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  • Do We Have The Makings Of An Opportunistic, Turnover Creating Defense?

    Say what you want about the defense, but through the first three preseason games, they look to me like a hard hitting, aggresive, opportunistic group that can take the ball away from opposing offenses. Multiple turnovers in all three games for a total of nine, I'm really hoping this trend can translate to the regular season because turnovers are game changers.

    Now if we can only get that tackling thing down.....

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    Re: Do We Have The Makings Of An Opportunistic, Turnover Creating Defense?

    I think we need a tackling coach. Outside of that, our defense looks strong.

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      Re: Do We Have The Makings Of An Opportunistic, Turnover Creating Defense?

      From what I've seen on tape (which isn't much, unfortunately, I never get to watch my Rams play), and my theory...

      I have to say that no one really knows what we'll be great or bad at. There are obvious issues on both sides of the ball, but we are a young team and I'm sure we will see more than just 1 gem on this football. We're still rebuilding, but this team is full of unknowns. Like Spags said, this is the land of opportunity. We are going to see who the real football players are, the hard working players, and eventually mold into a solid football team. These things take time, but I do agree with you Mike, I think Spags is putting this team in the right direction, especially on defense.
      Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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        Re: Do We Have The Makings Of An Opportunistic, Turnover Creating Defense?

        Now if we can only get that tackling thing down.....
        It was not as bad as last week. The Rams have had a hard camp these guy have to be feeling it. The D liiks alot better too me. I'm more worried about the O dink and dunk and run,run,run...We should be in alot of games.

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          Re: Do We Have The Makings Of An Opportunistic, Turnover Creating Defense?

          Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
          Say what you want about the defense, but through the first three preseason games, they look to me like a hard hitting, aggresive, opportunistic group that can take the ball away from opposing offenses. Multiple turnovers in all three games for a total of nine, I'm really hoping this trend can translate to the regular season because turnovers are game changers.

          Now if we can only get that tackling thing down.....
          Yes, I think we will. With that being said, we will (at times) get picked apart and give up big plays. But we'll also CREATE some big plays of our own and we should be able to attack our opponents instead of sitting back and letting them attack us.

          I also want to warn that maybe the Bengals offensive line sucks so that might be a bit of fools gold. But anyway.

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            Re: Do We Have The Makings Of An Opportunistit

            I think by game 4 of the regular season we will be a D that is showing

            the signs of being that top 10 D.. I also think we will be in the top 10 by

            the end of the year in causing turnovers.

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            • Curly Horns
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              Defending the defense might seem like a tough task to a lot of Rams fans these days. Why I choose to take on such a low, down, dirty task is beyond me. Maybe I'm the consummate Rams fan. The type that has always been in love with a bit of an underdog. Hey, if you have been a Rams fan for very long, you know what I'm talking about.

              So where does one begin to defend this defense amongst all the pessimism? Since we can not predict the future, I say history is the best option.

              Most of us remember what it was like to be a perennial basement dweller only to rise to the top after the '99 season with a shiny new Lombardi and high hopes for a repeat the following season.

              And why not a repeat? We had the GSOT and a pretty good defense. Granted the defense was not the best, but it was no slouch. The majority of defensive starters returned, the defensive coordinator returned, the same scheme returned, and yet we all know that the bottom fell out in 2000.

              Hmmm. Just goes to show how easily a group of players can rise and fall from season to season. Scheme, coaching, talent level are certainly factors, but ultimately it comes from within the group of players. They can rise. History has proven it.

              So how good does this defense really need to be to win a championship? Our own Rams history and very recent history has proven they do not need to be the best defense in the league. They simply need to be good enough when it matters most.

              Let's look a little deeper into that magical season of '99. There are those who claim that your best defense is a potent offense. I'm quite sure this is not entirely true. However, we have seen it work to our advantage. The potent offense of the '99 squad certainly helped the defense. The offense was able to score quickly and often. This put the defense in a good position against opposing offenses as they were forced to play catch-up. Our 2007 offense has the ability to be quite potent. This can help the 2007 defense. History has proven it.

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              Hmmm. How good does the defense need to be to win a championship? Certainly not the best. History has proven it.



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