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    Rams Tidbits From Pro Football Weekly

    Nothing Earth-shattering, but here they are:

    Eyebrows were raised in Rams Nation when head coach Scott Linehan hired Al Roberts, a name out of the past, to replace fired special-teams coach Bob Ligashesky, who very quickly landed on his feet after being hired by new Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the same capacity. The 63-year-old Roberts had been out of the NFL loop since 2002, when he was let go by the Bengals. But the way we hear it, Linehan has had his eye on Roberts for some time now — Roberts left a lasting impression when the two of them worked together at the University of Washington in 1996 — and actually tried to hire him last year. Roberts turned Linehan down at that time because he felt a commitment to the inner-city high school team he was coaching. But with Linehan deciding he really wanted a more experienced coach for what has been a beleaguered special-teams unit in recent years — since former head coach Dick Vermeil left the Rams after the 1999 season, the team has allowed 16 kickoff/punt returns for TDs while scoring only four — Roberts was finally convinced to make a move back into the pro ranks. Known for being a very fundamentally sound special-teams coach who excels at getting his players to embrace their particular roles, Roberts’ top priority will be to mold an effective return specialist to handle both punts and kickoffs, an ingredient that was sorely missing under Ligashesky.


    We hear initial discussions are under way for new contracts for Rams QB Marc Bulger and WR Kevin Curtis. While Bulger is considered a slam dunk to re-up, perhaps sometime soon, Curtis remains a long shot to stick in St. Louis, as he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March.


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    Re: Rams Tidbits From Pro Football Weekly

    yet another special co. love it... can we actually get this one right

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    Re: Rams Tidbits From Pro Football Weekly

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Nothing Earth-shattering, but here they are:

    Eyebrows were raised in Rams Nation when head coach Scott Linehan hired Al Roberts, a name out of the past, to replace fired special-teams coach Bob Ligashesky, who very quickly landed on his feet after being hired by new Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the same capacity. The 63-year-old Roberts had been out of the NFL loop since 2002, when he was let go by the Bengals. But the way we hear it, Linehan has had his eye on Roberts for some time now — Roberts left a lasting impression when the two of them worked together at the University of Washington in 1996 — and actually tried to hire him last year. Roberts turned Linehan down at that time because he felt a commitment to the inner-city high school team he was coaching. But with Linehan deciding he really wanted a more experienced coach for what has been a beleaguered special-teams unit in recent years — since former head coach Dick Vermeil left the Rams after the 1999 season, the team has allowed 16 kickoff/punt returns for TDs while scoring only four — Roberts was finally convinced to make a move back into the pro ranks. Known for being a very fundamentally sound special-teams coach who excels at getting his players to embrace their particular roles, Roberts’ top priority will be to mold an effective return specialist to handle both punts and kickoffs, an ingredient that was sorely missing under Ligashesky.


    We hear initial discussions are under way for new contracts for Rams QB Marc Bulger and WR Kevin Curtis. While Bulger is considered a slam dunk to re-up, perhaps sometime soon, Curtis remains a long shot to stick in St. Louis, as he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
    It's not the coach, it's the players!

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    Re: Rams Tidbits From Pro Football Weekly

    I think it is the coach that gets players to play. I think most of Vermiels special teams were good. I think he placed a lot of focus on that. Special teams to me is more important than offense or deffense cause it can be the difference in a game. It also plays out in field position.

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