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Rams lineman Michael Brockers fires shot at J.J. Watt: 'We all know who the real 9-9 is'

Chris Cwik
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Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers feels confident the team doesn't need new Arizona Cardinals pass rusher J.J. Watt

Brockers fired a good-natured shot at Watt on Saturday, telling TMZ "We all know who the real 9-9 is."

That would be Rams lineman Aaron Donald, who wears the same number as Watt. While Brockers didn't need to throw shade at Watt, Brockers isn't wrong. Over his career, Donald has averaged 12.2 sacks per season. He's been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his seven seasons, and has made the All-Pro team six straight years. He's won three of the last four AP Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Watt has hardly been a slouch over his career. He's made both the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team five times, and also has three AP Defensive Player of the Year awards — the most recent of which came in 2015. Though he's two years older, Watt has remained effective when he's on the field. Injuries have been an issue, however, as Watt has played all 16 games just twice over the last five seasons. Donald has only missed two games his entire career.

Michael Brockers likes Matthew Stafford over Jared Goff

Brockers also took some time to celebrate the acquisition of Matthew Stafford. Brockers called Stafford a "level up" over the team's previous quarterback, former No. 1 over all pick Jared Goff.

The move cost the Rams quite a bit. The team gave up two first-round picks and a third-round pick for Stafford. Last season, Stafford threw for 4,084 yards and 26 touchdowns in 16 games. By comparison, Goff threw for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns in 15 games.

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