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    HOLY CRAP! No wonder Marshall is not the same

    I was reading in the Sporting News that Marshall has had his surgury 87 times on his knees. Is this true??? WOW! How can the guy even walk much less run.


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    Re: HOLY CRAP! No wonder Marshall is not the same

    87 times? that cant be correct..that or weve been lied to all these years and faulk is a cyborg afterall.........

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    Re: HOLY CRAP! No wonder Marshall is not the same

    That can't be right, can it? The writer must have been exaggerating.

    I can tell you, though, even if he's only had a half-dozen surgeries, that is a lot.

    I have had two surgeries on my left knee (ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic cartilage repair) and I can still feel the effects to some extent.

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    Re: HOLY CRAP! No wonder Marshall is not the same

    Here is the article. I am not sure if he was being sarcastic or not.


    Rams: A Line of Holes

    This is not the Rams' year. Don't get me wrong; the team will challenge for a playoff spot. It's just the season won't be special. St. Louis fans have become accustomed to the team's season-to-season seesaw. Since the team's improbable Super Bowl run in the 1999 season, the Rams have saved their best work for every other year.

    The team nearly won another title in the 2001 season before the Patriots pulled off the biggest Super Bowl shocker since Joe Namath's Jets. Last season, the Rams and Eagles seemed on a collision course to decide the NFC champion. The Panthers upset them both. During the 2000 and 2002 seasons, though, the Rams either barely made the postseason or didn't get invited. The team has enough going against it right now to believe the on-and-off trend will continue.

    One positive: St. Louis managed to nab the top running back in April's draft (Steven Jackson) with the 24th overall pick. Jackson's presence could be crucial because star Marshall Faulk is coming off his 87th knee surgery. The backs will have to put up with an offensive line that has more holes than an Arizona golf complex. Kyle Turley is out for the year because of back problems, and Orlando Pace and the Poston brothers continue to ask for the Gateway Arch as part of a new deal.

    The defense has just as many concerns. End Grant Wistrom left in free agency, and Leonard Little's pending trial for drunken driving makes the defensive line another potential liability. The secondary got rid of Jason Sehorn one game too late, and it will be without starter Travis Fisher (broken arm) for the start of the season. The entire defense will need to get used to coordinator Larry Marmie, who replaced new Bears coach Lovie Smith.


    5-STAR PLAYERS

    Torry Holt, WR. As the torch was passed from Kurt Warner to Marc Bulger last season, so too was it handed from Isaac Bruce to Holt. It's no coincidence. Holt is the more physically talented receiver of the two, and he quickly became Bulger's favorite target last year, almost to a fault. Holt continues to fine-tune his game, and there are few holes in it. Despite the concerns about the Rams' offensive line, Holt will produce great numbers and be a top fantasy choice.

    4-STAR PLAYERS

    Marshall Faulk, RB. Before there was Priest Holmes, there was Faulk. He still can be an elite producer when healthy, but he hasn't played all 16 games since 1999. He is a great second-round pick for people who love to play with fire. Have a bucket of water ready so you don't get burned when Faulk gets banged up. As long as you make sure to get Jackson in the middle rounds, Faulk is worth drafting late in the second round.

    Jeff Wilkins, K. The Rams' offense was set up perfectly for kicking production last season. The team could move the ball at will until it reached the red zone. There, the lack of a ground game bogged down the offense and allowed Wilkins to rack up points. He made 39 of his 42 field-goal tries and finished with a career-high 163 points. With Jackson around, the Rams should be more proficient around the goal line, so Wilkins' chances will fall off this season. He'll still score enough to be a strong fantasy starter.

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    Isaac Bruce, WR. The league wants to clean up the clutching and grabbing done by defensive backs. Bruce has to love the idea. He figures to be the exact type of receiver who will benefit. He's a smart, quick receiver who can find holes in the coverage, and he runs great routes. He won't overpower defenders, but he doesn't have to anymore. He's a sure thing for 1,000 yards and six scores.

    Marc Bulger, QB. Bulger is an accurate passer who fits well in the Rams' passing attack. The one complaint is he doesn't have the arm to throw the deep ball, and when he tries to air it out, it's just as likely to be picked off as caught by a Rams receiver. His offensive line might not give him enough time for those downfield plays to develop, so his interception total could actually drop. Talk about turning a negative into a positive. Bulger will be much more of a positive than a negative if he's your team's starter.

    Leonard Little, DL. Little is one of the league's best rush ends, and sometimes he's in the backfield as often as the opposing quarterback. He'll be a league leader in sacks and forced fumbles. Owners will be hesitant to make him their top defensive end, though, because of his legal problems. At the moment, it appears his lawyers are confident they can delay any court action until after the season. There are no guarantees.

    2-STAR PLAYERS

    Defense/special teams. St. Louis' defense last year was opportunistic. That's a good way of explaining how a team that was 17th in points allowed (20.5 per game) had value. The defense led the league in takeaways (46), came in second with five touchdowns scored and tied for fourth in sacks (42). Smith's departure won't change the scheme; the Rams are sticking with the cover 2. Wistrom's departure and the early absence of Fisher will be the bigger concerns for a unit that overachieved last season.

