The Los Angeles Rams defense stepped up late in their road win against the Arizona Cardinals as they picked off quarterback Drew Stanton twice in the final minutes to seal the game at 17-13 for their third straight victory. Rams linebacker Mark Barron, who recorded one of the Stanton interceptions joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and talked about the standard in which his defense holds themselves to.
“We want to be able to hold up in those positions,” Barron said of their late-game stand. “We pride ourselves on being a defense that we can put this team on our back and carry the load and do whatever needs to be done and come home with a victory, so that’s something that we pride ourselves on.”
Barron talked about how the Rams have been able to put it together after their opening game loss against the San Francisco 49ers, the franchise’s first game representing Los Angeles since the 1994 season.
“I think a lot of people were pissed off. A lot of people were embarrassed,” Barron said after the loss. “I know me, myself, I was mad. I was embarrassed, and I think that feeling was across the board, so I think that just kind of lit a fire in everybody and made everybody come out and do what we’ve been doing for the last few weeks.”
The 2012 NFL Draft first round pick also talked about his college days at the University of Alabama, and what it was like to play for head coach Nick Saban.
“That was a great experience for me. I grew up a lot during that time period,” Barron said. “And as far as how that prepared me for the NFL, it pretty much was the NFL as far as how it was ran. You had to be disciplined, you have to handle your business, and that’s what you have to do in this league. You have to handle your business on and off the field, so I was prepared for that.”
However, Barron did admit it was tough to play for Saban, but added that it was rewarding as well.
“It’s a lot of work. I mean it’s a lot of learning, a lot of physical work,” Barron said. “Whether it’s working out or whether its film room or studying and learning your plays, you have to be able to be dependent on. So that’s a big part of the process, and that’s also a part of the process when you come into this league, to the NFL, and you want to be successful at what you do.”