No detail too small for Linehan
ST. LOUIS - Scott Linehan steps onto the field Thursday night for the first time as an NFL head coach, and the new boss of the St. Louis Rams wants nothing left to chance.
The Rams' game with the Indianapolis Colts at the Edward Jones Dome will be the preseason opener for both teams.
Linehan recently toured the dome and got a plan together for upcoming home games.
"There's a plan for everything," Linehan said. "Where you put your chairs. Where the offense sits. Where you put the grease board. Where the coordinators and head coach meet at halftime.
"You have to stay on point so you don't get distracted with a lot of that stuff."
There's a plan for where to put chairs?
"Believe it not, we've got a map for it," Linehan said.
He's glad to be getting into a game.
"You've got butterflies, but they're good butterflies," he said.
DOME MEMORIES: Linehan has been in the Jones Dome before, on Nov. 30, 2003.
"Unfortunately, I was here as a Minnesota Viking," he said.
The Vikings, with Linehan as their offense coordinator, lost that game to the Rams 48-17.
BLACKED OUT: The Rams' preseason opener Thursday night against the Colts will be blacked out locally.
The NFL had given St. Louis an extension of 24 hours prior to kickoff. The club had about 5,000 ticket to sell and did not move all of them.
The Rams have sold out every regular season game since moving to St. Louis in 1995. In that time, they've only had a few preseason games fail to sell out.
St. Louis plays the Houston Texans at home on Aug. 19 and there are about 2,000 tickets left for that game.
JUST WIN: While many coaches use the preseason to evaluate talent, Linehan wants his club to win. The Rams finished 6-10 last year under former coach Mike Martz, now the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.
"It's always important to win," Linehan said. "That's why we play. But we've got to give everybody a chance to play so we can look at them. Our message to the team is whoever is in there, we're playing to win.
"The objective is to go in and try to improve as a team regardless of the outcome. We're always playing to win."
HEALTHY RAMS: After being limited in Tuesday's practice by a strained Achilles tendon, St. Louis running back Steven Jackson took part in all of Wednesday's practice.
"He'll be ready to go on Thursday," Linehan said about Jackson.
Cornerback Jerametrius Butler did not practice Tuesday after aggravating a hamstring injury he sustained in the spring. He was on the field Wednesday and will be available to play against the Colts.
HAAYER ON BOARD: Free-agent guard/tackle Adam Haayer took part in his first Rams practice Wednesday.
Haayer, a 6-foot-3, 311-pounder, is a fifth-year pro who was added to the roster Tuesday. He has five NFL starts, including four last season for the Arizona Cardinals.
Haayer was picked by Tennesse in the sixth round of the 2001 draft and played for Minnesota from 2002-2004 when Linehan was the Vikings' offensive coordinator.
To make room for Haayer, the Rams released tackle Jason Hilliard, a first-year player out of Louisville.
Re: No detail too small for Linehan
Linehan is making plans for where to stack chairs?!?
Is that being anal? Is that excessive? Should the HC be sweating where to put chairs?
And, what does it say about the Ram's organization? Were they a bunch of disorganized losey goosey players who wasted valuable energy and time figuring out where to stack the chairs after each meeting? Or does it matter?
I think this is one of Linehan's strengths. I don't know if it will translate into wins but I like and respect it. Leaders have to start somewhere organizing things.
Re: No detail too small for Linehan
Hey Coy, this brings back memories of George Allen's second stint as HC of the Rams. During a training camp lunch at Cal State Fullerton 'ol George noticed that the cafeteria had two lines for the players to get their food. But hold the phone!! One line had access to pats of butter and the other one didn't. ZOUNDS!! This did not sit well with George and he made it an issue with the bewildered staff at the college. Believe it or not this story received a lot of coverage from the Rams writers at the L.A. Times and other local rags. Unfortunately for George Allen it wasn't but a week or so later that he was fired for certain undisclosed reasons; and the skinny was that the "pats 'o butter" scandal was the last straw for owner Carroll Rosenbloom.
Originally Posted by coy bacon
Hmmm.... George's pats 'o butter? Linehan's chairs? We'll just have to see.
Anyway I wonder if anyone else remembers this story.
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