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    Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Nov. 13 2007

    As the losses mounted en route to an 0-8 start, Scott Linehan almost became
    accustomed to criticism from fans and media.

    But things reached a new level when Marcus Linehan, a precocious 7-year-old,
    came into his father's "house" with some pointed remarks recently.

    "Marcus did tell me during the bye, he said, 'Dad, why don't you make game
    plans that work?' " Linehan said. "Honest to God, that's what my 7-year-old
    said."

    Linehan paused ever so briefly, then looked into the bank of cameras at his
    Monday news conference, and added: "So everybody out there, you're not alone."

    For a week, at least, Marcus Linehan, Rams fans, and Scott Linehan can rest
    easy. Effective game plans on both sides of the ball helped the Rams earn their
    first victory of the season Sunday in New Orleans.

    Not that Linehan got much rest Sunday night.

    "I slept about the same, but different," Linehan said. "It was better insomnia
    than the weeks before. I just don't sleep very good after games. But I've got
    to be honest with you, it was fun to go home and spend time with family (after
    a victory). They were pretty excited about it."

    Make no mistake, Linehan wasn't ready for a victory parade Monday. He doesn't
    need anyone, not even Marcus, to remind him that the Rams' record is still a
    terrible 1-8. And he probably realizes that the Rams need more than one victory
    in 2007 to ensure that he and his coaching staff return in 2008.

    But the victory did show that the players are buying into Linehan's post-bye
    approach: Namely, start fresh after the bye week and treat the second half of
    the 2007 campaign like an eight-game season.

    "The bye was needed for us, not just because of our record or anything like
    that, but we've had a lot of injuries," Linehan said. "We needed to get
    ourselves healthy and get our minds refreshed."

    It was good to get away from football for a few days during the bye week,
    coaches included.

    "Even though the tendency is you need to spend more time (working)," Linehan
    said. "We've probably spent more hours and more time here in this building this
    year than you can even imagine."

    But as Linehan cautioned: "You can't mistake activity for achievement."

    The challenge now is to build off what happened Sunday in New Orleans and turn
    that activity into more achievement.

    For the offensive linemen, that means competing as long and as hard as they did
    against the Saints.

    For quarterback Marc Bulger, it means continuing to be decisive in the pocket
    and getting the ball out quickly.

    For the defense, it means continuing to create turnovers and to get after the
    passer.

    For the coaches, it means more game plans that are aggressive and creative.

    Of course, staying healthy always helps, particularly when it comes to the
    skill-position players on offense. It's obvious by now what a healthy Steven
    Jackson does for the Rams.

    The Rams may lose wide receiver Isaac Bruce for another game or two because of
    a hamstring injury he suffered against New Orleans. But Drew Bennett is running
    as well as he has since training camp, and the bye week seemed to help Torry
    Holt's sore knee.

    Bulger in particular seems to be re-energized mentally and physically. Giving a
    game ball to Linehan after the Saints game was a symbolic gesture that he and
    his teammates are still on board.

    "I think it just goes to show that we're in it together, and we all have been
    feeling very accountable and responsible for not achieving what our goals have
    been," Linehan said. "To make those kinds of gestures says a lot about the
    leadership that we're trying to promote on our football team."


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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Nov. 13 2007

    As the losses mounted en route to an 0-8 start, Scott Linehan almost became
    accustomed to criticism from fans and media.

    But things reached a new level when Marcus Linehan, a precocious 7-year-old,
    came into his father's "house" with some pointed remarks recently.

    "Marcus did tell me during the bye, he said, 'Dad, why don't you make game
    plans that work?' " Linehan said. "Honest to God, that's what my 7-year-old
    said."
    Marcus Linehan??? AvengerRam playing the impostor again?

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    How crappy of a job do you have to be doing when a seven year old trash talks you.. oh right... 0-8. Well, it got his attention!

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    I wonder what his reaction will be after the Rams destroy the *****.

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    Wonder if Marcus wants the OC job?

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    I'm saying we got the wrong Linehan.

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    I'll bet you that Marcus wouldn't call that one yard WR hitch pass.

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    I just read statements from Jim Haslett saying that although the blitz is fun, it's dangerous and he's probably going to go with a more conservative game plan for now on. That doesn't bode well for us. Every time we've gone conservative, we get creamed. It just doesn't make sense- our front four isn't very good at rushing the passer and I think our greatest asset on defense, which is speed, is completley nullified by laying back in a zone. Attack, attack, attack, Haslett!!!

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    Bulger in particular seems to be re-energized mentally and physically. Giving a
    game ball to Linehan after the Saints game was a symbolic gesture that he and
    his teammates are still on board.
    I suppose many Linehan haters will see this as a hollow gesture, but it only serves to reaffirm for me the fact that our coach has not lost his team. The "eye roll" had me wondering, but it's nothing more than a distant hiccup now. As long as Linehan has the support of his players, he's got mine as well.

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    Re: Rams now face challenge of building on first victory

    Quote Originally Posted by R8rh8rmike View Post
    I suppose many Linehan haters will see this as a hollow gesture, but it only serves to reaffirm for me the fact that our coach has not lost his team. ...As long as Linehan has the support of his players, he's got mine as well.
    Well put, well done Mike. Ditto here. :r

    Sunday at Whiners ... Go R A M S!

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