You have to love a good NFL rivalry. Part of what makes up a feisty competition is some ill-will toward one another. If recent comments are any indication, there will be no shortage of that between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers for their two meetings this coming season.
What kicked off the firestorm of banter between these two clubs in June were some comments from former Rams safety Craig Dahl who is now with the Niners. Dahl talked about how the Rams have been so successful against San Francisco recently and tried to explain a reason as to why. Dahl told Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:
“We had a few tips off of film that we were able to differentiate between run and pass early. So that kind of gave us an added benefit on defense. It was a few different things. Some different personnel and alignment stuff really were the big keys, as far as our giveaways.”
His exact intentions for going public with this sort of useful information are hard to figure, but the Rams certainly didn’t waste any time responding to those thoughts. Never shy cornerback Cortland Finnegan took to Twitter to express his thoughts.
Oh boy; things are getting heated.
Perhaps the best commentary came via an always good interview in defensive end Chris Long. He also took to the Twitter-waves to throw his opinion into the mix.
While the final post is a bit superfluous (bravo Chris, but unnecessary gloating), it goes to prove the point as to just how personal this rivalry is for the players involved. Clearly these two sides don’t like one another, and evenly played games that both required overtime last season only intensify that hatred.
An amazing stat on this series all-time is an absolutely dead even record at 62-62-3. The first of their two yearly meetings this season takes place on Sept 26 in a Thursday night contest in St. Louis. Things will ultimately be settled on the field, but Twitter may spontaneously combust in the days leading up to the showdown.