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    Sando: On The Rams' Outlook Along Offensive Line

    On the Rams' outlook along offensive line

    By Mike Sando
    November 10, 2011

    The St. Louis Rams head into the second half of their schedule with Tony Wragge at center and Adam Goldberg at right tackle.

    The team did not plan for journeyman backups to emerge as starters, but the switch to Wragge from Jason Brown was voluntary. The switch to Goldberg from Jason Smith was related to injury, but after two-plus games with Goldberg, are the Rams worse off? Tough to say.

    Offensive line was one area where the Rams invested heavily through the draft and free agency. They have relatively little to show for their investments, a concern as the team tries to build around quarterback Sam Bradford.

    Heading into Week 10, however, the picture looks like this: •Left tackle Rodger Saffold is struggling with consistency. He's had lingering back problems and suffered a lower-leg injury at Green Bay. Whether those injuries are affecting his play, Saffold hasn't taken the next step after a promising rookie season.

    •Left guard Jacob Bell was released before the season and brought back on a reduced contract, an indication the team no longer valued him as it once did. Bell has played pretty well, however.

    •Brown, the starter at center since signing a big free-agent contract in 2009, does not play with the surly demeanor the Rams have been seeking along their line. He hasn't played consistently well this season. The change from Brown to Wragge suggests Brown will not be back next season under his current deal, and probably not at all.

    •Harvey Dahl remains the starter at right guard. The team signed him because it wanted a bigger, stronger guard with toughness and attitude. Dahl better fits the McDaniels mold for guards. He seems to be functioning as anticipated.

    •Goldberg is starting at right tackle while Smith recovers from head/neck injuries suffered at Dallas. The team signed Dahl to replace Goldberg at right guard. Goldberg isn't a power player and doesn't project as a long-term starter. He's a versatile backup, though.

    The Rams thought they had overcome a 2005 draft that brought them Alex Barron, Richie Incognito and Claude Terrell. At best, however, they are set for next season at left tackle and right guard, unless Smith returns and improbably justifies his first-round salary.


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    Re: Sando: On The Rams' Outlook Along Offensive Line

    How do you not play the O-line with a surly attitude? Brown needs to join a knitting league!

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    Re: Sando: On The Rams' Outlook Along Offensive Line

    I think it is VERY frustrating to invest this heavy in the line and not get the production or reap the rewards.

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    Re: Sando: On The Rams' Outlook Along Offensive Line

    Funny - with our former starters up front, we all heard how Bulger was failing the team. Now we have Bradford, a proven (in college, at least) QB, and our O line is finally being blamed for failing the team.

    Could it be that the problem all along was the O line and not Bulger?

    No. It was both.

    I defended Bulger and laid all the blame on the former O line. Now that Sam is our QB, I see big differences between the way Bulger played and the way Sam plays under the center. BUT....and this is the big question....was Bulger's declining play the result of a bad offensive line (due to injuries and becoming "gun shy") or was it because his skills deteriorated due to age and bad coaching?

    If the O line was the reason, I hope that the FO can fix it before Sam becomes a has-been that never was.
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    Re: Sando: On The Rams' Outlook Along Offensive Line

    If Billy Devaney is let go, the woes of the offensive line will be the main culprit. He invested heavily in this unit, and they've repaid his efforts with underachieving, lackluster play.

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    Re: Sando: On The Rams' Outlook Along Offensive Line

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    How do you not play the O-line with a surly attitude? Brown needs to join a knitting league!
    Hey!! It worked on the defensive line. Just ask Rosie Greer.

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    Re: Sando: On The Rams' Outlook Along Offensive Line

    This area of the team should have been DeSpags, forte. Their motto for the organisation was "building from the lines out" remember. You would have thought, they could have done a better job of finding starting caliber OL, in proportion to the money spent.? I know the Rams tried, but failed to trade down, the year they drafted Smith 2nd overall. Character again, being main reason he was drafted, plus potential.? He was a massive project in reality.? Looking back, it seems the Rams took a stupid risk drafting this guy, knowing the money being tied up there. Schoolboy error by the FO.!!
    I honestly hope the Rams have learned that a crappy O-Line like the Rams, can be bought for half the price?

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