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    BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    Monday, April 17

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    BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS...

    Overall, the Rams player personnel moves receive a thumbs-up. That noted, save Will Witherspoon, the best signings will prove the least publicized moves. At this stage, the Rams will enter the 2006 season with better personnel thanks mainly to better overall depth and superb special teams additions. Here is a quick take at how the Rams have fared with player-personnel decisions to date player-by-player:


    FAKHIR BROWN Those billing Brown as a physical player capable of upgrading the position as a starter are so far wrong they couldn't find right with a Space Shuttle... Brown will administer a few big hits however is an inconsistent performer who has regressed as a tackler... He appeared to have a break out season in 2004 only to take a step back last season (which can't be attributed completely to a nagging knee injury)... If teammates Jerametrius Butler and Travis Fisher return to health, Brown can be a factor with Ron Bartell bolstering depth... Brown could prove a solid number three or four however isn't a regular... He has been burned for 10 touchdowns over the last two seasons... He was a force on special teams in 2003 however, overall, but has proven merely a competent player in return coverage... Frankly, if Dwight Anderson finally focuses, I believe Brown will have difficulty securing playing time.


    COREY CHAVOUS Chavous is the most over-hyped addition to the roster... While he has a better comprehension of pass coverage than Adam Archuleta, Chavous has been and will continue to get burned deep... Chavous is solid in pass coverage however by no means a ball hawk... Save a career-year in 2003, Chavous has permitted three-times the touchdowns in comparison to interceptions during his career... On the flip side, he isn't the weak link against the run as billed by some merely just average however has developed into one of the surest tacklers playing centerfield... That noted, he isn't a factor as a blitzer... Overall, Chavous for Adam Archuleta will prove little more than a push... He is a solid player however isn't a difference-maker... Chavous isn't a mistake by any means, however isn't the impact player proclaimed by some.


    TONY FISHER If Fisher was signed to fill the three-slot on the depth chart at RB, he'll prove a superb signing. Fisher is a versatile player capable of being a solid special teams player... While he isn't a threat as kick returner, if the coaching staff commits Fisher to the coverage teams he will prove a valuable asset... Fisher is a better runner and receiver than those that occupied the number three slot at RB in recent years... That noted, if Marshall Faulk doesn't return for the 2006 season, the Rams must secure another runner because while Fisher is sweet addition as a number-three runner, he'd prove an adequate number-two runner (at best). Fisher has shown annual improvement as a receiver... Take a gander at the 2004 tapes, you'll notice that Fisher "ran hard" which wasn't the case consistently in 2005.


    GUS FREROTTE Frerotte is a huge signing that is all too often bypassed by media analyzing the Rams offseason transactions... Frerotte has won 11 of his last 17 starts... While Jamie Martin was a capable backup, Frerotte is a starter relegated to backup status.... Yes, Marc Bulger is a superb quarterback still lacking proper appreciation in town... However if the injury bug bites Bulger again, Frerotte provides the Rams a backup capable of winning games for the first time since Bulger developed back in 2002... With Frerotte intimately familiar with Coach Scott Linehan's offensive gameplans, he is capable of executing the full playbook while assisting Bulger with comprehension of the schemes... The Rams might have the best QB tandem in the NFC this season (Donovan McNabb/Jeff Garcia; Michael Vick/Matt Schaub; and Rex Grossman/Brian Griese are others to consider).


    La'ROI GLOVER Had the Rams managed to ink Glover and retain Ryan Pickett, the combo would've proved as good as any in the NFC... In the end, they basically traded Glover and pass-rushing skills for Pickett and his run-stuffing ability... While at first glance, Glover-for-Pickett appears to be a push, in the end, the key to the maneuver will be Jimmy Kennedy... If Kennedy fails to move upwardly this season, the Rams will be weaker up the gut... While Glover hasn't been a dominant force since 2002, he remains one of the best pure interior pass-rushers in the NFL... That noted, don't rule out Glover returning to dominant form having escaped defensive schemes (during the Bill Parcells era) in Dallas that limited his presence... It is impossible to judge the signing of Glover without noting the departure of Pickett... If Glover returns to pre-Parcells form, the Rams improved the defensive interior, if Glover plays to form of the last two seasons, the Rams will have it's best interior pass-rusher in memory at the expense of the run defense... Steve Savard drew an interesting parallel noting that Glover will bring the leadership and stability implemented with signing of Ray Agnew back in the day.


    BRAD PYATT Aside from lingering, nagging leg injuries, fractured vertebrae and shoulder injuries all is well in Pyatt's World... Sarcasm aside, Pyatt has the ability to transform a calculated risk into a legitimate reward... Pyatt is the most skilled kick returner to don the Rams uniform since Tony Horne... maybe even better considering that Pyatt could excel returning both kickoffs and punts... Don't rule him out as a wideout, before chuckling, took a look at Linehan's past and the way he integrated return specialists Kelly Campbell and Wes Welker into the offensive rotation... Pyatt will be a 27-year old player with 16 games under his belt in the NFL come the season-opener hence local expectations are minimal, however if healthy don't be surprised if this proves the shrewdest signing of the offseason.


