Jim Haslett Scouts First-Place Cardinals

The St. Louis Rams understand the importance of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams have a lot at stake. The Cardinals want to separate themselves from the competition, while the Rams hope to stay in the NFC West race. Here is how Rams Head Coach Jim Haslett sees week nine.

(On if he sees any difference in Cardinals QB Kurt Warner on film now in comparison to when he was head coach in New Orleans)

"I see a guy that's actually probably better. I think he's doing a great job of running the offense, number one, he's got 70 percent completion, I think there's only three or four guys in the history of football that have been close to 70 percent. He's not taking sacks, he's getting the ball out of his hands fast, he's on the money. Obviously he very accurate when he's throwing it and I think he's playing great football."

(On Cardinal's WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin)

"Well, they're two of the best in league. Big bodied guys that can push off, get open, great leaping ability, great run after the catch, good blockers, so it's going to be a good match-up for us inside to test what we can do with them."

On what he sees in Cardinals RBs Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James)

"I think they're very similar. They've got great vision, both of them, both run hard. "Edge" (RB Edgerrin James) has about a 3.5 average and I'm not sure what Hightower has, I think it's a little bit below that, but the numbers are similiar, he's just a younger guy, but I think that they're both pretty good running backs."

(On if there is a difference in preparation for Cardinals RBs Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James)

"I don't think so, I think they're kind of similar to be honest with you. Both of them have great vision, good cut-back ability, good power, they're both good running backs)

(On where the Cardinals had their most success scoring against the Rams last season)

"Well, if you look at the turnovers and the interceptions, we had three of them in the last game, interceptions for touchdowns, so they were scoring points in different ways, offense, defense, they scored a lot of different points. They're a pretty good offense. They're leading the NFL in points, almost 27, 28 a game, almost 300-yards passing a game. They're going to move the ball on us. We know that and we're just going to have to keep the point total down as much as we can."

(On if the Cardinals offense is a challenge in comparison to the first seven games of the season)

"I think it's a great challenge, especially in the passing game. You have a quarterback that's on fire, you have really good receivers, they have four really good receivers. Good tight ends, they're very good on the line and then the quarterback running everything. This is going to be a great challenge for our defense."

(On if the team understands what's at stake with this game)

"They're excited about the opportunity to play. First of all, we're at home, so hopefully the crowd will be behind us, I think that's going to be big for us. Having a chance to play this team and stay in this race, so I think everybody understands what's at stake."


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