Quick analysis: Rams becoming a contender

The St. Louis Rams have the most dominant defensive line in football. On Friday, the Rams signed Nick Fairley to bolster the group, joining an already horrifying trio of Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. St. Louis now has a front almost impossible to slow without keeping in tight ends and backs, hurting the offense’s ability to throw downfield.

St. Louis has struggled to compete in the loaded NFC West since Jeff Fisher’s arrival three years ago, but things are beginning to change. This offseason, the Rams acquired Nick Foles for oft-injured quarterback Sam Bradford before re-signing Lance Kendricks and inking Fairley. With the San Francisco 49ers entering a rebuilding period, it is time for St. Louis to make a move.

The Rams are going about being an NFC West power the right way. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals both have poor offensive lines. St. Louis can take advantage of those deficiencies by getting constant pressure on Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer, while bottling up Marshawn Lynch. St. Louis is not going to be an overly-explosive offensive team, so holding other attacks down and causing turnovers is a great avenue to take.

Making a postseason push is not out of the question for St. Louis. The Rams finally have an actual quarterback, a killer defensive line and a quality coach. With good health and a solid draft, St. Louis could finally see double-digit wins for the first time since the Marc Bulger era.

About Matt Verderame

Matt Verderame, 26, is a New Yorker who went to school at the frozen tundra of SUNY Oswego. After graduating, Verderame has worked for Gannett and SB Nation among other ventures.

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