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    Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Any chance the hand was a big problem for Kennedy and he will break out next year?

    Kennedy casts aside pain, gains toughness
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Oct. 11 2006

    Just his luck. Two plays into the 2006 season, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy
    suffered a broken right hand.

    He quickly got the hand casted up during the game and returned to finish out
    the season-opening upset of Denver -- all of which earned plaudits from the
    Rams' coaching staff.

    "Here's a guy that broke his hand, and he came right back on the field,"
    defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said at the time. "He wanted to play. ... So
    I give credit to Jimmy for coming back out with the broken hand, and being in
    pain, and going out and playing pretty well."

    The next day, Kennedy had a couple of pins inserted to stabilize the fracture.
    He would be in a cast for the next four to six weeks. Kennedy kept playing, but
    the results were something short of spectacular.

    "I forgot who I was," Kennedy said Sunday in Green Bay. "I forgot what got me
    here, to tell you the truth. And it's not in a cocky way that I'm saying this.
    Once I broke my hand, I started going backwards for a second. Playing with
    pain, you start making excuses. I wasn't trying to make excuses, but I wasn't
    really focused. I was focused on my hand when I was out there."

    But against Green Bay, he forgot about the hand and just worried about playing
    football. The result was Kennedy's best game of the

    season. He recorded six tackles, matching his career high for a regular-season
    contest. He forced a first-quarter fumble by Packers running back Vernand
    Morency that set up the Rams' first touchdown.

    If teammate Leonard Little hadn't swiped the ball away from Brett Favre in the
    closing seconds of the game to save a 23-20 Rams victory, it looked like
    Kennedy would have at least sacked Favre.

    "I think Jimmy played very well," coach Scott Linehan said. "I saw him in the
    backfield a couple times. He and I talked earlier in the week. He's got himself
    at such a high standard on how he wants to play. He won't let it be an excuse,
    but I know the hand has limited him in using his hands. So he decided just to
    use his power and his ability to get up the field. I saw a new spark in him, I
    thought, in this game."

    Even though they were gouged for 106 yards rushing by the unheralded Noah
    Herron, the Rams need that kind of spark on a weekly basis from Kennedy for the
    defense to flourish.

    After letting former starters Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis sign elsewhere as
    free agents during the offseason, the Rams were counting on Kennedy to man one
    of the defensive tackle spots this season. There were no alternatives. And they
    were counting on him to handle the nose tackle spot, which isn't his natural
    position.

    "We're talking about a guy who has played nose (five) games in his life and a
    couple games in preseason," Haslett said. "He was a '3-technique' here
    (previously), and in college."

    The "3-technique" is more of a playmaking position, calling on the tackle to
    shoot gaps and penetrate into the backfield. But after signing six-time Pro
    Bowler La'Roi Glover in free agency to play that position, the Rams needed
    Kennedy's size and bulk (6-4, 325) at the nose.

    "It's totally different," Haslett said. "You've got to be a power player at
    nose. You've got to be an anchor, and be a guy who can stop the run from tackle
    to tackle."

    The Rams hadn't seen much of that from Kennedy.

    "Jimmy can do better," Haslett said after the Detroit game. "Jimmy's playing
    like they were throwing the ball every snap. He was running around blocks on
    every snap. He's really athletic. He's too athletic for his own good."

    But Kennedy took a step in the right direction against Green Bay.

    "He played his best game of the year," Haslett said. "He was very active. Did a
    lot of good things. Rushed the quarterback well. ... He's starting to come
    along and understand exactly what we want. I think he has a chance to be a
    pretty good nose in the league."

    By his own admission, Kennedy had a terrible week of practice leading up to the
    Packers game. His talk with Linehan helped sort things out.

    "On film, I haven't used my right hand at all," Kennedy said. "He noticed it,
    and my D-line coach (Brian Baker) noticed it."

    So he basically forgot about the hand. He took the cast off last Thursday in
    practice and played with just a padded lineman's glove. Against the Packers, he
    just used the glove, without extra padding.

    "I didn't wrap it at all," Kennedy said. "When I'm out there, and I have the
    cast on, I'm thinking about my hand. I'm thinking about not hitting it, and
    it's an unconscious thing. Mentally, it was killing me. I just went out there
    (against Green Bay), and put the glove on, and just played."


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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Ok, so IF what they say is true, that it takes awhile for someone to play this position, then this is his year. Either excel or be expelled.

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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Any chance the hand was a big problem for Kennedy and he will break out next year?
    Not at NT. He's a terrible NT. His hand is the least of his worries when it comes to that. He doesn't have the heart, skills, technique, or interest to thrive at NT.

    He did do better toward the end of last year when they used him some in the 3-technique spot.

    He played 3-T all his career; he is a miserable NT. And given that he also isn't a GREAT 3-T player, he's just better there then at NT.

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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    Ok, so IF what they say is true, that it takes awhile for someone to play this position, then this is his year. Either excel or be expelled.

    Actually.

    NT is the one DT spot it DOESN'T take players a while to learn. Why? At NT you are rarely in many different kinds of situations. It's a simplified position in some respects---a specific set of responsibilities in a very narrow area. Over the years, it has been fairly common for rookies to play well at NT. As I keep saying the Giants's Cofield was a rookie starter last year. It's just not rare.

    Kennedy is not an NT. It's not just that he isn't a good NT. He is no kind of NT at all. And if he had *anything* to bring to the position it would have been visible by now. He doesn't; it wasn't.
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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    z....any way you slice it, even if you make julian fries with it, the answer is still the same. This is his year to either put out or get out.

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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    tx, I would have to say you definitely summed it up best with "put out or get out."
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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Ok how about this along with his hand. He also broke his foot his first year.
    He has not had the best of luck when it come to staying healthy.


    The 330-pound defensive tackle was hurt Aug. 5 during a non-contact one-on-one pass-rush drill against the Chicago Bears. The Rams and Bears are holding joint practices through Aug. 7. Kennedy was planting his foot to make a cut when he went down.

    The injury was not initially believed to be serious, but an exam after practice revealed the break. Kennedy will have surgery next week for a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Rams said. He will be out three to four months.

    Maybe he does find himself.. maybe

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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Ok how about this along with his hand. He also broke his foot his first year. He has not had the best of luck when it come to staying healthy.

    Maybe he does find himself.. maybe
    Maybe indeed. Last year was the first season in his career he played in all 16 games and he had to do it with a hand held together by pins. To me that shows some heart, but heart alone isn't going to cut it. I really want to see Kennedy get a chance to perform completely healthy as a member of a reasonably injury free defensive unit. That said, Tx is 100% right, it's "put out or get out" for him, regardless of what position he plays, what injuries he might sustain and how those around him are performing. Excuses no longer apply.

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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Maybe he does find himself.. maybe
    He is 6'4 325 if he can't find him self how do we expect him to find anyone else.

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    Re: Last year Kennedy suffered a broken right hand.

    Kennedy is one of those test toys that never should have made to the store. Broken pieces all the time , hell he ought be recalled!
    I stopped going to the dentist.......I got tired of the cavity searches!

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