Wednesday, November 17, 2010
49ers' Staley: Rams' Hall among the best
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams will need a strong pass rush to prevent the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan from slicing up their secondary with passes to Roddy White.
Defensive ends Chris Long and James Hall gave the San Francisco 49ers problems at Candlestick Park in Week 10. Long collected his fifth sack in his last five games. Hall also had a sack, giving him 7.5 this season. That is tied with Seattle's Chris Clemons for most in the NFC West and seventh most in the NFL this season.
Joe Staley, the 49ers' left tackle, called Hall "one of the better d-ends in the NFL" after facing him Sunday. Hall packs about 280 pounds on a 6-foot-2 frame.
"Personally, I don't match up real well against him because I'm a lighter, athletic guy," Staley said. "He's just a big bull rusher, he has a lot of size, he's kind of a shorter guy so he has great leverage. He's a veteran dude, he's been in the NFL for 11 years and he knows all the tricks of the trade. He knows how to set you up. He is the kind of guy you have to be on your game every play."
The Falcons' Ryan has taken only two sacks in his last three games after suffering 10 over a four-game period. The Rams have 14 sacks in their last three home games. They had five against the 49ers.
Hall would probably have better career sack numbers if he had played for better teams. He spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions before signing with the Rams in 2007. He had a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2004.