St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo argues with officials during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs around St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Fred Robbins (98) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Choosing the St. Louis Rams in free agency last winter was a natural for Fred Robbins. The veteran defensive tackle got to play for Steve Spagnuolo again, and help build a defense that would make the boss proud.
The 325-pound Robbins has been the anchor of a line that's the starting point for a unit that's made huge improvements in its second season under Spagnuolo. Robbins, in his 11th season, was a key member of the 2007 Giants, where Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator and the team won the Super Bowl.
Robbins is among five players from that Giants team reunited with Spagnuolo, including safeties Craig Dahl and James Butler, cornerback Kevin Dockery and linebacker Bryan Kehl, who is on injured reserve.
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