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    St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeover

    St. Louis Rams' trade for wide receiver much-needed step in team's extreme makeover
    By Jeff Gordon
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ONLINE SPORTS COLUMNIST
    10/21/2009

    Maybe rookie receiver Brandon Gibson will help the Rams win some games this season, maybe he won’t.

    But he is exactly the sort of player this organization needs to add at as many positions as possible as its extreme makeover continues.

    Gibson and a fifth-round pick came to the Rams from the Philadelphia Eagles right before the NFL trade deadline, in exchange for linebacker Will Witherspoon.

    Fans hate to see classy veterans like Witherspoon leave town. But when an NFL team craters as the Rams have – losing 33 of 38 games and counting – extensive change is needed.

    A mere renovation of this roster won’t cut it. Owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez realized that after last season’s disastrous 2-14 finish.

    The extensive change began after last season with the front office overhaul, the hiring of coach Steve Spagnuolo and the removal of franchise cornerstones like Torry Holt and Orlando Pace.

    That process continued this summer with the exit of players like Tye Hill, Joe Klopfenstein and Chris Draft. The departure of Witherspoon was just another step in the rebuilding program.

    This wasn’t an easy decision to make. The Rams’ defensive front seven developed nicely this season, becoming the strength of the team.

    Witherspoon moved to weakside linebacker this season, a position he seemed well-suited for. This shift allowed James Laurinaitis to settle in at middle linebacker.

    For an otherwise inexperienced linebacker corps (Laurinaitis, David Vobora, Chris Chamberlain, Larry Grant), he provided valuable leadership. But the midseason addition of veteran linebacker Paris Lenon changed the dynamics.

    The injury-riddled Eagles desperately needed a middle linebacker. The injury-riddled Rams desperately needed help at wide receiver.

    So Rams GM Billy Devaney made the move.

    Gibson fits the profile of what the Rams need right now. He played well for the Eagles during the preseason and turned heads in practice. But Philly has lots of receivers, even with ex-Ram Kevin Curtis injured, so Gibson got stuck on the lower rungs of the depth chart.

    "I feel like I learned a lot in my time in Philly," Gibson told the Burlington County Times. "Just spending time with DeSean (Jackson) and Donovan (McNabb) and everybody. I think I got a lot better. I had a great time and learned a lot, and now it's time to go to St. Louis and put it to use."

    Even with Donnie Avery recovering nicely from his bruised hip, the Rams are woefully thin at receiver. Newcomer Danny Amendola has helped immensely as a kick return and slot receiver, but this team still must develop more weapons in the passing game.

    Losing younger receiver Laurent Robinson and rookie Brooks Foster to season-ending injuries hurt the Rams. Newcomer Ruvell Martin got hurt, too, forcing the team to bring back Tim Carter – a journeyman who failed to make this team during the preseason.

    Gibson was productive at Washington State, where he owns the school record for receiving yards. His draft stock plunged when he popped a hamstring muscle at the Senior Bowl, preventing him from running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    Just making the Eagles roster was an achievement, given the team’s depth at that position. His experience in that offensive system will make his transition to the Rams easier, since former Philly aide Pat Shurmur runs a similar offense here.

    In the near term, the Rams need another receiver capable of occupying the opposing secondary. The Rams must improve their passing attack, stretch defenses with more downfield strikes and open up room for running back Steven Jackson.

    For the long haul, the Rams need to accumulate as much young talent as possible at every position. Roster spot by roster spot, Devaney must overhaul the depth chart to get younger, hungrier and more talented.

    Expect more changes through this season. Expect steady change during the offseason, when the Rams will jettison additional veterans and add younger talent through all means possible. The fifth-round pick gained in this deal in just one more chip Devaney can spend.

    This Rams regime doesn’t plan on spending several years on this rebuilding process. With the franchise for sale, it doesn’t have that sort of time.

    This front office and this coaching staff must make progress every day. The Gibson deal, however minor, helps the organization do just that.


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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    This is old.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by ImOnFire15 View Post
    This is old.
    What, a few hours old? Today is the 21st, right?

