Results 1 to 1 of 1
Notebook: Pace is glad he played vs. Big Red
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Monday, Sep. 25 2006
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Orlando Pace had that look of tired satisfaction Sunday in
the Rams' locker room -- a look that comes only after a full day's work and a
hard-fought victory. Despite suffering a concussion late in the first half last
week against San Francisco, Pace was back in the starting lineup at left tackle
"What city are we in?" Pace joked after the game.
Concussions, obviously, are no laughing matter, and Pace did say he had a
slight headache after Sunday's 16-14 victory over the Cardinals.
"Nothing serious," Pace said. "We have to talk to the trainers now and see how
Even though his practice week was limited, and his head might not have been
totally right during the week, Pace did not want to be a spectator Sunday.
"I just wanted to get out there and play, man," Pace said. "As an offensive
lineman, you constantly have a headache anyway, just butting heads."
Arizona's Pro Bowl defensive end, Bertrand Berry, gave Pace some trouble in the
early going with penetration that affected a few passes by Marc Bulger. But
then Pace settled in, and Berry wasn't a factor.
It was reported during the telecast of Sunday's game that the Rams went back to
some old plays that they used when Mike Martz was head coach in St. Louis.
Actually, the plays were already in Scott Linehan's Rams playbook. But as
Bulger explained afterward, it was the way the plays were called -- not the
plays themselves -- that were changed. In any event, it resulted in less
thinking and more cohesion in the passing game.
"We just changed the verbiage back to our old three-digit (system)," Bulger
said. "Because even though it means the same thing, you come out of the huddle,
and you don't have to think about it."
In St. Louis, Martz used the three-digit system of calling pass routes on plays
that was "invented" by the great Don Coryell.
"We didn't do it every time," Bulger said of Sunday's changes. "Just on some
pass plays. "I think it gave us more of a comfort level."
Despite playing center early in his college career, Richie Incognito hadn't
snapped from a shotgun formation until this season with the Rams. He had one
adventurous moment in the second quarter, when his shotgun snap sailed over
Bulger's head, resulting in a 16-yard loss.
"I held onto it just a little too long," said Incognito, who grew up in
Glendale, home of the new Cardinals Stadium. "I heard the crowd yelling. I knew
that no (pass rusher) could've got to him that quick. So I was like, 'Oh,
Defensive end Leonard Little was sidelined for the last few plays of Arizona's
first-quarter touchdown drive with a sprained groin. But he returned on the
Rams' next defensive series.
Linebacker Will Witherspoon was shaken up on a third-down collision on
Arizona's game-opening possession. He had to be helped off the field, but
returned for the next defensive series without missing a play.
Safety Corey Chavous was shaken up midway through the fourth quarter, but
missed only three plays.
Romberg dresses, but Turner sits
Recently signed Brett Romberg replaced Larry Turner as the Rams' backup center
against Arizona. Signed off Jacksonville's practice squad Sept. 12, Romberg
dressed for his first time as a Ram. As a result, Turner was a pregame inactive.
Also inactive for the Rams were: LB Jon Alston; CB Jerametrius Butler; TE
Dominique Byrd; S Dwaine Carpenter; DE Anthony Hargrove; and OG Mark