After a two win 2011-12 season, the only route the Rams could pursue was improvement. And that’s what they have done. St. Louis held the Cardinals to three points Thursday night and sacked Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb nine times. The past two outings have shown tremendous defensive strides for the Rams. St. Louis defeated Seattle last week while holding them to 13 points. The Arizona victory was impressive as well, due to the Cardinals offensive strength. Arizona scored at least 20 points in every game this season; until Thursday.
Robert Quinn, a second-year defensive lineman had his breakout NFL game, earning three sacks. Quinn and Chris Long combined for four sacks total and have worked together tremendously on the field. They were expected to be a powerful duality prior to the season; they are also proving Jeff Fisher’s ability to create a strong defense and encourage his players to reach their highest potential, regardless of where he coaches.
The Rams have the potential to become a solid defense. With Quinn and Long as strong pass rushers and two very capable cornerbacks, Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis could shock many teams with their defensive possibilities.