    By the way, welcome to ClanRam.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by ImOnFire15 View Post
    This is old.
    An old article posted by an old poster.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    An old article posted by an old poster.
    Well, I guess that's now true today.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    But he is exactly the sort of player this organization needs to add at as many positions as possible as its extreme makeover continues.
    How so?

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Gibson fits the profile of what the Rams need right now.
    And what profile is that?


    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Just making the Eagles roster was an achievement, given the team’s depth at that position.
    So guys who just barely make other teams' rosters are exactly what our team needs right now? This article makes a lot of assertions, but Gordon doesn't really back up any of them. Is Gibson supposed to be a good addition because he has a good work ethic? Because he's considered a big receiver? Because he has great hands?

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Well, I guess that's now true today.

    Would that be because you are now the Big Five Oh!?

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    hey guys! i was very upset about this trade at first, but now i am warming up to it a little bit. i have heard good things about gibson so far. the only problem i will have is if they let him go after just one season.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    I wonder how fast he gets onto the field, he seems to have the kind of character Devaney & Co. are looking for. Let's hope he's a steal. Lots of Eagles fans were really impressed with this kid, so that's really refreshing. Best of luck to you Gibson!


    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    How so?
    The Rams were down to two wideouts at one point on Sunday, and are throwing to a bum they picked off the street on critical 3rd Down plays. This sounds like a needed upgrade already.


    And what profile is that?
    He draws breath and is uninjured. That profile.

    So guys who just barely make other teams' rosters are exactly what our team needs right now? This article makes a lot of assertions, but Gordon doesn't really back up any of them. Is Gibson supposed to be a good addition because he has a good work ethic? Because he's considered a big receiver? Because he has great hands?
    Do you want to keep throwing to the bum we picked up off the street on 3rd and Long? Because that's the alternative. A contender actually thought he was decent enough to make their roster. That automatically makes him an upgrade over the current situation.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable View Post
    Would that be because you are now the Big Five Oh!?
    Well, I've been the big five oh for many months now, so no, it's actually because the article is now yesterday's news.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    The Rams were down to two wideouts at one point on Sunday, and are throwing to a bum they picked off the street on critical 3rd Down plays. This sounds like a needed upgrade already.



    He draws breath and is uninjured. That profile.



    Do you want to keep throwing to the bum we picked up off the street on 3rd and Long? Because that's the alternative. A contender actually thought he was decent enough to make their roster. That automatically makes him an upgrade over the current situation.
    How much difference is there between throwing to the bum we picked up off the street and the guy they picked up from the sixth round of last year's draft? Tim Carter was with us during training camp and has six years of NFL experience, so yeah I think I would feel a little more comfortable throwing to him on third and long than a rookie whose biggest claim to fame is that he "played well for the Eagles during the preseason and turned heads in practice".

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    How much difference is there between throwing to the bum we picked up off the street and the guy they picked up from the sixth round of last year's draft? Tim Carter was with us during training camp and has six years of NFL experience, so yeah I think I would feel a little more comfortable throwing to him on third and long than a rookie whose biggest claim to fame is that he "played well for the Eagles during the preseason and turned heads in practice".
    We didn't decide to cut Gibson when things were looking slightly better than they are now. We did with Carter. Not exactly a vote of confidence n'est-ce pas

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    We didn't decide to cut Gibson when things were looking slightly better than they are now. We did with Carter. Not exactly a vote of confidence n'est-ce pas
    We didn't have Gibson when things were looking slightly better than they are now. My point is just that we traded a starting linebacker for a guy who is a fifth receiver even on our team. This makes sense if it is a salary dump, but if people are going to praise the brilliance of acquiring Gibson, it would be nice if they'd give some rationale beyond the position he plays.

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    A very unproven WR and a 5th rounder for what might have been part of the reason our D is actually not bad. Trade stinks to me . but if you think this kid will help .......ok. Seems we got screwed again. I'll trade you an X-BOX for the 4 gum balls you have..................the X-Box actually works.

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