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    Hey guys, I'm watching the Ravens game and thinking about linebackers. I live in Maryland so I constantly hear about the unbeatable Ravens defense. The thing that sticks out to me the most about that defense is the linebackers. Last year with Ray Lewis, Bart Scott (before he left), and Terrell Suggs, that linebacking corp was probably the best I can think of. My question to everyone here is what do you think our linebacking corp will look like in the upcoming years? I know that Spags doesn't run the same defense as the Ravens, he is more known for his Defensive line, but I personally would love to see a player similar to Bart Scott or Terrel Suggs play in our defense.

  • #2
    Re: Linebackers

    We may be looking to upgrade the strong side in the near future, but other than that, Laurinaitis and Witherspoon seem to be locks for the next few years.


    • #3
      Re: Linebackers

      You can also pencil in Chris Draft for now on the strong side, but Larry Grant has been verry impressive in camp and had a good game against the Falcons 4 tackles and a sack I believe.


      • #4
        Re: Linebackers

        I think it'll be

        Draft - Laurinaitis - Witherspoon

        We might be looking to upgrade where Draft is playing. I heard Grant is doing pretty good! But we have to see him play some more. He had a great play against Atlanta last week. Hope he can use that as his baby steps.


        • #5
          Re: Linebackers

          What the Rams need is a R. Lewis...a motivating leader to fire up the defense. It just takes one match to start a forest fire. Its true also with a motivating personality to fire up a defense


          • #6
            Re: Linebackers

            the rams need energy guys somewhere on d, i'm not sure where from. i like what butler is doing so far establishing that. as far as our linebackers, i really like witherspoon and laurinaitis, and larry grant has stood out to me in what little i've watched of him. i'd like to see him get a chance as the first backup, i think he could take over at the strong side and allow spoon to move back to the weak side. i think what's more important is our d-line, we're running a 4-3 here which requires a d-line that can bring pressure to be elite. right now we've got little and hall, who are both old and dinged up, and chris long who probably doesn't have it to be an elite pass rusher. i'd like to see him spend more time at left end, where he'd help more in the run game then little has been able to in his old age. i think a pure pass rusher needs to be a top priority next year, and it's pretty obvious. as far as the tackles, we need to get bigger one way or another. ryan is a solid dt with solid size, but he'd play better next to another guy with similar size or bigger. carriker is a great "ut" prospect but needs to play next to a true nt to reach his potential. scott could be the answer, but i haven't heard enough good things about his work ethic.


            • #7
              Re: Linebackers

              I think JL will provide some Ray Lewis spark to this Defense, "some". Let him finish getting wet first though. I am keeping an eye on Scott and Ian Cambell. I'd like to see some DeMarco Farr from these two as far as sense of humor and work ethic. Farr always seems to have a bit of the enforcer in him out there. Then I would like to see OJ start laying some wood down on the guys that make it into the secondary, and right now there is plenty of opportunity for that.
              Semper Fi!


              • #8
                Re: Linebackers

                It would be interesting to see Ray Lewis and the Ravens' linebackers play behind our defensive line and see how wonderful they looked in that scenario. Conversely it would also be interesting to see our linebacking corps playing behind the Ravens' D- line. Hopefully after Laurinaitis gains more NFL level experience we'll be stronger against the run. One thing that still galls me is trading down to the 15th spot in the 2006 draft and selecting Tye Hill deliberately passing over Haloti Ngata or even Broderick Bunkley. To be honest though, that same year I actually wanted the Rams to draft the Klopper. Yep .. I really did ...

                If we're to be successful stopping the run with any consistency, we'll need to get stronger up front. Whether we can do so with our existing personnel, or not remains to be seen. IMO we are one or two drafts (and off season acquisitions) away from acheiving this. Hopefully I'm wrong, and by midseason we'll be kicking some butt on defense ..


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                • RamsInfiniti
                  How bad was our DEFENSIVE LINE at stopping Hightower .... ?
                  by RamsInfiniti
                  Not bad at all. The D-LINE was actually very effective at containing the run. Can't say the same for out pathetic linebackers and Fakhir Brown ...

                  12 freakin tackles by linebackers. THATS IT! Many teams in this league have a SINGLE linebacker that gets 9-12 a game ....

                  Overall, for Hightower, 16 carries of 4 yards or less, 4 of which were for loss (3 by Chris Long, what a stud he was against the run), and 6 more for zero or one yard ...

                  The D-Line cannot contain every single run. Our linebackers are horrible at containing inside. Every long run was the result of a missed tackle or linebackers getting blown away, often on counter plays. We are getting a very good push up front, evidenced strongly by ten runs by Hightower of 1 yard or less ...

