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    Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/12/2006

    Please, Jim Haslett implored Monday, don't start organizing parades or engraving trophies just yet for his muscled-up defense. "You've got to let this go; it's a long season," he said. "We played well, but we've got a long way to go."

    Still, the first glimpse at the unit Haslett has built and nurtured since coach Scott Linehan hired him as defensive coordinator was impressive. The Rams limited Denver to 259 yards in their 18-10 season-opening win Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome, and Haslett had plenty of praise for his troops.

    "I was proud," he said. "That's a good football team we played. That team was 13-3 last year, and a lot of people predicted them to go to the Super Bowl. ... It's something to build on."

    But, Haslett cautioned, let's not get carried away. "There are things we can do better," he said, noting the Broncos' two long runs of 39 and 36 yards, plus the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty the Rams drew for excessive celebration after strong safety Corey Chavous' fourth-quarter interception.

    "You make a great play and you give your offense a chance to be in OK field position, and then we get a 15-yard penalty and now we're pushed back," Haslett said. "If you're going to do those types of things, go on the sideline. Once you get off the field, you can do whatever you want."

    Those glitches aside, it had been awhile since the defense carried the day for the Rams, whose five takeaways were a league high heading into Monday night's doubleheader.

    It also was telling that several newcomers played key roles. Chavous, cornerback Fakhir Brown and rookie Tye Hill had interceptions. Chavous and Brown were free-agent pickups in the offseason; Hill, a cornerback, was the team's first-round draft choice.

    Plus, linebacker Will Witherspoon, another free-agent acquisition, shared the team high in tackles (nine) with free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, and also caused a fumble and tipped the ball that Brown picked off.

    "We forced some turnovers, and that's something we talked about doing," Chavous said. "But it's just the first week. It's good that we came out and played well at times. I emphasize that, because there were times we should've done things a little better. We'll try to improve on those this week."

    Under the knife

    Nose tackle Jimmy Kennedy had surgery Monday on the broken right hand he suffered on the game's opening series. Pins were inserted to speed the healing, and Kennedy will be playing with a cast for at least a month.

    "He should be ready to go by Sunday" in San Francisco, said Linehan, who commended Kennedy for returning to the game shortly after he was hurt.

    "That's playing with an injury; that's pain. He never blinked," Linehan said. "He went back in, and he graded out very well, even after the injury, which I think says volumes about him."

    Staying on the sideline was not an option, Kennedy stressed. "No way. I'm not sitting out at all," he said. "We've got to take it and roll with it right now. We'll be fine."

    Ram-blings

    Game balls went to Jeff Wilkins, who booted a team-record six field goals, the entire defensive unit, and Linehan. Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover presented the game ball to the first-year head coach in the locker room. ... With five catches, Isaac Bruce moved to 12th on the NFL's career list with 818 receptions. His 64 receiving yards boosted his career total to 12,342 yards, 11th in league history.


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    Re: Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    Absolutely, but well done Jim in any case. It's far too early in the season to make sweeping statements about anything.

    This thread is extremely useful in my opinion.


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    Re: Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    Gotta love Kennedys attitude, the old throw back style. That's real football playing with a cast....

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    Re: Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Gotta love Kennedys attitude, the old throw back style. That's real football playing with a cast....
    And yet, who has had their toughness and resolve questioned by more fans than Kennedy in the past couple of years?

    Hopefully, this answers some of those questions.
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    Re: Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Haslett
    "You've got to let this go; it's a long season," he said. "We played well, but we've got a long way to go."
    I understand and agree 100%. However, Haslett has to understand that while the team has a long way to go, the fan base has been a long way. We've spent two years looking at the most mind-boggling ineptness imaginable on the defensive side of the field. The master of maladroitia, Marmie, left us with a severe hunger for an active defense. Haslett has offered a taste of that, so it is only natural for the fan base to envision the buffet line ahead of us.

    We agree with you and understand you Coach Haslett, but you gotta understand us as well.
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    Re: Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    I'm so glad to see that the D outperformed my expectations. I think they deserve big kudos. Mr. H. demonstrated 10 sommersets on solid ground!

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    Re: Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    Very responsible attitude of Coach Haslett that, I'm sure, he will instill in the entire defense. No wonder DT Kennedy is all excited.

    He's probably thinking, "What broken hand? ...Let's get it on!!!" :r


    PS: anyone heard from TX? Is he okay?
    Last edited by RealRam; -09-12-2006 at 11:54 AM. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: Rams Notebook: It's too early to judge Rams' 'D,' Haslett says

    PS: anyone heard from TX? Is he okay?
    TX is laid up for a little while, but he will be back with us soon.
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