By Bill Coats
11/08/2007 4:46 pm

Judging from the many impassioned responses to Wednesday’s blog, fans here apparently agree with’s less-than-glowing assessment of the Rams/Edward Jones Dome in its team-by-team “NFL Fan Value Experience” poll. A sampling of the views:

>>”When they implode that building someday, I hope there is a drawing to throw the switch! The only good the place would do is if we had a natural disaster and had to store people in there.”

>>”The Rams at the Jones Dome couldn’t be a worse football experience. It is like watching a game in a large movie theater.”

>>”The people running the sound system should have a better idea of what to play to get and keep the crowd into the game. How many times do we have to hear “Hey Rams Fans” in one game? And how about some quality halftime shows?”

>>”Domes are an abomination to football and baseball. It starts there, but when you add the lame blasting commercials at the wrong times, it kills the football experience.”

>>”I’ve never really had a good time at a Rams game. The Dome itself has no personality, but I can’t even blame it all on the building, since the Mizzou-Illinois football games are always pretty fun there. Perhaps its being bombarded with commercials after every play and having a fairly lame tailgate scene.”


In New Orleans, the 0-8 Rams will hook up with a Saints outfit that also was winless four games into the season. And their swoon came on the heels of last year’s surprising 10-6 finish and NFC South title.

The Saints reversed their fortunes and will carry a four-game winning streak into Sunday’s match. Can the Rams use that turnaround as motivation for their foray into the second half of the season?

Not really, coach Scott Linehan said.

“In all fairness, everybody has a unique situation,” he said. “They had an 0-4 start and they’ve won four in a row; you credit them for doing that. . . . We’re halfway into the season and we have the ability to win our next eight games.

“Their situation was similar, but different in a number of ways. You still have to make the adjustments and do what you can do to turn things around. We’re still working on things like that on our end.”


The Rams might finally be on the verge of some good news for their injury-ravaged offensive line. Veteran guard/tackle Todd Steussie, who started 15 games last season, is expected to rejoin the team before Seattle visits the Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 25.

That’s when he’s eligible to re-sign with the Rams under terms of the injury settlement he reached with the team. Steussie suffered a broken foot in the final preseason game, vs. Kansas City on Aug. 30, and underwent surgery.

Linehan said he bumped into Steussie recently. “He’s raring to go,” the coach reported. “He’s close to 100 percent. I wish it was this week and not two weeks from now.”


Notes & quotes:

>>The Rams have been outscored 114-19 on the road. The offense failed to produce a touchdown in those four games.

>>Linehan has two former Saints head coaches on his staff. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett held that post from 2000-2006. Assistant head coach/linebackers coach Rick Venturi was interim head coach of the Saints for eight games in 1996 after Jim Mora resigned.

>>Saints coach Sean Payton is a former QB at Eastern Illinois University.

>>How do the Rams mount a pass rush with sore-toed DE Leonard Little out for the season? “Bring a lot of pressure; that’s one way,” Linehan said. “But we have to do it with a four-man rush. The guys that are playing are going to have to get it done.”