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    The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    This is the year when it all comes together. This is the year when the talented group of players on the Rams becomes a team.

    It all starts with one player: Steven Jackson.

    Jackson will give the Rams something that the team has not had since 2001 - a consistent running threat. A player that will make teams that try to key on the passing game pay.

    The running threat is just the catalyst, though. The chain reaction created by this catalyst is what will elevate the Rams back to elite status.

    The running game will take pressure off the offensive line, allowing new players like Tucker and Barron to integrate into the starting lineup. It will take pressure off the passing game which, with the growth of Curtis and McDonald, will be a constant threat.

    With the offense's efficiency improved, the defense will also be relieved of pressure. This will allow the defense to return to its ball-hawking philosophy of 2002, when the Rams lead the league in takeaways. This defense, however, will be more stout against the run, with proven run stoppers Chris Claiborne and Dexter Coakley backing up a pair of DTs who are poised to become one of the better combos in the league.

    The Rams have also finally addressed HUGE problem area by obtaining some real special teams specialists. The unit might not be the league's best, but they won't be a liabilty again.

    Add to the mix a favorable schedule, and a dearth of real powers in the NFC, and this is more than blatant homeristic optimism.

    This is a team poised for a big season.

    Don't believe me? Just watch.


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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    I hope you're right, Av. But, even if you're not, I do believe we will be much improved in the areas you have described. We will definitely be a force to be reconned with and should compete for the NFC championship this year. It may take a year for all of the new talent to integrate themselves into an effective, cohesive unit. Once this occurs I do see us back at the top among the elite and perhaps once again deserving of the title, "The Greatest Show on Turf!" If it happens this year I will be very pleased.

    Go Rams!!!

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    That's a great blueprint but has Jackson finished a game he's started yet? The guy seems to have a world of potential but his lack of durability with the Rams so far is a question mark to say the least.

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    Well, at least he won't be playing on concrete this year. :O


    Seriously though, he was a durable back in college, so I'm hoping that last year was an anomaly.

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    The new surface should definitely be a godsend for the players but I wonder if that will take away the huge home field advantage the Rams have enjoyed the last few years? The raw speed the Rams have at home seems to diminish quite a bit on the road. Isn't the discrepency between home and road record pretty drastic?

    The Rams had to make the switch but I wonder how much it will affect their won/loss record?

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    Quote Originally Posted by moklerman
    The new surface should definitely be a godsend for the players but I wonder if that will take away the huge home field advantage the Rams have enjoyed the last few years? The raw speed the Rams have at home seems to diminish quite a bit on the road. Isn't the discrepency between home and road record pretty drastic?

    The Rams had to make the switch but I wonder how much it will affect their won/loss record?
    No offense, Mok, but every time I hear this argument I can't help but think how absurd it is.

    If a Ram WR runs a 4.4, and the opposing CB runs a 4.5 on turf, and both have their time increased by 5% on grass (or field turf), then the Ram WR runs a 4.62, and the opposing CB runs a 4.725, on the slower surface. Either way, the Ram player is faster by approximately a 10th of a second.

    Now, if the Rams could devise a system in which their players run on turf, while the opposing players run on grass, that would be a BIG advantage!

    The reason the Rams have done better at home has nothing to do with the speed of the surfaces. It is more of a question of the home crowd (most teams have better records in front of home crowds) and the dome effect (i.e. the lack of wind).
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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    One thing that really gets me excited aobut having Steven Jackson starting is that Marshall Faulk should be fresh all season long. He can still be a major threat in the passing game. Can you imagine what the defense would be thinking when the Rams line up with Faulk and Jackson in the backfield and Bruce, Holt, Curtis, and Jackson split out wide.

    That leads me to my second point. We saw at the end of the year what Kevin Curtis was capable of. With the mix of speed and the ability to get separation, as well as great hands, the combo of Holt, Bruce and Curtis could be deadlier than the GSOT.

    What has me the most excited about this season is the defense. On the line Leonard Little doesn't have charges hanging over his head and he's learned this past year how to deal with the double teams. I know some don't agree with me but Ryan Pickett is a very solid run-stuffing DT. Jimmy Kennedy has also proven that he's still improving and will get even better this season (basically his sophomore season when we all know it's a widely held observation that DT's break out in their 3rd year). The effectiveness of the defense could lie in the hands of Anthony Hargrove. If he proves to be the player that many have hopes he can be, this will greatly help the run-D as well as help our defensive backs in the passing game. I'd still like to add another veteran pass rusher here.

