The St. Louis Rams have had 10 much needed days off as they prepare to take on the Miami Dolphins.
The Rams are 3-2 and now boast a 2-0 record in the suddenly competitive NFC West division. The Rams are a game over .500 mainly because of the stout play of the defense. The defensive unit is led by middle linebacker James Laurinitas with 49 tackles and cornerback Courtland Finnegan, who is second on the team with tackles with 36 and three interceptions including one for a touchdown.
The Rams has already made some impressive strides so far in the Jeff Fisher coaching area. Last year, the Rams’ defense yielded 25.4 points a game and allowed teams to convert on third down at a rate of nearly 40 percent. And this 2012 version of the Rams has allowed 18.8 points per game, which is an improvement of a touchdown. On top of that, the Rams had to deal with injuries to defensive tackles Michael Brockers and Matt Conrath both rookies. A head injury to Eugene Sims and an injury to safety Quintin Mikell in the most recent contest against the Arizona Cardinals have also hit the defense.
The Rams defense seems to get better game by game. In the game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams just abused Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb for nine sacks. Kolb sported a limp and a bloody mouth. And trust me Kolb would have rather had that red mouth, thanks to a Powerhouse cherry flavored pixie stix ,instead of having defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn make his 60 minutes on the football feel like he was on a southbound trip to the depths of downtown H-E-double hockey sticks.
And after watching what the Rams have done to mobile quarterbacks like Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson and Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III, plus the rude way they treated Kolb last Thursday, what could Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill expect? If I could borrow a quote from Clubber Lane from Rocky III, “PAIN!!!!”
Here is a chance for the Rams to get their first road win of the season. And it can happen thanks to the ferocious defense that they employ now. And I haven’t even mentioned that great contributions by linebacker Jo-Lunn Dunbar and defensive lineman William Hayes who were free agent pickups in the off season and paying big dividends to the Rams much improved defense.
After five games, it’s pretty easy to tell why the Rams have made strides instead of constantly going backwards. Man, what a difference a solid head coach and a competent general manager and scouting department can do for a whoa as me franchise.