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    How They Look - Offense

    How they look • Offense
    BY JIM THOMAS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    08/30/2009

    Talk about tough breaks, pun intended. In what's a make-or-break year for Marc Bulger, a broken pinky finger suffered in practice already has cost him two preseason games. Not to mention two weeks of practice time that could've been used polishing up on the new West Coast scheme installed by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. The hope at Rams Park is that better pass protection by a revamped line will help Bulger return to his Pro Bowl form and showcase his accuracy. But the finger won't be completely healed on opening day, Sept. 13, in Seattle. Backup Kyle Boller, a former first-round pick by Baltimore, lacks Bulger's accuracy but has a stronger arm. He also has the quickness and speed to avoid the rush and make something happen with his legs.

    Obviously, the Rams are counting on a big year from Steven Jackson, both as a runner and receiver. He will be the centerpiece of what coach Steve Spagnuolo hopes is an efficient ball-control offense that spreads the ball around in the passing game. Jackson has compiled four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, but missed four games and most of a fifth because of injury in each of the past two seasons. The dropoff has been dramatic when Jackson is sidelined, and the Rams really didn't address the No. 2 running back issue during the offseason. So barring a late roster move prior to opening day, they will rely on some combination of Samkon Gado, Antonio Pittman, Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya behind Jackson — each of whom has holes in his game.

    Mike Karney missed two weeks of camp with a sprained ankle, so he's still not entirely in sync with Jackson. But at least the Rams have their first true lead-blocking fullback since Madison Hedgecock was unceremoniously released by Scott Linehan one game into the 2007 season. Karney is a thumper built low to the ground. If he stays healthy, the running game should be that much better. At tight end, Randy McMichael returns from an injury-shortened '08 season, still hoping to become the receiving threat that has been forecast for him every year since signing here as a free agent in 2007. Offseason pickup Billy Bajema is a blocking specialist who also has shown surprising ability to catch the ball on the practice field and in the preseason.
    No Holt, no Bruce, no hope? We'll see. This unit remains the biggest question mark on the team because of a lack of proven experience. Plans for speedy Donnie Avery to be the No. 1 option were derailed three weeks ago when he suffered a fractured foot in the Lindenwood scrimmage. There's no guarantee that Avery will be back for the season opener, although he appears to be progressing more quickly than expected. Laurent Robinson, acquired in a pre-draft trade with Atlanta, has been impressive this summer, flashing size, speed, hands and some run-after-the-catch ability. Keenan Burton is a grinder who has the ability to make the tough catch. Like Avery, he must stay healthy. After that, Tim Carter, Ronald Curry and Derek Stanley are the frontrunners for the final two or three spots on the 53-man roster.

    Barring injury, there are no excuses this season for this unit. The Rams have expended a lot of money and draft picks, and it's time to produce. Left tackle Alex Barron and right tackle Jason Smith are first-round draft picks; Smith was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft in April. Left guard Jacob Bell and center Jason Brown were free-agent pickups the past two offseasons, to the tune of more than $60 million in combined contracts. The other starter is hard-nosed Richie Incognito at right guard. At the moment, versatile veteran Adam Goldberg is the starting right tackle, but Smith should be there sooner rather than later. This is a bigger line and should be a more physical line — the better to run-block for Jackson. Guard-center Mark Setterstrom and guard John Greco provide depth.


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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    thats very true about the money spent on the o-line, if they go and resign Barron at the end of this season there will be a ton of money invested in that offensive line,now it's time to step it up and earn all that money.

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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkTroll View Post
    lo?
    you should have a good oline by now. how many top 5 picks you guys got going now?
    And how many big games have the Seasacks EVER won?

    At least the biggest thing our franchise is known for is not a beligerant quote by the franchise quarterback ....

    "We want the ball and we're gonna score" ...

    LOL at that!

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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkTroll View Post
    lo?
    you should have a good oline by now. how many top 5 picks you guys got going now?
    You're just embarrassing yourself with comments like that.

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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    How they look • Offense
    BY JIM THOMAS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    08/30/2009

    Talk about tough breaks, pun intended. In what's a make-or-break year for Marc Bulger, a broken pinky finger suffered in practice already has cost him two preseason games. Not to mention two weeks of practice time that could've been used polishing up on the new West Coast scheme installed by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. The hope at Rams Park is that better pass protection by a revamped line will help Bulger return to his Pro Bowl form and showcase his accuracy. But the finger won't be completely healed on opening day, Sept. 13, in Seattle. Backup Kyle Boller, a former first-round pick by Baltimore, lacks Bulger's accuracy but has a stronger arm. He also has the quickness and speed to avoid the rush and make something happen with his legs.

