Rams see positives from move of Michael Brockers to defensive end

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The Los Angeles Rams are continuing to tinker with their defensive personnel as they seek to find the best fits for specific roles in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

The Rams had previous played with a 4-3 front under Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams. For the Rams most talented defensive pieces – including Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers and Robert Quinn – this meant a significant change in their responsibilities this season.

According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, the Rams made an additional change with Brockers last week that paid immediate dividends.

Brockers had initially been asked to play nose tackle in Phillips’ defense, a position asked to line up right over the top of the opposing center. But last week against the Dallas Cowboys, the Rams moved Brockers to defensive end instead. That put Brockers and Donald as the two defensive ends with Quinn at outside linebacker and a tandem of Tanzel Smart and Tyrunn Walker at nose tackle instead.

“For (Phillips) to see me as a playmaker and to open it up and give me those opportunities, I appreciate it,” Brockers said. “And I just want to show him that he didn’t make the wrong decision and I can get the job done.”

Brockers had three tackles with a sack and two passes defended. It was the first game this season where Brockers had managed to get a sack.

“He’s a really good player at any position he plays, especially going against the offensive tackles that Dallas has. He played really well against those guys and showed how good he can be,” Phillips said.

10 responses to “Rams see positives from move of Michael Brockers to defensive end

  1. Those boys are gonna have a field day against my Seahawks. I hope they expose our offense even further so we can finally get rid of Bevell. The only time we move the ball is during 2 minute drill with Russell calling the plays.

  2. Always thought Brockers was a little underutilized in Gregg Williams’ defense. He’s not just a space eater, he can be a playmaker too.

    He’s playing like a Pro Bowler this year.

  3. Every week you see the defense the defense improving. My main concern still is the LB’s. Ogletree is always near the ball but ends up horribly out of position to make the tackle. Moving him to MLB was a mistake and is better suited for the outside IMO.

  4. I agree on the Ogletree post…also he tries way too many arm tackles instead of delivering a blow with his shoulders. That miss on Zeke at the 5 yard line for the Dallas TD was rediculous. Hes one of my favorite players but needs to be more sound as a tackler IMO…

  5. metscher5 says:

    October 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I agree on the Ogletree post…also he tries way too many arm tackles instead of delivering a blow with his shoulders. That miss on Zeke at the 5 yard line for the Dallas TD was rediculous. Hes one of my favorite players but needs to be more sound as a tackler IMO…

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    Umm you actually want your defenders to use arm tackles instead of using their shoulders, that is called technique tackling. The issue with Olgetree is he tends to tackle to high

  6. TaeCH326 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    metscher5 says:

    October 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I agree on the Ogletree post…also he tries way too many arm tackles instead of delivering a blow with his shoulders. That miss on Zeke at the 5 yard line for the Dallas TD was rediculous. Hes one of my favorite players but needs to be more sound as a tackler IMO…

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    Umm you actually want your defenders to use arm tackles instead of using their shoulders, that is called technique tackling. The issue with Olgetree is he tends to tackle to high

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    I think you’re misunderstanding. Proper technique is to hit with the shoulder, wrap up with the arms. Arm tackling refers to grabbing the guy and trying to wrestle him down, which explains why he’s tackling too high.

  7. Ogletree gets held on almost every running play, but he doesn’t help himself, he’s still better than Laurenitis,…yuck,… but try him at OLB,… then cut him

  8. Our linebackers are what’s hurting our defense. 2 linebackers are edge rushers, barrons really a safety and too small for the run. Ogletree is an outside linebacker not a middle linebacker. They consistently don’t get off blocks to make tackles. Hopefully it will be addressed in next yrs draft

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