Rams GM Les Snead aggressively upgraded the CB position in the offseason, swinging trades that brought in Marcus Peters from the Chiefs and Aqib Talib from the Broncos. “Upgrade” might be a vast understatement -- Peters and Talib have seven Pro Bowls between them and will form arguably the top CB duo in the league. Then, Snead landed three-time All-Pro Ndamukong Suh, pairing him with reigning defensive MVP Aaron Donald, who is considered by many to be the best defensive lineman in the league. Coordinator Wade Phillips’ units have finished in the top three in defensive fantasy scoring in each of the past three years. Last year’s Rams defense ranked fourth in sacks and fifth in takeaways, and it manufactured five defensive touchdowns.
The Rams collected a lot of sacks last season, and Donald is the best pass-rushing tackle in the game, while Suh creates more havoc than his 51.5 sacks over eight seasons suggest. But who else on this defense can put heat on the quarterback? DE Robert Quinn, who had 8.5 sacks last season, left for Miami. No one else on the Rams had more than 5.5 sacks last season, and the team doesn’t have a proven edge rusher on the roster. LB Alec Ogletree was traded to the Giants in the offseason, and the Rams now appear to have multiple holes at linebacker.
With Peters, Talib, Donald, Suh and stud FS LaMarcus Joyner, the Rams’ pass defense should be terrific. There are some defensive holes, but history suggests that Wade Phillips will get this unit to play at a high level.