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    Presence of No. 76 is bonus for Rams

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Thursday, Jun. 02 2005

    The big fellow wearing the No. 76 jersey acknowledged that he felt a bit out of
    place during the recent organized team activities at Rams Park. "I had to ask a
    couple of guys about the schedule and things like that," said Orlando Pace,
    laughing.

    Pace's presence so early is highly unusual. Because of contract disputes, he
    had been absent from the past two training camps, showing up just before the
    start of the season after signing one-year tenders as the team's franchise
    player.

    But in March, the Rams and Pace, one of the NFL's premier left tackles, finally
    agreed on a long-term contract. His seven-year deal is worth $52.9 million. And
    even though the team workouts were voluntary, Pace was present and accounted
    for.

    "It's fun to get out there and just get the football part of it down," said the
    6-foot-7, 325-pound Pace, who has been selected for six consecutive Pro Bowls.
    In 1997, the Rams made Pace, an Ohio State product, the No. 1 overall pick in
    the draft.

    Pace, 29, also will be attending his first full-squad minicamp since 2002. In
    addition to meetings, a pair of two-hour practices is scheduled for today and
    Saturday at Rams Park, with a final workout Sunday. About 75 players will
    attend. The practices are closed to the public.

    Having Pace on the field at this point is important for two reasons, according
    to coach Mike Martz. "No. 1, physically and mentally, it gets him up to speed
    in a hurry. So in the fall, he'll start at the top of his game," Martz said.
    "No. 2, the leadership issue, particularly within the offensive line and what
    he can do for young players as a role model, in terms of his work ethic and
    skillwise."

    Martz will have much more on his agenda, of course, as he marks the unofficial
    beginning to his sixth season as head coach. The chief objectives for minicamp,
    he explained, are chipping away at the players' rust and refining their skills.

    "You try to get them grounded again in the specific details of their position,
    the fundamentals and the skills," Martz said. "You teach them the base of what
    you do in X's and O's, and you start to move on from there."

    Because the Rams were particularly active in the offseason, acquiring several
    veteran free agents who could earn starting jobs, individual evaluation will be
    key, too. "There's a process in terms of the coaches starting to identify what
    we have and some of the alterations we might have to make as we go into
    (training) camp," he said.

    The staff also will get its first real look at the team's draft picks and
    rookie free agents as they go head to head with veteran players. The youngsters
    "get overwhelmed," Martz said. "But that's typical with every team. It just
    takes some time."

    The No. 1 goal is to set the table for training camp, which will begin July 28
    at Rams Park. The team had held camp at Western Illinois University in Macomb
    the past nine years.

    "The whole premise is, if you do a good job in minicamp and the OTAs, you're
    really grounded in terms of their skills," Martz said. "And you let them
    develop their skills to the fullest before you start getting into a lot of
    schemes. And then as you get into camp, you go back and repeat all that and
    solidify it one more time before the season starts."


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    Re: Presence of No. 76 is bonus for Rams

    And even though the team workouts were voluntary, Pace was present and accounted for.
    Man, is this a breath of fresh air or what?!
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Presence of No. 76 is bonus for Rams

    think about how much this guy can teach Alex now that he is here

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    Re: Presence of No. 76 is bonus for Rams

    This Is A Great Site For Every Rams Fan,as I Said In An Earlier Post I Believe Pace Will Regain His Spot As The #1 Tackle In Football.

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    Re: Presence of No. 76 is bonus for Rams

    I just so pleased that hes there.... I'm looking for a great year from this ALL PRO..


    steve :ramlogo:

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    Re: Presence of No. 76 is bonus for Rams

    Having Orlando begin the season with a full training camp under his belt will pay big dividends in the first few games of the season. He won't be using those games to play "catch up", and will be performing well in those all important first two in-division games.

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