Let me get this off my chest: if the Rams don’t draft Suh I’m leaving this franchise’s fan base. I’m never going to visit this site again. I might go on a tirade so vulgar and crude that I get banned. I can no longer root for a franchise that doesn’t remember how to win. I love football. I have since 1996 when my family and I would sit down and watch the Rams every Sunday until I went away to college. I started playing football when I was 11. A year later the Rams won the Super Bowl. I was hooked, a Rams fan for life. I’ve been reading this site for I believe 2 or maybe even 3 years now. Everday. Often twice. But if the Rams pick Bradford it just cements my fears, the franchise as a whole (both management and fans) have been blinded by the lights. In the glitz of beautiful offense many have been caught in the afterglow. . It is easy to understand why. Fans grew accustom to seeing 6 offensive pro-bowlers on the field every year, four to five of them being future HOFers, the best ever. The entire Rams franchise, fans included (maybe mostly), need to realize that it will NEVER happen again.
Donnie Avery is not Bruce or Holt. Smith is not Pace. Jackson (great he is) is not Marshall. He will never average over 5 yards per carry and over 10 yards per reception. And Bradford most certainly is not Warner. First and foremost, Warner shows no fear. His pocket presence, his ability to stare a D end in the face and hit the slant is what made him the best playoff QB of all time. Remember hearing about the Kill Kurt drill? Most QBs practiced 7 on 7, Kurt practiced 8 on 10 (7 on 7 + a center and 3 D-linemen). Bradford was sacked 25 times though out his entire college career, last year Keith Null (3rd on the Rams in total snaps) hit the ground with the ball 13 times. When ask what QB he would most like to hit Gerald McCoy said Sam Bradford. Why? Because of how protective the OK coaches were of him. He got jumped on for bumping the fragile QB once, not even enough to knock him down. Watch the tape of his two injuries this season. They were both caused by him getting thrown hard to the ground. Now I want you to think about all injuries caused by the Rams turf over the years. Now do some analysis. You got a 60+ million dollar tragedy waiting to happen. Haven’t we already done that before? Ohh yeah, Marc Bulger. Throw in the fact that he hasn’t seen a game since October of last year. How about him putting up all those number against tiny Big XII defensive backs who couldn’t stop anyone? What do you get? Just another in a long line of blown picks by the Rams. I am a firm believer that top quarterbacks benefit from sitting with rare exceptions. And a quaterback who hasn't proven he can get hit time and again isn't someone you take number 1 overall with. Particularly not if you aren't sure you can keep him on his feet. But what really really pisses me off are all the people out there who say that a DT can't even be as valuable as a QB. Trent Dillfer won a super bowl. How? His defense helped him play above his level just a another team I know.
Sadly, the quietly dominant defenses performances that were the 1999 and 2001 seasons has been completely forgotten. Mad props to anyone who came name me the Rams D coordinator in 1999, no cheating! That year the Rams allowed the 4th fewest points giving up the 7th fewest yards. Obviously that year we won the Super Bowl. The next year, after the coaching turnover, we still had the best offence, but also allowed the most points in the league while allowing opposing offenses to gain the 9th most yards. That year we lost in the playoffs to New Orleans by allowing them to score 31 points! Obviously offense only wasn’t going to get it done, so the savvy winning team went out and found Lovie Smith. With him at the helm of the defense we returned to the Super Bowl after allowing the 7th fewest points and 3rd fewest yards against. How did this defense succeed so much? Great D-line play (granted mostly from our D-ends). We pressured the QB like crazy, forcing bad passes, which allowed us to generate the most turnovers in the league as well (both 99 and 2001) despite our best CB being Dexter Mcleon (FYI a rookie pro-bowler in his first year with 6 picks, a second round pick in the 99 draft). Turnovers are the most helpful thing in football. A turnover in their half of the field is almost guaranteed points, something the Rams could use a bit more of. Imagine if the offense occasionally started a drive closer to the 50 than the 20. Needing to only go 20 yards for a FG is a lot easier than going 50, and these guys can use all the help they can get.
Remember Suh’s pick against Mizzou? He’s gonna do that again wouldn’t you rather have it happen for us (I’ve been hearing that argument a lot for Bradford, which is BS a argument for many reasons but I just wanted to throw it back)? Hell when was the last time the rams blocked a FG, because Suh has done that 4 times. He also broke up 10 passes, good enough for 34th in college football last season (Ron Bartell led the Rams with 9). My point being that Suh can do things at the defensive tackle position that no one else will be able to do in a long while and when he comes along you can’t pass him up. Suh isn’t your everyday D linemen go ahead and look at his stat line one more time. The man is a penetration machine, even against the double team he still drives opponents backwards. His double team take demanding presence takes pressure off a young and still improving Clifton Ryan (I guarantee a rise in tackles for loss). Same can be said for Chris Long. Think about it in terms of Xs and Os. Suh takes a guard and a center away and is still a threat. A guard against Ryan and a tackle against Long. Who does that leave wide open? All of our linebackers. Defenses then have to choose between getting a blocker on Animal Jr., double teaming Suh, leaving a TE isolated against a DE. Either way there are so many things to think about for opposing O-lines there is a good chance someone makes a mistake. Mistakes lead to penetration, penetration leads to turn overs, turn overs lead to better offense. And if the Rams fan base is too football stupid to understand that then I don’t want to be a part of it.