Sean McVay unconcerned about Ndamukong Suh fitting into defense

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The Rams added a big piece to their defense on Monday when they signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal and some people may be wondering about how making a move like that might sit with Aaron Donald when he’s looking for a new contract.

On Tuesday, coach Sean McVay said he’s not concerned about any friction between the players or how Suh will fit into the defense. He said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, that Suh will play nose tackle while Donald stays at the three-technique spot and that “the mutual respect that exists between those two players was imperative and really paramount to even pursue this in the first place.”

McVay also pointed to the presence of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as a reason to feel confident that everything will work out well for the Rams after adding players like Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to the defense this offseason.

“I think the defensive coordinator has more swag than all of them, so we’ll be in good shape,” McVay said.

All the new additions will increase the expectations that the Rams take a step forward from last year’s division title and first-round playoff exit. Making sure all the new pieces gel will be important to reaching those expectations and the team’s ability to make that happen will be a major storyline in Los Angeles this season.

23 responses to “Sean McVay unconcerned about Ndamukong Suh fitting into defense

  1. The Rams are going hard at the Eagles! Heavy lies the head that wears the crown! But, the Eagles have great team cohesion provided Michael Bennett doesn’t mess it up. And, I predict the Eagles repeat and hold off the Rams in the NFC Championship. The Vikings? Bronze medalists in the NFC. It is Eagles vs Rams for NFC supremacy!

  2. Keep counting the saints out….. they have the most depth of any NFC team, that’s whats wins championships. they were down 21 and 11 STARTERS last year and were one bonehead play from the NFCCG.

  3. Never under estimate to value of a great coach. The key on the whole things was Wade Phillips. Sorry Denver, you never should have let him walk.

  4. “Keep counting the saints out….. they have the most depth of any NFC team, that’s whats wins championships. they were down 21 and 11 STARTERS last year and were one bonehead play from the NFCCG.”

    Did someone spike your gumbo ? The Eagles just won the Super Bowl with a backup at QB and left tackle . Also lost their best linebacker, return man/3rd down back , and special teamer . Oh, and their starting kicker .

  5. Suh didn’t look like the dominant D Lineman he is hyped up to be. Granted he didn’t have much around him in Miami, but his stats just don’t show dominance. he avg 4.5 sacks/yr.
    And teams can run on him. He gets out of position easily, it’s his aggressive nature, and opposing play callers take advantage of that on occasion.

  6. I have no doubt that Wade Phillips will be able to handle them. I mean after all as head coach of the Cowboys he dealt with all of those personalities, with some names like Adam Jones, Tank Johnson(both who stayed in more trouble than Talib, Peters, and Suh combined), and Terrell Owens.

  7. Of course he isn’t concerned. He doesn’t have anything to do with the defense. I’m sure Phillips is concerned on how to make this work. Suh would be a waste at the nose and so would Donald. Brockers isnt a nose. Suh and Donald are 5 techs. It can work but this is a schematical nightmare especially for a guy you just paid 14 mill to.

  8. In 1983 they filmed a movie in my hometown called “Grandview USA”, It had an all star cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, etx………..The final product wasn’t very good. Maybe all you Rams fans should watch that movie and take a step back. Lots of names doesn’t always make instant success.

  9. The Rams “Hype Machine” is officially activated in the National media and of course the bandwagon Ram fantrolls.
    If you thought the Cowboys or Raiders hype was intolerable last season, you ain’t seen NOTHING yet!

  10. A lot of teams have brought in some big names over the years and mostly it never worked. Maybe it’s about time I happens for somebody. Probably not long term but for a season maybe two.

  11. Not a Rams fan, but with the lineup they’ve got on both sides of the ball plus Wade anything less than an NFC championship would be a fail.

  12. League needs the Rams to have a good record if they are going to get the bandwagon LA fans into those overpriced PSLs. Particularly if they budgeted for revenue from 2 teams to make the stadium a financial success.

  13. Rams have two 3-tech DT’s (Donald & Suh) and a 5-Tech DE (Brockers) playing in the 3-4. Who’s going to be be your outside OLB’s and your Zero-Tech NT?
    If I’m Sean McVay, I’d trade Brockers for an OLB, but he’s probably the best DE fit in the 3-4.
    Square pegs, round holes.

  14. In all honesty if the rams would of got passed Atlanta last year I don’t believe the eagles would of made it to the Super Bowl. They played the eagles tough and knocked Wentz out for the season. For me that was the game of the year. Showed me that Wentz is a great qb way better than golff. Hopefully golff makes that next step. For Wentz to elude Donald like that play after play was just unbelievable. That being said i don’t think the eagles will repeat and I hope it’s rams time. Watched them in st.louis being absolutely rancid for over a decade after greatest show on turf and I like seeing them make moves to actually better their team. Not used to any of this. Rams nation

  15. Suh’s signing was not front page news in LA. It made the front page of the sports sections, but it didn’t make the front page of the papers. If/when the Lakers sign LeBron … that will be front page news. Suh is a beast, but he’s not LeBron! Also, the Rams aren’t the Lakers … yet.

    Signing Suh to a one year deal is a statement that says the Rams want to win now, not some year in the future. Anything less than total domination including a Super Bowl victory will be considered a failure. And then they need to repeat, and threepeat. But really, those should be the expectations at every team right now. Unless you live in Detroit.

  16. desmondsdoghouse says:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:48 am
    The rams will have to adjust to all the extra penalties Suh will make
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    This is True! In 2017 Defensive Offside (5), Neutral Zone Infraction (2), Unnecessary Roughness (2), Defensive Holding (1), Face Mask (15 Yards) (1), Roughing the Passer (1), Illegal Use of Hands (1)… and I actually liked him on my team. He is a Stud. I hope it works out. Folks saying he was not productive do not know football. He ranked 3rd as a DLineman. Must have been doing something right. Unfortuantely, he is a Cancer in the lockeroom and simply cost too much for a team that was stuck in Cap trouble and mediocrity.

  17. Ivan Pavlov says:

    March 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Signing Suh to a one year deal is a statement that says the Rams want to win now, not some year in the future. Anything less than total domination including a Super Bowl victory will be considered a failure. And then they need to repeat, and threepeat.

    This is not Baseball, the Rams are spending no more money than other teams in 2018, 2019, 2020, etc. It’s just how you manage it and take advantage when your current stars are still on their first contracts. Instead of Suh, they could’ve paid 2-3 3rd tier Front 7 guys, but would be in the same boat with them come the future when they need to pay Goff, Donald, Gurley, presumably Peters. There’s only so much money to go around. Unless Suh wants less money in 2019, he’s gone and you fill in with whatever you can make work for the $$$.

  18. Has Suh ever played NT? I thought he has always set up in a 4-3 scheme, not a 3-4, but I could be wrong. He weighs about 300 pounds and for a NT that isn’t exactly big, even though it is hard to believe 300 pounds could ever be described as not exactly big. I think at his age and on the wrong side of his career, working in the middle as a NT in a 3-4 set could really wear him down by the 2nd half of the year. Of course the Rams won’t care, because he is a one year plug and chug player as they won’t resign him with all the young guys coming off contracts will need that money for their 2nd contract.

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