Recreating the “Fearsome Foursome”

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If you ask any NFL fan who the best defensive lines in NFL history were your going to hear The Purple People Eaters (1968-1974 Vikings), The Steel Curtain (1972-1980 Steelers), The New York Sack Exchange (1979-1983 Jets), or simply the 1985 Bears. But, one unit stands above the rest of these historic defensive lines; The Fearsome Foursome or the 1963-1967 Rams. Led by Deacon Jones, this defensive line also contained Rosey Grier, Lamar Lundy, and Merlin Olsen. But, what if I told you the Rams have the chance to add another unit to this historic list of defensive lines? Yes, it’s possible.

For starters, for this to be possible, we are going to assume the Rams cannot move out of the number two pick and they take Jadeveon Clowney with the number two overall pick. A lot of people are saying that if the Rams draft Clowney they would groom him behind Long and Quinn and for a few years. This is absolutely the wrong approach. Clowney is NFL ready and needs to be put into the starting line up immediately. Obviously, Robert Quinn isn’t losing his starting spot but that doesn’t mean that Chris Long is going to be riding the bench. Long is talented enough and big enough to move inside and play alongside Michael Brockers. Long’s size paired with speed would give guards and centers a nightmare and he would also be rotated into the defensive end rotation as well. This means William Hayes and Kendal Langford are backups that will see the field a lot, and both of these guys have a lot of talent. Not saying that right off the bat a lineup of Quinn, Brockers, Long, and Clowney should be dubbed the next great defensive line but they certainly have the talent level to achieve this label at some point.

Not only would this defensive line be on of the most tantalizing in the NFL, with a linebacking core consisting of Ogletree, Laurinaitis, and Dunbar, and a defensive backfield that consists of Jenkins, Johnson, McDonald, and potentially Clinton-Dix; this could be the most feared defense in the NFL. Gregg Williams would be at the helm of a defensive with an extremely athletic defensive line, a very solid linebacking core, and a big play secondary. This would allow Williams to get very creative with formations, blitzes, and coverage. Williams could potentially cook up some things the NFL has never seen before with a talent like Clowney.

What it essentially comes down to is if Chris Long can play inside and Jadeveon Clowney plays up to his potential, we could see a scary defensive line along with one of the best defenses in the NFL.


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2 Responses to “Recreating the “Fearsome Foursome””

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    Yes, but can they act? All four of the ff had acting careers after football.

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