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    Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Rams | Team may hire Shultz
    Mon, 30 Jan 2006 18:35:54 -0800

    Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports Minnesota strength and conditioning coach Kurtis Shultz may be in line to assist Dana LeDuc on the St. Louis Rams' strength and conditioning staff.


    Rams | P. Carter will not be retained
    Mon, 30 Jan 2006 18:35:24 -0800

    Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams tight ends coach Pat Carter has been told he will not be retained on the team's coaching staff for 2006.


    Rams | Falks will not be retained
    Mon, 30 Jan 2006 18:34:14 -0800

    Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams tight ends coach Frank Falks has been told he will not be retained on the team's coaching staff for 2006.


    Rams | Linehan interviews Ligashesky
    Mon, 30 Jan 2006 18:32:45 -0800

    Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams special teams coach Bob Ligashesky interviewed with head coach Scott Linehan Monday, Jan. 30. Rusty Tillman is considered the favorite to be the head special teams coach; but Ligashesky may be retained as Tillman's assistant.

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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    1) what the hell were we doing with two te coaches?

    2) we DONT need a new ST coordinator, we need linebackers who can actually tackle people on kickoffs and a decent returner and well be fine


    why the seahawks still envy the rams:tongue:

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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Agreed. I liked Ligashesky. I want him to stay and who is that other guy that is the top candidate?
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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    Agreed. I liked Ligashesky. I want him to stay and who is that other guy that is the top candidate?
    You asked, so I shall provide the info. Suffice it to say, I wouldn't mind having Tillman around.....


    The senior member of the Vikings coaching staff, Rusty Tillman enters his 31st NFL season this fall. Tillman will be on the sidelines as an NFL coach for his 23rd season after spending 8 seasons as a player with the Washington Redskins, a career he spent as a LB and special teams standout that earned him a spot on the Redskins 70th anniversary team in 2001.

    Tillman's position with the Vikings reunites him with Head Coach Mike Tice, who played for Seattle in 10 of the 16 seasons that Tillman coached the Seahawks (1981-88, 90-91). Tice was a regular on Tillman's special teams units and he served as Tice's position coach from 1983-86.

    Tillman served as defensive coordinator for Seattle from 1992-94, Tampa Bay in 1995 and Indianapolis in 1998. He became a head coach when he took over the XFL's New York/New Jersey Hitmen for their spring 2001 season.

    Tillman's coverage teams have allowed only 2 kickoff returns TD in 989 career returns. In his tenure, Tillman's teams have been known for their aggressive play and forcing turnovers. His teams have blocked 17 punts and allowed only 7 blocks, with 5 of those coming in his opening two seasons coaching. In his last 15 seasons, Tillman's punt teams allowed only 2 blocks. The 2003 Vikings blocked a punt vs. NY Giants (10/26) when Jack Brewer blocked a Jeff Feagles attempt. Brewer's blocked punt was the first by a Viking since Mike Merriweather in 1989. Tillman's return units have taken back 6 punts and 2 kickoff returns for TDs in his career while his coverage teams have held opponents to an average punt return of 7.3 yards and an average kickoff return of 18.4 yards in his career.

    The 2004 Vikings featured WR Nate Burleson notching the 2nd-longest punt return TD in team history at Indianapolis (11/8) when he took back a Colts punt 91 yards. Along with being the 2nd-longest in team history, Burleson's TD was the first since Randy Moss' in 1999 and the first ever by a Viking on Monday Night Football. The Vikings coverage units held opponents to a 6.5 yard per return average on punts, an improvement of over 4.0 yards per carry from the 2003 team. Special teams captain Willie Offord ranked 2nd on the team with 17 tackles while Antoine Winfield led the team with 18. The 2004 Vikings place kicking chores were handled by the timeless Morten Andersen, who passed George Blanda for the NFL career games played record with the Vikings. Former San Diego Pro Bowler Darren Bennett made his Vikings debut in 2004.

    Following a two-year absence from coaching, Tillman returned to the sport in 2003 with the Vikings. In his first season in Minnesota Tillman was charged with molding a kicking game around a rookie punter and a place kicker who had not kicked in a regular-season NFL game. His leading punt return and kickoff return men were rookies while three of the four leading tacklers on special teams were rookies. Kicker Aaron Elling had gone to training camps with Miami and Seattle but earned his first roster spot with the Vikings, an opportunity he converted into tying for the team lead with 102 points and ranking tied for 2nd in team history by converting 48-of-48 extra points. Elling had a season-best 12 points, including 3-of-3 FGs from 22, 46 and 34 yards in the season-opening win at Green Bay. He connected on a season-long 51-yard FG vs. NY Giants. A 7th-round draft pick, WR Keenan Howry returned 35 of the team's 36 punts on the season and set a Vikings rookie record with 247 yards on returns. Classmate Onterrio Smith, a 4th-round pick, led the team in kickoff returns with a 21.8 yard average, 2nd-best among NFC rookies. The Vikings coverage units stepped up in one of the biggest games of the season, holding Kansas City Pro Bowler Dante Hall to a 19.0 yard average on 5 kickoff returns while forcing a pair of fumbles on kickoffs, recovering one. The Vikings coverage units were led season-long by rookie LB E.J. Henderson (27 tackles), 2nd-year LB Nick Rogers (24) and rookie Mike Nattiel (19).

