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    Rams land Hayes

    NFL.com Blogs Blog Archive Rams agree to one-year deal with Hayes


    The Rams have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with DE William Hayes, according to a league source.

    Hayes visited with the Rams on Thursday.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Seems like a reasonable signing for depth. A guy Fisher obviously knows. Welcome to the Rams Mr. Hayes.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    St. Louis Rams Free Agents: DE William Hayes Reunites With Jeff Fisher

    Apr 06 1:13p by Ryan Van Bibber

    Read More: James Hall (DE - STL), William Hayes (DE - STL), Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams

    The St. Louis Rams signed former Tennessee Titans defensive end William Hayes to a one-year contract on Friday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Haynes joins a list of recent Rams free agent moves designed to shore up the team's depth chart.

    Hayes shores up a defensive end rotation depleted by the release of veteran James Hall. St. Louis also lost depth guy C.J. Ah You when they opted not to tender the restricted free agent an offer. Ah You occupied the fourth defensive end spot on the depth chart under head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

    Hayes, 27, is primarily a run stopper, which should help the team do a better job containing the outside of the field. Of course, adding some outside linebackers would also be an important step in that process.

    Here is what Turf Show Times, SB Nation's Rams site, had to say about Hayes when the Rams' interest was first reported:

    Hayes' grades were also better when Fisher was the head coach, part of which may be due to the system changes in Fisher's absence. According to Pro Football Focus, Hayes graded out with 9.5 mark in 2010, before finishing with a negative grade last season. He had positive marks against the pass and the run. Hayes had two sacks, five hits and 23 quarterback pressures in 2010. He was more of a neutral grade in 2009, when he started 11 games, but he did record five sacks, five hits and 26 pressures, per PFF.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Everybody be sure to hurry and order your William Hayes jerseys before they run out!

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    I like this signing a lot. With Finnegan and now Hayes the defensive players will have guys to go to with any questions concerning Fisher's defense. Not to mention we needed a DE.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    I liked Hall. Hayes sounds like a similar player in value but maybe a little more run oriented where Hall was a bit more pass rush oriented. And younger... that counts too.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Not questioning any signing of Fisher, I support any move he makes. But how come coaches are so quick to sign former players? Linehan did it, Spags did it, and they all failed.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Not questioning any signing of Fisher, I support any move he makes. But how come coaches are so quick to sign former players? Linehan did it, Spags did it, and they all failed.
    Because the former players know their system, and can teach it to the other guys on the field. I think the main reason Linehan and Spags failed was because they were first time head coaches, not because they signed former players. Fisher has experience.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Well, no one has said it yet so here goes, "good signing, excellent depth."
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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Not questioning any signing of Fisher, I support any move he makes. But how come coaches are so quick to sign former players? Linehan did it, Spags did it, and they all failed.
    I don't know the first thing about Haye's, but Id like to believe he is upgrade to the Rams roster. To some degree, unheralded signings like this one, are just as important as the big money signings. Evaulating the cream of the crop isn't the difficult part. It's a coaches ability to find gems, and sift through the trash which will set him apart. No one said it was going to be easy Trev.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Coaches like to sign former players for the same reason that managers in all other types of businesses do so. Familiarity with system, priorities and working environment is an important component of success. Success in anything that is team oriented involves the interaction of human beings. Getting individuals to sacrifice and perform for the common good is what managing is all about. Sometimes the devil you know is preferred over uncertainty.

    Hiring guys you worked with in the past is not a guarantee of success and it doesnt mean that talent isnt critical. But i dont see the evidence to suggest that prior rams coaches failed because they signed players they knew from prior jobs, any more than would be true of other coaches that have failed around the league (ie almost all of them!). The james butler and richard owens signings didnt work out well. They were not critical to the failure of the prior regimes.

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    A one year contract deal doesn't strike me as much of a vote of confidience. But I do like the idea of short-term planning and long-term. Hayes--short-term, and perhaps a good fit for the 2012 campaign for over all depth till the Rams can get a long term DE

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    Re: Rams land Hayes

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    Coaches like to sign former players for the same reason that managers in all other types of businesses do so. Familiarity with system, priorities and working environment is an important component of success. Success in anything that is team oriented involves the interaction of human beings. Getting individuals to sacrifice and perform for the common good is what managing is all about. Sometimes the devil you know is preferred over uncertainty.

    Hiring guys you worked with in the past is not a guarantee of success and it doesnt mean that talent isnt critical. But i dont see the evidence to suggest that prior rams coaches failed because they signed players they knew from prior jobs, any more than would be true of other coaches that have failed around the league (ie almost all of them!). The james butler and richard owens signings didnt work out well. They were not critical to the failure of the prior regimes.

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    They may not have been critical, but they all played a part in the Rams downfall. Every weakness will show itself at some point in the season. So I never play down the role of any player on the team.!

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