MVP. Fast linebacker who can attack the ball in GW's defense. Might be time for a jersey.

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    Re: Ogletree Should Thrive In Rams' Attacking Defense

    Future pro-bowler, no question about it in my mind. 155 tackles as a rookie on almost pure athleticism, heaven knows he whiffed plenty of times and overan the ball countless times as well. As he gets more experience, and the team improves, he is going to get plenty of attention and recognition both around the league and from opposing offense's, especially as team's allocate two to three guys per play blocking Quinn.

    Ramming speed to all

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    Re: Ogletree Should Thrive In Rams' Attacking Defense

    I feel like there's quite a bit of Tinoisamoa in him. Tino made his share of mistakes as a rookie, but he made them going fast, and that's exactly what Tree did for us last year. Hopefully he'll go on to be more than the solid, reliable starter Tino was for us, but even if that's his floor he's still a welcome addition to this team.

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    Re: Ogletree Should Thrive In Rams' Attacking Defense

    I hope this assessment is correct, but I must add that if all the defensive players who are likely to do well under Gregg Williams live-up to their billing, we won't allow a single TD against our defense and the only scores will come via offensive turnovers. I do think G. Williams will make our defense much better than it was last year, which wasn't bad, I might add.

    It will be interesting to see how youngsters like Tree and TJ McDonald and Janoris and Trumaine as well as our newbies Aaron Donald and Lamarcus Joyner evolve in Williams' schemes.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: Ogletree Should Thrive In Rams' Attacking Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by mde8352gorams View Post
    I hope this assessment is correct, but I must add that if all the defensive players who are likely to do well under Gregg Williams live-up to their billing, we won't allow a single TD against our defense and the only scores will come via offensive turnovers. I do think G. Williams will make our defense much better than it was last year, which wasn't bad, I might add.

    It will be interesting to see how youngsters like Tree and TJ McDonald and Janoris and Trumaine as well as our newbies Aaron Donald and Lamarcus Joyner evolve in Williams' schemes.

    Go Rams!
    Think of one thing that will drastically improve our defense. IMO, it will be our new-found ability to push/collapse the pocket.

    I believe our best draft pick this year will prove to be Aaron Donald. The Ram already had a very solid D-line. That said, Donald brings an element previously lacking. A lightning quick inside penetrator who will make it very difficult for opposing Ds to pick their poison, i.e. who to double team. Donald will be an absolute nightmare for opposing OCs, and “pockets” will be collapsed IMO with a frequency we Ram fans have not witnessed in many years. Short, extremely strong , with a distinct advantage in leverage due to his vertically challenged stature, Aaron should prove to be the icing on the cake for our D-line. Should (take your pick) Brockers/Quinn/Long get double-teamed, who will account for Donald, and visa- versa? Donald ran a 4.68, which is respectable for a linebacker, let alone a defensive tackle.

    Gregg Williams will have Ogletree/McDonald/Joyner/Tru/Jenkins in position to stifle quarterbacks’ attempts (think Wilson and Krapernick), to escape pressure by rolling out, be it by design or simply self-preservation; and woe be to the pedestrian, pure pocket passers. (Are you listening Carson Palmer?) Particularly Tree! With a year under his belt, he is going to be a terror under Gregg Williams.

    When we play Denver at home on Nov. 16th, this could well be a signature game for the Rams’ defense. Well that's enough for now, time for a nice refreshing drink of Kool-Aid !!
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    Re: Ogletree Should Thrive In Rams' Attacking Defense

    Maui, I do agree with your assessment of Donald. I think he will add to the nightmare quality our D-line will present, or as Jeff likes to say "make us difficult to deal with". My point was that we are reading so many great things about our defense that I hope we live up to the expectations, as I'm sure you and everyone else here does too.

    I hope your reference to Kool-Aid was not a cryptic message, but rather a refreshing pause. BTW, I like your significance of the Bronco's game.

    Go Rams!

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