There aren't many people on Turf Show Times authorized to use the Sports We when discussing the St. Louis Rams, but safety-in-residence Kevin Payne is definitely one of them. How good is he feeling about how "we" beat the New England Patriots? He's feeling REAL GOOD:â†µ
The defense came out and prevented Tom Brady from being Tom Brady. I think the Patriots had, like, four three and outs in the first half! And that's no easy feat considering how the Patriots have such a top notch offense that's been ranked in the top five for the past so-many-years.â†µ
As a team, we're all excited about the win. I know it's only preseason, but to beat a team who's performed so well in the past and won two Super Bowls really serves as a big confidence booster. Now it's important that we just continue doing what we're doing: continue trying to get better as a team, as well as an organization.â†µ
It's a cliche, but his enthusiasm for his own team, and his postgame, stat-breakdown recaps of their wins, is really infectious. Sometimes the defense—helmeted, swarming around, changing with the package—is hard to think about in terms of individual players, but no blog reader will have that problem with Kevin Payne this year.