Right now there is no team who needs more help along the offensive line than the Arizona Cardinals. They have given up a league-high 34 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and 103 hurries. I can't remember the last time a team gave up 153 total pressures through seven weeks of the season.
Some of the really stout offensive lines don't even allow that many pressures by seasons end.
Regardless, the help Arizona was looking for on the offensive line decided to go elsewhere. The Cardinals made their interest in Chris Williams well known from the very beginning. We also knew there were a couple of mystery teams in the mix, yet we didn't know how serious of a push they were making.
St. Louis was obviously one of those mystery teams, and by Monday morning, Chris Williams was a member of the St. Louis Rams. Here's what head coach Jeff Fisher told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the signing.
He's flexible from the standpoint that he's played all the positions, and we just think that he can help us. Now, he's got a lot to learn. We don't know how soon or where we'll plug him in but we think he has a future here with us.
Williams has started 38 games at left tackle and left guard in his career, and I imagine the Rams will use him that same way. Coaches always like having a guy who can play multiple positions along the offensive line. He will immediately become a back up at left tackle and left guard.
Both Joe Barksdale and Shelley Smith had impressive games on the left side of the offensive line. So, neither of them are in immediate danger of losing their starting spot to Williams. Plus, he has to learn all the protection schemes and calls before he can truly settle in.
Let's take a look at links from other fresh news stories from around the NFC West.
Jonathan Cullen of Bleacher Report breaks down the reasons as to why Arizona needs to fire general manager Rod Graves.
Cam Inman of the MercuryNews.com says the 49ers are mindful that they have been misusing Colin Kaepernick.
Joseph Akeley of Bleacher Report presents us with San Francisco's mid season report card for every positional unit.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on Walter Thurmond and his return to the practice field.
Todd Pheifer of Bleacher Report concludes Matt Flynn may never player quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
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