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    Defense will be no better, IMO

    I can't see where the Rams have improved the defense. if it's for depth, OK. But nothing significant that is going to change the porus run defense from a year ago. Even if the team drafts 2 DT's, it is a huge risk to count on rookies to contribute right away.


    James Hall is OK, but i think he will just stunt the growth of Adeyanju moving him to the bench. I like Chris Draft, but he is 31 and the rams are already stacked with WLB's. Walls and Rumph are fringe signings, IMO. Todd Johnson is a decent special teams player and that's about it.

    Everytime i post this on other boards, people say there was no players to sign that would be better than what the Rams have. I beg to differ. Robaire Smith and Shaun Smith were both tough, run stoppers that could have replaced Kennedy with ease. R. Smith could have been the NT, while a rookie learned while waiting in the wings. And Shaun Smith could have been the NT of the future since he is young.

    what irks me the most is everyone is OK with the Bennett signing. Not that i don't like him, but the Rams didn't want to overspend for defense but they will give 30 million to a backup. Thats what he will be unless they cut Bruce, and i don't see that happening.

    I don't know about you, but Curtis didn't exactly burn up the field as the #3 in this offense and unless there is some drastic change, i don't see Bennett earning that money.


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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    I agree to a certain extent. The Rams are banking on improvement from their youth of last year. People seem to forget that the defense did much better the last couple of games last year, and the secondary was lights out. Pisa will be back and Witherspoon has a year under his belt in the middle. Kennedy will be the key, did he figure things out? I for one wouldn't count this defense completely out. There is potential, after all, that is what they said about the Colts last season.

    As for offense. We are in a completely new system. I don't think anyone has yet to see what Linehan is capable of. McMichael will be the big signing I think. Bennett will fit much better into Linehan system than Curtis ever did.

    I think we have to take the wait and see approach, I never go into a season with a crappy attitude thinking we are any worse off than other teams. I will be shocked if we don't make the post season.

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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    The defense now has 1 season under it's belt with new DC Haslett. Season 2 should and will show some improvement.


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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    Its a fair point. A couple of counterpoints to consider. First, the rams are in all liklihood counting on two impact players on defense in the draft. Two, the rams are counting on their younger players to improve.

    Hill is a great example, as is oj and wroten and victor. Kennedy is in a contract year, its probably wishful thinking that he improves, but hope springs eternal.

    Most importantly, i believe that the rams built from strength and have taken the view that if they can score more points and control the ball, they can both keep their own defense off the field and put the defense in a position where they are playing with the lead, which helps any defense because it limits the other teams offense.

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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    Health alone will make us better. We needed a MASH unit last year to keep up with all the injuries on defense. Who knows what things would have been like if everyone stayed relatively intact. As for depth, it's important and it looks like we'll have it this year. Things will be better in 2007.

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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    Here is my take on why this D will be better.

    New coaching staff and scheme. It takes time to play a scheme at a high level. We now have a full season under our belts.

    It took this coaching staff too long to find out Bartell can play.

    So many new players where brought in last year they have had a full season, too get a feel for on another.

    Tino was so banged up he was a shell of himself. I expect him to have a much better year. Spoon’s play suffered when Tino was finally done for the year.

    Hargove, he really left us high and dry, when he had his field trip to the casino. That had to hurt to play a rookie instead of Hargove.

    Hill will have an impact from the first game.

    The addition of Draft and his 111 tackles and 5.5 sacks will sure help.

    Hall is an upgrade as far as pass rush goes.

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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post

    Kennedy is in a contract year, its probably wishful thinking that he improves, but hope springs eternal.
    There is hope. One thing that you can always count on is greed. Since Kennedy is in a contract year I think its safe to say that if Jimmy has a good season in him, we will see it this year. Everybody wants to get paid.

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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    According to stltoday Kris Jenkins is on the trading block,surely we have to be interested in acquiring a true run stuffing DT.That's what we need to see improvement on defense,an anchor on the line..

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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    That article also said that he is available due to the resurrection of DLew. Evidently, DLew ended up playing well enough that the Panthers are now willing to put him in there nad place Jenkins on the trading block.

    This should help the Rams with leverage as to what they will give up if DLew is the man in the middle for the Panthers. Maybe a 3rd and Butler.

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    Re: Defense will be no better, IMO

    DLew did in a way resurrect his career in Carolina. One must remember the main problem we had with him was health, compound that with the Rams taking him in the first round and all the pressure that comes with that and it is now plain to see that a change of senerey is all he needed. This is what usually happens with first round players who get hurt with there origional team.

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