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    Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview
    by Hetfield72 on Feb 5, 2010 10:12 AM CST




    When asked what his reaction was to Kurt Warner retiring in Arizona, he said it was "Thank God!"...which, as the announcer pointed out, is what Kurt would probably say himself. He said it wasn't a slap in the face to Leinart, but he also said it does make you wonder if their success the last few years can continue without an all-pro like Kurt.
    They asked about Bulger and our QB situation. Devany said that he is a "Bulger fan", but that Marc has been in a bad situation the last few years with a weak/injured O-line and not a lot of talent around him. Devany said that he feels like if Bulger has the right help around him, he has shown he can be successful. To follow up, he was asked if that meant we were sticking with Bulger. He said that it hadn't been decided and what they are doing is looking at free agents and seeing if any of the QBs in the draft are worth the #1 overall pick (to get a starter). He did mention that right now the QB free agent market is not looking all that great. He said that because you are looking for a starter, it would be difficult to find that in free agency. He didn't mention later round QBs.
    Speaking of the #1 overall pick, Devany was asked about drafting a QB at that spot. He just said that you really need to make sure that this guy is going to be "the guy" for the franchise because of the money and expectations that go with that pick. He also said that we are considering a lot of positions in the draft because of all of our needs so we aren't forced into grabbing a QB.
    When asked about the O-line he said that he feels like we are finally starting to get it solidified and that they guys we had before injuries were getting the job done. (I'm not sure if he was talking pre- or post-Incognito)
    When asked about whether the Rams are looking at Suh, Devany said yes. He was asked if he thinks Suh can be a difference maker at the next level, and he said that he felt that he really would be. But he also said that you also need to look at McCoy out of Oklahoma. He said you need to ask, Is he as good as Suh? Is he not that far away in terms of talent? He said those are the kind of things you have to know if you decide to trade down, but want a DT.
    When asked about trading down he said that he is always a proponent of that. He said that we have so many needs, that one guy at #1 overall is not going to instantly make us better. We need a lot of help and more picks is a good way to get it.
    When asked about how tough the season was he said that it was pretty frustrating. He said that he and Spags would sit in the Coach's room and look at the 45-man game day roster and that 30 of the people on it were 6th round, 7th round, and undrafted players. He said that at times the coach's felt like they had one hand tied behind their back because we just didn't have enough talent some places.
    When asked what his impression of Spags first year was he said that he was impressed with how he carried himself. He said that of course he got frustrated and was upset that we weren't winning, but he always kept a level head and didn't make any drastic changes. He said that they both believe in what they are doing and they just need to "stay the course".
    When asked about the ownership situation he said that he describes it as "crowd noise". It is there, but it doesn't really impact what they are doing day to day as coaches.

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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    Honestly, Marshall, can you ask for anything more at this point?


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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    30/45 6th and 7th rounds picks? MINGYA!!!

    Trade down seems like a real possibility?

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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    30 players from the 6th or 7th... WOW, man that is eye opening..

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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    Trading down to get more picks sounds great...in theory. The problem is that now you're just gambling on more players being able to cut it at the next level. I Suh turns out to be the beast that everyone seems to think he'll be, and the Rams continue to get gashed by running plays up the middle. And are still unable to get any pressure up the middle on the QB, there's going to be a lot of angry fans on this site.

    On the other hand, if Suh turns out to be the defensive equivilent of Ryan Leaf, and we picked him, things could get ugly around here too.

    The draft is always a bit of a crap shoot. I guess we'll just have to see.
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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    There are no guarantees. You can look like either a genius or a fool regardless of which way you go. Along with shrewd talent evaluation, it takes a degree of luck as well in making a good pick. Is the guy going to get hurt? Will he be unable to take his game to the next level? All unanswerable questions.

    It makes sense to give up the number one pick if you have multiple needs, but only if the right deal presents itself and you're assured of addressing a couple of critical areas with players you absolutely LOVE. I am NOT a big fan of trading decent talent for 4th-6th round picks. We all like to look at the Kurt Warners and the Tom Bradys of the world as success stories, but reality says it's a longshot for mid range picks to make an NFL roster (unless it's the 2009 Rams) and make an impact.

    Suh certainly looks like the real deal to me, but what do we really know?People were raving about Glenn Dorsey and he hasn't exactly been the next Merlin Olsen. Is Gerald McCoy almost as good, and can we get him for a lot less money? Who would be willing to give the Rams a king's ransom to get to that top spot? Anyone?

    Many, many unanswered questions but one thing's for certain: The Rams have to hit a home run with this draft in every way possible.

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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
    There are no guarantees. You can look like either a genius or a fool regardless of which way you go. Along with shrewd talent evaluation, it takes a degree of luck as well in making a good pick. Is the guy going to get hurt? Will he be unable to take his game to the next level? All unanswerable questions.

    It makes sense to give up the number one pick if you have multiple needs, but only if the right deal presents itself and you're assured of addressing a couple of critical areas with players you absolutely LOVE. I am NOT a big fan of trading decent talent for 4th-6th round picks. We all like to look at the Kurt Warners and the Tom Bradys of the world as success stories, but reality says it's a longshot for mid range picks to make an NFL roster (unless it's the 2009 Rams) and make an impact.

    Suh certainly looks like the real deal to me, but what do we really know?People were raving about Glenn Dorsey and he hasn't exactly been the next Merlin Olsen. Is Gerald McCoy almost as good, and can we get him for a lot less money? Who would be willing to give the Rams a king's ransom to get to that top spot? Anyone?

    Many, many unanswered questions but one thing's for certain: The Rams have to hit a home run with this draft in every way possible.

    I think Suh is clear cut choice as number 1 pick but I was encouraged to see Devaney open tp the possibility of a trade down for more picks. I had no idea that 30 of our 45 players were 6,7 rounders. One guy is not going to plug the plethora of holes that exist, no matter how good he is. This would lead me to think a trade down is a strong possibility if they can get the right value. IF........

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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by macrammer View Post
    ... I had no idea that 30 of our 45 players were 6,7 rounders...
    And our record over the past 2 seasons was 3-29.

    All of the elite teams have a couple of marquee players. Usually you'll see that on both sides of the ball. Trading down just to get the chance to look at a few more guys doesn't really give me warm fuzzy feelings. You've really got to know what you want, and be sure you can get it if you're going to make the trade.
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    Re: Billy Devany (Rams GM) Interview

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth View Post
    And our record over the past 2 seasons was 3-29.

    All of the elite teams have a couple of marquee players. Usually you'll see that on both sides of the ball. Trading down just to get the chance to look at a few more guys doesn't really give me warm fuzzy feelings. You've really got to know what you want, and be sure you can get it if you're going to make the trade.
    All possibilities should be considered.

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