My story: Using the Giants as inspiration, the Rams are searching for dominant units

Rams coach Jeff Fisher will be coaching a young team in 2012/AP

Usually you hear teams, especially the bad ones, looking to build one player at a time. They talk about increasing depth across the board and getting talent everywhere. Well, the Rams might not consider themselves to be rebuilding, but they are definitely doing some renovations.

Yet, as GM Les Snead told me in his office last week, they have an interesting way of thinking about it. Instead of looking to even out the roster and add skill at positions of need, he’s hoping to create dominant units first. Kind of like the Giants, how they keep re-stocking their already nasty defensive line.

It’s why St. Louis added Michael Brockers to an already solid defensive line in the first round and why the team added two new cornerbacks to free-agent acquisition Cortland Finnegan in the second round. I know how the Giants do it, but I’d never heard it put quite like Snead, in his first year as GM, did.

When you take a player you might not need or he may go to a unit that is already strong, it just makes that unit dominant,” Snead told me. “You gotta start thinking units. Realize we’re young so there’s going (to be growing pains). But when you get units strong, not just spreading out individual talent over the 11, but units become, ‘Wow.’ Quarterbacks got to get the ball off faster and then our DBs are good. Now, we may steal some wins that might not have done if we’d picked just one player at No. 2 or not tried to acquire multiple players.”

Check out my story posted on NFL.com explaining the Rams philosophies.

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