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    Sando: Select Company For The Rams' Chris Long

    Select company for the Rams' Chris Long

    By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
    June 7, 2012

    Chris Long didn't obsess over joining the double-digit sack club, but the milestone was important to him.

    The St. Louis Rams' defensive end finished an otherwise forgettable 2011 season with 13 sacks, easily a career high. That he did so for a 2-14 team also seemed notable.

    The subject came to mind Thursday amid NFC West chat questions regarding various defensive lines in the division. Long and 2011 first-round pick Robert Quinn have the talent to challenge their NFC West rivals for most sacks by a pass-rushing tandem.

    Long joined Cortez Kennedy as the only players in the sack era (since 1982) with 13-plus sacks for a team with two or fewer victories. Kennedy was the NFL's defensive player of the year with 14 sacks in 1992, when Seattle also went 2-14.

    Kennedy's achievement was additionally notable because he played defensive tackle. Long, the Rams' starting left end, was not as dominant overall. But like Kennedy, he racked up sacks playing for a team that generated favorable pass-rushing situations less frequently.

    The Rams scored only 175 points last season, the sixth-lowest total in a non-strike season since the NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978. Kennedy's Seahawks set the record low with 140 points.

    Thirty non-strike teams have gone 2-14 or worse since the NFL made sacks an official statistic in 1982. Twenty-two won two games, eight won one and the 2008 Detroit Lions won zero.


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    Re: Sando: Select Company For The Rams' Chris Long

    Future pro bowler

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    Re: Sando: Select Company For The Rams' Chris Long

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Future pro bowler
    Should be a current pro bowler.

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    Re: Sando: Select Company For The Rams' Chris Long

    Hope they sign Long and Luaranitas to a long term contract now.

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    Re: Sando: Select Company For The Rams' Chris Long

    You know what is scary good for Chris Long ? Like the author said, he racked up sacks playing for a team that generated favorable pass-rushing situations less frequently.

    This means, if we actually were up in more games, he would have twice as many sacks as he does now, or, at the very least, a half more. the same can be said for robert quinn, because he did not have a full offseason to work with.

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