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    Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense

    Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense
    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Dec. 09 2005

    Rams president John Shaw won't comment, but indications are he's
    already begun the preliminary process of putting together a list of potential
    replacements for coach Mike Martz, who will move on as soon as the
    two sides settle on the final year of Martz's contract.

    We talked to three executives with other NFL teams this week to try to gauge
    what Shaw may be looking for in a new coach. We know that Shaw likes to solicit
    opinions from his friends in the league, so we tried to pick up on his trail.

    And the word is, at this point Shaw is strongly inclined to hire a coach with a
    defensive background in an effort to quickly remedy the team's weakest link.

    Besides, that's the recent NFL trend: When in need of a head coach, look to the
    defense. That philosophy has worked very well for Chicago (Lovie
    Smith), Cincinnati (Marvin Lewis), Carolina (John
    Fox), Atlanta (Jim Mora) and Jacksonville (Jack Del
    Rio). And though their teams are rebuilding, Cleveland's Romeo
    Crennell and San Francisco's Mike Nolan are being praised for
    their performance as rookie head coaches.

    Here, in no particular order, are some of the defensive coordinators being
    mentioned for prospective NFL head-coaching openings: Gregg Williams
    (Washington), Mike Zimmer (Dallas), Jerry Gray (Buffalo),
    Ron Rivera (Chicago), Jim Schwartz (Tennessee), Tim
    Lewis (NY Giants) and Donnie Henderson (NY Jets).

    Sticking with defense, another intriguing name is Mike Singletary,
    San Francisco's assistant head coach/linebackers. He isn't a coordinator,
    but Singletary is highly respected for his intelligence and motivational
    skills. And one NFL exec told me that Tennessee assistant Dave
    McGinnis warrants a second chance as an NFL head coach after being
    removed from Bill Bidwill's head-coaching carousel in Arizona after
    the 2003 season.


    Free Steven Jackson.

    Nice-guy Rams quarterback Marc Bulger made a $10,000 donation to Big
    Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri earlier this week at a fund-raiser for
    that outstanding agency. ... Rams general manager Charley Armey and
    other NFL scouts tell us that Mizzou's Smith surely will be drafted (barring
    injury) and that many teams project him at free safety.


    Head scratcher: Former Rams linebacker Tommy Polley is leading the
    Baltimore Ravens in tackles this season while making a $650,000 salary.
    Interesting to contrast his low pay and high production to the high cost and
    low production turned in by Rams free-agent pickups Chris Claiborne
    and Dexter Coakley. ... The Rams have allowed 50 plays of 20 yards
    or longer this season; only San Francisco's defense has allowed more big plays.
    ... The Rams have also given up 10 runs that went for at least a 20-yard gain,
    which is the third most in the NFL.

    It's ridiculous the way some fans and media continue to describe Rams wide
    receiver Isaac Bruce as some fading relic, when in fact No. 80 is
    still averaging 16.5 yards per catch. Bruce is still Bruce. ...


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    Re: Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith
    Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense
    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Dec. 09 2005

    Rams president John Shaw won't comment, but indications are he's
    already begun the preliminary process of putting together a list of potential
    replacements for coach Mike Martz, who will move on as soon as the
    two sides settle on the final year of Martz's contract.

    We talked to three executives with other NFL teams this week to try to gauge
    what Shaw may be looking for in a new coach. We know that Shaw likes to solicit
    opinions from his friends in the league, so we tried to pick up on his trail.

    And the word is, at this point Shaw is strongly inclined to hire a coach with a
    defensive background in an effort to quickly remedy the team's weakest link.

    Besides, that's the recent NFL trend: When in need of a head coach, look to the
    defense. That philosophy has worked very well for Chicago (Lovie
    Smith), Cincinnati (Marvin Lewis), Carolina (John
    Fox), Atlanta (Jim Mora) and Jacksonville (Jack Del
    Rio). And though their teams are rebuilding, Cleveland's Romeo
    Crennell and San Francisco's Mike Nolan are being praised for
    their performance as rookie head coaches.

    Here, in no particular order, are some of the defensive coordinators being
    mentioned for prospective NFL head-coaching openings: Gregg Williams
    (Washington), Mike Zimmer (Dallas), Jerry Gray (Buffalo),
    Ron Rivera (Chicago), Jim Schwartz (Tennessee), Tim
    Lewis (NY Giants) and Donnie Henderson (NY Jets).

    Sticking with defense, another intriguing name is Mike Singletary,
    San Francisco's assistant head coach/linebackers. He isn't a coordinator,
    but Singletary is highly respected for his intelligence and motivational
    skills. And one NFL exec told me that Tennessee assistant Dave
    McGinnis warrants a second chance as an NFL head coach after being
    removed from Bill Bidwill's head-coaching carousel in Arizona after
    the 2003 season.


    Free Steven Jackson.

    Nice-guy Rams quarterback Marc Bulger made a $10,000 donation to Big
    Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri earlier this week at a fund-raiser for
    that outstanding agency. ... Rams general manager Charley Armey and
    other NFL scouts tell us that Mizzou's Smith surely will be drafted (barring
    injury) and that many teams project him at free safety.


    Head scratcher: Former Rams linebacker Tommy Polley is leading the
    Baltimore Ravens in tackles this season while making a $650,000 salary.
    Interesting to contrast his low pay and high production to the high cost and
    low production turned in by Rams free-agent pickups Chris Claiborne
    and Dexter Coakley. ... The Rams have allowed 50 plays of 20 yards
    or longer this season; only San Francisco's defense has allowed more big plays.
    ... The Rams have also given up 10 runs that went for at least a 20-yard gain,
    which is the third most in the NFL.

    It's ridiculous the way some fans and media continue to describe Rams wide
    receiver Isaac Bruce as some fading relic, when in fact No. 80 is
    still averaging 16.5 yards per catch. Bruce is still Bruce. ...
    whoever said Future Hall Of Famer Issac Bruce is a "fading relic" needs their head(s)examined!

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    Re: Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense

    The Rams will be looking for a defensive minded coach?

    Thanks for telling us, Captain Obvious!

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    Re: Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense

    defense i didnt know that we had a defense in st.louis

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    Re: Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense

    Tommy Polley. Wow. Looking at the Ravens though, I'll keep Claiborne and Coakley.
    The Roman and The Prince. Playmakers until the end.


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    Re: Rams may seek coach whose forte is defense

    Former Rams linebacker Tommy Polley is leading the
    Baltimore Ravens in tackles this season while making a $650,000 salary.
    Interesting to contrast his low pay and high production to the high cost and
    low production turned in by Rams free-agent pickups Chris Claiborne
    and Dexter Coakley.
    Polley's career avg. tackles per season in St. Louis - 72.5
    Polley's projected finish in Baltimore this season - 93

    Claiborne's career avg. before this season - 87
    Claiborne's proj. finish this year - 51

    Coakley's career avg. before this season - 90
    Coakley's proj. finish this year - 51

    So upon their arrival C&C have their production cut by 42%, while Polley's departure magically raises his production by almost 30%.

    Things that make you go.....barfffff.
    "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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