    During Tillman's NFL special teams coaching career he has guided a pair of Seattle coverage men to Pro Bowl berths, sending Fredd Young to Hawaii following the 1984 and '85 seasons and Rufus Porter following the 1988 and '89 campaigns. In 1986 Bobby Joe Edmonds represented the Seahawks as the AFC's kick returner in the Pro Bowl. Tillman placed a Seahawk special teamer in the Pro Bowl in 1984, '85, '86, '88 and '89 and saw Young move from making the AFC team as a coverage man in 1984 and '85 to making it as a starting LB in 1986 and '87.

    Edmonds led the NFL in punt returns in '86 with a 12.3 yard average and led the AFC in '87 at 12.6 yards per return. In '83, kickoff returner Zachary Dixon led the NFL in returns (49) and return yards (1,448) while James Jefferson's 97-yard return was the longest in the AFC in 1989. Tillman oversaw Seattle punter Jeff West lead the AFC with a 36.1 net average in 1981.

    For the final 3 seasons he spent in Seattle (1992-94), Tillman served as defensive coordinator and coached the Seahawk LBs. In 1993 Eugene Robinson led the NFL with 9 interceptions and in '92 Cortez Kennedy posted a career-best 14.0 sacks. Kennedy earned trips to the Pro Bowl as a starter in each of those 3 seasons and Robinson earned a Pro Bowl nod following the 1993 season.

    In 1995 Tillman became defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The '95 Bucs improved from 26th in the NFL in run defense the year before to 15th under Tillman. A pair of Tillman's defenders, future NFL Defensive Players of the Year and perennial Pro Bowlers Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, were named to numerous All-Rookie teams in 1995. The '95 Bucs posted the best record since the 1981 team and allowed 20.9 points per game, the 335 points allowed during the season were the fewest since 268 in 1981.

    While serving as special teams coach with Oakland in 1996 and '97, Tillman helped Desmond Howard set team records and lead the AFC in 1997 in kickoff returns (61), yards (1,318) and kickoff return yards in a single game with 223 on 10 returns at Seatte. Punter Leo Araguz also led the AFC with a 39.1 net punting average and 93 punts in '97.

    In 1998 Tillman took over as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, helping improve the Colts pass rush. The team posted 38 sacks on the season, the most since 1992 and DT Ellis Johnson set his career-high with 8.0 sacks. Rookie DT Larry Chester joined the team as an undrafted rookie free agent, spending time on the practice squad before being activated and starting 2 of the 14 games he played en route to earning a spot on the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie team.

    In 2001 Tillman was named head coach of the XFL's New York/New Jersey Hitmen. The team went 4-6 and was a game away from qualifying for the postseason. The NY/NJ franchise ranked 2nd in the 10-team league in attendance, playing their home games at Giants Stadium.

    During Tillman's 8 seasons as a player with the Washington Redskins from 1970-77 the team earned playoff berths in 5 of his 8 seasons and played in Super Bowl VII following the 1972 season. During his final 7 seasons as a player, Tillman played for legendary coach George Allen. As a rookie in 1970 Tillman played for Vince Lombardi before his death. Tillman's Redskin clubs were successful, posting a 73-38-1 record during his tenure. Following the 1973 and 1976 seasons Washington lost to the Vikings at Met Stadium in the playoffs.

    As a collegian, Tillman starred at Northern Arizona as a DE, LB, P and TE, setting the Lumberjacks school record for punting average at 44.5 yards and was named to the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984. Tillman started his college career as a walk-on at Arizona before transferring to NAU.

    Tillman (2/27/46) was born in Beloit, WI. He and his wife, Lorri, have three sons Joshua, Jason and Jacob and a daughter, Rachael. Tillman also has a daughter, Emily and a granddaughter, Sofia.


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    Northern Arizona 1966-69, Washington Redskins 1970-77.

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    Seattle Seahawks 1979-94, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1995, Oakland Raiders 1996-97, Indianapolis Colts 1998, New York/New Jersey Hitmen (Head Coach) 2000
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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Ok thanks MOM. So I take it he is a top candidate for Special Teams?
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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Not Shultz!! He knows nothing!!!

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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Linehan is bringing a lot of people from the minnesota staff.

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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    We had two tight end coaches? We only had three tight ends!

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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Two tight end coaches ok ? it stands to reason why we have had the problems we do ...Leadership Leadership what a concept ... (nice post MOM)

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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Hey SFCRamFan, that was hilarious!! But I'm not sure you are old enough to remember 'Hogan's Heroes'. ...Er, unfortunately I am. Oh well.

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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Two tightend coachs and no tightend's to give alot of hype too.
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    Re: Rams | Team may hire Shultz

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable
    Hey SFCRamFan, that was hilarious!! But I'm not sure you are old enough to remember 'Hogan's Heroes'. ...Er, unfortunately I am. Oh well.

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    I was an avid fan of that show when it was in syndication as a kid. It was on mostly after school. I always liked that show even before I knew that I wanted to be in the army...
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