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Rams welcome special visitor to camp
By Bill Coats
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
MEQUON, Wis. (Camp Day 17)
A blast from the past rolled into Rams training camp Sunday after the team returned to Concordia University following its five-day trip to Nashville. Former coach Dick Vermeil (1997-99) was in the house, at the invitation of current coach Scott Linehan.
Linehan said he wanted to talk with Vermeil about the 1999 season, when the Rams rose from a 4-12 record in ‘98 to Super Bowl champions. The Rams, of course, went 3-13 last year, their worst mark since moving to St. Louis in 1995.
Vermeil, 71, plans to spend a couple of days here. He lives in retirement with his wife, Carol, on their ranch outside Philadelphia.
Notes & quotes:
>>The team arrived in Mequon about 3 a.m. Sunday, some five hours after concluding their 34-13 loss to the Titans in Tennessee. The players had the rest of the day off, but the coaches were busy in meetings.
>>Practice resumes this afternoon. The team will break camp Thursday and return to St. Louis.
>>Promising rookie CB Justin King, a fourth-round draft choice, is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his big toe Saturday. He’ll undergo surgery.
>>According to the unofficial press-box stats, DT Adam Carriker and DE Chris Long – the Rams’ most recent first-round draftees – recorded nary a tackle vs. the Titans. “It’s not because they’re not trying; they give a great effort,” Linehan said. “But it’s production that counts, and they know it. They’ll get a lot better.”
>>Conversely, S Sabastien Sejean, a foreign player assigned to the Rams by the NFL who will remain as an extra practice squad member throughout the season, had two tackles. Sejean is from France.
>>Linehan indicated that his starters, who played a quarter against Tennessee, will get considerably more work Saturday in the preseason home opener vs. the Chargers.
>>Despite the lopsided loss, Linehan said the five-day stay in Nashville, which included four shared practices with the Titans, was beneficial. “It was a good test all week for us to work against them,” he said.
>>In an unsettling reprise of last season’s trend, the Rams were outscored 14-0 in the second half Saturday. In 2007, their opponents piled up 258 points to the Rams’ 96 in second halves.
All for now . . . more on Monday.
Re: Rams welcome special visitor to camp
They should bring in Rich Brooks or Larry Marmie.
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