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    Bernie: Bradford talks likely to begin next week

    Bernie Miklasz July 10th

    The long-awaited contract talks between the Rams and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford will likely get under way next week.

    Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, who will return from a brief vacation early next week, plans to get together with Bradford's agent, the Clayton-based Tom Condon.

    Bradford won't be directly involved with the negotiations. "That's why I hired an agent," he told reporters in Oklahoma this week. "I don't want to deal with any of that stuff. That stuff's all on (Condon). I've done my part to get myself here. Now, it's his job to get me in camp."

    Bradford, the No. 1 overall choice in the 2010 draft, is in position for a huge contract. Quarterback Matthew Stafford, chosen first overall by the Detroit Lions in 2009, signed a six-year deal worth $72 million, with $41.75 million guaranteed.

    Bradford will probably command between $45 million to $50 million in guaranteed dollars.

    Rams cornerback Ron Bartell is a newlywed. ... Frank Verducci, who has coached in the NFL at Cleveland, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Dallas, has joined the Rams staff as a consultant. Verducci was the offensive line coach for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame last season. Frank's brother is Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci. ...

    Frank Verducci (From Notre Dame's official website)

    A veteran offensive coach with 27 years of coaching experience at the NFL and collegiate levels, was named offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Notre Dame on Jan. 14, 2009.

    He joins the Irish after working eight of the past 10 years in the NFL with Cleveland (2007-08), Buffalo (2004-05), Dallas (2002) and Cincinnati (1999-2001). Prior to moving to professional football, he spent 19 seasons in the college ranks at Iowa (1989-98 and 1985-86), Northwestern (1987-88), Northern Illinois (1984), Maryland (1981-83) and Colorado State (1980).

    Verducci's tenure as an offensive line coach in the NFL has been punctuated by record-setting performances in the run game. In Dallas, Emmitt Smith set the NFL career rushing record (2002) while Corey Dillon set a single-game NFL rushing record (278 yards versus Denver 2000) during Verducci's stay in Cincinnati.

    As a collegiate coach, Iowa's career, single-season and single-game rushing records were all broken under Verducci's watch.

    The past two years Verducci served as an offensive assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns. In 2007, the Browns won 10 games behind an offense that was one of the best in the NFL. The 10 victories were the most by the Browns since 1994 and the offense ranked eighth in the NFL, best by Cleveland since 1981.

    Verducci spent two years with Buffalo as tight ends/assistant offensive line coach in 2004 before being promoted to offensive line coach in 2005. He coached tackles Jason Peters (2007 Pro Bowler) and former Irish tackle Mike Gandy with the Bills.

    Verducci joined the Dallas Cowboys as offensive line coach in 2002. He coached Pro Bowl offensive lineman Larry Allen and two future Pro Bowlers: center Andre Gurode and left tackle Flozell Adams.

    Verducci entered the NFL ranks as tight end / assistant offensive line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1999-2001.

    Ten years of working with the offensive line at Iowa preceded Verducci's NFL coaching career. From 1989-91 Verducci served as the assistant offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before becoming the offensive line coach in 1992. In 1995 he added run game coordinator to his title. Verducci was ranked one of the top-10 recruiters in the country by both Tom Lemming and Allen Wallace (SuperPrep) during his time at Iowa. Twelve of his offensive linemen at Iowa went onto make NFL rosters and six players were named first-team all-Big Ten performers.

    In 1992, center Mike Devlin was selected the Big Ten Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-American. Verducci was part of the coaching staff that helped guide the Hawkeyes to eight bowl games during his time in Iowa City (two Holiday, two Sun, two Alamo, two Rose Bowls), along with a Citrus and Aloha Bowl while at Maryland.

    A native of Glen Ridge, N.J., he was born March 17, 1957 and graduated from Seton Hall Prepatory School. He played fullback and tight end at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point and received his bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University in 1980.

    He and his wife, Noel (Saint Mary's grad), have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Cameron.


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    Re: Bernie: Bradford talks likely to begin next week

    gratz to Bartell

    Sounds like a solid staff addition with an impressive resume. I wonder who'd he consult however and what would he'd consult people with. Would he just be consulted for his NFL experience or would he be more of an assistant to the offensive line coach. Or maybe just be there for everything he's needed for?

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    Re: Bernie: Bradford talks likely to begin next week

    Congrats to Ron Bartell. Hopefully, we get can get SAM signed this week.
    What will this Verducci guy bring to the table? Not much luck in Norte Dame.
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