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    Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Dec. 24 2008
    Concerned about the long list of injuries that plagued him during the 2006 and
    '07 seasons, Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa at one point wondered whether he
    should have an extensive physical exam to see if there was an underlying
    problem.

    Tinoisamoa, the team's second-round draft choice in 2003, didn't miss a game
    during his first three NFL seasons out of the University of Hawaii. He led the
    Rams in tackles each of those years, averaging 133.3.

    Then came the abrupt landslide of ailments broken hands, sprained ankles,
    banged-up knees, dislocated shoulders. Tinoisamoa appeared in 11 games in '06
    and then just nine last year. He finished both seasons on injured reserve.

    "I was kidding him last week," defensive coordinator Rick Venturi said. "I went
    up to him before the game and I said, 'You've really been playing well lately.
    But you know what? I've never seen you (play) in December.' And we had a laugh
    about it."

    It was no laughing matter, though, when Tinoisamoa was forced to the sideline
    those other seasons. "I was like, 'Man, this stinks,' " he said. "Even though
    we weren't winning, it was frustrating. I'd rather lose with the team than sit
    and watch and not be able to do anything."

    He dedicated his offseason to improving his well-being by eating better and
    working out harder. Already a bit undersized at 6 feet 1 and 240 pounds, he
    thought he'd add some bulk in the process.

    "The funny thing is that I ended up losing weight," said Tinoisamoa, who is now
    at 220 pounds. "So maybe it wasn't that I needed to put on more weight as much
    as I needed to get in shape. I'm a lot lighter and it's probably not ideal for
    a linebacker. But I'm comfortable, I'm healthy, and I think that's all that
    really matters."

    Apparently so. Tinoisamoa, 27, has started all 15 games and again tops the team
    in tackles, with 131, heading into Sunday's finale at Atlanta. He's also picked
    up a career-high three sacks, including two last Sunday vs. San Francisco.

    "If he stays healthy, he's a pretty good player," coach Jim Haslett said.

    "That's been the obstacle," Venturi added. "He just fought through it. He
    worked like hell to become a more compact player, and it's really paid off for
    him. He's got a great motor, and he fights to the death no matter what."

    More compact, Tinoisamoa explained, means that "I'm more controlled with my
    body, not flailing like last year, when I was trying to make one-armed tackles.
    I'm not the biggest guy out there, so everything I have, I've kind of got to
    bottle it up, or package it real tight, because when you hit, there's a lot
    more force to it."

    Regaining his health, as well as his production level, has been "very
    gratifying," Tinoisamoa said. "I felt like I raised the bar early on and then I
    kind of fell underneath it these past two years. So to get back to where the
    bar was already set and basically jump over it it's a great feeling."

    RAM-BLINGS

    Guard Jacob Bell (hamstring and illness), defensive tackle La'Roi Glover (knee)
    and tight end Daniel Fells (knee) sat out practice Tuesday. Cornerback Fakhir
    Brown (ankle) was limited. ... The Pittsburgh Steelers signed tackle Jason
    Capizzi off the Rams' practice squad. Capizzi was a free agent when he joined
    the Rams on Oct. 28 and never was on the active roster. ... The team will
    practice again today, then take Christmas Day off.


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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    I love hearing props given to Tinoisamoa. This guy has been unjustifiably maligned by many fans and I've never understood it. Hard worker, non-stop motor, produces on the field and doesn't embarass the team off it.

    I've never understood why an asset like him gets thrown under the bus.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    Me either, Hub.
    "the Heart Lies and the Head Plays Tricks with us, but the Eyes See True".

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    We get a big thumper at MLB what do we do with the OLB situation. Spoon and Pisa are both good WLB's what do we do

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    I am excited for next season. We will have a new middle line backer (who Devaney is getting for us) so that leaves Spoon and Tinoisamoa on the outside.

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    Geez, didn't realize Pisa was down to 220! He's like a strong safety lined up in the box ...

    He has been fantastic this year!

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    glad to see Pisa doing well and most of all staying healthy and on the field,good guy off the field also.

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    I've always liked Pisa but must admit that earlier this season I thought he was all used up. Glad to hear of his return to form. He's a warrior. Wish we had more like him.

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris58 View Post
    I've always liked Pisa but must admit that earlier this season I thought he was all used up. Glad to hear of his return to form. He's a warrior. Wish we had more like him.
    Yeah, but I'd like to see some more bulk also. Say, perhaps, in the 240 - 250# range.

    WHAT SAY YE?

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable View Post
    Yeah, but I'd like to see some more bulk also. Say, perhaps, in the 240 - 250# range.

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    Maybe not though. Seems his natural weight suits him better and leading the team in tackles is a mighty feat even if he is a bit on the slim side.

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    Re: Slimmer Tinoisamoa is back to old form

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris58 View Post
    Maybe not though. Seems his natural weight suits him better and leading the team in tackles is a mighty feat even if he is a bit on the slim side.
    In your first post you said "wish we had more like him." It was these others that I was referring to when it come to more bulk. Couldn't agree more that for Pisa to put on 20-30lbs would make him of little to no effect.

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