    RAONALL SMITH While Smith still has a legit potential-ceiling as a linebacker, don't overlook the fact that he is a dominant force on special teams... When healthy and motivated, he is a real force on coverage teams... To date, he has never played to potential as a 'backer however injuries have proven an albatross... Worst case, he improves the Rams depth at linebacker while providing superb special teams play.


    TODD STEUSSIE Detractors will shout that Steussie isn't what he used to be, and they'll be right... That noted, Steussie wasn't signed to be what he used to be... Steussie will however offer the team it's best "third tackle" in several seasons... Steussie will prove another key mentor for Alex Barron as well... Much like Brad Pyatt, and Raonall Smith, if Steussie remains healthy he upgrades the football team with potentially handsome returns for the monetary investment... While Steussie has been extraordinarily durable during his career, there are a lot of miles on those tires... Regardless, this a sensible signing with limited downside.


    MATT TURK Don't get it, anyway you analyze this signing, the Rams inked a has-been... Passing on Jason Baker was the lone glaring player-personnel mistake to date... Baker had a breakout season in 2005 with a bright future on the horizon... Baker would've solidified a problematic position for the long term... Turk will simply extend a stretch of mediocrity manning the position.


    WILL WITHERSPOON Witherspoon will prove the Rams best free-agent signing since Adam Timmerman... He is the best takeaway by the Rams this decade... While I'm not sold on Witherspoon as a middle linebacker, there is no doubt he is a premier talent... I still contend he'll spend the majority of career in St. Louis playing on flank... He is the best pass-defending linebacker to wear the Rams uniform in memory... In addition he has improved his tackling on an annual basis... Considering his athleticism, annual improvement, and most importantly his age, this is a monster signing... Witherspoon will spend a week in Hawaii to conclude a few seasons down the road... No doubt about it, this is a superb acquisition... He is a foundation player.


    KEEP AN EYE ON: Fred Russell and Mike Goolsby. Russell has shown glimpses of brilliance however his durability remains in doubt. His biggest drawback has been the inability to digest playbooks, he has all the athletic tools to be a factor however is lacking football sense... Goolsby lacks idea speed and agility however makes plays. In college, he played his best against the best. Both of the aforementioned players are very competitive with ample upside to prove roster darkhorses.


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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    Glad to see Hadley isn't the yes man most people that he'd be when he signed on as a Rams spokesman.

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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    I dont agree with him on Chavous,I think he will be a big upgrade over Arch and will bring some much needed experience and leadership to a defense that is lacking in both catagories

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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    Glad to see Hadley isn't the yes man most people that he'd be when he signed on as a Rams spokesman.
    Agreed, great point.
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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    Good point that he isnt a yes man. I disagree on chaveous. He may be overhyped, but he will be better than arch if for no other reason that he is healthier and steadier. He will provide vet leadership to the defense and i believe that adds a value which arch did not bring to the table.

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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    "RW" what a post ! lots of good info ! I do hope Chaveous does well , I have seen him get beat many times , but he has also been consistent for a very long time , I hope he does well and helps others to learn how to be better at their positions within the D ...

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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    I think that this is the most accurate break down of our signings so far, and I completely agree with our two db signings.

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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    Great post RW. I still lament our loss of the Pickett fence. I truly hope that JK can step it up another notch. I believe he has the talent, now maybe Haslett can get that motor running of his up to another gear!

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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    I'm telling you guys, we have the talent on Defense!!!! It's just the way its represented by Marmie! Now that we got someone who is great at Defense (Haslett) we'll do better because they'll be taught better, and it'll be a totally different style anyways, that they can all adapt to with great leadership of Haslett...


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    Re: BREAKING DOWN THE RAMS ADDITIONS--Hadley

    Quote Originally Posted by Varg6
    I'm telling you guys, we have the talent on Defense!!!! It's just the way its represented by Marmie! Now that we got someone who is great at Defense (Haslett) we'll do better because they'll be taught better, and it'll be a totally different style anyways, that they can all adapt to with great leadership of Haslett...

    We have SOME talent on defense now with Witherspoon, Little, Glover, and Chavous...having a healthy Butler and Fisher won't hurt either. Pisa has talent that has been displayed but come on Varg....we didn't have talent last year outside of Little. We went bargain basement on Coakley and Clairborne, when the secondary went down we actually moved a WR to play in the secondary. If we had all that talent do you honestly think Furrey would have even been considered?

    Marmie isn't the sharpest saw in the tool box but it wasn't all coaching last year. The only thing the Rams could tackle last year was a buffet line.

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