Glover Quin blog: Those guys are the real deal

Posted Dec 11, 2015

Safety Glover Quin blogs about dealing with his ankle injury, changes to the Rams offense and the Rams’ playmakers.

I’m doing well, a little different than I felt last week. Last week I stayed off my ankle for the majority of the week and felt pretty good leading up to the game to where I could play. This week I tried to practice on it a little more so it’s a little sore. But I just have to manage it and fight through it. I’ll probably have to deal with it for the rest of the year, but it’s nothing I haven’t done before so I’m going to be fine.
Glover QuinFS Glover Quin (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)

We have the Rams this week with their new offensive coordinator. When you change your offensive coordinator in the offseason, you can see changes because you have time to implement them. When you change your offensive coordinator midseason, especially Week 14, it’s difficult to change a lot of things. The plays he calls may be different as far as the timing of them. And certain things they they normally run in certain situations may change, but the actual plays won’t change.

So, who knows, they may run the ball more than they have been or they may throw the ball more than they have been, but I don’t think they plays will change that much. But we’ll see. It’s kind of like a preseason game where you have to prepare for that you’ve seen and adjust to what they’re doing.

A lot of times when changes like this happen, it’s because they want to see the ball going to their playmakers more. When you draft a guy like Todd Gurley 10th overall, you want to get him the ball more. You want to take the pressure off the quarterback. Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, give the quarterback easy throws and get the ball in the hands of your playmakers. I expect them to get the ball to Gurley and Tavon Austin, and see if they can make big plays for them.

Those guys are the real deal. Gurley is big, fast and explosive. He’s a good, good back. A lot of times people talk about him being a rookie, but it doesn’t matter when you’re 6’1, 230 and you’re fast. Being a rookie doesn’t make him easier to tackle. Being a rookie doesn’t make him slower. It’s not like he’s a wide receiver where he needs to learn coverages. They hand the ball to him and he runs. He’s definitely the real deal.

Tavon Ausin is super fast and super explosive. You’ve got to know where he is at all times because when he gets the ball he goes from 0 to 100 like right now. He’s a nightmare in space. They line him up everywhere. They put him in the backfield, they hand him the ball, reverse, big passes — they try to get him the ball. He’s a huge threat. So, we have to know where he is at all times. And we have to make sure we get Gurley stopped, because if we don’t get him stopped, it will be a long day.