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St. Louis Rams Defensive MVP Through the First Quarter of the NFL Season

Posted By Bear Heiser On Oct 7 2010 @ 9:10 pm In St. Louis Rams | No Comments

Defensive MVP: James Laurinaitis

It only took four games for James Laurinaitis to ram his name into the conversation as one of the league top LB’s.

Luarinaitis is second in the NFL in the tackles for loss category.

He’s been a lock-down defender in the middle of the field, leading the Rams in total tackles with 26, a whopping 24 of them being solo.

He’s been the main catalyst for a defense that is giving up two TD’s less a game than last season.

2009: 27.3 points against per game

2010: 13 points against per game

The most glaring improvements in his game?

Pass coverage

When defending on third down, the Rams are fifth in the league. Most of that success can be attributed to Laurinaitis’ play in coverage in the middle of the field.

The defense as a whole has improved every single game, and the Rams will need them to keep getting better if they plan to make a run at the NFC West crown.

***Honorable Mention***

CB Bradley Fletcher

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Rams CB Bradley Fletcher

Fletcher leads the Rams with two INT’s. He is second in the league in passes defended with six.

Spagnuolo has become very confident with Fletcher’s ability to play in man coverage. We know this because of the increase in blitzes called, which tends to leave CB’s in man to man coverage.

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