Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: Brockers' big day
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn't prone to handing out heavy praise when asked about his players or team.
So when he was asked about the performance of defensive tackle Michael Brockers against the Houston Texans on Sunday, it was a bit surprising to hear Fisher go beyond a basic acknowledgement that Brockers played well.
“This particular game, yes, was his best game to date as a Ram," Fisher said. "He was very, very good. Very productive -- run game, pass game, effort, pressure. He was clearly the best tackle on the field yesterday.”
To hear Fisher so openly acknowledge that Brockers' effort against the Texans was the best of his young career wasn't a surprise in the sense that it was pretty clear Brockers had a strong game. He finished with seven tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in his first NFL game in his hometown.
It was no surprise to see Brockers play as he did against the Texans. After all, he was popular pick to have a breakout year before the season began and he was fully recovered from offseason ankle surgery. In the first five weeks, Brockers had been up and down, flashing the brute strength that raised those expectations in the first place but also having his share of struggles.
A game like the one he had on Sunday could catapult Brockers to the big things many have expected. The next step is to find the consistency to do it on a weekly basis.
For his part, Brockers was unimpressed with his final line, especially compared to his team's end result.
"I think it just happened like that," Brockers said. "I did my job, I was pushing the pocket and he stepped up and all of a sudden I was right there. It wasn’t anything special. I just think I’m a soldier in this unit. I just did my job."
If he keeps doing his job as well as he did against the Texans, more praise from his coaches might be on the way.
Our daily roundup of Rams' stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... After Monday's Ram-blings, we offered Upon Further Review, with a look at four hot issues coming out of the Rams' win against the Texans. ... Next, it was this week's rookie review with snap counts and production by the Rams rookie class. ... Then we delved into the issue of Texans fans cheering the injury to quarterback Matt Schaub and how the Rams reacted to it. ... Finally, it was a look at how the Rams went about shutting down Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
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The Associated Press recaps the Rams' win.
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