Los Angeles Rams DB Quentin Lake Identifies The Leader of 2023 Defense

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Los Angeles Rams defensive back, Quentin Lake sat down with the LAFB Network at Super Bowl LVII Radio Row. When he was asked about who emerged as the leader of a defense that was seen as young and inexperienced but ended up over-performing, Ernest Jones was his answer.

The former 3rd rounder out of South Carolina broke the Rams single-season tackle record finishing with 145 tackles, missing just 2 tackles all season. He also set a personal career-high in sacks and pressures, 4.5 and 14.

This is what Quentin Lake had to say about Jones as a leader:

“So underrated. He was huge for us this year in terms of team morale. Not only his play. We know that he broke the franchise record in tackles this year, so many sacks. But just his vocal leadership. The energy that he brings to the team was critical for us this year. I think that [Jones] goes under the radar, especially for the Rams because other guys had success. Man, Ernest Jones had one hell of a year and I can’t wait to see what he does this upcoming year and hopefully for years to come.”

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2024 and the Los Angeles Rams Defense

The Rams defense will be facing several changes heading into 2024. They promoted Chris Shula to defensive coordinator after Raheem Morris left to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Morris brought the former Rams defensive assistant head coach along with him to Atlanta as well. The Rams will likely be adding several pieces to the defense through trades, free agency and the draft.

As far as Jones’ future, he is entering the last year of his rookie contract.

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