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    LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    Linehan wants to move training camp
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Mar. 23 2008

    After spending the past three summers in St. Louis, the Rams plan to hit the
    road once again for training camp. Coach Scott Linehan wants the team to hold
    its 2008 training camp at an out-of-town locale still to be determined.

    "We want to go 'off-site,' where we can work as a team and hopefully work with
    another team for a few days prior to the opening of the preseason," Linehan
    said. "We'd like to break our training camp in the traditional way, around the
    second preseason game. In a perfect world, you should be able to play your
    first home game when you break camp."

    Under such a schedule, the Rams would be away for about three weeks. The team
    has held training camp at Rams Park for the past three summers. Prior to that,
    the team trained at Western Illinois University in Macomb for nine seasons. In
    1995, the Rams' first season in St. Louis, the team trained at Parkway Central
    High for a week, and then at Maryville University.

    The Rams were looking seriously at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a
    training camp site for this summer. But that's no longer an option.

    "La Crosse was the best location because they're really close (to the Kansas
    City Chiefs)," Linehan said. "But they're redoing all their fields and their
    stadium."

    Kansas City still trains in nearby River Falls, Wis., and had the Rams been
    able to train in La Crosse, Linehan would've tried to set up joint practices
    and/or a scrimmage with the Chiefs.

    "We're looking at traditional (college) sites," Linehan said. "We're looking at
    anybody that has a facility that suits our needs."

    Linehan said one possibility could be the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,
    the alma mater of Rams wide receiver Derek Stanley. Whitewater is a town of
    13,000 in southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee and Madison are about 50 miles
    away; Chicago is 80 miles away.

    Another possibility could be the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where
    the Jacksonville Jaguars trained in 1995. Stevens Point (pop. 25,000) is in the
    central part of the state, 110 miles north of Madison and 250 miles northwest
    of Chicago.

    "Macomb's not out of the mix," Linehan said. "But the reason we want to do it
    up there (in Wisconsin) is because of the availability of the other teams."

    Besides the Chiefs in River Falls, the Packers train in Green Bay, and the
    Minnesota Vikings aren't too far away in Mankato, Minn.

    Linehan said the possibility of training at Missouri State in Springfield also
    has been discussed. "They have a FieldTurf stadium," Linehan said. "But I don't
    know if there's an option to (work with) another team. We're not really close
    to anyone there."

    Having been part of NFL teams that have held camps at their year-round facility
    and at college campuses, Linehan said he likes the idea of getting away.

    "Have a change … the anticipation of camp," Linehan said. "Going away and
    having to take away the comfort of home."

    Linehan said training at Rams Park during his first two seasons with the Rams
    was convenient, and camp was run very smoothly.

    "But there's something about working together in one area, kind of secluded,"
    Linehan said. "And then there's a greater anticipation of breaking camp and
    starting the season when you come back. I think the city can even embrace that
    move, when you come back. You look at baseball, with the anticipation of the
    Cardinals coming back from Florida — it's a big story."

    Of course, one of the negatives of training elsewhere is that it makes it more
    difficult for fans to watch the team during training camp. But the setup wasn't
    ideal for fans to watch the team at Rams Park. And truth be told, attendance
    was underwhelming for the most part.

    "I think it's almost a big deal to go somewhere and watch training camp,"
    Linehan said. "It's kind of old hat here. It's pretty convenient. It's like
    anything else, I don't know if there's as much of a novelty to it, I guess."

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    This would be great news for me, as this is my neck of the woods. I know at one time they were taking a hard look at U of W -- Eau Claire...my alma mater. This would be heaven as I still have lots of family in the area.

    I know I will be keeping my fingers crossed!

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    How many teams hold their training camp in another state?

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    sounds like a roadtrip for me!! woohoo

    anybody else interested in going to somewhere in Wisconsin or Springfield, MO and meeting up for beers after a hard day of WATCHING training camp?
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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    With-in an ear shot the Rams could practice with the Vikings, Packers, Chiefs and Bears if they moved the team to the motherland for training camp.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramer View Post
    How many teams hold their training camp in another state?

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    Bring 'em on down to MSU here in Springfield! Hub & I could work together to get them a team to play...I know Grant Wistrom's brother, Tawn knows some of the Springfield Rifles Semi-pro team, we have an arena league team, I know a lot of bikers and bouncers...yeah, Scott, we could have you a team like the "MEAN MACHINE" if ya promise to bring it here!!!!

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    My first thought in reading this was it was Linehan who decided to bring them back to St. Louis. But after further review it was Martz and the front office who killed it before. It was money, no new contract with the Macombe people and the fact the team was going to spend a week in San Diego that year for a pre-season game.

    Anyway, hopefully it will put a better focus on winning more games. I don't think it will hurt...

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    Hmmmm. Too bad its too far for me haha. They should consider coming to yuma and training. It gets to 115 during the summer.

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    Maybe he wants to move to a training camp that's more "tight end friendly".

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    The Bengals hold training camp at Georgetown College, in Georgetown, KY. I'd be more than happy to kick them out so the Rams can use it. Of course, it has absolutely NOTHING to do that I live in Georgetown, KY.

    I actually got Deltha O'Neal and Leon Hall's signatures last year in my only attendance to their camp. I plan on going a few more times this year and see if I can't get Housh or Palmer's. I'm not sure if I can expect Ocho to be there or not.

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    When Martz moved training camp to St. Louis, it was widely criticized that practices had become soft, not many contact drills or scrimmages with other teams. I whole heartedly back this move to another training camp site, IF, it also comes with agreements with other teams to scrimmage.
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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    When the Rams were at McComb they met with the Colts at U of I. Why not continue something like that? If the Rams could also scrimmage with Tennessee at a central location like SIU. I don't see scrimmages as all that important. Ground breaking idea but what about if the Rams just played a few starters in their pre-season games to get them ready?

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    when they were in Macomb,I believe they held joint practices with the Bears a couple of days,I thought it was a great place for camp,I was able to go once and really enjoyed it there.

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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    The Rams were taking a hard look at South Dakota a couple years ago. Funny that there is zero mention of that now. There is also a first class facility here in Fargo (NDSU/Fargodome). They made a pitch to the Vikings last year when there was talk of them leaving Mankato.
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    Re: LInehan Wants to Move Camp ..

    i hope they come back to macomb, i miss going out and watching them practice.

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