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    Cromwell new WR coach

    from the RAMS website...(The official site of the St. Louis Rams - Home Page - 2009)

    ST. LOUIS, MO – The St. Louis Rams hired Nolan Cromwell to coach the wide receivers, the team announced today.
    Cromwell, a veteran NFL assistant coach and former All-Pro defensive back, joins the Rams coaching staff in his 17th NFL season after spending the past two years in the college ranks as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Cromwell spent nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as the wide receivers coach from 1999-2007. He also spent time with the Packers coaching wide receivers in 1998 and as the special teams coach from 1992-97. Cromwell began his coaching career as a defensive and special teams assistant for the Rams in 1991.
    “I am pleased to add Nolan to our staff,” said Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo. “Nolan brings 17 years of coaching experience and experience as an NFL player. He has tutored receivers at Green Bay and Seattle.”
    Cromwell’s coaching tenure has lead him to three Super Bowls and four NFC West Division titles. During his time at Green Bay, Cromwell helped Pro Bowler Antonio Freeman lead the NFL in 1998 with 1,424 receiving yards on 84 catches.
    A second-round draft choice by the Rams, Cromwell played his entire 11-year NFL career (1977-87) for the Rams' organization. He earned Pro Bowl honors four times, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1980, and was named NFL Defensive Back of the Year by Football Digest in 1984.
    “I am excited to be back with the Rams family,” said Cromwell. “I appreciate Coach Spagnuolo for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to working with the receivers on our roster and the coaching staff.”
    He ended his NFL career as the Rams’ all-time leader in interception return yardage with 671 yards on 37 interceptions. He played in Super Bowl XIV against the Steelers after the 1979 season.
    Cromwell played collegiately at the University of Kansas, starting out as a defensive back his first two years and switching to quarterback as a junior. He set several records as a wishbone quarterback rushing for 1,124 yards in 1975 earning Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year accolades as well as All-America honors. Cromwell was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Very good move.

    Welcome home, Nolan!

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Great hire, experienced coach, former ram, something for everyone.

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Good hire, should get Bernie off of his back for two or three days.

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    I still would have liked it if we could have gotten Bruce for the receivers job, but I am happy with this choice as well.

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Awesome. Nolan and Youngblood are the reason I grew up a Rams fan. Welcome back.

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Cool! McCutcheon's here, now Cromwell .... Ike's gonna retire a Ram, Deacon's jersey FINALLY hangs in the dome .... now if we can just find something for Youngblood to do ....

    Welcome home, Nolan!


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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Excellent hire. I would have loved Ike, but NOlan is an all time ram who also has tons of coaching experience.

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    When it comes down to choosing between Bruce and Cromwell, it was experience that won out. While Bruce is likely a future Hall of Famer at the WR position, he has no coaching experience and Cromwell has coached for many seasons in Green bay and Seattle

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Young ram ran here, how good was Cromwell? How would you compare him to todays cornerbacks? Just curious because I've never seen him play.

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    I love some Nolan Cromwell one of my favorite rams as a kid if he as good of coach as he was a player the rams has nothing to worry about.
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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Frye View Post
    Cool! McCutcheon's here, now Cromwell .... Ike's gonna retire a Ram, Deacon's jersey FINALLY hangs in the dome .... now if we can just find something for Youngblood to do ....

    Welcome home, Nolan!

    Jack or Jim?
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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Young ram ran here, how good was Cromwell? How would you compare him to todays cornerbacks? Just curious because I've never seen him play.

    I posted a link to an SI story which was pretty in depth on Cromwell... I went and dug it out of the abyss.... here ya go

    October 26, 1981
    Best Nfl Athlete? Nolan Contendere
    Rams Safety Nolan Cromwell, a star quarterback and world-class hurdler as a collegian, has become one of pro football's top defensive players

    Rams Safety Nolan Cromwell, a star quarterback and - 10.26.81 - SI Vault

    Weird the link won't work here, but it is in AV's previous thread on the subject...
    Last edited by ramsanddodgers; -02-11-2010 at 12:01 PM.
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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Quote Originally Posted by ramsanddodgers View Post
    Jack or Jim?
    Lol, I was reffering to Jack, but how 'bout both?

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    Re: Cromwell new WR coach

    Soooooo glad NC is back with the Rams - his NFL alma matter! Great addition, much needed.


    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Young ram fan here, how good was Cromwell? How would you compare him to todays cornerbacks? Just curious because I've never seen him play.
    Trevor, this man was a class act, hard hitting, very effective defensive back. Played 11 years with the Rams, including the Rams 1st Superbowl battle in the 1979 season. Four time ProBowler (when being selected to the Pro Bowl was much more of a merit than a popularity show).

    Following are his most important stats* as a Safety. He also scored 3 rushing TDs (which sometimes are a result of a special or forced play as a ball holder during a FG attempt) but was most exciting as a defender.


    Year AGE Team - LG -GP -INT - YDS - LNG - TD

    1977 22 - Rams NFL 14. 0 ---- 0 ------ 0 --- 0
    1978 23 - Rams NFL 16. 1 --- 31 ---- 31 --- 0
    1979 24 - Rams NFL 16. 5 ---109 ----34 ----0
    1980 25 - Rams NFL 16. 8 -- 140 ----34 ----1
    1981 26 - Rams NFL 16. 5 --- 94 ---- 94 -- 0
    1982 27 - Rams NFL 09. 3 --- 33 ---- 21 -- 0
    1983 28 - Rams NFL 16. 3 --- 76 ---- 43t --1
    1984 29 - Rams NFL 11. 3 --- 54 ---- 33t --1
    1985 30 - Rams NFL 16. 2 --- 5 ------ 5 --- 0
    1986 31 - Rams NFL 16. 5 -- 101 ----80t--- 1
    1987 32 - Rams NFL 15. 2 --- 28----- 28--- 0
    _______________________________________
    11 NFL Seasons: --- 161 37 -- 671 --------- 4

    Cromwell is one of the best we've had in the secondary. Comparable to Eddie Meador, Aeneas Williams in character and effectiveness.

    *. - Database Football.com
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