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    Next foe is the focus for Linehan

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Dec. 11 2007

    Rams coach Scott Linehan said he has worried about winning games — not his job
    security — as the 2007 season has progressed.

    "I haven't really thought about my job status much more than the questions I've
    been asked," Linehan said Monday. "Certainly, it comes with the territory when
    you haven't had a winning season. But my focus has been, as always, the next
    opponent. Last week, it was Cincinnati; this week it's Green Bay."

    Nonetheless, it's nice to know that he has a vote of confidence from team
    President John Shaw, who told the Post-Dispatch late last week that he expects
    Linehan back next season.

    "It's important to know that you have support," Linehan said.

    Whether it's in person or on the phone, Linehan said he talks to Shaw every
    week, and he spoke with him on the phone Monday.

    "He's very supportive," Linehan said. "He understands. He goes through the game
    and goes through each week. I also understand that this isn't where we wanted
    to be. It's not the record we intended on having. The focus is to improve here
    at season's end and continue to get better in certain areas."

    At 3-10 following Sunday's 19-10 loss to Cincinnati, the Rams need to win two
    of their final three games to avoid matching their worst record since the move
    to St. Louis in 1995.

    Topping the 4-12 record by Dick Vermeil's 1998 squad won't be easy given the
    caliber of competition in the final three games. This week's opponent, Green
    Bay (11-2), will be playing for a first-round playoff bye Sunday at the Edward
    Jones Dome. The following Thursday, Pittsburgh (9-4) might be in a position to
    clinch the AFC North title at the dome. Even in the season finale at Arizona
    (6-7) on Dec. 30, the Cardinals could be fighting for a wild-card berth.

    So if nothing else, the Rams could play spoiler the rest of December.

    "There's some motivation there, but it's I think more important that we're
    focused on getting our fourth win and creating some adjustments and momentum
    for our football team," Linehan said. "We're playing for this year, too,
    because we want to finish the season off right."

    After an 0-8 start, Linehan has continued to stress treating the final eight
    games like a second season and trying to finish '07 as strongly as possible.
    Sunday's task will be daunting against the Packers, who not only rank third in
    total offense behind ageless wonder Brett Favre but also rank ninth in the NFL
    in total defense.

    New England, Dallas, Indianapolis and, surprisingly, 5-8 Philadelphia are the
    only other teams in the NFL that rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense.

    "It is going to take one of our best games, our best efforts of the season, to
    beat Green Bay," Linehan said. "There's no question."

    But while Linehan has some immediate concerns in finishing out this season,
    he's also beginning to do some thinking about '08 — at Shaw's request.

    "He wants me thinking about some of the things we want to get done," Linehan
    said. "That's part of my position."

    But Linehan doesn't want to do '08 planning at the expense of game-planning and
    preparation for the Packers, Steelers and Cardinals.

    "It's something I have to put extra time into, especially this month more than
    anything, as far as adjustments we've got to make for next season," Linehan
    said, adding that Shaw "definitely wants my mind in that direction.

    "We'll have a year-end meeting in probably the second week of January and go
    through those potential adjustments. I'm sure we'll talk about pretty much
    everything, from players, to coaching and personnel."

    Last year, the Rams signed two of their core defensive players, end Leonard
    Little and linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, to "in-season" contract extensions
    before they reached free agency. But the only full-time starter on this
    season's squad scheduled for unrestricted free agency is linebacker Brandon
    Chillar.

    Linehan indicated Monday that the Rams would wait until the end of the season
    before attempting to re-sign any prospective free agents.

    There will be other issues to address in January as well. There has been
    speculation that Shaw might strip Linehan of some of his power over personnel
    decisions, and that the club might bring in a true "general manager" to oversee
    the personnel department. It's also possible that some assistant coaches will
    not be retained.


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    Re: Next foe is the focus for Linehan

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Dec. 11 2007

    Rams coach Scott Linehan said he has worried about winning games — not his job
    security — as the 2007 season has progressed.

    "I haven't really thought about my job status much more than the questions I've
    been asked," Linehan said Monday.

    Nonetheless, it's nice to know that he has a vote of confidence from "SLAP", who told the Post-Dispatch late last week that they expect Linehan back next season.

    "It's important to know that you have support," Linehan said. Referring to "SLOP".

    Whether it's in person or on the phone, Linehan said he talks to AV every
    week, and he spoke with him on the phone Monday.

    So Linehan is aware of the 2 parties here at the the CLAN.

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    Re: Next foe is the focus for Linehan

    Wait 'til he hears about S.L.O.P.E.E. (as in his offensive (what a play on words) approach).

    Scott Linehan Opposition Party Expanding Exponentially.
    "the Heart Lies and the Head Plays Tricks with us, but the Eyes See True".

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