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    Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    The Rams will have several decisions to make in this upcoming, highly transitional, offseason. The ten biggest that I can see can be grouped into two categories: easy decisions, and hard decisions.

    Easy Decisions

    1. Should the Rams Re-sign Ryan Pickett?
    Absolutely. He is the most consistent player on the defensive line, and leads NFL DTs in tackles. Also, don't forget that he's only 26 years old, and is still improving. This is the number 1 priority as far as player personnel goes this offseason.

    2. Should the Rams bring back Marshall Faulk?
    Yes, if he wants to come back. It won't shock me at all if Faulk hangs it up at the end of the year, but if he wants another year, its a no-brainer. Hopefully, if he does return, his role will be better defined next season.

    3. Should the Rams bring back Dexter Coakley, Adam Timmerman, Adam Archuleta and Damione Lewis?
    An emphatic "no," though for different reasons. With Coakley, I think the injury, coupled with his unispired play, makes the decision for the Rams. Timmerman should be given a gold watch and a big "thank you" for several quality years of service - as he is escorted from Rams Park. Lewis and Archuleta... well, let's just say they haven't lived up to expectations. That said, I anticipate that both will find jobs and will be overpaid. Given the whole transitional philosophy, moving these four out will have a cleansing effect, of sorts.

    4. What type of Head Coach should the Rams look for?
    Who the HC will be is a hard choice, and tough to predict, but the profile is obvious. The Rams need a coach who knows how to build a defense, gameplan a defense, and call a defense on game day. The debate will rage on as to who that person will be, but, with the Rams still possessing a (when healthy) top notch offense, the development of a defense is the key.

    5. Are the Rams close enough to warrant FA spending?
    I say yes, without a doubt. There are countless examples of teams going from losing records to contender status in one year, and the Rams have enough talent (particularly on offense) to build toward that immediate goal. I also think that if the front office has any desire to "win back" the fans, FA spending is a good way to start.

    Hard Decisions

    1. What should be done with Isaac Bruce?
    Yes, he is getting up there, but so are highly productive receivers like Marvin Harrison and Rod Smith. Yes, Kevin Curtis is an up and coming player, but he's no Rev, by any means. I'd like to think that Bruce will want to finish his career with the Rams and will agree to a cap-friendly restructured deal to do so. If he won't, however, the Rams may not be able to afford to pay Bruce under his current deal. Let's hope this does not become an issue.

    2. Is Leonard Little worth it?
    Last year, I suggested that the Rams should trade Little. Few agreed. Now, after another sub-par year, I wonder again if he is worth the money he's being paid. Certainly, he's a talent, and can be disruptive at times. But I can't help but wonder what the Rams could get for him.

    3. Draft: Quality or Quantity?
    There is always the temptation to go for the "can't miss" prospect, but if you look at this past year's draft, both Odell Thurman and Lofa Tatupu were second round picks. Given the number of positions (defense, primarily) that could use an upgrade, the Rams should consider trading down.

    4. Is the Offensive Line a Priority?
    The Rams' O line play has left a lot to be desired this year but, barring an unlikely major veteran aquisition (Hutchinson, for example) is there really a priorty to obtain new linemen? My initial gut reaction is that a healthy line of Pace, Terrell, McCollum, Incognito and Barron could be very good. That's just speculation, though. An upgrade at TE would also be nice but, again, is that really a priority?

    5. Is this Steven Jackson or Marc Bulger's offense?
    The answer, of course, is that it should be both. Getting there, however, will involve a number of tough tasks. Finding the right offensive coordinator is going to be a starting point. But are the Rams ready to go from GSOT to a true balanced approach? Let's hope so.
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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    I am not sure about letting timmerman go at this point. There would be adverse cap consequences in doing so and he still adds quality depth. He is not what he once was, but i dont see going with terrell, sapiaia and incognito at guard without a vet backup, especially given that incognito is a 100% unknown commodity. Would i like a shot at hutchinson? Of course, but i dont see seattle letting him get away and we really do need to spend our cap on defense as much as possible. More dead money is something we need to avoid if we can and using cap money to get rid of timmerman would not make a lot of sense to me. If he was a free agent i would agree that i wouldnt spend real money to bring him back, but i dont want to take a hit to get rid of him.

    This is another reason why i want faulk back. If he doesnt come back, it will cost us more dead money that we cant afford.

    Other decisions: Can we extend curtis now? Should we keep travis fisher? Coming off this season he will be cheap and he was hurt most of this year.

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    Question: Can you please tell me a little about Odell Thurman? What college is he from and what position and team does he play for?
    Many Thanx.

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable
    Question: Can you please tell me a little about Odell Thurman? What college is he from and what position and team does he play for?
    Many Thanx.

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    Odell Thurman went to Georgia and plays linebacker for the Bengals.

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    1. Should the Rams Re-sign Ryan Pickett?
    YES! He is only going to get better, hopefully the Rams bring in a good line coach that will help him excel.

    2. Should the Rams bring back Marshall Faulk?
    Absolutely! Jackson needs to learn from the master. If the new OC is smart enough he will insist on having Faulk return.

    . Should the Rams bring back Dexter Coakley, Adam Timmerman, Adam Archuleta and Damione Lewis?
    DLew - see ya later, Coakley(?) depends on any cap ramifications, Timmerman, yes, we need the depth any Incognito may not be ready to fill in. Now if Tucker is still here then he should be the starter at guard. Now as for Arch, I say yes. Who would replace him? Carter? not ready, bring in a top dollar FA SS? maybe, but the guy is good if used in the right system.

    4. What type of Head Coach should the Rams look for?
    Someone who can reshape the D, and have the sense to bring in a good OC who will take advantage of the weapons on the offense. Someone with fire in his belly and demands discipline.

    1. What should be done with Isaac Bruce?
    Every position needs a leader, and Ike is it for the WR's. You can't let a quality player like Bruce leave. He restructures and the Rams deliver with a few more rings before he enters the HOF.

    2. Is Leonard Little worth is?
    Very good question. It all will depend on the new HC and if we draft or go after an impact DE.

    3. Draft: Quality or Quantity?
    Draft for need. Why go after a RB, WR, or QB when you need a TE, LB, DB?:clanram:
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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    Can we extend curtis now?
    He's an RFA, so we have to.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    We dont really have to extend him Big Bison, we could tender him and in effect sign him for one year. My question was should we sign him to a long term deal. If we tender him for one year then i believe he will be unrestricted the following year, which could leave us in a very bad spot cap wise (assuming the collective bargaining agt is signed and 2007 is not an uncapped year) if something happens with ike.

    This is a chicken and egg problem. How do you lock him up long term when you dont really know if you are locking up a #2 or #3. if the rams could lock him up at #3 money i am sure that they would love to do it, and given curtis injury history and the fact that as a lower round pick he didnt get a big bonus on draft day, he might well be interested in some real financial security at this point in exchange for longer term upside. if you had to pay curtis as a #2, that would be tough to do until you see how the entire situation with ike shakes out.

    ramming speed to all

    keep ike and sign big grease.

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    If Curtis is playing for leverage to get a big new contract this offseason, he needs to step up a bit. He's been nearly invisible for the past few weeks.

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    And he is 27 years old. He's smart enough to know that he doesn't have a lot of contracts left in him.
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    Re: Decisions, Decisions... (5 easy ones, 5 hard ones)

    I think people forget or don't even realize that Curtis is 27 years old, so who knows how many years he has left. He still has a lot to learn and little time to do it.
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