Kehl moves up ladder in Rams' defense

Posted Nov. 11, 2010 @ 10:30 a.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Following in the footsteps of Fred Robbins and James Butler, Bryan Kehl is the latest member of what team insiders refer to as the Rams’ “New York Mafia” that played under head coach Steve Spagnuolo when he was the Giants’ defensive coordinator to make his presence felt in the team’s greatly improved defense. Kehl, who played under Spagnuolo in his rookie season (2008) and was signed in mid-September after the Giants released him after Week One, has quietly replaced Larry Grant as the Rams’ starting weak-side linebacker. “He had been playing in the nickel and showed pretty good range and cover skills,” a daily team observer said of Kehl. Grant, who the observer said “was a pretty effective blitzer but probably has a skill set better suited for the strong side,” is now figuring more in the mix on special teams, where Spagnuolo said Grant has been providing “quality reps.”