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    My Offseason Scorecard

    Given that the Rams probably won't make any major personnel changes from now until the season starts, its a good time to evaluate the offseason. Here's how I see it:

    QB:

    2003: Bulger/Warner/Covington
    2004: Bulger/Chandler/Smoker

    The starter has not changed. Chandler, though not as good as Warner, may be better suited in the backup role as his presence does not create controversy. Smoker is a better prospect than Covington. IMPROVED

    RB/FB:

    2003: Faulk/Gordon/Harris; Goodspeed
    2004: Faulk/Jackson/Gordon; Goodspeed/Harris

    The addition of Jackson is an upgrade at RB. Harris at FB is intriguing. IMPROVED

    WR/TE:

    2003: Holt/Bruce/Looker/Furrey/McDonald/Curtis; Manumaleuna/Cleeland
    2004: Holt/Bruce/Curtis/Looker/McDonald/Furrey; Manumaleuna/Cleeland

    Same cast, but Curtis and McDonald are healthy. IMPROVED

    OL:

    2003: Pace/Turley/Wohlabaugh/McCollum/Timmerman
    2004: Pace/Turley/Wohlabaugh/McCollum(?)/Timmerman

    Other than the possibilty that McCollum might be supplanted by a younger player, nothing has changed. SAME

    DL:

    2003: Wistrom/Pickett/Lewis/Young/T.Jackson/Little/Fisher/Kennedy
    2004: Fisher/Pickett/Lewis/T.Jackson/Little/Kennedy/Hargrove/Moran

    The loss of Wistrom and Young put this unit in decline, but there is at least hope with the potential of players like Kennedy and Hargrove. DECLINE

    LB:

    2003: Tinoisamoa/Thomas/Polley/Duncan
    2004: Tinoisamoa/Thomas/Polley/????

    It is uncertain who will emerge as the fourth LB (Chillar, Spoon, Faulk, Newson, Lloyd are all possiblities). But, whoever it is, the depth should be better than last year. IMPROVED (slightly)

    DB:

    2003: Fisher/Butler/Williams/Archuleta/Groce/Garrett/Walton/Sehorn
    2004: Fisher/Butler/Williams/Archuleta/Groce/Garrett/Shivers/Walton

    Again, not much change. I expect that Shivers will be an improvement over Mr. Angie Harmon, but we'll have to see. SAME

    ST:

    2003: Wilkins/Landeta/Harris(KR)/Furrey(PR)
    2004: Wilkins/Landeta/????/????

    Unclear who will be the KR and PR. I hope that Groce can emerge as the PR (i.e. not muff punts), as I think he has a lot of potential there. UNCERTAIN

    Coaching:

    2003: Martz/Fairchild/Smith
    2004: Martz/Fairchild/Marmie

    The addition of Marmie should not change too much with the defense, other than the weight of the DTs. Fairchild seems to be getting more responsibilities. Too close to call. SAME

    Total scorecard:

    IMPROVED: 4
    DECLINE: 1
    SAME: 3
    UNCERTAIN: 1

    All in all, despite the minimalist approach, a pretty good offseason for a team that was 12-4 last year.
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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    2004: Fisher/Pickett/Lewis/T.Jackson/Little/Fisher/Hargrove/Moran
    Very nice analysis, Avenger. It's tough to disagree with you, though I'm sure some will try. Only problem is, Fisher's playing two positions on the DL this season? Maybe one Fisher was supposed to be Kennedy?
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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Just realized after I posted this last post that I had 49 posts. Just adding this one so I didn't have to be stuck at Satan's number for too long.
    Have some fondue, it's delicious.

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Okay Mr. Nitpicky! :redface:

    I fixed it!

    As Dez would say:

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Good job, AR. I think we should call the O-line an improvement though. A full season of working together will prove to be quite a benefit, IMO.
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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    I see letting Fred Weary go and picking up Lucas as a slight improvement. Lucas can back up at FS or play the nickel in a squeeze. At this point there appears to be more depth at the safety position.

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison
    Good job, AR. I think we should call the O-line an improvement though. A full season of working together will prove to be quite a benefit, IMO.
    yea, I agree with the O Line being an improvement due to time served together, other than that, hard to disagree with :tough:


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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Yeah, I think AV hit the nail on the head for the most part.

    But, I want to point out that this is still way before pre-season and injuries will happen. We may not be as strong in those categories come Sept. In that event we may not have as many improvements on paper as Av details.

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Didn't you hear? Martz ordered new injury-preventing shoes for everyone! :redface:

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    "2003: Holt/Bruce/Looker/Furrey/McDonald/Curtis; Manumaleuna/Cleeland
    2004: Holt/Bruce/Curtis/Looker/McDonald/Furrey; Manumaleuna/Cleeland

    Same cast, but Curtis and McDonald are healthy. IMPROVED"


    At this time LAST YEAR Curtis and McDonald were healthy too. Lets see if they can make it through camp and preseason with their mended injuries in tact before getting too excited about them. Based on last years play of Looker I would still say the unit is improved. He is a very worthy replacement for Proehl.

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    You protected the TE position by lumping them in with the WR's, but standing pat to me means we declined.

    I'm not sold on either one of them at this point.

    Other than that, gotta agree with you....

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Great job with everything, AV; except with:
    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Coaching:

    2003: Martz/Fairchild/Smith
    2004: Martz/Fairchild/Marmie

    The addition of Marmie should not change too much with the defense, other than the weight of the DTs. Fairchild seems to be getting more responsibilities. Too close to call. SAME
    Martz is still there, so it should've been a decline there

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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    Great analysis, Avenger.
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    Re: My Offseason Scorecard

    A couple of disagreements:


    With each passing year Landetta's age inclines so I see this group as a decline, rather than uncertain.

    Coaching, you think you would have learned from the article you wrote. Mike Stock replacing Booby April....I can only hope this is an improvement. Joe Vitt at LB coach. John Ramsdell returning to QB coach and Martz possibly giving up some duties to Fairchild. Also, I really think Marmie is an upgrade to the overrated Smith. IMPROVED

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