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    Polley recovers for big finish

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Tuesday, Jan. 04 2005

    After starting 36 games in his first three seasons with the Rams, linebacker
    Tommy Polley found himself fighting for his job during training camp. He lost.

    "There are a lot of reasons for that," coach Mike Martz said. "No. 1, he was
    injured (broken rib); that slowed him down a great deal. Then there was the
    issue of competing for the position, learning the defense."

    Polley's play in the preseason was somewhat less than enthusiastic, as he
    struggled with new defensive coordinator Larry Marmie's scheme, a major factor
    in his demotion. Rookie Brandon Chillar started the first two games at
    strongside linebacker, Polley's former spot.

    Polley is an unrestricted free agent after the season, and his days with the
    Rams might be numbered. If so, he's going out with a flourish. He struggled at
    times after returning to the lineup in the third week but has "taken on a
    significant role as one of our leaders on defense, as well as a productive
    player on defense," Martz said.

    Polley, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound Florida State product, has recorded at least
    eight tackles in four of the past five games. His season total of 101 trails
    only linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (145) and strong safety Adam Archuleta (123)
    among the Rams defenders.

    Peak performance

    First-round draft choice Steven Jackson hasn't experienced the NFL postseason,
    but he knows this much: "Once you get in the playoffs, everything is fair
    game," he said. "We know, especially in these past couple of weeks, that we've
    been playing good on both sides of the ball. So, we feel we have as good a
    chance as anyone. We're peaking at the right time."

    * * *

    A number of Rams players make donations to charities based on their
    on-the-field performances. For example, the defensive line contributes $500 for
    each sack to the Tackle Literacy program, and kicker Jeff Wilkins gives $200
    for each field goal to Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Overall, Rams
    players have contributed $76,490 to area charities.

    * * *

    Martz gave the players Monday and Tuesday off. Practices are scheduled for
    today and Thursday, with an abbreviated workout Friday morning before the
    flight to Seattle.


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    Re: Polley recovers for big finish

    Polley is still out of position too much in the running game for me. However, his pass coverage skills have dramatically improved. If he dosen't go into negotiations with a break the bank attitude, I'd like to keep him. If he goes after Wistrom money, see ya.

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    Re: Polley recovers for big finish

    Polley is, no doubt, a bit of an enigma. Some days, he looks like a world beater. Others, he's the invisible man.

    I expect that some team will give him a big contract this offseason, and the Rams won't get in a bidding war for his services. If he ends up on the right team, with the right style defense, he could come into his own (much like Dre Bly has in Detroit).

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    Re: Polley recovers for big finish

    No big loss. Do not pay for this guy.

    He was terrible in pass coverage vs. the Jets. He may have improved his tackling vs. the run, but "hello?", he's a LB! - outside linebackers SHOULD be third or fourth in tackles.

    Anyone we get to replace him SHOULD also be up there in team tackles.

    Here's the deal: The greatest need on this team is MLB. If they keep Polley, fine. BUT GET A BALL HAWKING, MEAN, BIG, FAST, CRAZY MIDDLE LINE BACKER and this D will be ok.

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    Re: Polley recovers for big finish

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    Polley is still out of position too much in the running game for me. However, his pass coverage skills have dramatically improved. If he dosen't go into negotiations with a break the bank attitude, I'd like to keep him. If he goes after Wistrom money, see ya.
    I agree; I really think that he maybe better suited to play MLB, reather than Thomas who IMO is under sized for that posistion.
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