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    Clayton on the Rams

    From his ESPN column on the NFC West:

    Best moves: Mike Martz believes the defense strengthened itself up the middle with the free-agent additions of middle linebacker Chris Claiborne and safety Michael Stone. The Rams had continually relied on the draft to address their linebacker woes and failed. Robert Thomas, a former first-rounder, didn't hold up at middle linebacker. Tommy Polley, a talented second-round outside linebacker, left for Baltimore. So this offseason, the Rams looked to free agency for help. Claiborne is a big body with decent speed. They went for a proven playmaker on the outside in Dexter Coakley from the Cowboys. However, Stone might be the team's best bargain. Signed for the minimum, Stone, a converted cornerback, has drawn rave reviews and appears to be the safety to play next to Adam Archuleta, who was slowed down by back problems last season. Stone's promise allowed Pisa Tinoisamoa, the team's best linebacker, to abandon the move to safety.

    Biggest question: Can Alex Barron, considered the best left tackle in the draft, become an efficient right tackle during his rookie season? He better. The right tackle position was cursed last season. Kyle Turley missed the season because of back problems and will be cut after June 1. Grant Williams struggled as a replacement and granted too many sacks. The team considered using inexperienced Blaine Saipaia until Barron fell to them in the draft. Marc Bulger lacks mobility, so if Barron can seal the other side of Orlando Pace, the offense can operate more efficiently. Bulger operates his best when he has time.

    Bottom line: Even though the Rams finished second in the NFC West with an 8-8 record, this still is their division. They beat the Seahawks three times, including on the road during the first round of the playoffs. They have the Seahawks' number. If Coakley and Claiborne work out at linebacker and if Steven Jackson can add more running power to the offense, the Rams could move back to the top of the division during the regular season. Until the Seahawks find a way to beat the Rams on a consistent basis, this still is St. Louis' division.


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    Re: Clayton on the Rams

    Good article.Its about time somebody gave us one.Eventhough it mimicks what we have been saying,its still good to hear."SeaTown! hope you read this"
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    Re: Clayton on the Rams

    Somehting positive from an ESPN analyst?? Amazing!! Where's the rebutal from "Bench Warmer" Salsbury?? I'm sure it is to follow...Seahags beware!! We still own you!! :tongue:
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    Re: Clayton on the Rams

    For those of us that need to get caught up on our NFC West rivals, here's a link to the full article. Informative, non-biased overview from Clayton, as usual.

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    Re: Clayton on the Rams

    An excellent article but my only question is how is Michael Stone drawing "rave" reviews already 2 months BEFORE training camp? I mean he didn't even play let alone start last year in Arizona, so how is he so highly rated at this point in time? He is reputed to be a tremendous ST player but nobody has ever said he was starting material at safety. Well at least until this article.

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    Re: Clayton on the Rams

    Good question RAMarkable. This is the time of year when hope abounds and no player stinks. Coaches will lavish praise on their "steals" be they free agents or draft picks. When training camp is drawing to a close and pre-season games have offered a chance to evaluate players in real game circumstances, then we will know if guys like M. Stone and Hawthorne have starting ability. BRING ON THE REGULAR SEASON!!!!!!!

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    Re: Clayton on the Rams

    Rememer Stone came out of AZ and should be more than familure with Marmie's defence. Should give him a leg up in the early going. Others may be tallented but will have to learn a new system that Stone has already been exposed to.
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