Last year, the Rams front 4 was killer. The defense amassed 43 sacks improving from 25 in 2009. Fred Robbins was a pleasant surprise having his best season as a pro. He had 28 tackles, 6 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. He played lights out football plugging gaps and stopping runs for short gains. James Hall also had a terrific season. Both guys are veterans and may not have seasons like this again. Chris Long exploded last year and is on the verge of a pro bowl. Robert Quinn was an excellent draft choice. Lots of people think we need to pursue a defensive tackle in free agency to play alongside Robbins. Clifton Ryan was on IR because of migraines and guys like Gary Gibson, Darell Scott, and Jermelle Cudjo aren't going to cut it.
Barry Cofield - Cofield is a very intriguing option. He is very familiar with Spag's defense and is good friends with Robbins. I am sure Robbins will contact Cofield and try to persuade him to make his way over to St. Louis. He is young, in his prime, and a terrific player. He is great at stopping the run. He can also collapse the pocket. A front four containing Long, Cofield, Robbins, and Hall/Quinn would be absolutely terrifying for the opposing quarterback. I'd love to see us heavily pursue Cofield.
Brandon Mebane - Mebane may not have the best numbers, though he is very productive. Stealing him from a division rival would be terrific. He has been the key cog to their defensive line and would fit in perfectly here. He is very young only being in the league for 4 years and is entering his prime. He is very solid at plugging holes and stopping runs making him very valuable. He would be cheaper than Cofield though this defensive line could use either of these young talented players.
Ken Flajole's and Spag's defense is on the rise. I feel we are one talented outside linebacker and defensive tackle away from being a top 5 defense. They have totally changed the culture around here and need to keep building. One positive, we are definently on our way up.