After addressing many presumed shortcomings on their roster earlier in the offseason, some believed that the St. Louis Rams neglected the linebacker spot. The team did sign veterans Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Mario Haggan to contracts, but depth was a definite question at the position.
Now it appears that question has been answered with the signing of former Washington Redskins’ linebacker Rocky McIntosh. The linebacker worked out for the Rams on Wednesday and the team really liked what it saw from the 29 year old veteran. Head Coach Jeff Fisher cited McIntosh’s familiarity with the team’s defensive system as a major factor in the signing.
McIntosh played under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington and even though Williams won’t be on the sidelines for the indefinite future, the Rams defense still plans to have plenty of his schematics. Adding a 2006 second round pick like McIntosh to a relatively young roster only further bolsters the team in terms of both depth and veteran leadership.
As a member of the Skins, McIntosh was a consistent performer rarely missing action and finding the man with the ball on a regular basis. His average of nearly 90 tackles per season over the past five years shows a player with a nose for the football. An addition like that to a linebacking corps lacking bodies is a definite positive as the Rams look to change their fortunes.
A complete overhaul in the font office and with the coaching staff now gives the Rams a fresh start in the NFC West. McIntosh fits nicely into that equation as the club has turned over more than fifty percent of its 2011 roster to new faces for the year ahead. Fans should expect to see a defense with some real potential in 2012 which hopefully results in more wins on the field.