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    No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    Columnist Jeff Gordon
    02/26/2009

    Trent Green is a great guy. He is a hometown kid who made good in the NFL.

    He had a small piece of the “Greatest Show on Turf” as the would-be quarterback of the ’99 Rams. His opportunity to star in that explosive offense ended, cruelly, with a preseason cheap shot to the knees by Rodney Harrison.

    He came back home to the Rams hoping to end his career on a positive note. Green didn’t succeed, though, so the organization is sending him packing.

    There is no place for sentimentality at Rams Park these days. Torry Holt and/or Orlando Pace could discover that soon enough, too.

    The Rams went 5-27 the last two seasons for coaches Scott Linehan and Jim Haslett.

    Those “leaders” are gone. So is football czar Jay Zygmunt. Team president John Shaw has moved into an advisory role, although it isn’t clear how much has really changed there.

    New coach Steve Spagnuolo and new general manager Billy Devaney are running things now and the football operation is starting over from scratch.

    They can’t fire the whole team, but they can certainly attack the core of the problem -– the high-paid veteran players who failed the Rams the last two seasons.

    Some of these guys got hurt. Some got old. Some just didn’t play well, for whatever reason.

    But almost without exception, the highest-paid Rams let the organization down. When Devaney and Spagnuolo sat down to decide which players to throw off the island, that is where they started.

    Devaney insists that these decisions will be football decisions, not salary cap reasons. Players that get cut are guys that just didn’t fit the plans for 2009.

    “These won’t be salary cap concerns,” Devaney said. “We don’t have to clear room to be active in free agency. Whatever decisions are made, they really won’t be driven by the need to create salary cap room.”

    Drew Bennett was easy to cut, even though there was no cap benefit to doing so. This guy was a slug. He was always hurt -– and during those rare periods where he was healthy enough to play, he didn’t perform.

    Green was a slightly tougher call. He IS a good guy and the quarterbacks available in the free-agent marketplace aren’t great.

    Ultimately Green failed to do his job, though, and there was no reason to keep him at a premium price.

    With neither Holt or Pace willing to rework their contracts, both could depart as well. These things happen.

    The Colts just let certain Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison walk rather than pick up the ’09 year of his contract -– and Harrison was a better receiver last season than Holt.

    Torry wasn’t much of a leader here. He wasn’t happy. He was notably absent from Rams Park during the offseason.

    He did pick up his play toward the end of last season, but he ultimately did little to stem the tide of losing the last two years. Holt wasn’t a positive difference-maker.

    Replacing his production would not be difficult, even through the draft or free agency.

    Pace actually played 15 games last year, nearly twice as many as the previous two seasons combined. And he played OK.

    But he doesn’t provide dynamic leadership and he is nearing the point of diminishing returns as a top-paid player. A Rams Park mole told me the team was willing to move him for, say, a third-round pick.

    Finding left tackles is difficult, true. But that is the only viable argument for keeping him at Pro Bowl dollars. After paying him to mostly not play in 2006 and 2007, the franchise owes him nothing at this stage of his career.

    “We want to do what’s best for everybody with whatever decisions are made,” Devaney said. “First and foremost, we’re going to do what’s best for the Rams.”

    Hear, hear.

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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    I like the column, it shows us fans there really is hope for a turnaround. Maybe a quick one if we fill the right holes. Good post HUB.

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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    The Rams are making progress the next step is to cut Torry, cutting Bennett was a good decision.

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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    If Spagnaolo were a Corleone, then Tory is his Fredo. I hear the church bells ringing.

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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    Columnist Jeff Gordon
    02/26/2009



    Finding left tackles is difficult, true. But that is the only viable argument for keeping him at Pro Bowl dollars. After paying him to mostly not play in 2006 and 2007, the franchise owes him nothing at this stage of his career.

    “We want to do what’s best for everybody with whatever decisions are made,” Devaney said. “First and foremost, we’re going to do what’s best for the Rams.”

    Hear, hear.
    Agree on Pace I have no problem with saying goodby.
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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    Columnist Jeff Gordon
    02/26/2009

    There is no place for sentimentality at Rams Park these days. Torry Holt and/or Orlando Pace could discover that soon enough, too.


    With neither Holt or Pace willing to rework their contracts, both could depart as well. These things happen.

    Pace actually played 15 games last year, nearly twice as many as the previous two seasons combined. And he played OK.

    But he doesn’t provide dynamic leadership and he is nearing the point of diminishing returns as a top-paid player. A Rams Park mole told me the team was willing to move him for, say, a third-round pick.

    Finding left tackles is difficult, true. But that is the only viable argument for keeping him at Pro Bowl dollars. After paying him to mostly not play in 2006 and 2007, the franchise owes him nothing at this stage of his career.

    “We want to do what’s best for everybody with whatever decisions are made,” Devaney said. “First and foremost, we’re going to do what’s best for the Rams.”

    Hear, hear.
    I have no problem with sending Holt packing. Ok well maybe a little. It will leave us awful thin at the WR position.

    I do feel bad for Pace though. It's like the 2006 and 2007 seasons are being held against him. He was hurt on the job, period. Disappointing as that may be, it's the facts. I really wish Pace would restructure for the better of the team. I would like to see him in the HORNS for the 2009 season.

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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    The release of Bennett should put a jolt through the locker room at Rams Park. The cap room that was salvaged was just big enough for HUb to crawl through. He was let go because for one reason or another he just didn't perform (wonder what he did to Gordo though. SLUG? A little harsh but funny).

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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    I really don't want Pace going anywhere, hes better than anything we have and perhaps whats out there on the FA side too...


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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    Making decisions with your heart instead of your head is going down the road to ruin in any part of life. That being said, I don't want the Rams making decisions based on sentimental emotional fans. Letting Bruce go and keeping Bennett was a BAD decision regardless of his sentimental value to the Rams. Keeping Holt now for sentimental reasons would keep us in this hole that has been dug over the past 4-5 seasons. As long as decisions are being made for the good and for a positive future of the team I'm ok with. Having players RETIRE a Ram is great, keeping them around to do so and having losing seasons in the process is a BAD decision.

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    Re: No room for emotions in Rams' decisions

    Pace is the only one that has value, let's rebuild this team into a winner again.

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