Brockers, Quinn, and Co. Have Rams' Defense Looking Much Improved

Brockers, Quinn, and Co. have Rams' defense looking much improved

8/30/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Aug 12, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) tackles Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie (17) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats St. Louis 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIREJim Thomas of AOL Sporting News reports that Rams' rookie Michael Brockers has been "everything the St. Louis Rams hoped for when they drafted the LSU defensive tackle No. 14 overall." He's allegedly developed a good bond with the Rams' defensive line coach, and has been more than willing to work hard to improve his weaknesses, such as his upper body strength.

Brockers was a monster at LSU and was an anchor in their devastating defense. At 6'5'' and 322 pounds, he is very athletic for someone his size and can be vicious when tackling opponents.

Last year's first round pick, Robert Quinn, is also reportedly playing extremely well through camp. He played in 14 games last season, only started in one, and registered a solid five sacks. However, Quinn is said to be "impossible to block" on the practice field and in preseason games so far this year. His go-to move is an outside speed rush, but he is able to use it to set up an inside move or a bull rush to catch offensive linemen off guard.
November 20, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) looks on during warm ups before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
These two young players could be great compliments to established star Chris Long, who racked up 13 sacks last season and has improved on his sack total in each of his four years in the league.

With Quinn looking like a threat for double digit sacks, opponents will not be able to give as much attention to Long, who will find it much easier to come around the outside and disrupt the quarterback. With Brockers clogging the middle, quarterbacks will have less room to step up in the pocket and fall victim to more outside pass rushers.

In addition, the Rams have young stud linebacker James Laurinaitis manning the middle of the field, and have added a very good cornerback in Cortland Finnegan, along with recent risk/reward draft pick Janoris Jenkins, in the defensive backfield.

This young defense is showing a ton of promise. The Rams have done an outstanding job of turning what was once a laughing stock of a defense into a solid unit with a ton of potential.
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