ST. LOUIS -- The difficulty of the NFC West division has been a hot topic in New York this week as part of the many story lines surrounding the Super Bowl. Throughout the week, various members of the Seattle Seahawks have offered praise for San Francisco, Arizona and, yes, the St. Louis Rams.
The respect amongst the division has been apparent. In his Thursday column at stltoday.com, Bernie Miklasz offered some interesting and amusing takes from a variety of Seahawks on how they view the Rams.
In polling Seattle's players on how they could see the Rams improving, Miklasz got plenty of answers, many of which we've discussed here. Some mentioned adding more playmakers, one mentioned a physical wide receiver and an anonymous player mentioned the secondary.
Seattle's thoughts on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford were more intriguing to me, especially this one from linebacker O'Brien Schofield:
“You need a running quarterback in this division,” Schofield told Miklasz. “The defenses are too good to just stand there and try to make throws. You need a quarterback who can make plays by getting out of the pocket and breaking down a defense that way.”
As Miklasz pointed out, the Rams are 5-2-1 in division games Bradford has started the past two seasons. But noting the athleticism and ability of defenses in the NFC West does make you wonder if having that ability is more important. I'm of the belief that it doesn't and a good pocket passer can be every bit as successful, if not more, than someone with scrambling ability. It simply puts more emphasis on building a strong offensive line.
A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began the day with thoughts from Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk on the current state of the Rams. ... Next, we offered the thoughts of Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane on the Rams. ... Next, Saints reporter Mike Triplett and I discussed what Gregg Williams brings to the Rams as defensive coordinator. ... Finally, we continued our series of vetting potential draft trade partners for the Rams with a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Adam Schefter discussed reaction to the Rams' hiring of Williams.
Panthers reporter David Newton adds his perspective on the Hall of Fame candidacy of Kevin Greene.
Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss offered a great look at the career and Hall of Fame potential of Aeneas Williams.
At stltoday.com, Miklasz gives his take on the reunion of Williams and Jeff Fisher.
Jim Thomas investigates whether Williams can elevate the Rams' defense to the next level.
Jeff Gordon says Tim Walton became the Rams' fall guy though it seems more likely Walton would still be in St. Louis if Williams hadn't come available.
Turf Show Times provides the video goods of a segment featuring legendary Rams receiver Isaac Bruce and Stephen Colbert. Seriously.