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    Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Linehan Appoints Al Roberts Special Teams Coach
    Monday, January 29, 2007

    Roberts At A Glance
    St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan announced today the hiring of 16-season NFL coaching veteran Al Roberts as special teams coach.
    “This obviously is an area in which we need improvement and I am certain that Al Roberts is the right man for the job,” said Linehan, who coached with Roberts at the University of Washington in 1996.
    “Al and I worked together one season in college and our special teams made a dramatic improvement,” said Linehan. “Our relationship and his experience at the NFL level are the key reasons why he’s now a St. Louis Ram.”
    “I did not want to go to just any team,” said Roberts. “I’m in St. Louis because of Scott Linehan. We had a wonderful relationship at the University of Washington and I knew then Scott was going to be a head coach, because of his knowledge of the game and his ability to work with people. This is the right time and the right place for me.”
    Linehan coached the Huskies’ receivers in 1996 and Roberts was running backs and special teams coach.
    Roberts has coached on the high school level in the Seattle area since his last NFL position with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002.
    Roberts’ Bengals units were known for aggressiveness and for being strong in the areas of kickoff and punt returns. The Bengals’ Tremain Mack was the NFL’s leading kickoff returner with a 27.1 average in 1999 and the Bengals were third in the league in punt returns with an 11.7 average that season. They had similar success against opponent returns.
    A native of Fresno, California, Roberts played high school football in Merced, California, and collegiately at the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound. Roberts began his coaching career at Seattle’s Mercer Island in 1969 and, seven seasons on the high school level, he joined the staff of Don James at the University of Washington in 1977.
    The Huskies posted a 56-15 record from 1977-82, were 3-0 in the Rose Bowl, and 4-1 in bowl games.
    Roberts’ first professional football experience came with the Los Angeles Express of the U.S. Football League in 1983-84. He entered the NFL with the Houston Oilers in 1985. After a season at Purdue University in 1986 Roberts returned to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and also coached with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.



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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    ?? This guys been coaching at the high school level since 2003?

    Here we go again....:x :x :x :x :x

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Not to beat a dead horse (okay, maybe a little), but I thought Mike Martz was the only head coach that hired his buddies? Hmmm.

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Not to beat a dead horse (okay, maybe a little), but I thought Mike Martz was the only head coach that hired his buddies? Hmmm.
    Exactamundoe!!!

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Who cares if he hires his long lost brother, as long as the ST improve!

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Lets pray his coaching of Special Teams isn't as ugly as his face...yeah that was mean, but I said it! Yeah I said it!


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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Surely not a spy and collaborator from Seattle, right!?! :x

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Not to beat a dead horse (okay, maybe a little), but I thought Mike Martz was the only head coach that hired his buddies? Hmmm.
    AW, SON OF A *****!

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    This move makes me nervous. I just hope he can motivate our undersized guys.

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    I hope Mr. Roberts works out well. He can't do any worse then anyone else. It still takes players though and I hope they could draft some ST players that work out for a change.

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Linehan hires special teams coach, one other aide
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    01/29/2007

    Barring an unforeseen development, Scott Linehan has filled out his 2007 Rams coaching staff by hiring Al Roberts as special teams coach and Mike Cox as defensive quality control coach.
    Linehan has a history with both hires. He worked on the same University of Washington staff with Roberts in 1996.

    "I learned more about special teams in my one year with Al than in any of the other years I’ve been in coaching," Linehan said Monday.

    Linehan was a college teammate of Cox’s at Idaho, and also coached with him on college staffs at Idaho and Louisville. "He’s an experienced defensive coach," Linehan said.

    Roberts, 63, last coached in the NFL in 2002 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has been coaching an inner-city high school team, Garfield High, in Seattle since then.

    Cox has been linebackers coach at Michigan State the past four years. This will be his first NFL job.

    Roberts replaces Bob Ligashesky, whose contract was not renewed in St. Louis. Ligashesky subsequently was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Cox replaces Joe Baker, who left to become linebackers coach in Denver.

    Roberts was with the Bengals from 1997-2002, but when Marvin Lewis took over as Bengals coach in ’03, he brought in his own special teams coach.

    Roberts also worked in the NFL with the Cardinals (1994-95), the Jets (1991-93), the Eagles (1988-90), and the Houston Oilers (1984-85).

    Linehan unsuccessfully tried to lure Roberts back into the NFL a year ago.


