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    Linebackers 2!

    Dear Rams Coaches:

    YOU CANT TELL WHAT THE OFFENSES PROBLEMS ARE UNTIL THE DEFENSE CAN STOP THE OTHER TEAM FROM SCORING 17 IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

    You have no way of knowing if Bulger is the problem or not because your offensive game plans have to go out the window by the second quarter because the D cant stop anybody.

    Here it is in a nutshell. If the D doesnt stop the other team from scoring then the O is always playing from behind. This allows the opposing D to focus on stopping the passing game by eliminating you own running game.

    Mr. Haslett. With all do respect have you considered the fact that your defenisve front seven is too small to stop the run? Long isnt the biggest DE and all of your LBs are basically the same size -- 6'1 and around 238 pds. Teams are going to run on you D until you prove you can stop them consistently. Right now our LBs are

    Witherspoon -- he's excellent but I think he's out of position.

    Culberson -- the biggest LB, but not playing particularly well.

    Tinoisamoa -- small, fiery, but not making an impact

    Draft -- small, old and cant take on blockers

    Chamberlain -- small, rookie with no real experience.

    Stills -- Big, old, but a special teams specialist who is an expert at making ST tackles after the returner gains 15+ yds.

    6 LBs out of 53 players. These guys should be the playmakers on D, but there is only one playmaker among them.

    Has it occured to you that the league may be on the verge of changin back to a power running league or at the very least a run first league. Even teams like the Colts and the Patriots have put more emphasis on running the ball consistently and good Super Bowl contending teams usually have a very good power run game -- SD, Pittsburgh, Dallas, NY Giants. How about getting some big thumping LBs who can stop the run. You might give up more passing yds on completions to really good TE's, but you'll stand a better chance of getting the ball to your offense with time and situation for them to enact their game plan.

    Where do you get these new LBs? Trade for 'em, steal them from other teams Practice Sqauds, hell hold open tryouts. What you get cant really be any worse than what you are putting on the field right now. At least it would look like you were adapting, trying to do something to improve the D.

    Benching Bulger will not do that.


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    Re: Linebackers 2!

    Add on top of that, our offensive line is sooo bad any quarterback is in a physically dangerous position... Im surprised OSHA hasnt shut our offense down... somebody is gonna get hurt bad...

    I say hold open tryouts... Show some of these half hearted LB's we have that we'll pull some guy off the street with heart and let him play... At least THEN it would make sense getting our butts handed to us on every play...

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    Re: Linebackers 2!

    I have been shouting from the high heavens for a while that we needed a big thumper in the middle. Small linebackers are okay if your defense is full of speed and your defensive line can hold it's own (this is pretty much the colts). Unfortunately we haven't figured out our defensive line issues yet. So we are having problems with our small linebackers. Until we get some bulk in the middle of this team, we are going to have problems. From this point on, I am advocating that this team use it's draft pick to acquire Rey Maualuga.

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    Re: Linebackers 2!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Defense View Post
    I have been shouting from the high heavens for a while that we needed a big thumper in the middle. Small linebackers are okay if your defense is full of speed and your defensive line can hold it's own (this is pretty much the colts). Unfortunately we haven't figured out our defensive line issues yet. So we are having problems with our small linebackers. Until we get some bulk in the middle of this team, we are going to have problems. From this point on, I am advocating that this team use it's draft pick to acquire Rey Maualuga.
    The Colts are getting gouged on the run this year- I think it happens to all undersized teams- especially when they rely solely on the Cover 2.

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    Re: Linebackers 2!

    Quote Originally Posted by moloch41 View Post
    The Colts are getting gouged on the run this year- I think it happens to all undersized teams- especially when they rely solely on the Cover 2.
    The colts have gotten by with small, poor tackling LBs for years because a)they've been able to outscore teams and b) that safety (whose name I just forgot) made up for LB weakness. The Jags are another run first team that has become a real NFL power over the past few seasons.

    The Cover 2/ Tampa 2 was designed to counter act elements of the old West Coast offense. Its been effective enough and now teams are modifiying the west coast o to include more power running. Teams like the Rams that have been slow to adapt defensively are getting run over.

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