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    Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    4. Carriker to the rescue: Adam Carriker could be a savior for the Rams at defensive tackle. With defensive end Jamaal Anderson off the board, Carriker was the natural pick at No. 13. Over the weekend, the Rams held a rookie minicamp, and Carriker was a revelation to coaches. What the Rams love about Carriker is how coachable he is. Last year, the Rams couldn't get defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy to do the proper techniques in helping them stop the run. They wanted him to wrestle blockers in a two-gap approach. He just wouldn't do it. Consequently, the Rams finished 31st against the run. Carriker is a technician. At Nebraska, the defensive linemen challenged one another to work well with their hands. Two-gapping isn't going to be a problem for Carriker. The Rams have been horrible stopping the run for years. During minicamp, Carriker offered hope.



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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    The saviour is here, Long Live the Carriker.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    here's hoping.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    Quote Originally Posted by Varg6 View Post
    4. Last year, the Rams couldn't get defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy to do the proper techniques in helping them stop the run. They wanted him to wrestle blockers in a two-gap approach. He just wouldn't do it. Consequently, the Rams finished 31st against the run.
    So Jimmy "The Dead" Kennedy couldn't be bothered to follow his coach's instructions. He can't be bothered to do everything that will help the Rams win. I guess not only is he fat, lazy, and worthless; but apparently we can add 'obstinate' to his resume as well. I'm really starting to despise this jerk (I didn't think that was possible until I read this article). Man, I'm going to cheer for all the DT rooks we have like, C. Ryan, A. Carriker, and K. Jackson to beat this hunk of junk out and get his ***** perpendicular out of town.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable View Post
    So Jimmy "The Dead" Kennedy couldn't be bothered to follow his coach's instructions. He can't be bothered to do everything that will help the Rams win. I guess not only is he fat, lazy, and worthless; but apparently we can add 'obstinate' to his resume as well. I'm really starting to despise this jerk (I didn't think that was possible until I read this article). Man, I'm going to cheer for all the DT rooks we have like, C. Ryan, A. Carriker, and K. Jackson to beat this hunk of junk out and get his ***** perpendicular out of town.

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    I couldn't agree with you more, It's time to cut this bum and give the rookies a shot. I don't think they could be any worse then that fat, heartless chump.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    Quote Originally Posted by MASSIVE View Post
    I couldn't agree with you more, It's time to cut this bum and give the rookies a shot. I don't think they could be any worse then that fat, heartless chump.
    I think "heartless" just might say it all.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    A little harsh, no? He is a human being.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    I agree the guy has not heart and can't even be bothered to be coached.

    I agree dump Kennedy and go with the youth movement at DT and let some hungry players onto the field.

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    dumping kennedy makes no sense in my opinion. There is no guarantee at all that any of these guys are any better. We are going to need depth at the position, since when are completely unproven rookies anything to count on.

    People are confusing kennedy failing to meet expectations, which i completely agree with, with the idea that he cant play at all. Just ask the carolina fans what they think of damione lewis and they will tell you that he played pretty well last year. Good enough as the #12 pick in the draft? Of course not, but plenty good as a rotational tackle for reasonable money. Dumpign kennedy right now solves absolutely nothing. He is in a contract year, i would rather take the chance that the competition motivates him for future money.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    dumping kennedy makes no sense in my opinion. There is no guarantee at all that any of these guys are any better. We are going to need depth at the position, since when are completely unproven rookies anything to count on.

    People are confusing kennedy failing to meet expectations, which i completely agree with, with the idea that he cant play at all. Just ask the carolina fans what they think of damione lewis and they will tell you that he played pretty well last year. Good enough as the #12 pick in the draft? Of course not, but plenty good as a rotational tackle for reasonable money. Dumpign kennedy right now solves absolutely nothing. He is in a contract year, i would rather take the chance that the competition motivates him for future money.

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    I am not saying to dump him now, but make him earn his spot in camp and if he fails to meet expectations of being a good starting NT then you drop him like he is hot. If he has success on another team god for him he can talk to Adam Carriker about what Hawaii looks like in Febuary.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    dumping kennedy makes no sense in my opinion. There is no guarantee at all that any of these guys are any better. We are going to need depth at the position, since when are completely unproven rookies anything to count on.

    People are confusing kennedy failing to meet expectations, which i completely agree with, with the idea that he cant play at all. Just ask the carolina fans what they think of damione lewis and they will tell you that he played pretty well last year. Good enough as the #12 pick in the draft? Of course not, but plenty good as a rotational tackle for reasonable money. Dumpign kennedy right now solves absolutely nothing. He is in a contract year, i would rather take the chance that the competition motivates him for future money.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    As to this Kennedy jive I go along with your take. He actually played a few games real tough and got hurt,right? Well Im hoping Carriker lights him up and puts the want to back in em'! Would that not be to cool two young studs tearin' it up inside driving O coaches bonkers.... could happen.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    There is no guarantee at all that any of these guys are any better.
    Yes there is.

    Which is not, however, to say that these guys will be very good.

    It's just hard NOT to be better than the clueless millionaire-without-a-heart who anchored the 2nd worst run defense in the league last year.

    I don't think you fully realize just how bad Kennedy was last year.

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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    Quote Originally Posted by Country View Post
    I am not saying to dump him now, but make him earn his spot in camp and if he fails to meet expectations of being a good starting NT then you drop him like he is hot. If he has success on another team god for him he can talk to Adam Carriker about what Hawaii looks like in Febuary.
    That is what Carriker has to do...earn the spot. Honestly, Carriker sounds great, and the more I read about him, the more I love the #13 pick. However, we must remember he is a rookie. And basically saying this guy is going to save our horrid run defense is absurd at this point. We're really saying that we're going to depend on a guy on his first year, switching from end to tackle? I know we're desperate, but patience is virtue. I don't expect Carriker to be a God his first day at training camp, or first game or first season for that matter...He needs to develop, just like any other rookie. But I do have faith..........


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    Re: Minicamp Stories-Rams (John Clayton's Report)

    So now Kennedy is heartless? The same Kennedy that screwed up his leg in '04 camp, and managed to play 9 games on an injury that should have been season ending? The same Kennedy that banged up his wrist in week 1 last season, yet didn't miss a game? The same Kennedy that played NT for the first time in his life last year?

    I make no apologies for Kennedy....he hasn't played up to potential. Joe Pa's monster that made Michael Haynes an NCAA star never made it to St. Louis. And for the life of me, I don't know why. IMO, he got bad advice from Lavar Arrington, but he's his own man and should have overcome that. But I digress.

    However, we (Rams fans) have made Kennedy the scapegoat for this defenses troubles. He's "A" problem, not "THE" problem with our run D.

    But to call him "heartless"? Pisa plays hurt (in his natural position), and he has more heart than an Ann & Nancy Wilson fan club. But when Kennedy plays hurt (in a new position), he's heartless?
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