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Author: Jon Kuzma
When the Los Angeles Rams traded for Dante Fowler it gave the team exactly what they needed to go on a deep playoff run. We know now that the Rams ended up losing in the Super Bowl but there’s no denying that Fowler is a dangerous pass rusher. Clearly Sean McVay and Wade Phillips felt like they were better off with Fowler on their roster and that’s why they decided to bring him back on a one year contract. What he brings to this defense is speed off the edge.
The outside linebacker position is so important in a 3-4 scheme and Fowler does a great job of chopping offensive tackles’ arms off of him. The other thing he does really well is knife underneath and eat up runs plays that are coming his way. So it’s not like Fowler only sacks the quarterback he’s a complete defender and it’s surprising he didn’t get a longer deal. After recording 4 sacks in 2018 his numbers weren’t through the roof but Fowler did step up in some clutch situations. In the playoffs he laid out of Ezekiel Elliott and threw the league’s best running back off his game. Fowler also dialed it up in the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl recording 9 tackles so he proved that he can rise to the occasion when the pressure is on. Moving forward the combination of Aaron Donald and Dante Fowler can keep this group competitive and they’ll probably have to do so without Ndamukong Suh. Obviously that’s going to be tough but there’s a reason Fowler is coming back and Suh is going to be a free agent. Fowler is much cheaper than the $14M LA was paying Suh and those two players are trending in opposite directions. At 24 years old (Fowler) has his whole career ahead of him and that was definitely one of the reasons he’ll be staying in Southern California.
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Dante Fowler made it obvious that Los Angeles needs him to be elite. Which is why the Rams re-signed him to a one year contract: