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    Linehan likes players' approach

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Aug. 12 2008
    MEQUON, Wis. — Less than 48 hours after tangling with the Tennessee Titans in
    the exhibition opener, the Rams returned to the practice field Monday. They
    showed up in full pads and, according to coach Scott Linehan, with "a chip on
    their shoulder."

    "We put the pads on, and it would've been really easy for them to come out and
    not be really too fired up about it," Linehan said. "There are some sore guys
    on this team, and it would be easy for guys to have that woe-is-me attitude.
    There was none of that."

    The team went at it for nearly two hours in perhaps the most physical workout
    since the team convened at Concordia University some 18 days ago.

    "It was one of our best practices; that's a good sign," Linehan said. "They
    don't feel good about (the 34-13 loss to the Titans), and they know that we've
    got to do a lot better this week and improve a lot as a team."

    The Rams (0-1) take on the San Diego Chargers (1-0) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at
    the Edward Jones Dome.

    JOHNSON: MUCH WORK

    One of the busiest Rams during training camp has been safety Todd Johnson.

    Normally a backup, Johnson has been subbing for first-team free safety
    Oshiomogho Atogwe, who has been out because of a hamstring injury since the
    second day.

    Johnson, who also plays on all the special-teams units, said he welcomed the
    heavy workload.

    "I think it makes (camp) go faster," he said. "You're into it, you're
    concentrating, and you're working on your game. It's been fun."

    Johnson started at free safety Saturday and then jumped over to strong safety
    in the second half after Jerome Carter left because of a groin injury.

    "And (Johnson) didn't want to come out," Linehan said. "That's what real
    football players do; they want to stay in the game. He wanted to give us the
    best chance to win the game.

    "But that's just Todd. Those are the kind of guys that are going to get us over
    the hump."

    INJURY UPDATE

    Defensive lineman Victor Adeyanju, out since July 27 after breaking his middle
    finger and undergoing surgery, and rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery, sidelined
    since July 28 because of a small fracture in his pelvis, returned to practice
    Monday.

    Adeyanju, sporting a large club on his right hand, took part in all the drills.
    Avery was somewhat limited but played in the 11-on-11 "team" periods.

    Sitting out were Atogwe, Carter, tight end Anthony Becht (hamstring),
    cornerback Fakhir Brown (shoulder), tackle Brandon Gorin (shoulder) and
    linebacker Marc Magro (knee).

    Rookie cornerback Justin King, who suffered a season-ending toe injury
    Saturday, will accompany the team to St. Louis on Thursday and probably will
    have surgery Friday in Charlotte, N.C., Linehan said.

    Dr. Robert Anderson, who repaired defensive end Leonard Little's toe last year,
    will perform the operation.

    ON THE AIR

    The first opportunity to have a defensive player take signals from the sideline
    via a helmet receiver went without incident Saturday, Linehan reported. Tim
    McGarigle, who started at middle linebacker in place of Will Witherspoon
    (shoulder ailment), wore the wired-up helmet.

    "It was a little different," McGarigle said. "I was skeptical going into the
    game, but everything worked out fine. As long as it's coming through clear, it
    makes it easier. I don't have to search for (defensive coordinator Jim Haslett)
    on the sideline."

    STEVEN JACKSON WATCH

    — Days out: 18.

    — Practices missed: 20.

    — Games missed: 1 (exhibition).

    — Fine total: $272,088 ($15,116 per day).

    RAM-BLINGS

    Today marks the final two-practice session of camp. ... Former Mizzou tackle
    Tyler Luellen, of Bethany, Mo., is trying to win a roster spot with San Diego.
    ... Rams offensive coordinator Al Saunders was the Chargers' head coach from
    1986-88.


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    Re: Linehan likes players' approach

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Aug. 12 2008

    STEVEN JACKSON WATCH

    — Days out: 18.

    — Practices missed: 20.

    — Games missed: 1 (exhibition).

    — Fine total: $272,088 ($15,116 per day).
    WOW! I thought the fine was $15,000.00 per day. That extra $116.00 per day must be killing Jackson. Those small potatoes are getting bigger by the day.

    Something has to give....the question is when?

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    Re: Linehan likes players' approach

    Does anyone want to see Linny change his approach when the team puts forth an awful effort like last week? Coaches like Buddy Ryan, Bill Parcels, or Bellicheat would make them practice longer and not try to sugarcoat everything. They would probably even call players out. It seems like it's the same players making the same mistakes all the time and there are no consequences. I mean, how long should it take to get guys to learn how to tackle? We are lacking basic fundamentals and that boils down to coaching.

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    Re: Linehan likes players' approach

    Defensive lineman Victor Adeyanju, out since July 27 after breaking his middle
    finger and undergoing surgery, and rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery, sidelined
    since July 28 because of a small fracture in his pelvis, returned to practice
    Monday.
    There's some good news for a change.
    "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 likes players' approach

    Cant wait to see Avery running down the feild, glad hes back and able to practice some now.


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    Re: Linehan likes players' approach

    I want to see what Avery can do. Burton didn't impress me as much as I wanted to be impressed, seeming how he caught everything thrown his way. I hope Avery does a better job.

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