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    Setterstrom has moved quickly from practice squad to starter

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    August 22, 2007

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- From the practice squad to the starting lineup, Mark Setterstrom has moved quickly to establish himself with the St. Louis Rams.

    A seventh-round draft pick (242nd overall) out of Minnesota in 2006, Setterstrom was inactive for the first nine games last season. He made his NFL debut Nov. 19 against Carolina at right guard, and started the season's final three games. He will start on the left side when the Rams open the season Sept. 9 at home against Carolina.

    "That first year was an adjustment period," Setterstrom said Wednesday after practice. "I've taken the coaching that I was given and the points from the older guys and my confidence to get here. Using all that, I feel a lot better this year."

    The Rams travel to Oakland on Friday for their third preseason game. Both teams are 1-1.

    Coach Scott Linehan revealed Wednesday that Setterstrom also will play some center against the Raiders.

    "From where he was, inactive, to playing the last three games as a starter, we are at the point now where we have confidence to work him a little bit at center," Linehan said. "In this game, we're going to play him a series or two at center so we have an emergency plan in case something happens during the year."

    The move surprised Setterstrom, who has never played center.

    "I don't know what's up," he said. "The motto around the NFL is the more you do, the better. Any way I can help the team and anything they think I can help the team with, I'm going to try."

    Linehan, impressed by Setterstrom's toughness and competitiveness, said he was surprised he has moved up so quickly.

    "I thought he was capable of being a heck of a player," Linehan said. "He was a great player in college. I always felt he was going to end up being a guy who was going to end up playing for us."

    The experience last season "takes the butterflies out of it for me," Setterstrom said. "I get excited for every game. Now, that I've played a few games, I've got to raise my level up even more."

    On the left side, Setterstrom lines up beside tackle Orlando Pace, a perennial Pro Bowl player.

    "Working with Orlando for a whole camp has really helped out a whole lot," Setterstrom said. "He's a Hall of Famer. It's great having that type of player out there helping me." ^NOTES: G-T Todd Steussie practiced Wednesday after missing the last two days with a minor neck injury. ... G Richie Incognito (high ankle sprain) did not practice and is doubtful for Oakland. S Jerome Carter (midfoot sprain) did not practice for the third day and is doubtful as well. ... Linehan said Brett Romberg will start at center but veteran Andy McCollum will see playing time, too, as they compete for the starting job.


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    Setterstrom at center??

    I have been reading a lot that Linehan is going to give some snaps to Setterstrom at center. What does this mean?? Is it possible McCollum could be cut? What about Romberg? I am not sure how to read into this. We also have Fry on the roster. I wouldn't count having all three there or even two now. That would leave us with Cogs, Setterstom, McCollum, Romberg, and Fry who could play the position. I am thinking there is a bigger picture here. Thoughts?

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    Unfortunately, and i really, really hate to say this, but my gut tells me that if romberg wins the starting job, we may cut andy mccollum. I just cant envision putting fry on the practice squad and exposing him and given the roster makeup, i am not sure that we can carry three centers, especially if one of them is 37 years old. I have been hoping all along that andy is going to win the job for exactly this reason. We also know that richie could play center if he had to.

    Intellectually, its probably the right move. Emotionally, it would be tough for me to swallow, the last link to the beloved donut brothers.

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    I agree GC. first Timmerman and maybe McCollum thats tough to take but his age could be the deciding factor in this.I don't think leaving Fry exposed as a practice player isn't a good move either.

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    The really good news out of this though ...would be how young and talented we are up front in the middle. Even though it would hurt to see him go...it also has a lot of promise.

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    It’s a snap for Setterstrom

    By Bill Coats
    08/22/2007 4:40 pm
    The focus at center during the preseason has been on the tight campaign between Andy McCollum and Brett Romberg for the starting job. This week, though, a new number showed up over the ball.

    It was the 66 belonging to Mark Setterstrom, the first-team left guard. No, Setterstrom isn’t moving positions – the Rams are thrilled with him right where he is.

    “We have enough confidence to work him a little at center, which we’ll try to do (Friday at Oakland) - maybe play him a series there,” coach Scott Linehan said. The intent, Linehan explained, is “just to have an emergency plan or someone to backup if something happened during the year.”

    Setterstrom, who said he never had played center, is eager to enhance his versatility. “It’s been kind of exciting to take that on. It’s another thing you can put in your resume,” he said. “Anything they think I can help the team with, I’m going to try.”

    The transition has been relatively smooth, he added. “There are some technique things that I’ll have to work through,” he said. “But as far as the (offensive) calls, I’m pretty aware of what they are.”

    Setterstrom, a seventh-round draft pick last year out of Minnesota, advanced rapidly during his rookie season. He was among the game-day inactives for the first nine weeks, suited up for the first time Nov. 19 at Carolina, then wound up starting the last six contests.
    “I thought he was capable of being a heck of a player,” Linehan said. “I watched him play a lot of his college career, and he was a great player. It’s just hard to say with young players as to when, but I always felt he was going to be a guy that ended up playing for us.”