    Linehan hires special teams coach, one other aide
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Jan. 29 2007

    Barring an unforeseen development, Scott Linehan has filled out his 2007 Rams
    coaching staff by hiring Al Roberts as special teams coach and Mike Cox as
    defensive quality control coach.
    Linehan has a history with both hires. He worked on the same University of
    Washington staff with Roberts in 1996.
    "I learned more about special teams in my one year with Al than in any of the
    other years I’ve been in coaching," Linehan said Monday.
    Linehan was a college teammate of Cox’s at Idaho, and also coached with him on
    college staffs at Idaho and Louisville. "He’s an experienced defensive coach,"
    Linehan said.
    Roberts, 63, last coached in the NFL in 2002 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He
    has been coaching an inner-city high school team, Garfield High, in Seattle
    since then.
    Cox has been linebackers coach at Michigan State the past four years. This will
    be his first NFL job.
    Roberts replaces Bob Ligashesky, whose contract was not renewed in St. Louis.
    Ligashesky subsequently was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    Cox replaces Joe Baker, who left to become linebackers coach in Denver.
    Roberts was with the Bengals from 1997-2002, but when Marvin Lewis took over as
    Bengals coach in ’03, he brought in his own special teams coach.
    Roberts also worked in the NFL with the Cardinals (1994-95), the Jets
    (1991-93), the Eagles (1988-90), and the Houston Oilers (1984-85).
    Linehan unsuccessfully tried to lure Roberts back into the NFL a year ago.


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    Linehan Appoints Al Roberts Special Teams Coach
    Monday, January 29, 2007

    Roberts At A Glance

    St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan announced today the hiring of 16-season NFL coaching veteran Al Roberts as special teams coach.

    “This obviously is an area in which we need improvement and I am certain that Al Roberts is the right man for the job,” said Linehan, who coached with Roberts at the University of Washington in 1996.

    “Al and I worked together one season in college and our special teams made a dramatic improvement,” said Linehan. “Our relationship and his experience at the NFL level are the key reasons why he’s now a St. Louis Ram.”

    “I did not want to go to just any team,” said Roberts. “I’m in St. Louis because of Scott Linehan. We had a wonderful relationship at the University of Washington and I knew then Scott was going to be a head coach, because of his knowledge of the game and his ability to work with people. This is the right time and the right place for me.”

    Linehan coached the Huskies’ receivers in 1996 and Roberts was running backs and special teams coach.

    Roberts has coached on the high school level in the Seattle area since his last NFL position with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002.

    Roberts’ Bengals units were known for aggressiveness and for being strong in the areas of kickoff and punt returns. The Bengals’ Tremain Mack was the NFL’s leading kickoff returner with a 27.1 average in 1999 and the Bengals were third in the league in punt returns with an 11.7 average that season. They had similar success against opponent returns.

    A native of Fresno, California, Roberts played high school football in Merced, California, and collegiately at the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound. Roberts began his coaching career at Seattle’s Mercer Island in 1969 and, seven seasons on the high school level, he joined the staff of Don James at the University of Washington in 1977.

    The Huskies posted a 56-15 record from 1977-82, were 3-0 in the Rose Bowl, and 4-1 in bowl games.

    Roberts’ first professional football experience came with the Los Angeles Express of the U.S. Football League in 1983-84. He entered the NFL with the Houston Oilers in 1985. After a season at Purdue University in 1986 Roberts returned to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and also coached with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    I'm really curious about how someone winds up leaving the NFL and going back down to the high school level. I was kind of hoping that it was a decision because he was tired of the stress after a long career or something, but that doesn't seem to be the case...

    This is from NFL.com in 2002:

    "Following their 2-14 season, the Bengals fired head coach Dick LeBeau. They also fired special teams coach Al Roberts, who had kept his job even though the Bengals' kicking teams were among the league's worst for several years."

    I can't say that I'm overly thrilled with this move.

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    With all do respect to linehans decision....

    But that guy Al Roberts is the ugliest thing ive seen since aeneas williams, if u havent seen his picture yet dont even bother to look.
    Last edited by Will51; -01-29-2007 at 10:41 PM.

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    Re: With all do respect to linehans decision....

    lol, Oh come on now, Aeneas wasn't THAT bad. He was still one of the best DBs to ever play football.

    As long as he can fix our special teams leaks, I don't care how ugly he is.

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    Re: Rams Hire Al Roberts to Coach ST

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    I'm really curious about how someone winds up leaving the NFL and going back down to the high school level. I was kind of hoping that it was a decision because he was tired of the stress after a long career or something, but that doesn't seem to be the case...

    This is from NFL.com in 2002:

    "Following their 2-14 season, the Bengals fired head coach Dick LeBeau. They also fired special teams coach Al Roberts, who had kept his job even though the Bengals' kicking teams were among the league's worst for several years."

    I can't say that I'm overly thrilled with this move.
    Yeah, it gets to the point where you must stop hiring friends and start hiring people who will be good. The only good (hopefully good) future we may have with special teams is the fact that yeah they're friends, and hopefully Linehan knows he is that good and will be able to fix it...I kinda have my doubts...


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