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    Linehan geared up for a clean start

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Jul. 22 2008

    Scott Linehan looked over his shoulder Monday afternoon just in time to see a
    huge moving van an 18-wheeler squeeze out of the parking lot at Rams Park.

    "I hope they've got my stuff in there," Linehan quipped.

    They better. Save for his phone, a pen or two, and some old playbooks,
    Linehan's office in Earth City is cleared out. Everything else is en route to
    Mequon, Wis., for the start of Rams training camp this week at Concordia
    University.

    After the annual summer lull, the pace is picking up at Rams Park. After
    several weeks off to recharge the batteries, the coaching staff officially
    returns to work today.

    Several staff members began filtering in over the weekend to get organized and
    pack their stuff for Wisconsin. Organizational staff meetings will be held
    today and Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon the team will take a charter flight
    to Milwaukee. The Concordia campus is a short drive from the airport.

    Players have the option of driving to Wisconsin. And some may fly into
    Milwaukee directly from their offseason homes instead of leaving on the charter
    from St. Louis. But Linehan expects 90 percent of the team to fly in on the
    charter.

    Once the team arrives in Wisconsin late Thursday afternoon, they have the
    option of going through an orientation session on the team dormitory and the
    Concordia campus in general. The first team meeting in Wisconsin doesn't take
    place until Friday morning, followed by one practice in full pads. The first
    two-a-day practice sessions won't take place until Saturday.

    Two Rams starters coming off shoulder surgeries left tackle Orlando Pace and
    defensive lineman Adam Carriker will be examined by team doctors shortly
    after they arrive in Wisconsin on Thursday.

    "Carriker, we really believe he's probably going to be cleared (for contact
    work)," Linehan said.

    Linehan was a bit more cautious when it came to Pace.

    "Orlando is in great shape," Linehan said. "He has really worked and has got
    himself in a good spot. It's a matter of what the docs say. I think they just
    want to see if he's ready to take that next step as far as contact. Not to be
    overly cautious, but he's had two bad-luck injuries two years in a row."

    According to Linehan, all of the other Rams coming off 2007 injuries/surgery
    including defensive end Leonard Little will be full-go on Friday.

    After a grueling offseason, which included the death of longtime club owner
    Georgia Frontiere, the dismissal of several members of his coaching staff and
    some tough personnel decisions including the release of wide receiver Isaac
    Bruce, Linehan can't wait to get going on the 2008 season.

    "The excitement for the season is genuine, from me, to the coaches, to the
    players and the people that work for the organization," Linehan said. "The
    anticipation it's all there. Even more so because you want to get that taste
    out of your mouth so bad" from the 3-13 debacle of 2007.

    Linehan spent much of his down time during the past month at the family log
    cabin in rural Washington, a mountainous area about 90 minutes east of Seattle.
    He went bike riding with his sons, got in some fishing and a little golf.

    He bought a pickup truck in St. Louis and drove to Washington. He didn't want
    to rent a vehicle in Seattle, because part of the rental fee helps pay for the
    Seahawks' home stadium Qwest Field. The last thing he wanted to do was help
    subsidize a division rival.

    As if to underscore his desire for a clean start in '08, Linehan returned to
    St. Louis with a clean haircut. His new buzz cut is growing on his family,
    Linehan reports. He hopes the '08 Rams will grow on him.


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    Re: Linehan geared up for a clean start

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Jul. 22 2008


    "The excitement for the season is genuine, from me, to the coaches, to the
    players and the people that work for the organization," Linehan said. "The
    anticipation it's all there. Even more so because you want to get that taste
    out of your mouth so bad" from the 3-13 debacle of 2007.


    He bought a pickup truck in St. Louis and drove to Washington. He didn't want
    to rent a vehicle in Seattle, because part of the rental fee helps pay for the
    Seahawks' home stadium Qwest Field. The last thing he wanted to do was help
    subsidize a division rival.
    I hope Scott Linehan spit that 3-13 taste out of his mouth while he was in Seattle.

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    Re: Linehan geared up for a clean start

    Linehan's office in Earth City is cleared out.
    Hmm, foreshadow much?
    "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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    Re: Linehan geared up for a clean start

    "Carriker, we really believe he's probably going to be cleared (for contact
    work)," Linehan said.

    Linehan was a bit more cautious when it came to Pace.
    Man it sucks getting old. The kid's injury comes 4 months after the old man's, but he gets cleared and Pace's situation is more "cautious".
    He bought a pickup truck in St. Louis and drove to Washington. He didn't want
    to rent a vehicle in Seattle, because part of the rental fee helps pay for the
    Seahawks' home stadium Qwest Field. The last thing he wanted to do was help
    subsidize a division rival.
    Say what you will about Linehan, but that's pretty funny.
    "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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    Re: Linehan geared up for a clean start

    Hubison I agree, that was funny! I think I like Linny one notch more because of the refusal to assist the Sea Chickens in any way!

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