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    Note to Rams: Please show up

    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Aug. 14 2008
    With rare exception, the entertainment value of NFL exhibition games is null
    and void. I watch the preseason games mostly because I'm crazy about watching
    sports. And living in the DVR age makes it easy to zip through to the stuff
    that interests me.

    But to get worked up over an NFL exhibition game?

    Never. Not me.

    Not until now …

    I really believe that it's time — past time, actually — for the Rams to act
    like they give a damn when they play a preseason game.

    This team needs to develop cohesion, confidence and credibility. The Rams need
    to give fans a reason to think the product has improved after last season's
    3-13 wipeout.

    And the Rams will have another crack at breaking through the malaise on
    Saturday night at the Edward Jones Dome, against the visiting San Diego
    Chargers.

    We're not asking for much.

    No reason to reveal the secret contents of the regular-season game plan. And
    there is no reason to play the regulars until they're carted off the field. I
    wouldn't suggest, let alone demand, that the Rams try to do everything they can
    to win preseason games.

    But is it too much to request that the Rams show that they can run a crisp
    offense, and line up properly on defense? Is it too much to ask the Rams to
    show that they can win the lines of scrimmage, instead of getting punked?

    The preseason games don't count, but impressions do.

    Especially if something advertised as new — the 2008 Rams — looks a lot like
    the 2007 version that crawled to an inexorable surrender.

    Successful teams can go on cruise control in the preseason.

    Winning coaches have the security and the status to take a cautious, safe,
    laid-back approach to these rehearsals.

    But the Rams aren't a winning team.

    And Scott Linehan's job is on the line.

    The fans of this town have a lot of questions about the third-year head coach.
    Most of the questions will be answered later, and Linehan has worked hard to
    make changes and initiate a fresh start. I give him credit for that. Linehan
    shook up his staff and brought in a high-powered offensive coordinator in Al
    Saunders.

    But we all know there's another question hanging over this team, and it's never
    too early for Linehan to provide an answer: Is he capable of getting players to
    play? Linehan won't win over the fans until they see that he can consistently
    inspire his team.

    Along the same lines, there's the starting quarterback, Marc Bulger. It's never
    too soon for Bulger to offer up evidence that he's recovered from 2007's
    beating, and that he isn't content to just take a cushy seat on that big
    contract he signed last summer. Bulger's play against Tennessee in the
    preseason opener was frightening. He looked like a staggered boxer who had
    taken too many heavy punches to the jaw.

    This isn't all about Linehan and Bulger. All of the Rams have to show that they
    represent SOMETHING other than the dull, disorganized mess we observed in
    Tennessee.

    Is it too much to ask the first-team offense to score a touchdown? It hasn't
    happened — not once — in the preseason since Linehan became head coach in 2006.
    Seriously, what's the deal here? We aren't asking the Rams to solve conflicts
    in the Middle East, or ensure a lower price of crude oil.

    All we want is the first-team Rams to take possession of the football,
    effectively block the other team, execute the play, string together an
    efficient series and enter the end zone. If the Rams' starters actually score a
    touchdown this summer, how do we respond? Maybe call the Vatican to report a
    miracle?

    The Rams broke training camp Wednesday. The day before, Linehan praised his
    team's energy and enthusiasm in practice.

    "Great," Linehan told reporters. "I feel better about this week than I have
    maybe since the first week when we came out. Just our approach and guys working
    hard and guys being out there and fighting through the adversity and pain and
    all that stuff. It's been really good that way."

    I want to believe Linehan. But I think I speak for a lot of folks in saying
    that I want to see it on the field, during competition.

    Yes, it's only the preseason. But for the 2008 Rams, there is no such thing as
    a meaningless game.


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    Re: Note to Rams: Please show up

    Thanks ! Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    I could not agree more with this article hit every thing I was thinking about the rams,Linehan and Bulger.
    :ramlogo:

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    Re: Note to Rams: Please show up

    Agreed, it was right on the money. Time for the Rams to "bring it".

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    Re: Note to Rams: Please show up

    Amen. Let's see a glimmer of hope Saturday night. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!

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    Re: Note to Rams: Please show up

    Wow, was this actually written by Bernie!? I'm shocked..... he makes sense, it's coherent, it's to the point, its something I..... gulp..... agree with

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