Michael Brockers was born in Houston, played college football in Baton Rouge and spent the first four years of his NFL career in St. Louis. But now the standout defensive tackle is getting a taste of the West Coast.
And he’s not mad about it.
“It’s awesome,” the Rams’ 2012 first-round pick said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “The fan support has been amazing. Just the whole Cali life has been awesome so far.”
Brockers isn’t enjoying himself too much, though. That’s because the regular season is just over two weeks away, and he, William Hayes, Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn will once again be counted on to control the line of scrimmage for the Rams.
“Like my coach Gregg Williams says, ‘Always re-prove yourself’ – and I think that’s what we have to do coming into this season,” Brockers said. “We try not to read our newspaper clippings and kind of fall into the hype of what everybody says about us. We’re just coming out and ready to re-prove ourselves again to earn that No. 1 spot as far as being the best defensive line in the NFL.”
If the offense could catch up a little bit, that would be great. Last year, the Rams scored 10 points in Week 2, six points in Week 3, 13 points in Week 10, 13 points in Week 11, seven points in Week 12, three points in Week 13, and 16 points – in overtime – in Week 17.
The Rams lost all seven of those games. Isn’t it time for the offense to pull its weight a little bit?
“We’ve been going through this for a couple of years now, but as far as right now this year, they’re looking awesome,” Brockers said. “They’re looking up to par. We’re actually having some real training camp days where the offense gets a couple plays, the defense gets a couple plays, and we’re kind of going tit-for-tat. That just shows us that we’re here to compete on both sides of the ball. I’m really proud of what I see so far.”
Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, is currently third on the Rams’ death chart, but Brockers believes the 21-year-old Cal product has a promising future.
“He’s looking great,” Brockers said. “I’m not really sure (why he’s third on the depth chart). That’s the coach’s job to fix the depth chart, but as far as what I see at practice and in games, he looks sharp. He’s learning. He’s a rookie and this offense is a whole new thing for him coming under center and stuff like that. But for the most part, he’s working every day trying to get better, and that’s all we can ask for.”