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    Rams Team Report

    Posted: April 1, 2007

    Jim Thomas
    For Sporting News


    With three interceptions in the last three games of 2006 at the nickel back position, Ron Bartell opened some eyes on the coaching staff. Physically, Bartell has a lot of gifts, including size, speed and athleticism. He needs to continue polishing his game and needs work to be more physical, but entering the training camp the nickel back job is his to lose. In an NFC West brimming with bigger receivers, coach Scott Linehan likes the idea of Bartell (6-1, 200) covering slot receivers. . . .

    Earlier this offseason, Linehan extended an olive branch to G Claude Terrell and CB Jerametrius Butler -- both players in the coach's doghouse last season -- and said he would give them a clean slate to make an impact on the '07 roster. Neither player has done anything to make the most of the opportunity. Butler and Terrell missed the first two weeks of the offseason program and have cast doubts on their interest in playing for the Rams next season. Terrell, who started 10 games at guard as a rookie in '05, missed the entire '06 season with a wrist injury that some at Rams Park felt he could have played through -- at least for part of the campaign. Ideally, the coaching staff was hoping that Terrell could challenge Mark Setterstrom for the starting job at left guard. With Fakhir Brown and Tye Hill secure as the starting corners, and with the emergence of Bartell at nickel back, Butler may see himself without a role in St. Louis. . . .

    Despite speculation to the contrary, Will Witherspoon will return to middle linebacker next season. Witherspoon had spent most of his career at Carolina on the weak side. But the Rams staff feels his sideline-to-sideline tackling skills make him better suited to the middle and that he will only get better playing the middle full-time for the second year in a row.

    SCOUTING REPORT:C Brett Romberg was a college star at Miami but had to wait more than three seasons to get a chance to see what he could do in the NFL. Romberg made the most of the opportunity in three starts at the end of 2006. The Rams won all three games and averaged 33 points and nearly 170 yards rushing a game. Relatively speaking, Romberg lacks ideal size for the center position and has short arms. But he is a skilled technician with some quickness who makes excellent use of leverage to handle bigger defensive linemen. Romberg showed himself to be an intelligent player, adept at making the line calls that are critical from the center position. His co-op blocking improved the more he played. By making the most of his opportunity last season, Romberg has put himself very much in the mix for the starting center position. He will be challenged by veteran Andy McCollum, who is rehabbing from knee surgery.

    DEFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS:Although he may eventually end up at safety, second-year man Jon Alston will attempt to make his mark as an undersized weakside linebacker. At 220 pounds, Alston has the ability to be a pass-rushing specialist on a defense that needs all the pass-rushing help it can get to complement LE Leonard Little. If Alston gains the coaches' confidence through strong practice efforts during minicamp and organized team activities this spring, the team could devise some blitz packages for him. Newly-signed free-agent LB Chris Draft is another player in the back seven with some pass-rushing skills who coordinator Jim Haslett's defense will try to maximize. FS Oshiomogho Atogwe also could be used more as a blitzer now that he has a year as a starter under his belt.


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    Re: Rams Team Report

    i like that they are pretty high on the DB's . and i would just cut my losses with terrell and let someone who wants to play have his roster spot. as for butler , get a draft pick from some team that needs a db , anything , hell the last pick in the draft could be a really good punter.

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    Quote Originally Posted by keith m. klink View Post
    i like that they are pretty high on the DB's . and i would just cut my losses with terrell and let someone who wants to play have his roster spot. as for butler , get a draft pick from some team that needs a db , anything , hell the last pick in the draft could be a really good punter.
    or a really good return man, I'm with you tradea butler and terrell from some 2nd days picks

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    yep it's pretty obvious that niether want to play here, and we could get at least a 5th for Bulter and and possible a 4th for both of them.

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    Good take on bringing back to mind our last 3 games in the secondary ,and the D overall. I am a defense man, and know that defense makes your I.D. ,and give's lots of intangables. Football, back in the days of, your best were players on defense, and a 21, 17 game unheard of , you always had a shot at winning games. Today they call it winnin' 'ugly' and the press always said ' not good enough'. Well.... I got nothin' but great thoughts 'bout next year, knowin' we realy DO got the makin's for one nasty defense and a play off game or 2. Better days!!!

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    Mr. Jigga, what makes you think that we are going to get a 5th for butler? I sure hope that you are correct, but given the belief around the league that the rams will cut him anyway, i can see a 6 or 7, a 5th would surprise me.

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    If I'm another team trading for Butler, I'd be more tempted to give up a conditional pick in 2008. The guy's basically not played in two years besides some spot work and a little special teams last year. By giving up a conditional pick, I'd get to see him for a season and let his play determine what I'm giving up.

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    What's up with Terrell??? A once in a lifetime shot to play in the NFL and he's not interested?:x

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    What's up with Terrell??? A once in a lifetime shot to play in the NFL and he's not interested?:x
    I guess FAT BOY is too busy pounding down the Whoppers and quaffing root beer by the gallon to be too concerned with a "once-in-a -lifetime" opportunity. What a waste. What a moron!!

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    Re: Rams Team Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    I'll eat my shoe if we get a 2007 5th round pick for him.
    Nick, is that the shoe with the phone in it, or the other one?

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