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    Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    By Steve Reynolds on January 30, 2007 12:17 AM
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    With the beginning of free agency just around the corner, the Rams need to open their minds and wallets to the possibilities; namely, the possibilities of shoring up a run defense that would have to monumentally improve just to be considered "pathetic."

    Naturally, bolstering a rushing 'D' that finished next to last in the league is of paramount importance; yet, nearly as crucial is finding defensive linemen who can pressure the quarterback. Other than Leonard Little, the Rams' linemen were able to generate very little heat on opposing QBs, forcing defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to blitz simply to hurry the passer.

    If the Rams can play "honest" by relying on their front four to harass the QB it will improve the secondary immeasurably, while also giving Haslett the ability to send extra blitzers only when he wants to, not because he must, lest the opposition have an eternity to throw (a common occurrence last season).

    The Rams appear unwilling to pay wideout Kevin Curtis the big bucks, making his departure almost a certainty. This allows the Rams' sufficient cap room to snag at least one high-profile free agent. Make no mistake, the Rams need to spend all of their free agent dollars (as well as a majority of their draft picks) on defense and not give in to the previous administration's penchant for adding offensive "toys" (a la Mike "we need defensive help, but Trung Canidate is still on the board!" Martz).

    There are a few free agents available whom the Rams should take a long look at, as well as a few who are worth considering:

    Charles Grant: DE, New Orleans Saints

    Pros:
    - Adept at stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback
    - Durable
    - In his prime
    Cons:
    - Has the body of a DT, quick but not fast
    - Will come with a hefty price tag

    Grant would be a perfect fit to play the end spot opposite Little. He is familiar with the Rams' defensive scheme having already played under Haslett in New Orleans. Grant would force the opposition to respect the Rams' pass rush, effectively allowing blockers to pick their poison by only being able to double-team one DE. It can be argued that the Rams should be more concerned with acquiring run-stuffing tackles, but a dual threat like Grant would be a huge step in the right direction.

    London Fletcher-Baker: MLB, Buffalo Bills

    Pros:
    - Familiar with Rams organization
    - Maximum effort player
    - True MLB
    Cons:
    - He's on the wrong side of 30
    - Undersized
    - Questionable coverage skills

    Fletcher-Baker is short, maybe 5-foot-10 when he's wearing his elevator cleats, but he's well known for giving his team maximum effort. Reacquiring Fletcher-Baker -- who was in St. Louis between 1998-2001 -- would give the Rams a true MLB, allowing Will Witherspoon to slide over to his more natural OLB spot. Adding Fletcher-Baker to the tandem of Pisa Tinoisamoa and Witherspoon would give the Rams three 100-tackle per year linebackers, making the defense incredibly potent at the LB position.

    However, Fletcher-Baker's coverage skills are a question mark. Many fans will remember his disappearance in coverage against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI (most notably the final drive), but he has proven to be more steadfast in Buffalo. The MLB's only drawback is that he may demand more money than his ability (and age, he'll be 32 next season) should realistically command. However, if his asking price is reasonable, he could be a very productive addition for the next several years.

    Lance Briggs: OLB, Chicago Bears

    Pros:
    - Integral part of a Super Bowl defense
    - Versatile, can play the run or pass
    - Just entering his prime
    Cons:
    - Lacks true sideline to sideline range
    - Won't come cheap

    Briggs is another hard hitting, sure tackling player who can bring 100-plus tackles to a defense. Although the Rams may opt to keep Brandon Chillar, a player of Briggs' caliber would be a welcome upgrade. The 26-year-old Briggs is just hitting his stride as a player and if the Rams are sincere about keeping Witherspoon at the MLB spot, then Briggs could be their most surefire bet, although it will cost them.

    Also worth considering:

    Patrick Kerney: DE, Atlanta Falcons
    Ian Scott: DT, Chicago Bears
    Justin Smith: DE, Cincinnati Bengals
    Randy Starks: DT, Tennessee Titans
    Alvin McKinley: DE/DT, Cleveland Browns


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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Naturally, bolstering a rushing 'D' that finished next to last in the league is of paramount importance; yet, nearly as crucial is finding defensive linemen who can pressure the quarterback. Other than Leonard Little, the Rams' linemen were able to generate very little heat on opposing QBs, forcing defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to blitz simply to hurry the passer
    Well, on a positive, the worst ranked rush defense during the regular season just won the SB, so anything is possible.
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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68 View Post
    Well, on a positive, the worst ranked rush defense during the regular season just won the SB, so anything is possible.
    Though it should be noted they weren't playing like the worst ranked run defense in the playoffs.

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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Though it should be noted they weren't playing like the worst ranked run defense in the playoffs.
    True, but neither were the Rams at the end of the season. I think a solid DT , DE, or LB in F/A will improve the run D; of course better tackling goes a long way.
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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Reacquiring London Fletcher is an interesting dilemma (i.e., pros and cons). :\

    Seems he's done playing with the Bills. Related article here: http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9902474/rss

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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    I would love to have Grant opposite Little!!! all for it!!! and that would be passrush problems solved!! a great duo

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    Talking Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    If we could add Grant and a DT like C. Redding (LIONS) we would improve our defense. I like Redding better than T. Sands(OAKLAND) because Redding gets up field on pass plays and he does well against the run. But Sands is a BIG guy we could really use so either of them and Grant would be great

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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Quote Originally Posted by MASSIVE View Post
    If we could add Grant and a DT like C. Redding (LIONS) we would improve our defense. I like Redding better than T. Sands(OAKLAND) because Redding gets up field on pass plays and he does well against the run. But Sands is a BIG guy we could really use so either of them and Grant would be great
    Redding isn't going to solve your problems at nose tackle though, and it sounds as if he will likely get tagged by Detroit because of the breakout year he had on the interior for them this season.

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    Wink Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Redding isn't going to solve your problems at nose tackle though, and it sounds as if he will likely get tagged by Detroit because of the breakout year he had on the interior for them this season.
    I see your point about the NT position Nick but he would be 100 times better than what we have and we can move him around for more flexability along the D-line. He did play alot of the NT when S. Rogers was supended. That way we can still take a DT in the draft and use a rotation at the DT positions. If he gets tagged then so be it but I can still dream and hope.

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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    How about Terdell Sands from OAK? We need someone to plug up the middle.

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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Hey guys Redding could be a solid player, not great but solid it wasn't so much the numbers for him this season it was when he got them. He was a big time 3rd down stopper and that's what counts. I'm in michigan I seen every lions game, hehehe and felt proud to be rams belive me, these fans have it rough

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    Cool Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    I really belive IF we get one of them (Sands, Redding) it would help our defense alot. But I dont agree that we should draft a LB high in the draft as some people would like. Our problem is up front and getting some guys who will play with some heart unlike that FAT HEARTLESS Kennedy. In the Draft we should concentrate on adding better depth at both the Offensive and Defensive side, ie good special team players who can make plays and TACKLE!:l

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    Re: Possibilities aren't endless for Rams in free agency

    Ask the FA Nick. Since Nick is an extremely knowledgeable football poster, I was just wondering if we could use this thread to ask him questions about FA? I loved the draftnick idea so Nick willing, this could be fun.

    First question: Do you expect the Rams to make much of an effort to resign Kevin Curtis given the possibility that he may get #1 or #2 WR money elsewhere? Do you think he would be willing to take a pay cut to be our #3 but with the chance to win right away?

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