Editor's note: This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Rams matchups to watch Monday, 5:30 p.m. (PT), at Edwards Jones Dome, St. Louis.
49ers LT Joe Staley vs. Rams DE Robert Quinn
Tale of the tape
Staley (74): 6 foot 5, 315 pounds, eighth season, Central Michigan
Quinn (94): 6 foot 4, 264 pounds, fourth season, North Carolina
Staley has been the mainstay on the 49ers’ offensive line.
Anthony Davis has played only 23 snaps this season at right tackle.
Right guard Alex Boone missed all of training due to a contract holdout.
Center Daniel Kilgore is in his first season after taking over Jonathan Goodwin. (Kilgore has played very well.)
And left guard Mike Iupati has been good as a run-blocker but spotty in pass protection.
Quinn set the all-time Rams record for sacks in a single season a year ago, as he got to the quarterback 19 times. The first-team All-Pro does not have a sack through the first four games – perhaps a result of offenses being able to pay more attention to him with left defensive end Chris Long out of action.
“The production, as far as the numbers, aren’t there, but he looks really good,” Staley said. “He’s playing really well, getting a lot of pressures and beating tackles. It’s a great challenge this week.”
Staley faces a greater challenge because the 49ers do not figure to give him much help. Staley is a key to the 49ers’ offense due to his play in run blocking and pass protection. Quinn is hungry to get to the quarterback, and he’ll have the advantage of a loud crowd, making it difficult for the 49ers’ offensive linemen to hear their signals.