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    Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Aug. 02 2006

    After two NFL seasons in which he made at least one start at each of the three
    linebacker positions, Brandon Chillar finally seems to have found a home.

    That would be on the strong side of the Rams' defense, next to Will Witherspoon
    at middle linebacker and across from Pisa Tinoisamoa on the weak side.

    "I prefer the strong side," Chillar said. "That's what I played in college.
    I've had the most experience there."

    The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Chillar was an All-Pacific 10 Conference selection his
    senior year at UCLA, when he collected a team-high 133 tackles, the most by a
    Bruin since 1989. His per-game average of 10.2 topped the Pac-10. The Rams
    nabbed him in the fourth round of the 2004 draft (No. 130 overall).

    Chillar, 23, started five games his rookie year: two in the middle and three on
    the strong side. Last season, after the free-agent acquisitions of Dexter
    Coakley (weak side) and Chris Claiborne (middle), Tinoisamoa moved to the
    strong side. Chillar made seven starts, all on the weak side, the last four
    after Coakley suffered a season-ending leg injury.

    Now, Claiborne is gone - released after the season - and Coakley is backing up
    Tinoisamoa. "It feels good to be No. 1, and I'm just trying to keep it,"
    Chillar said.

    Coach Scott Linehan said: "Brandon's having a very solid camp. He's always in
    the right position, and he's a coach's dream, because he does exactly what he's
    coached to do. ... He very rarely makes the same mistake twice."

    Chillar has impressive speed and range. Playing on the strong side, where the
    tight end lines up, requires a lot of self-control, too, he stressed.

    "Discipline is a big part of that, because sometimes you have to wait for the
    cutback and you can't run over the top as fast," he said. "Sometimes, you have
    to play a little bit slower but smarter."

    Coordinator Jim Haslett, attempting to revamp the defense that finished 31st in
    the 32-team league in total yards last year, could feature as many as seven
    first-team players who weren't Rams starters at the close of the 2005 season.
    That group would include Witherspoon, plus fellow free-agent pickups Fakhir
    Brown (cornerback), Corey Chavous (strong safety) and La'Roi Glover (tackle).

    Tussle lesson

    The first scuffle of training camp featured linebacker Mike Goolsby and rookie
    running back Antoine Bagwell on Tuesday. They were separated quickly but with
    no help from the head coach.

    "Never," Linehan said. "When I was real young, I jumped in the middle of one
    and I caught a hook to the jaw. I'll blow my whistle a lot, but other than
    that, I'm going to let it play out."

    Faulk's dilemma

    Linehan confirmed that surgeons in Los Angeles were unable to repair running
    back Marshall Faulk's right knee Friday. Linehan said they found that Faulk's
    posterior cruciate ligament was too damaged to continue the procedure.

    "There wasn't much left of the ligament," Linehan said. "If he wants to have a
    chance to ever play again, he's probably going to have to have a complete
    reconstruction."

    Ram-blings

    Free-agent running back Moe Williams made a second visit to Rams Park on
    Tuesday but left without signing a contract. Williams, a 10-year veteran,
    played in Minnesota when Linehan was the Vikings' offensive coordinator. ...
    Tackle Orlando Pace returned Tuesday. He was excused from Monday's practices
    because of the birth of his son, Landon.


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    Re: Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    Linehan confirmed that surgeons in Los Angeles were unable to repair running
    back Marshall Faulk's right knee Friday. Linehan said they found that Faulk's
    posterior cruciate ligament was too damaged to continue the procedure.

    (quote)"There wasn't much left of the ligament," Linehan said. "If he wants to have a
    chance to ever play again, he's probably going to have to have a complete
    reconstruction."

    Dag that is real bad at his age that make no sense to try a comeback. Good by Marshall thanks.
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    Re: Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith
    Free-agent running back Moe Williams made a second visit to Rams Park on Tuesday but left without signing a contract. Williams, a 10-year veteran, played in Minnesota when Linehan was the Vikings' offensive coordinator. ...
    This is exactly what I did NOT want to hear. He is just coming off injury, he is getting old he is 32. He is a power back as is SJ and I would say Tony Fisher is, there is no need for him on this team, yea he knows the offense but he wouldn't do any good on our team being a power back.
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    Re: Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    You'd be surprised, the techniques and materials are advancing all the time, stuff that 10 years ago would have left someone unable to play (and 30 years ago would have had them hobbling for life) now can be overcome with determination and time. Not too many guys that age want to go through with it, but you never know. IF someone was going to do it, I can't think of anyone who, more than Marshall Faulk, has the guts to get back from this.
    On the other hand, it may be "what's left to prove? Where are my golf clubs?" I know what my choice would be...but then, that's why I'm not Marshall Faulk (well that and the fact that I'm old and fat and wasn't fast or strong or anything like that)
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    Re: Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    It's good to hear that Chillar is finding his groove, HOPEFULLY he will show it during the game.

    On the other hand, it may be "what's left to prove? Where are my golf clubs?"
    This could effect his golf game too.

    Welcome back Daddo, it's been a while.
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    Re: Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    Quote Originally Posted by RF16
    This is exactly what I did NOT want to hear. He is just coming off injury, he is getting old he is 32.
    You did read the part where it said he "left without signing a contract", right?
    "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: Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison
    You did read the part where it said he "left without signing a contract", right?
    He must have come back, 'cuz we just signed him this afternoon. I like this signing. Low-risk insurance policy. It's not like we're signing him to start. Some folks need to calm down. **cough RF16 cough cough**


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    Re: Rams Notebook: Chillar has the job on strong side of defense

    Quote Originally Posted by Scidog68
    He must have come back, 'cuz we just signed him this afternoon. I like this signing. Low-risk insurance policy. It's not like we're signing him to start. Some folks need to calm down. **cough RF16 cough cough**
    Exactly Scidog, Moe is a low risk insurance policy. Depth at RB can only be a good thing.
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