    Obviously, the Rams are counting on a big year from Steven Jackson, both as a runner and receiver. He will be the centerpiece of what coach Steve Spagnuolo hopes is an efficient ball-control offense that spreads the ball around in the passing game. Jackson has compiled four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, but missed four games and most of a fifth because of injury in each of the past two seasons. The dropoff has been dramatic when Jackson is sidelined, and the Rams really didn't address the No. 2 running back issue during the offseason. So barring a late roster move prior to opening day, they will rely on some combination of Samkon Gado, Antonio Pittman, Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya behind Jackson — each of whom has holes in his game.

    Mike Karney missed two weeks of camp with a sprained ankle, so he's still not entirely in sync with Jackson. But at least the Rams have their first true lead-blocking fullback since Madison Hedgecock was unceremoniously released by Scott Linehan one game into the 2007 season. Karney is a thumper built low to the ground. If he stays healthy, the running game should be that much better. At tight end, Randy McMichael returns from an injury-shortened '08 season, still hoping to become the receiving threat that has been forecast for him every year since signing here as a free agent in 2007. Offseason pickup Billy Bajema is a blocking specialist who also has shown surprising ability to catch the ball on the practice field and in the preseason.
    No Holt, no Bruce, no hope? We'll see. This unit remains the biggest question mark on the team because of a lack of proven experience. Plans for speedy Donnie Avery to be the No. 1 option were derailed three weeks ago when he suffered a fractured foot in the Lindenwood scrimmage. There's no guarantee that Avery will be back for the season opener, although he appears to be progressing more quickly than expected. Laurent Robinson, acquired in a pre-draft trade with Atlanta, has been impressive this summer, flashing size, speed, hands and some run-after-the-catch ability. Keenan Burton is a grinder who has the ability to make the tough catch. Like Avery, he must stay healthy. After that, Tim Carter, Ronald Curry and Derek Stanley are the frontrunners for the final two or three spots on the 53-man roster.

    Barring injury, there are no excuses this season for this unit. The Rams have expended a lot of money and draft picks, and it's time to produce. Left tackle Alex Barron and right tackle Jason Smith are first-round draft picks; Smith was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft in April. Left guard Jacob Bell and center Jason Brown were free-agent pickups the past two offseasons, to the tune of more than $60 million in combined contracts. The other starter is hard-nosed Richie Incognito at right guard. At the moment, versatile veteran Adam Goldberg is the starting right tackle, but Smith should be there sooner rather than later. This is a bigger line and should be a more physical line — the better to run-block for Jackson. Guard-center Mark Setterstrom and guard John Greco provide depth.
    The Rams have 2 good linemen at this point.

    Jacob Bell and Jason Brown. Everyone else has a lot to prove. The rookie aint ready yet. Barron is overrated and gets beat. Incognito is a good run blocker but terrible at pass protection and gets beat. Goldberg isn't a long term solution and gets beat. Combine all of that with our (apparent) backfields inability to pickup the blitz and we have what we have.

    Nobody wants to see this line improve more than I do. Because if they do, we can stand a chance in every game. Provided our QB plays well, Laurent Robinson is fo' real and Avery is back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkTroll View Post
    how many years in a row have the Hawks whooped your pathetic franchise?
    first to worst in 1 year for you guys. no wonder your owner wants to bail on you guys.

    how pathetic.

    And how many big games have the Seasacks EVER won?

    last, what, 10 against the Lambs?
    The weather in Seattle sucks.

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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkTroll View Post
    how so? is that not a truthful question?

    do you need to be reminded of how many?
    No. But apparently you do. The only Top 5 pick on the Rams' O line is Jason Smith, who has yet to play a regular season game.

    But, no need for us to get off on the wrong foot.

    Welcome to the Clan, dufus.

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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by btimsah View Post
    The Rams have 2 good linemen at this point.

    Jacob Bell and Jason Brown.
    I'm not even sure Jacob Bell has proven that yet. There are a lot of question marks - and a lot of potential for good things, too - on this Rams offensive line.

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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    Come on guys, be civil. Argue through PM's.

    As the article said, Bulger's finger might not be fully healed for game one. Now that sucks...
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

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    Re: How They Look - Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkTroll View Post
    how many years in a row have the Hawks whooped your pathetic franchise?
    first to worst in 1 year for you guys. no wonder your owner wants to bail on you guys.

    how pathetic.

    And how many big games have the Seasacks EVER won?

    last, what, 10 against the Lambs?
    man, are the games vs us really THAT big to you?

    no wonder they blew the SB, too hungover from the win over the Rams during the regular season..

    what am i talking about though, you'll probly be bragging about that loss to
    your grandkids lol..good for you!!

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