Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers joined The Jim Rome Show Tuesday on CBS Sports Radio to talk about his teams’ 41-39 week three win over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. Even though the 49ers entered the contest 0-2, the Rams knew they couldn’t overlook a divisional rival.
“We were just really focused on not getting ahead of ourselves,” Brockers said. “San Fran before that game, they didn’t score an offensive touchdown and they were just looking not themselves. But the biggest part for us was Coach Wade (Phillips) getting on us and letting us know to not take this team lightly. This is a divisional game, they know us, and we know them, and it’s going to be a tough game. And it was—it was a great game.”
Brockers is in his second season in Los Angeles, but playing his first season under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, whom some consider one of the greatest defensive minds in NFL history. The 26-year old had to laugh when asked why players go so hard and connect so well with the 70-year old veteran coach.
“I don’t know what he does to keep up with this day and age—and the music—and what’s going on, because he shocks us every day,” Brockers joked. “We will be at practice and some song will come up, and he will sing the chorus and I will be like, ‘What, Coach Wade, like how do you know this song? This song came out like this year, how do you know it?’
“He’s old,” Brockers said with a laugh. “So like, you don’t expect him to know these songs and he knows them, he connects with us. And he’s just a great coach, I love him.”
After the Rams struggled through their first season in Los Angeles, Brockers talked about being more comfortable in the city in year two.
“The first season we were just kind of thrown in here,” Brockers said. “Now we understand what times to get through traffic and what eating places you like to eat with your wife, and where to go. You got to take an Uber everywhere, because you don’t want to have to drive and have to park. It’s smooth now, it’s a smooth process. It’s not such a shock to the system because we’ve been in the city for a year and a half now and it’s going great.”