After Week 1, the Los Angeles Rams were the laughingstock of the NFL after getting shut out on Monday Night Football. After Week 2, they silenced some haters with a 9-3 win over the Seahawks. But they still hadn’t scored a touchdown.
Well, in Week 3, they did. In fact, they scored five in a 37-32 win over the Buccaneers.
“It was great (getting in the end zone),” Rams linebacker Mark Barron said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “That was kind of a thing that was hanging over our heads. It was good to get that out of the way.”
For Barron, it was also good beating the Bucs. Tampa Bay drafted him seventh overall in 2012 but traded him to the Rams in October 2014 for fourth- and sixth-round picks. Barron was completely blindsided by the trade.
“It was very important (to beat them),” he said. “I played there for two-and-a-half years and then the trade happened. Just that situation happening the way it did, I took it personally. It was very important to me.”
Barron has throughly enjoyed his time with the Rams.
“It’s all been positive,” he said. “It was just the fact that I didn’t know about the situation. But everything that’s happened afterward has been positive. I’m happy it happened. It was just the fact of how it happened is what caused a problem for me.”
Barron, however, didn’t just change teams; he changed positions, moving from safety to linebacker. Last year, he had a career-high 116 tackles.
“I believe the reason it worked for me is because I’m a versatile athlete and I’m an instinctive player,” Barron said. “You can put me in a few different positions and I’ll be a good player for you because I like to be around the ball and I run to the ball so I’m always around the ball. With the position change that I made, all they did was move me closer to the ball so I can get to everything quicker now.”
Barron, who won two national titles at Alabama, credited Nick Saban for preparing him for the NFL.
“The way the program is ran, it’s pretty much like an NFL program,” Barron said. “It might be even more complicated. Well, actually, I know for a fact that it’s more complicated than a lot of NFL systems. So it’s just having to learn that and go through that whole process of putting in the work. The work that it takes to be successful at Alabama, that’s what prepares you for the work you have to put in (to) have success in the NFL.”
The Rams (2-1) will go for their third straight win Sunday in Arizona (1-2). Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.