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    Tardiness costs Barron his streak

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Dec. 08 2008
    GLENDALE, Ariz. — After his 47-game streak of consecutive starts came to an end
    Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, Rams offensive lineman Alex Barron
    claimed he wasn't aware of the nearly 3-year-long string.

    "Forty-seven? I didn't know that," said Barron, the team's first-round draft
    pick (No. 19 overall) in 2005.

    Adam Goldberg was at right tackle and Barron was on the bench when the Rams'
    offense took the field for their first series in a 34-10 loss to the Arizona
    Cardinals. Goldberg played nearly the entire first half and most of the third
    quarter before Barron was sent in.

    Barron was penalized by coach Jim Haslett for arriving 15 minutes late for a
    midmorning team meeting Friday at Rams Park. Asked after Sunday's outing why he
    was tardy, Barron replied, "Why? I was late. I was late. Didn't follow the
    rules. Goldberg stepped in and did a great job."

    Barron was equally evasive on whether he felt he owed his teammates an apology.
    "I've talked with the coaches. Everything's cool," he said.

    When asked whether he and Haslett were OK now, Barron said, "What do you mean
    OK? We had a conversation when I was late, and that was it."

    Said Haslett, "Hopefully he won't be late anymore."

    In Goldberg, the Rams had an experienced surrogate for Barron. Goldberg, 6 feet
    7 and 318 pounds, has played every position on the offensive line, and he even
    has taken some snaps at tight end, during his six NFL seasons.

    "Those kinds of guys are invaluable," quarterback Marc Bulger said. "I've been
    here before when we didn't have a guy like that, and it really shows. For him
    to come in and play like that with two days notice, that's pretty good."

    Goldberg had just Friday's practice at right tackle — he'd started two games at
    left guard and two at left tackle this year — before manning the spot Sunday.

    "It's your job to be ready to go at any time," he said. "I felt comfortable out
    there. I've been playing all on the left side this year, but I've played a lot
    on the right side in my career. I fell back into the habit."

    Although the Rams' run blocking wasn't particularly stellar, the pass
    protection was sound. Bulger was sacked just once.

    "You try to take positives away from tough losses like this," Goldberg said. "A
    division loss that clinches it for the now-division champs, it's hard to look
    at things positively. But if you can dissect parts of the game that we did well
    ... teams that turn it around build on those things."

    The Rams certainly have some turning around to do after falling to 2-11 on the
    heels of last season's 3-13 debacle.

    "Being here and experiencing the turnaround that the Cardinals have done, it's
    really tough. But at the same time it's motivation," running back Steven
    Jackson said. "I made sure I took it all in. I saw how their team was reacting
    and I saw how the fans were reacting.

    "I'm really hoping and praying that we get this thing turned around."


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    Re: Tardiness costs Barron his streak

    Alex needs to stay focus and show a little more dedication. The Offensive Line is the foundation of this team. It's pleasing to see that the frontline is showing improvement that gives a glimmer of hope for the future of our offensive attack.
    Ritchie Incognito has zipped it up and just played football!
    A healthy Orlando Pace is always great. I will bet that his return, along with his leadership is the reason for the improved blocking upfront for the Rams.
    Has everyone noticed the lack of penalties called on our Offense?
    The Quarterback & Line are on the same page!
    Message to Mr. Alex Barron: Late for meetings = False starts
    Take pride in your team, take pride of your positon, take pride in yourself!
    YOU SIR, HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF THE GREATS! ASK JACKIE SLATER!

    P.S. - I think the team deserves an apology!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Re: Tardiness costs Barron his streak

    Huh. Usually Alex is early, not late. Go figure.

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    Re: Tardiness costs Barron his streak

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Huh. Usually Alex is early, not late. Go figure.
    You been speaking to his girlfriend again?

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    Re: Tardiness costs Barron his streak

    Was his tardiness the real reason for benching him or just an excuse to defuse yet another controversy while trying to both light a fire under him and give Goldberg an extended look?

    And why not Greco? I thought the myth about his arm length had been debunked in pre-season. He was a pretty good OT in college,no?

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    Re: Tardiness costs Barron his streak

    Quote Originally Posted by DistantRam View Post
    You been speaking to his girlfriend again?
    Flag down! Unnecessary innuendo! 15 yard penalty!

    (I was, of course, referring to his false starts )

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    Re: Tardiness costs Barron his streak

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    And why not Greco? I thought the myth about his arm length had been debunked in pre-season. He was a pretty good OT in college,no?
    Even though Greco was an OT in college he has been practicing and playing almost exclusively at guard since he got here. From what I've been able to gather his arm length is not the issue, but rather his skill set is better utilized at the guard position.

    I just wish the Rams had realized this BEFORE drafting this kid because I believe that Mr. Barron needs someone (anyone!!) to push him to improve or to push him the **** outta here. I'm sure Greco will become a decent player someday but the Rams needs are clearly at the Tackle position and he's not going to help there.

    WHAT SAY YE?

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