Guard D.J Fluker
November 2, 2017
Q: How has the Rams defense been able to be better before the bye week?
A: They play as a group. Even on film, watching them gang tackle. You donít see that a lot on defense, but they play together. Their front four, to me, gets them going. They feed off each other. They have a great mindset. You just have to go in there and play physical with them.
Q: Is it hard to get back to running the ball efficiently against this kind of defense?
A: Itís just about us going in there on Sunday and playing for each other. Theyíre a great group of guys, but we have great guys on our team, too. So we can bring it to them, too. That physicality is on both sides of the ball. So we will see on Sunday, but we got respect for them, too, so itís going to be a great matchup.
Q: How hard is it for you guys to have a revolving door on the offensive line?
A: The best thing we can do is play with each other like at practice, rotate in. Things happen. Guys go down. You just have to have a next man up mentality. I think the best thing for us is to have unity. I think weíve done a great job at that as an offensive line and weíve come together.
Q: Coming off the bye, was there anything specifically that you guys are trying to improve on?
A: Just for us, watching our mistakes. Watching the first half of our season and learning from that. Learning plays that we can finish and get better from it. I think thatís the mindset of the O-line. We need the mindset that we have to go 1-0. Finish every drive and donít be denied.
Q: How tough is it to play against a guy like Aaron Donald?
A: Heís a great player. You canít take anything from him. Heíll probably be a Hall of Fame guy one day. The only thing about him is, you have to play to his intensity. Match him in every way. Heís going to work and thatís the best thing for us. I think thatís going to be a great challenge for us, but the thing about us is we got to do whatever we have to do as a unit to get a win done. Thatís the mindset of our team right now. Other than that, weíll be ready Sunday.
Q: Whatís the offensive line this week?
A: You got to see Sunday. What better feeling is it to see who is out there? Thatís how I look at it.
Q: Whoís left?
A: We try not to worry about it. Those guys will be back. Right now, our five right now, we got them. Weíll be out there Sunday. Weíre going to play as one. Weíre going to go out there and work on getting a W and thatís it. Thatís all we can do, all we can do.