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    With so many new faces on the defense and with a handful of them being rookies, what is a realistic goal this D should strive for? I just cant imagine it being as bad as last year. That seemed like a total lack of effort and motivation was the cause...Should we expect a slow start where we could give up some points, or will the offense get out ahead and then the D can play more wide open and get away with making some mistakes..It will be interesting...

  • #2
    Although we did score a lot of points last year there were a few games where putting 3 tds on the board in the first 3 series may have put more pressure on the opposing team. Although our D was so bad last year it didn't really matter. fresh faces and a willingness to play may well be enough to improve things enough for a better run this year and our offense is so good that the D may have enough time to become a highly dominant unit by the last 4 games or so giving us a good run at/in the playoffs. Everyday I a starting too feel so good about this year.
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    • #3
      I still think we will have problems for the first couple of weeks until the D beds in and jells together.

      Once that is done then we will dominate teams on both sides.

      I think the whiners game will see the start of the Ramination

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      • #4
        I think determination will be the key to this year's D. They will be determined not to repeat last year's mistakes. A great motivator.

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        • #5
          Speed is the major key this year for our D. I honestly think Little on the other side will make Wistrom that much more better.

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          • #6
            Speed is needed, but it won't help you if you get to your target and can't take them down. A lot of emphasis in camp on strength to get past blockers and getting your target on the ground.

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            • #7
              Absolutely MsWistRam, thank you. Part of our problem last year was tackling, but it was 10 yards down the field. Carter failed to get in the backfield. I only hope that Little gets back there this year.

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              • #8
                I also honestly hope that if our D line gets in the backfield, that they can at least this year tackle the QB. Remember the Tampa game?

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                • #9
                  Pressure the QB

                  I fly into a rage pretty quick watching football, but I felt that in the game against the Seahawks I was justified. John Kitna was unstoppable. I cursed up a storm for a defensive stop! I brought the sacred helmet out and placed it on top of the TV! Nothing worked...I thought for a minute it was Jim Zorn out there! No pressure on the QB.... AT ALL! And most of the sacks the Rams did get last year were just weak...I want blind sided hits on 3rd and long! Not touching the QB down after he fumbles the snap or trips...(70% of Carter's sacks) Haha..Man, I just cut on my boy! I really like Kevin Carter, I am just bitter. Now I will have to watch the United Way commercial with him and Farr cooking steaks with a tear in my eye.....

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                  • #10
                    I liked Carter on a personal level, nice guy. But I have no respect for a player who puts himself and personal problems before the team. He stunk on the field and took the rest of the d down with him.

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                    • #11
                      Fortunately for us, new defenses can gel MUCH faster than new offenses. The offense talks timing, especially with QB - WR, and QB - RB. With our defense scaled down to a more useable system, it shouldn't take much time for these talented players to get together. I just hope Little can make the critics forget about Carter.

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                      • #12
                        We will never win with the critics. if we paid carter we were wrong if we traded carter we were wrong. On a human level you can never pay someone for mucking the team about like he did. Maybe he will be a good player for the tit-ans but he was such a cancer to the team no doubt when he gets to the pro bowl he will want more money again and be moving on again to a bigger cheque. Good ridance I would rather have 11 triers than an outstanding lazy greedy player. I think Little could easily fill the Kevin Carter of 2000's boots as long as he turns up.
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                        • #13
                          I just want to see our defense play aggressive.Last year they didnt seem like they wanted to hit anybody.In my opinion,Grant Wistrom,Dexter Mcleon,and London Fletcher were the only ones who played like they were hungry.This season many players seem hungry.Adding Williams and Fields should make a world of difference.If we can avoid giving up 30 points a game and reduce that to maybe 20 points a game,there is no reason why we cant win the NFC title.Hell,our offense should still be the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.
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                          • #14
                            Quote from London Fletcher:

                            "There's a lot of times where there's an outside play, and I'm not the first guy there to make the tackle," he says, laughing. "That was never the case (last year). I think we probably have the fastest linebacker corps in the league right now. I know we do."



                            If these boys can hit....as we all have seen Fields hit....OH BABY!!!

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                            • #15
                              I really think Carter will be greatly missed.

                              Keep in mind that he took on the double teams and that opened it up for Wistrom to make the plays he made.

                              Carter didn't "Get in the backfield" but that was mostly due to his being double teamed. Every team needs a guy like that who will take on the double team and open it up for the others.

                              The true test is whether he can be effective against the double team. Who will take on that double team this year and will he still be effective?

                              If the double team takes a guy out of the picture, it's a bad sign. If it's learned that a guy doesn't even NEED to be double teamed... it's a horrible sign.

                              Wistrom could be that guy but it remains to be seen.

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