The LA Rams pass rush must show up in the final two games of 2023

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Despite some of the comparisons already made between LA Rams nose tackle Kobie Turner and some legendary NFL nose tackles like former Houston Oilers nose tackle Curly Culp, or former Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe, Turner flashes his own style that really is not comparable to any of the greats at his position.

Poe was a huge mammoth of a man, weighing 346 pounds. Yes, he could get after the quarterback. But he had to learn how to do so, as it was not something that he did well in his rookie season. In the meantime, Curly Culp was a six-year veteran in the NFL at left defensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs before he was traded to the Houston Oilers to become the premier nose tackle in the Oilers 3-4 defense. In 1975, Culp had 11.5 quarterback sacks by attacking the offensive center, the one offensive lineman who was seldom forced to block due to even defensive fronts.

The truth of the matter is that LA Rams rookie NT Kobie Turner has 6.5 quarterback sacks, and has accomplished that achievement despite rotating in for only 599 defensive snaps. Turner also has 52 tackles, six tackles for a loss, and 12 quarterback hits as well. Better yet, he continues to get more effective with each game.

He may have been the 89th overall player selected to the Rams in Round 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft, but he has performed like a long-seasoned veteran. He has devastating moves to counter double-teaming, and he has the ability to get after the quarterback with surprising speed. Thanks to his location, he is usually right in the heart of the play, and more often than not makes the offense pay.

The Giants will have plenty to think about trying to corral the next two Rams pass rushers, which could result in a huge game for Turner. He just had one quarterback sack against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. I could see him doubling that number against the New York Giants in Week 17.