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Rams Team Report from FoxSports
Rams Team Report
LBs Dexter Coakley and Chris Claiborne don't come without questions, but they clearly are an upgrade over what the Rams had in their LB corps last season. At 5-10, 236, Coakley seems to be the kind of linebacker the Rams are trying to get away from -- speedy, but undersized. He also has eight years in the NFL, raising concerns about how much he has left. It seems highly unlikely he will see all five years of his $14.15 million contract he signed with the team after being a cap casualty in Dallas. But Coakley was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2003. Even though his role was reduced in Dallas last season, when he was in the game he was always around the football. Although penciled in as the starting weakside linebacker, Coakley has the versatility and experience to play strongside, which is where he could end up if the switch of Pisa Tinoisamoa to strong safety doesn't
take. Tinoisamoa would then return to weakside linebacker. . . .
The Claiborne signing is more fitting with the Rams' attempts to get bigger and brawnier on defense. At 259, Claiborne will play middle linebacker in St. Louis. He will be tougher to budge than last year's starter, Robert Thomas, who is about 25 pounds lighter. Claiborne moves well for his size and can do a credible job in coverage. However, there have been injury problems in both of his seasons with Minnesota; he missed four games in 2004 with a calf injury and four more in 2003 with an Achilles' problem. Claiborne signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal. The contracts for Coakley and Claiborne are both cap friendly for the Rams,
counting a total of $3.6 million against the cap in 2005. . . .
Team officials spent a lot of time meeting and watching offensive tackles at the NFL Scouting Combine. Washington's Khalif Barnes and Oklahoma's Jammal Brown, in particular, could be on the board when the Rams make their first-round draft selection at No. 19 overall. Barnes is more athletic; Brown has more of a nasty streak. . . .
The Rams weren't all that discouraged by RB Maurice Clarett's slow 40 times at the Combine. They still like his instincts, and his toughness as a power runner. He could be someone they consider as the second day of the draft winds down.
HARD TRUTH: Despite an uncertain situation in the front office, the Rams showed surprising decisiveness in the days leading up to free agency and the early going of the free agency period. Restructuring RB Marshall Faulk's contract saved the club about $3.5 million in cap space. The free-agent signings of LBs Coakley and Claiborne turned the team's weakest unit into a potential strength. But the team was stymied in its early efforts to find a free safety or at least quality depth in the backfield when free agents Bhawoh Jue and Gary Baxter signed elsewhere. At the moment, the Rams' starting free safety is Adam Archuleta, who is trying to rehab a herniated disk this offseason. The starting strong safety is Tinoisamoa. The free safety crop is very thin in free agency, and there are no sure things at that position in the draft, either.
"Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod
-03-08-2005 #2psycho9985 Guest
Re: Rams Team Report from FoxSports
Lets Pray daily for Adams rehab.Its a bad injury and I dont see him playing with it if it doesnt heal properly<but this kid is strong and believe he'll come through.I havent been able to find any updates on his condition If anybody can please post it.
Re: Rams Team Report from FoxSportsOriginally Posted by psycho9985