Posted: June 26, 2007

Jim Thomas
For Sporting News


Even with Claude Terrell back from a wrist injury that sidelined him for the entire 2006 season, Mark Setterstrom continues to hold down the left guard job. After starting there the final six games of '06, a period in which the team went 4-2, Setterstrom's tenacity, controlled aggressiveness, and consistency will make him tough to budge from the lineup. Terrell showed some road-grader tendencies as a road blocker as a rookie in '05, but must regain the trust of the coaching staff after some confusion over the wrist injury and whether or not to have surgery. (He didn't.) ...

New special teams coach Al Roberts has brought order and discipline to this chronically-struggling unit in St. Louis. Most importantly, the players seem to be buying in to Roberts' hard-driving style and what looks like an old-school, no-nonsense approach to special teams. During the spring, new return man Dante Hall has been backed up by Marques Hagans and seventh-round rookie Derek Stanley on both punt and kickoff returns.

SCOUTING REPORT: OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa was still wearing the red "no-contact" jersey during the team's full-squad minicamp -- a result of offseason shoulder surgery. But he will be cleared to go once training camp. A healthy Tinoisamoa is a must for the St. Louis defense in '07. His speed, range, and aggressiveness provide a spark on a defense that needs all the playmakers it can get. Tinoisamoa isn't afraid to take on lead blockers and has improved in coverage over the years. Despite his passionate style of play, Tinoisamoa is a settling influence, making sure the linebackers are lined up right and making the proper pre-snap adjustments.