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    St. Louis Rams' Corey Chavous deals with loss of starting job

    By Bill Coats
    Thursday, Dec. 11 2008
    Rams coach Jim Haslett never had a chance to deliver the bad news to veteran
    safety Corey Chavous. "Before I even got it out of my mouth, he told me what I
    was going to tell him," Haslett said.

    The news was that after starting the last 108 games in which he'd played
    dating to the start of the 2001 season Chavous was being taken out of the
    lineup. Todd Johnson will start in his place Sunday, when the Seattle Seahawks
    visit the Edward Jones Dome.

    Chavous, 32, remains strong against the run but has lost some speed over his 11
    NFL seasons, affecting his cover ability. Neither Chavous nor Johnson spoke
    with reporters Wednesday. But Haslett said that after registering five tackles
    and a quarterback pressure in part-time duty Sunday at Arizona, Johnson
    deserves to start.

    "Todd's a really smart guy, and he'll be effective in his own way," Haslett
    said. "He's not going to be flashy; he's not a flashy type of guy. He's just
    the kind of guy who goes out there and gets the job done."

    The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Johnson is in his sixth NFL season. He started 18 games
    over three seasons with the Chicago Bears before the Rams signed him as a free
    agent in March 2007. He was in the lineup last year at Baltimore, when Chavous
    was out with a chest injury, and helped the Rams limit the Ravens to 77 rushing

    Haslett, who had been working Johnson into the defense in recent weeks,
    acknowledged that benching Chavous, a team captain and influential leader among
    his teammates, was a difficult task.

    "He's well-respected in the locker room, and he's well-respected by the
    coaches," Haslett said. "I love the guy. He understood, and he said, 'I'm here
    to do whatever you want. I'll play (special) teams; that's how I made my living
    early in my career.'

    "And if something happens, he'll be ready to step in and play, and we won't
    miss a beat."

    A LEG UP

    Filling in for injured kicker Josh Brown during special-teams drills Wednesday,
    wideout Dane Looker connected on four of five field-goal tries, including one
    from 50 yards. "I just try to do a little bit of everything," said Looker, who
    also has returned punts and held for kickers.

    Looker cultivated his kicking skills at Puyallup (Wash.) High. "We were so good
    that we didn't kick many long field goals," he said. "But I think I made one
    that was in the long 40s."


    Tickets remain for Sunday's game, with the league-mandated deadline looming for
    local television. If the game is not sold out by noon today, it won't be aired

    It would be just the fifth blackout since the team moved from Los Angeles in
    1995. After selling out their first 100 games here regular-season and
    playoffs the Rams failed to fill the dome for the Dec. 24, 2006, contest
    against the Washington Redskins.

    Three games were blacked out last year. None of the previous six home games
    this year failed to sell out.


    Newly signed cornerback Quincy Butler's route to the Rams included four stops,
    three teams and two leagues. Here's the itinerary:

    Butler signed with Dallas as an undrafted rookie in 2006 and spent two years on
    the Cowboys' practice squad. This year, he was with the Calgary Stampeders of
    the Canadian Football League, New Orleans' practice squad, and the Cowboys'
    active roster before being released.

    "It happens," Butler said, shrugging. "You've just got to learn to grow with it
    and hopefully become a better player and embrace the role you have on a team."

    His initial role with the Rams is to replace fellow cornerback Tye Hill on the
    53-man roster. Hill was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, nearly 2 months
    after suffering torn knee cartilage.


    Josh Brown (groin), cornerback Fakhir Brown (ankle), guard Richie Incognito
    (ankle) and special-teams stalwart Gary Stills (knee) sat out practice
    Wednesday but are expected to suit up Sunday. ... Veteran wide receiver Torry
    Holt was given the day off.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Corey Chavous deals with loss of starting job

    When a team is 2-11 especially the way we have gotten to 2-11. Every starter has to be concerned about his job and not be surprised if or when the bad news comes.

    Chavous is handling it well but I really think his better days have passed him by.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Corey Chavous deals with loss of starting job

    I have two questions:

    1.) What took so long for them to make the move?

    2.) What took so long for them to make the move?

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Corey Chavous deals with loss of starting job

    Quote Originally Posted by moloch41 View Post
    I have two questions:

    1.) What took so long for them to make the move?

    2.) What took so long for them to make the move?
    1.) It's the Rams.

    2.) It's the Rams.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Corey Chavous deals with loss of starting job

    Well, Chavous has had his good days. But, he's on the decline and I'm sure he's aware of it. I really hope that Johnson steps in and does a superb job.

    I'm iffy about Cogs starting again. Put in Greco. Give him the time to play.

    Holt had the day off? uh oh.

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