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    By Howard Balzer
    Wednesday, November 05, 2008

    With uncertainty this week over the availability of running backs Steven Jackson and Travis Minor, the Rams signed to the roster Tuesday. The 5-10, 226-pound Gado has been out of football since the Dolphins failed to tender him as an exclusive rights free agent in February.

    Gado burst on the scene with the Packers in 2005, rushing for 582 yards on 143 carries (4.1-yard average) and scored six touchdowns. In 2006, after carrying the ball just two times for minus-7 yards, he was traded on Sept. 13 to the Houston Texans for running back Vernand Morency. With Houston, Gado rushed 54 times for 217 yards (4.0 average) and one touchdown.

    Last year, he played four games for Houston before being released on Oct. 23. He was picked up Miami, where he played five games. With the Texans, he had 46 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts and added 104 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries with the Dolphins.

    In other roster moves Tuesday, the Rams officially placed wide receivers Drew Bennett and Dante Hall on injured reserve, ending their seasons, and perhaps their short-lived careers with the Rams. Linebacker David Vobora was signed from the practice squad.

    The Rams also added wide receiver Matt Caddell, running back Darius Walker and linebacker Kelly Poppinga to the practice squad. Caddell was with the Rams in training camp, and was recently released from the practice squad. Walker has been with the Texans, but was waived Oct. 25 after also spending some time on their practice squad this season. Poppinga was released by the Dolphins in the final cut.

    Released from the Rams' practice squad were safety David Roach and fullback Russ Weil.

    In the wake of comments made by wide receiver Torry Holt last Friday, coach Jim Haslett was asked about them Monday. Said Haslett, “I understand. He’s not catching as many balls as he had in the past. The guy has caught a lot of passes over his career. We are a little bit different football team right now. We have a bunch of young receivers. You have a line that hasn’t been together long. The running back situation is in flux. We haven’t had Steven (Jackson), in and out the whole year. It’s just the situation more than anything.

    "I thought he did a good job in the second half. He made some nice catches, had some run after the catch. I thought he was outstanding in that one where he had a nice touchdown. Nobody is trying to phase him out, we only have one football and it’s just the way it goes. He’ll be fine. I understand his complaint. I’d be disappointed in him if he didn’t feel that way. I’d be disappointed in all these guys if they didn’t feel like they could help this football team.”

    Frankly, the debate over Rams quarterback Marc Bulger is tiresome, especially when some of the comments reflect virtually no understanding of NFL offenses.

    Has Bulger played well? Of course not. But for some to believe a quarterback can on his own lift an entire team on his shoulders is simply unrealistic. Does anyone actually believe Kurt Warner would have been successful Sunday with no running game and young receivers that have problems running routes correctly? How would Bulger play if he had Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin as targets?

    What's ironic is that in the calm of the off season most people would say for the Rams to be successful, they would have to be able to run the ball and protect the quarterback. Then, when those things don't happen, there is amnesia and the bashing of the quarterback begins.

    One popular comment claimed the Rams made a mistake by not selecting Denver quarterback Jay Cutler in the 2006 draft. Anyone check what Cutler has done lately as the Broncos' running game has deteriorated? I've heard people talk about how great Titans quarterback Kerry Collins is playing. Really? His passer rating is actually lower than Bulger, but Tennessee has a great running game, an excellent offensive line and obviously an outstanding defense.

    There is a basic tenet of football, and that is there are 11 guys are on the field at the same time, and each have to do their job to make the unit work. The Rams' offense is currently a work in progress that has a ways to go. No one bashed Bulger after the Dallas game, when the running game excelled and play-action was possible.

    Bulger noted that the future is bright with guys like Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton and Derek Stanley getting experience. But in the meantime, we have to live with the rookie mistakes they make, which affects the timing of an Al Saunders offense.

    As Haslett said, "Marc has been accustomed to playing with guys that ran their routes perfectly and he knew where they were and would be. Sometimes with these young guys we can't get them lined up right in practice, much less the games. When they're right, they're right. When they're wrong, they're really wrong."

    Just as wrong as those that try to blame Bulger for everything.

    *Aside from Gado, Poppinga and Walker, the Rams also gave a tryout to UTEP wide receiver Joe West Tuesday. West was signed as a rookie free agent by Dallas after the draft, but was released June 24. He signed with the Saints on Aug. 9, then released Aug. 31, signed to the Saints practice squad on Sept. 17 and released Oct. 16. … Former Rams center Dustin Fry was signed to the Browns' practice squad Tuesday … With quarterback Matt Schaub out with a knee injury, the Texans gave a tryout Tuesday to Bruce Gradkowski, who was in training camp with the Rams. The Texans also worked out Craig Nall and Tim Rattay.

    Remember Dante Ridgeway, the Ball State receiver touted by Mike Martz when he was drafted by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2005 draft? After being released by the Rams, he bounced around the league and ended the 2007 season on the Saints' practice squad. He was with no team this year, and Tuesday signed with the Peoria Pirates in Arena2.

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    Re: Gado Newest Running Back

    Linebacker David Vorba was signed from the practice squad.
    UH OHHHHHHHH... time we have all been waiting for. Mr. Irrelevant is in. Watch out NFL IT is ON!

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    Re: Gado Newest Running Back

    Really like to see what Vorba can do.
    This space for rent...

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    Hmm, in terms of Rams LBs, did Tim McGarigle land elsewhere in the NFL? // Not too excited about seeing Caddell back. // I still wonder if Dustin Fry, rather than releasing him, would have been better as Romberg's backup at center and Leckey playing guard. // How will the OL help Gado?

    Time to speculate on these and other tentative possibilities and flaky situations. It's tough to put forth a solid performance this way with patchy players and patchy potential. We went through that last year aplenty.

    ...That's what poor management from the F.O. can generate and now we'll just have to make due!
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    Re: Gado Newest Running Back

    Quote Originally Posted by thoey View Post
    Really like to see what Vorba can do.

    I hear he is London Fletcher II

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    ...anxious to see what darby and gado could do

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