    The linebackers we have this year is perhaps the best we've had since 1999. Pisa could be a Pro Bowler with his talent. Dexter Coakley is a tackling machine. He's aged but has never missed a game in his career. After a Pro-Bowl year in 2003, he split time with Bradie James last year as Bill Parcells slowly began his transition to the 3-4 they're using this year in Dallas. Still, Coakley is a special teams monster and is great in coverage, meaning he'll actually be able to cover the tight end, something Tommy Polley had trouble doing. Claiborne's racked up 100+ tackles playing on the strong-side in the years he's been healthy. Moving him in the middle, his natural position will do wonders for his game and the Rams D.

    The secondary is deep this year and we've got two great young corners with great speed. Butler's play last year reminded me a lot of Dre Bly with his combination of speed and ball skills. Travis Fisher is a great coverage CB and an excellent tackler, but was battling injuries last year. This is where I wouldn't mind taking a look at Ty Law. Law and Fisher would start while Butler drops to the Dre Bly role of Nickelback.

    The main reason why our secondary looked troubling at time was because of the revolving door at safety last year. Archuleta was playing hurt and Aeneas wasn't the same player. Rich Coady, Justin Lucas, and Kwame Lassiter all looked horrible more times than not. Antuan Edwards brought a little stability at the end of last year but still got burned at times. With a healthy Archuleta and the emergence of one of the lot of youbng safeties we've acquired this year, the safety combo will be much improved. I'd still love to go get a proven veteran while we groom Atogwe.

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    No offense, Mok, but every time I hear this argument I can't help but think how absurd it is.

    If a Ram WR runs a 4.4, and the opposing CB runs a 4.5 on turf, and both have their time increased by 5% on grass (or field turf), then the Ram WR runs a 4.62, and the opposing CB runs a 4.725, on the slower surface. Either way, the Ram player is faster by approximately a 10th of a second.

    Now, if the Rams could devise a system in which their players run on turf, while the opposing players run on grass, that would be a BIG advantage!

    The reason the Rams have done better at home has nothing to do with the speed of the surfaces. It is more of a question of the home crowd (most teams have better records in front of home crowds) and the dome effect (i.e. the lack of wind).
    What you said. :up:

    The turf may help the Rams in that their cuts can be more precise, but other than that, I've always had the same reaction to that observation, especially coming from the supposed "sports analysts".
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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    Quote Originally Posted by VegasRam
    The turf may help the Rams in that their cuts can be more precise
    As can the oppositions' cuts. :football:
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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    Cut shmut.The Rams burn everybody on any turf.Show me a game when they didnt without going back to the 90s with Tony Banks..............GSOFT:football:
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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    I'm still saying 13-3, maybe even 14-2. I think this year, we will have our mojo workin'. Can I get an Amen?

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    I understand that the turf/cement is there for both teams but I've also heard that most guys coming into St. Louis to play against the Rams are in awe of how fast the Rams are at home.

    I've never been to a game in St. Louis so I can't appreciate the home field dominance. Advantage I could understand, but the Rams are a different team at home. It must just be the crowd because they are 5-5 at opponents domes since 2000 (including playoffs). At home they are 32-11 (.744 vs. .500 win pct.). So, playing inside isn't the issue for the Rams and the remaining options are the crowd or the cement.

    I don't know what to think if the Rams are that affected by the crowd.

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    I'm still saying 13-3, maybe even 14-2. I think this year, we will have our mojo workin'. Can I get an Amen?
    I'd take that, but I think 11 or 12 wins is more likely.

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFamily
    I'm still saying 13-3, maybe even 14-2. I think this year, we will have our mojo workin'. Can I get an Amen?
    Amen. Amen. :up:

    Avenger, no, all this is certainly NOT 'Homeristic (?) optimism' but rather a 'Homeric view' of epic achievements and heroism ... to be ... hopefully, by the end of SB XL. And if it would be blatant, the merrier!

    Moklerman, [off topic] please remind me who the first four QBs on your sig's bottom row are. The fifth one is Milt Plum, yes? Really like your signature.

    ...The combo of Holt, Bruce and Curtis, as Zig mentioned, could be more productive than impressive and that's a lot of points! Once again, we boast of a formidable receiver corps, Looker and McDonald included.

    Zig, you're right, the defense seems to be setting up a huge comeback for '05. Coach Marmie, just do it!

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    Re: The Rams will win it all this year... here's how.

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