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    Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Here are some stats that may surprise you.

    Rams rank (NFL) in defensive categories:

    Yards/Game: 16th
    Rushing Yards/Game: 14th
    Passing Yards/Game: 20th
    Points Allowed/Game: 10th
    3rd Down %: 5th
    Sacks: 6th
    Forced Fumbles: 2nd (tied)

    I'm just going to come out and say it... the Rams have a pretty good defense.

    There is a lot going into this mix. In no particular order, I'd say the key factors are:

    *Second year in Spagnuolo/Flajole system
    *Great contribution from veterans (Robbins, Hall, Atogwe)
    *Development of young players (Long, Laurinaitis, Grant)
    *Nice addition of role players from rookie crop (Selvie, Murphy)
    *Solid CB play from starers (Bartell, Fletcher)
    *Willingness to blitz

    While the Rams need to acquire more depth at the offensive skill positions, they should not neglect to continue to build up this defense. They may be only a couple of players away from being a top defense in this league.


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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    I agree, Av. I'd still like to see some more consistency out of the defense, but there's no doubt they're making some big strides this year.

    As you pointed out, they're getting key contributions from veterans like Robbins and Hall. If those guys were eight years younger, I wouldn't be concerned about them at all. But as you said, the Rams can't neglect to continue to build this unit up, especially in areas like DT and DE where aging veterans are having great seasons but may not be long-term fixes.

    With a couple of improvements in some key areas on this unit, this group could really be a major strength in the years ahead.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    I am so glad that the number "32nd" isn't next to any of these!!!! Things are looking better and it is fun to watch the games again because of our defense.... and Sam.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    A couple of other positive about the defense...

    No one has converted a 4th down on this defense.

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    We are in the top half of the league on passes defended.

    One negative is they have the 2nd most penalties in the league giving our opponents an extra 64 yards per game. I'm guessing this is a combination of our aggressive playing + young players... The good news is this is an area that will improve with experience and doesn't require additional players to fix.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Nice to see we actual have a good pass rushing unit!!

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Here's one you guys are leaving out:

    This defense has not given up a touchdown in the first quarter.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Their defense is good enough for me to have the rams defense start over other teams that I have on my fantasy team.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Quote Originally Posted by sjacksonrules View Post
    Their defense is good enough for me to have the rams defense start over other teams that I have on my fantasy team.
    I'm not a fantasy football guy, but I do remember hearing ESPN's fantasy "expert" saying in the early weeks of the season "you should start pretty much any player against the Rams defense." Wonder how those words taste now.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Great insights. Having our defense play well will be like having a 12th offensive player for us. We need to use the draft to fill in and groom younger players. Devaney and Spags will know what to do. Looking forward to the next 10 games.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    8th in completion % against
    14th in YPA against
    13th in passing rating against

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Nice post AV, I also would add tthey are getting there with 4 down linemen.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    And lets not forget many of these stats were blown back after the Detroit game. Best Rams defense I have seen in years.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    It's good to see these stats.

    The only thing I want is to see more consistency out of our defense, especially our secondary. Fletcher didn't look quite as solid as usual against the Chargers.

    If we can keep our pass rush as fierce as this week's, then we will a fearsome defense.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    I think our biggest X factor in the defense is our young guns. Laurinitis is leading the fresh faces. I look forward to seeing these guys develop over the next couple of years.

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    Re: Wake up and smell the defense (hint: it doesn't stink!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    They're getting key contributions from veterans like Robbins and Hall. If those guys were eight years younger, I wouldn't be concerned about them at all. But as you said, the Rams can't neglect to continue to build this unit up, especially in areas like DT and DE where aging veterans are having great seasons but may not be long-term fixes.
    This is an excellent point that I am glad you touched upon Nick. I still strongly believe that this team still needs a young stud DT and a young speed rushing DE opposite of Long. Now, I know it's way too early to begin talking about the draft, but I'm not a fan of picking a wide receiver in the first round. I'd rather see the team team continue to build on the strength of the defense and truly make it a dominant force.

    However, the boys have done me very proud this year. Great play all around!

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