Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notes: Williams Uses 'Song' to Prepare D-Line for Cut-Blocks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notes: Williams Uses 'Song' to Prepare D-Line for Cut-Blocks

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"Cut me, cut me, cut me, cut me, cut me..."

An original song from Gregg Williams.

It's a catchy little tune from the Rams' defensive coordinator and has been featured this week as the team's defensive linemen prepare to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The Redskins are a team that likes to cut-block. In fact, right guard Brandon Scherff, a highly touted rookie from Iowa, used the cut-block against four-time All-Pro Ndamukong Suh and limited Miami's standout defensive tackle to just two tackles in the Dolphins' 17-10 road win last week.

"That's the little song that goes off in my head when I see them on the ground," Williams joked after practice Friday at Rams Park. "We rep that every day, not only for this team, but every team. That's one of the tools that offenses have, especially when you're as dominant as a knock-back defensive line that we are. We have to understand that that's a technique that we have to define each and every week. Some of the best ones in the business I don't care what kind of technique occasionally you're going to be on the ground. But we do not want that. We overemphasize that here. In fact, we keep a stat every single day in practice on the guys that are on the ground."

Williams, who coached the Redskins from 2004-2007 as a defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, expects a challenge from the Washington ground game and has already noticed the influence of Bill Callahan, the Redskins' new offensive line coach.

"They do a lot of things in the run game and that's Bill Callahan," Williams said. "I think he's one of the best, if not the best, offensive line coaches in the league. (Rams' defensive line coach) Mike Waufle knows him very well, too, and we see his influence. We see ... them adopting his run game (and) we're going to have to be very solid."

The Washington run game features fourth-year back Alfred Morris, who ran 25 times for 121 yards last week against Miami.

"He's another great back, another explosive, upper-body running back," Williams said. …

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