Rams feel confident Witherspoon can get the job done at MLB
St. Louis

In dire need of help at the LB position and with a sizable amount of money under the salary cap at their disposal, it wasn’t all that surprising when the Rams signed Will Witherspoon, an up-and-comer widely considered to the best free agent available at that position. What was surprising, however, was the Rams’ announcement that Witherspoon would be the team’s starting middle linebacker after playing primarily on the weak side for the Panthers. Witherspoon did see occasional action in the middle for Carolina when normal starter Dan Morgan was injured, and we’re told the Rams saw enough film of him in that role to feel comfortable enough installing him as the starting MLB in a revamped scheme that will enable him to operate unimpeded in space in much the same manner as he did for the Panthers. “There won’t be a big difference,” Witherspoon told PFW. “There’ll be a lot more conversing with the defensive backs and defensive linemen to make sure everybody is in the right place at the right time, but I’ll still be playing fast and getting to the ball in a hurry.” Witherspoon is excited at the opportunity to play under new Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who has made it clear his defense is going to let it rip from the opening gun. “I played against him and understand what he’s trying to accomplish,” said Witherspoon, who, unlike his predecessor at middle linebacker, the departed Chris Claiborne, will be an every-down performer. “It’s a deal where we all know about the problems last year, and that things have to change.”