Biggs: Youngblood takes shot at Rams
Jack Youngblood ripped into the St. Louis Rams and guess what, he didn’t even start with the team’s 1-15 season this last year.
Instead, venting to St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz, Youngblood expressed his disappointment in defensive end Chris Long, the second pick in the 2008 draft. Youngblood, the Hall of Famer for the Rams when they were in Los Angeles, had implored the organization to draft Long at the time.
“I think Chris is a tremendous athlete,” Youngblood said. “There’s no question in my mind. And I would like to see him have had a little more success in that second year. The first year, they’re rookies. They’re like puppies. They’re going to do crazy things. And in that second year you expect them to come along and learn how to play the game. And learn what it’s all about. And have much more discipline and intensity there.
“The part that I would like to see is for somebody to teach Chris how to play defensive end. There’s a whole lot of pretty good talent on the alumni side of the Rams that have been totally unused. Why wouldn’t you use them? It’s not about me, it’s about Chris,” Youngblood said. “And what about Deacon Jones? What about Merlin Olsen? What about Larry Brooks? We’ve got some folks who were pretty good players there for a while.”
Long had five sacks last season and nine in 32 games, but he hasn’t been a dominant force and started only four games in 2009.
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