    ***

    As for the McCollum-Romberg duel, nothing has been decided yet. “It’s a good problem to have, though, because they’re both playing well,” Linehan said.

    Each has started one preseason game, and Romberg will be in the opening lineup vs. the Raiders. “But Andy is going to play like Romberg did when he didn’t start and will probably play more this week,” Linehan said.

    ***

    Crowd noise rarely is pumped in during preparation for a preseason game. But with a visit to Oakland’s “Black Hole” looming, Linehan was taking no chances and turned up the volume during Wednesday’s indoor practice.

    “It helps making sure you have worked it,” he said. “Preseason games, you’re not as concerned about it. But if we don’t do it now, we probably won’t work it until we play our third regular-season game.”

    ***

    More notes from Wednesday’s practice:

    >>RG Richie Incognito still is nursing a sprained ankle and probably won’t play Friday. Claude Terrell and Milford Brown will fill in.

    >>Jeff Wilkins will kick Friday for the first time in the preseason schedule.

    >>The team will attend the funeral of Kathy Garrett, the wife of special-teams coach Judd Garrett, this morning before leaving for the West Coast. Mrs. Garrett, 38, died Monday.

    >>Pass-rush specialist Claude Wroten has been subbing for rookie Adam Carriker at DT in passing situations.

    All for now…

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    I'm curious why Incognito wouldn't be the emergency back-up plan, considering how much time he spent at center last season.
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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    actually nick, if we cut andy, i think richie is the backup plan. Setterstrom would be the emergency. It tells me that fry, while a prospect, is not a guy linehan would have confidence in at least early in the season.

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    No doubt Incognito -- not Setterstrom -- would be the 1st choice to put in at C if it came to an emergency. In other words,

    1. Romberg
    2. or 3. McCollum (or Fry?)
    3. or 2. Cog.


    It seems to me that for Mark, an OL that has never played center, it would be mighty tough to be called upon to move in there, playing in the NFL during regular season!?! I mean, even Doug Smith and Jimmy Everett messed up a snap on the whiners' door step, just when we were about to score! These were two Pro Bowl starters that knew each other well; think of the hundreds of snaps they took together during practice and then under the strain of real battle. ...How many snaps will Bulger and Setterstrom have taken?


    All this, however, to me, gives me hope that we could live securely with TWO full time centers rather than three: Romberg, likely, and ??? I agree, this Setterstrom news flash may be the writing on the wall for McCollum (much to my chagrin and sadness, as Wraith, GC, and others feel), and perhaps Fry could be yet another Ram rookie making the team? He certainly seems to have what it takes to make it as an OL in the NFL ... tough, dedicated, aggressive. Ritchie's twin brother, as Andy and Adam were to each other.

    I wonder what wheels are spinning in Justin Fry's mind as of now. Is this his opportunity... Let the center crash course begin for Fry!

    :bash: Get that rookie center in there with Frerotte and Fitz and run repetitions until the ball wears down to a balloon!
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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    Good decision to rest Richie. I want to see the battle for the final guard spot between Terrell and Brown. Setterstrom taking snaps at center looks to me like further indication that we dont want to carry three centers and that fry may be headed to the practice squad. I wonder if we would actually cut McCollum and keep Fry. Seems unlikely, but not impossible.

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    Exactly. I just read this after posting above (#9). :r
    Found it in the 'Wilkins Ready to Work' thread. Color format mine.
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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

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    It could also mean they are planning on letting Dustin Fry go.

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Soprano View Post
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    It could also mean they are planning on letting Dustin Fry go.
    Yes, that's right and therein lies the dilemma:
    Romberg / McCollum ... or Romberg / Fry ... or Fry / McCollum?

    In any case, I'd be happy keeping TWO centers as such from these three names. Sad if we lose Andy but convinced that a duo here is better than a trio.

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    i think they gonna keep Dustin Fry and work him out as Guard,ive thought that since they Drafted him to be honest...in certain situations say goal line drives get Fry and Cogs together and bulldoze a hole for SJ to run into...Maybe someday Fry will be the starting C but methinks it wont be till 2 or 3 years time atleast...they Working Setterstrom into a few snaps to give him experience at the position so setterstrom can be 3rd choice C and starting LG whilst Fry will be 3rd/4th/5th Guard and 3rd/4th C....does look like Andy may be the odd one out,lookling at it that way!

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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    actually nick, if we cut andy, i think richie is the backup plan.
    That doesn't seem to be what Linehan is saying, though. If Richie is the back-up plan, then that makes Setterstrom fourth on the center depth chart. At that point, working him out there seems over-cautious to me.

    Maybe Linehan isn't entirely confident in Fry yet, but then how can he be confident in Setterstrom, who hasn't played a down at center before?

    Just seems strange to me.
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    Re: Setterstrom at center??

    i think it allows them to cut mccollom and have fry as a game day inactive. thus, romberg is the center, richie is the backup and setterstrom is the emergency plan. i agree, its far fetched, or at least lets hope so.

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