                  We need serious help in the linebacker corp, these guys just cannot get into lanes ...

                  And believe it or not, for all Tye Hill's shortcomings, he is at least an aggressive tackler in the run game, so maybe he can help some when he returns ...

                  I wonder if Hightower blows up all those long runs if the psycho, Manning, Jr., were in the game?
                  -11-03-2008, 12:55 PM
                • live4ramin
                  Could it be? Defense...
                  by live4ramin
                  My love of football is on the offensive side of the ball, particularly the offensive line. The blocking and the pride these guys have when they jel into one unit, usually without much in the way of credit.

                  But silently this team's defense just keeps getting a little better. If these guys can stay healthy and build a little pride in keeping the offense off the field Spags may turn this group of nobodies into something to get excited about.

                  I've never had a great defense to watch on Sundays. It was always time to grab a snack and a cold beverage. It could be a life changer for some of us.
                  -08-29-2010, 07:42 AM
                • MauiRam
                  Laurinaitis confident chemistry will develop ..
                  by MauiRam
                  Fox Sports Midwest:

                  ST. LOUIS Experience surrounds him, so James Laurinaitis is confident the chemistry between linebackers will come. Laurinaitis stood 10 feet away from fellow linebacker Brady Poppinga, a seven-year veteran, after practice Thursday at Rams Park. Each player spoke about how they can serve as the spirit of the St. Louis Rams' defense. Both share traits making that possible. They are vocal and aggressive. They search for chances to deliver pad-popping hits that will make their teammates want to do the same to someone else. They understand their role as the eyes that connect the secondary and defensive line. "You have to set the tempo for the defense," said Laurinaitis, who had 114 tackles and three sacks in his second season last year. "Speaking for the middle guys, the (linebackers) have to make the call as the quarterback of the defense. They organize the front. They organize any stunts. They organize any checks in and out of pressures." All that responsibility is why Laurinaitis is glad to have veterans by his side.

                  The Rams added Poppinga, five-year player Zac Diles and 10-year player Ben Leber to their linebacker corps in the last three weeks. The free-agency additions have had a quick introduction to St. Louis' defense. They share Laurinaitis' confidence that they can become an effective group. The three are established players, but Diles and Poppinga have left their original teams for the first time. The Houston Texans chose Diles in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. He had 223 tackles and one sack in four seasons, his best year coming in 2010 when he had 59 solos and 23 assists. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers selected Poppinga in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. He had 244 tackles and five sacks in six seasons. He had seven tackles in six games last year, before sustaining a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee in October. "This is one of the most fun groups of guys I have been around my whole career," Poppinga said. "I love the guys, because they're hard workers. They take the scheme and the whole situation very seriously. I've been in situations where guys blow off this opportunity like it's nothing, like they're always going to have it. Here, it's not like that. These guys, they take their work seriously. And I love being with guys like that."

                  Leber is one of the players Poppinga has enjoyed. Leber began his career with the San Diego Chargers in 2002, but he came to St. Louis after five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He has earned 46 tackles in each of the past two seasons, his production down from when he had 67 in 2007 and 64 in 2008. "It seems like it's the same sort of system," Leber said when comparing the Rams' and Vikings' schemes. "I think just being here in the Midwest, I'm kind of a Midwest guy. It's very appealing to me. It's the same sort of deal that I've been used to as far as defensive scheme...
                  -08-19-2011, 08:18 AM
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                  Now there are going to be some true MLB in this years free agent. would we sign one of them like: Karlos Dansby, Ray Lewis, Bart Scott...and many more just to name a we have the money ...or do Will Witherspoon have the position Locked up!....I would personaly like it if they put him back at OLB and put and a true Dog in the Middle!
                  -10-24-2008, 10:26 AM
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                  Defensive Outlook
                  by Guest
                  I think the biggest key to this defense will (as I usually do) be our secondary. Primarily because of how we're gonna be blitzing a lot and it's up to them to cover for 5 seconds at least. If they can do that reasonably well, we can have a more viable defense.

                  From what I understand, Spags is a Jim Johnson disciple even though he has his own spins on it. He brings heat from everywhere and I look forward to seeing James Laurinitus and Will Witherspoon out there. I really think those two could have great seasons, as well as I think this defense, while it might get picked apart at times will create a LOT MORE turnovers this year.

                  At least I hope so. Our secondary, could greatly benefit from Spags blitzing schemes so they don't have to cover so long.

                  -08-26-2009, 11:12 PM