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    Rams Team Report

    Team Report: Inside Slant

    Inside Slant | Notes and Quotes | Strategy and Personnel
    The Rams' offensive outlook entering training camp:

    New coach Scott Linehan knew there weren't a lot of changes needed on an offense that was still productive during last year's 6-10 season. The Rams ranked ninth overall and fourth in passing despite having quarterback Marc Bulger miss four games.

    The biggest change is the offensive system. With Mike Martz off to Detroit, Linehan, along with coordinator Greg Olson, have implemented a new system that will still be aggressive, but will also give the quarterback the ability to audible. The verbiage, while new, won't be as lengthy and difficult to absorb as was the case with Martz's offense.

    One of Linehan's moves was to bring in Gus Frerotte as the backup to Bulger. Frerotte started 16 games for the Dolphins in 2005 where Linehan was the offensive coordinator and led the team to a 9-7 record.

    Tight end will be a position of big change. Under-achiever Brandon Manumaleuna was traded on draft weekend to San Diego after the Rams selected Joe Klopfenstein and Dominique Byrd on the second and third round, respectively.

    Linehan loves to throw to the tight end, and the hope is both rookies will contribute. The question is blocking, one area the Rams are still looking at as training camp approaches.

    Depth on the offensive line was acquired with the signing of tackle Todd Steussie, who can also play guard, if necessary. In the draft, the Rams selected guards Tony Palmer and Mark Setterstrom.

    However, depth at running back is still a question. Tony Fisher of the Packers was signed as a free agent, but it remains uncertain whether Marshall Faulk will retire or play this season. If Faulk retires, the Rams will likely be in the market for another back.

    Former Vikings runner Moe Williams visited the team in late May.

    Team Report: Notes and Quotes

    Inside Slant | Notes and Quotes | Strategy and Personnel
    --The Rams' depth chart at quarterback got larger when the team acquired Dave Ragone from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams will give a seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft to the Texans only if Ragone makes the roster.

    The timing of the move is odd considering that Ragone, a former third-round pick of the Houston Texans, was waived by Houston in May and the Rams did not put in a waiver claim at the time. Ragone was claimed by Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and was awarded to the Bengals.

    He has a connection with coach Scott Linehan when Linehan was a coach at the University of Louisville.

    The addition of Ragone creates a crowded position with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jeff Smoker already competing for the team's No. 3 job behind Marc Bulger and Gus Frerotte. Rarely, if ever, do teams take five quarterbacks to training camp.

    Ragone played in two games in his three seasons with the Texans. He started two games during his rookie season, and completed 20 of 40 passes for 135 yards, with one interception. He did run for 51 yards on six attempts.

    The Texans sent him to NFL Europe in 2004 where he played for Berlin and was offensive MVP. He completed 158 of 251 passes for 1,746 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. At one point, he threw 174 consecutive passes without an interception.

    --Following the team's final practice at their recent minicamp, there was a barbecue for players, coaches and their families. The only negative was that the get-together had to be moves inside because of inclement weather.

    "It doesn't seem like you ever take time to kind of say hello to your new teammates," coach Scott Linehan said. "Shoot, I've got coaches' families that I haven't gotten a chance to meet yet.

    "I said from the onset, I want people to feel great about being here, and have a great sense of pride in where they work. And I want the families to feel welcome."

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think this is going to be a great system. Guys are making strides every day. We are still installing and getting things in. Things are improving; guys are getting better and understanding of everything they need to do." - LB Will Witherspoon on the team's defense.As some would say, "Music to my ears!"

    Team Report: Strategy and Personnel

    Inside Slant | Notes and Quotes | Strategy and Personnel


    UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: P Bryan Barker; RB Aveion Cason; CB Terry Fair; OG Tom Nutten; TE Roland Williams.


    EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: CB Dwight Anderson; DT Jeremy Calahan; S Dwaine Carpenter; TE Jerome Collins; LB Mike Goolsby.

    PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: WR Isaac Bruce; WR Kevin Curtis; DE Brandon Green; CB DeJuan Groce; LS Chris Massey; WR Shaun McDonald; OG Blaine Saipaia; QB Jeff Smoker; LB Drew Wahlroos.

    PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Fakhir Brown; S Corey Chavous; RB Tony Fisher; DT Jason Fisk; QB Gus Frerotte; DT La'Roi Glover; WR Brad Pyatt; QB Dave Ragone; FB Paul Smith; LB Raonall Smith; OT Todd Steussie; P Matt Turk; LB Will Witherspoon.

    PLAYERS LOST: S Adam Archuleta; LB Chris Claiborne; S Mike Furrey; RB Arlen Harris; CB Corey Ivy; DE Tyoka Jackson; CB Chris Johnson; DT Damione Lewis; LB Jeremy Loyd; TE Brandon Manumaleuna; QB Jamie Martin; OT Matt Morgan; NT Ryan Pickett; OL Rex Tucker.

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    I really hope Fitzpatrick gets the 3rd QB spot, He had a great game against the Texans, but 1 bad game against Vikings, but its sorta normal for a rookie at starting QB... He has a strong arm and he can scramble for good yards.


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