    Steven Jackson, RB. If I could give Jackson another half star, I would. He's not yet at the level of a Bruce or Bulger, but he's not far off. Of all the league's backup RBs, he's one of the best to own. Even people who don't get Faulk should consider Jackson in the middle rounds. He could get a healthy workload even when Faulk is healthy.

    Adam Archuleta, DB. As a friend in my IDP league said, how can you not like a guy who can lie flat on his stomach and lift himself into a kneeling position without using his hands? This guy is a workout freak, and it shows on the field. He's a hard hitter who is at his best when he's allowed to sic the quarterback. As long as he stays healthy, he'll be a good source for tackles and sacks.

    1-STAR PLAYERS

    Chris Chandler, QB. If the offensive line allows Bulger to get beaten like a pinata, Chandler could see the field. Then again, that just means it will be Chandler's turn to get battered and deep-fried. Given his injury history, which is now available in Volumes I and II, it might not be long before the team's No. 3 quarterback, rookie Jeff Smoker, gets his first taste of NFL action.

    0-STAR PLAYERS

    Lamar Gordon, RB. If Jackson is one of the best backup backs to own, Gordon is one of the best backups to a backup back to own. Jackson sat out briefly during the preseason because of swelling in his knee, and Mike Martz used the opportunity to inform us that Jackson had minor surgery during the offseason. It's almost a given that Faulk will miss time at some point, and if Jackson also has problems, Gordon could end up starting.

    Dane Looker, WR. Last season, Looker caught 47 passes for 495 yards and three scores. That's not bad for a team's third receiver, so why is he so low here? The Rams have plenty of other receiver options in Shaun McDonald, Kevin Curtis and Mike Furrey. Any of those guys could end up in the No. 3 spot once the season is under way, so it's better to view them as potential in-season additions.

    Brandon Manumaleuna, TE. If you select a tight end just so you can yell his name over and over at the draft, Manumaleuna is a great choice. (Seattle's Itula Mili and Houston's Bennie Joppru are other options.) Other than that bizarre scenario, there is no real reason to pick Manumaleuna. The Rams' wideouts get most of the glory.

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    Coaching: Mike Martz is known for his wide-open offense and his questionable coaching decisions. Many Rams fans believe the team's trophy case would be fuller if Martz stuck to coaching the offense and someone else filled the head coach's position. When it comes to Martz's decision to go conservative late in the team's playoff loss to Carolina, the grumbling has yet to cease. More often, though, Martz gets in trouble for being too aggressive. His style leads to plenty of big plays, which always keeps things interesting for viewers. Under Martz, the Rams have the attitude that they are never out of it, no matter the deficit. Fantasy owners with Rams stars should feel the same way.

    Offensive line: If you haven't been paying attention for the length of this column, I'm not sure why you would start now. OK, last chance to take this seed of wisdom and plant it in your memory garden. The Rams' offensive line is a downer. Turley is out. Pace might not be in game-shape when he reports, and that's assuming he eventually does show up. Adam Timmerman is a quality blocker, but the rest of the unit is suspect. The team's offensive stars will have to do it on their own.

    Schedule analysis. The Rams seem to have the inverse of last year's schedule. In 2003, the team got the hard stuff out of the way early, then kicked back to relax. That won't happen this time around. The Rams can fatten up on September's meaty schedule (Arizona, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco). Late-fall trips to Buffalo and Green Bay, along with home contests against New England and Seattle, will lead to lean times in November. The Week 16 matchup (at home against the Eagles on Monday night) could make, or more likely break, an owners' championship hopes.

    Fantasy Strength of Schedule: 15th toughest.

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    Re: HOLY CRAP! No wonder Marshall is not the same

    One positive: St. Louis managed to nab the top running back in April's draft (Steven Jackson) with the 24th overall pick. Jackson's presence could be crucial because star Marshall Faulk is coming off his 87th knee surgery. The backs will have to put up with an offensive line that has more holes than an Arizona golf complex. Kyle Turley is out for the year because of back problems, and Orlando Pace and the Poston brothers continue to ask for the Gateway Arch as part of a new deal.
    The context sounds like a poor attempt at humor.
    The Rams' offensive line is a downer. Turley is out. Pace might not be in game-shape when he reports, and that's assuming he eventually does show up. Adam Timmerman is a quality blocker, but the rest of the unit is suspect. The team's offensive stars will have to do it on their own.
    I love it. Another bandwagon reporter that wants to jump on the "Rams have nO-line" parade float. Last year's line (which was rated as the 3rd best line in the league entering last season) gave up 2.69 sacks per game, good for a 24th place tie. The ground game averaged 3.6 yards per carry, good for a 28th place tie. Last year's line was no good. I'm not saying this year's line will be superstar but they will not be worse than last year's line. And as we remember last year's line was part of a 12-4 team.

    Now if all these reporters are prophecying the fall of the Rams based on their O-line (and I believe more than some are doing just that), then they can rest assured that all they have to do is keep par with last year and we will be back in the playoffs.

    Bottom Line: They're not the best line in the league, they're not even the best line in the state, but they are good enough to get the job done.
    "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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