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    Hadley--On Rice and Pittman

    RAMS UPDATE

    AN UPGRADE IS AN UPGRADE

    Breaking down Antonio Pittman and Simeon Rice


    THE FACT IS.

    Antonio Pittman has the upside worthy of addition and Simeon Rice received
    an offer that should've been consider too rich as this stage of his career.

    There seems to be a belief that the addition of Pittman is fruitless and
    that Rice somehow was the missing link to the Rams kicking off in the Super
    Bowl come February.

    Frankly, the only mistake made this weekend was my misinformation that Rice
    would wear the horns. In the end, I was wrong. however the Rams weren't for
    balking at the price tag that Rice adorned.

    In both St. Louis and Denver, Rice managed to minimally pass physical tests.
    There is no doubt that having Rice capable of rotating with James Hall was
    intriguing. No doubt that the Rice and Hall combined with Leonard Little
    presented a potentially fearsome trio of pass rushers.

    All that noted, for the $3 million in guaranteed funds Denver placed on the
    table, combined with a guaranteed starting position. Rice made the right
    choice signing in Denver, as did the Rams in refusing to extend comparable
    terms.

    The Rams were proactive in pursuing Rice, and did in fact make Rice an offer
    hence those insinuating the team didn't have legitimate interest are
    misinformed.

    In closing the book on Simeon Rice, both he and the Rams made the right
    moves. my reporting that Rice was coming to St. Louis was the only flawed
    chapter.

    Back to Pittman, how can a player that many readers wrote, in April, was
    worthy of consideration on draft day suddenly become so minimized five
    months later?

    Pittman has a nice combination of speed and physicality that is enticing. He
    remains a work in progress needing to fine tune various aspects of his game
    however is undeniably a "legit prospect."

    I find it interesting that many ask the question why carry four running
    backs? Are those posing the question asking the same of the New Orleans
    Saints? Those asking why with Steven Jackson and Brian Leonard aboard is
    Pittman on the roster. are you aware that the Saints drafted him having
    Reggie Bush, Deuce McAllister and Aaron Stecker already on the depth chart?
    By the way, the Saints too have four runners on the depth chart. simply
    stated, Pierre Thomas outperformed Pittman.

    Pittman has never been one to avoid contact with the ball in hand hence I
    suspect the Rams might well test his worth on the special teams coverage
    units.

    Pittman has value as a prospect, his addition was logical, and most
    importantly, the Rams backfield is better.

    The latter is the most important aspect. improvement in any increment is
    improvement.

    The onus is now on Pittman to transform from a prospect into a player; the
    onus is now on James Hall to recapture the diligence of a superb pass rusher
    and underrated run defender; and the onus is on me to improve on my sources
    atoning for a misinformed presentation prematurely declaring Rice a member
    of the Rams.


    FYI: Regarding the Rams decision to begin the season with two quarterbacks
    on the active roster. Coach Scott Lineman & Co. are merely following a
    league-wide trend that will have a dozen or more teams making the same
    decision this season.

    Remember this regarding the Rams decision to deal Ryan Fitzpatrick. Last
    year, the minimum restricted free-agent tender was $850,000. In 2008, it
    will be at least $900,000 and possibly as high as $930,000. Would
    Fitzpatrick been worthy of that price?


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    Re: Hadley--On Rice and Pittman

    I like that we brought on Pittman even though I don't know much about him. Depth at RB is critical. I also trust the Offensive eye of Linehan when it comes to judging talent.

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    Re: Hadley--On Rice and Pittman

    I think the Pittman signing will payoff later in the season. I saw a few video's of him and he seems to have great potential. As for not signing Rice, good move considering, IMO, that he isn't an every down player anymore.

    And kudos to Hadley for correcting himself unlike some sports writers in town.
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


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    Re: Hadley--On Rice and Pittman

    Having three good RBs -- in due time, all in due time -- is a beautiful problem!

    Jackson is the meat and potatoes man for several more years of success (I'm hoping our F.O. will succeed in doing its job too). Leonard, tremendous potential and character to be where he needs to be or is called to be. ...Pittman might develop into a strong, productive, effective RB. Terrific potential also. Let's help him mature as well, to become part of a great Rams running game.

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    Re: Hadley--On Rice and Pittman

    Like him or not, you have to respect the fact that he admitted his error in the Rice situation.

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    Re: Hadley--On Rice and Pittman

    I like the Pittman signing. A good project type of guy who could turn out to be really good.

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