Tuesday, March 26, 2013
101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show
By Mike Sando
Fred Robbins and James Hall combined to start 31 games on the St. Louis Rams' defensive line in 2011.
Rod Hood, Al Harris, Ben Leber and C.J. Ah You combined to make another 14 starts for the Rams' defense that year.
None of the six was on an NFL roster during the 2012 season. The Rams moved on at the right time, in other words.
I bring up those older players and their 2012 fates to frame the Rams' current plan to go with younger players when feasible. Not every coach has the kind of job security Jeff Fisher enjoys with the Rams right now, so we shouldn't automatically criticize past regimes for plugging holes with older players. Robbins and especially Hall were very good players for the Rams at one time. The other vets played roles.
But as the Rams put together a relatively inexperienced roster, the context can be helpful. Bernie Miklasz and I discussed that and other subjects around the NFC West during our conversation Tuesday on 101ESPN St. Louis. Hope you enjoy.