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    A. Williams' injury was well-kept secret

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Monday, Nov. 15 2004

    If President George W. Bush is looking for new Cabinet members who can keep a
    secret, perhaps he should consider Aeneas Williams. The Rams' free safety was
    injured some three months ago in training camp, but ... who knew?

    Not even Rich Coady, who was told at Saturday's walk-through that he'd be
    starting in Williams' place the next day against Seattle. Coady, who needed an
    IV before kickoff because of a bout with the flu, said, "It really didn't
    change anything that I did, except that I played more snaps on defense."

    Williams, 36, was injured in the Rams' scrimmage with the Chicago Bears on Aug.
    7 in Macomb, Ill. The "stinger" has affected his neck and shoulder, and is
    especially bothersome when he takes on ballcarriers. With Seattle expected to
    lean on Shaun Alexander, the NFL's No. 2 rusher, coach Mike Martz decided that
    it would be a good time to give Williams "a bit of a break."

    Williams described his malady as "a significant injury. I'm the type I won't
    say anything, I'll keep going. But we needed to get somebody in there that can
    play, if they're going to be a big running game. ... Coach thought Rich would
    do a good job, and he did."

    Williams had been in the lineup for 210 of 212 games in his 14-year NFL career,
    and he started again Sunday - but only because the Seahawks opened with three
    wide receivers, and Williams hustled out as an extra defensive back. He was in
    for about 30 snaps, mainly as the nickel back, and he made a crucial play in
    the 23-12 victory at the Edward Jones Dome.

    With the Rams leading 20-12 in the fourth quarter, Williams tracked down
    Alexander from behind after a 35-yard run and punched the ball free. Coady
    pounced on it at the Rams' 9-yard line.

    "You can see that we need him on the field. He makes plays," Coady said.
    "Whether he plays one play in a game or he plays 70, he's a special player, and
    he makes plays to help us win the game."

    Tinoisamoa is promoted

    The play of linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa has prompted Martz to make a departure
    from how he normally deploys his captains.

    Williams and running back Marshall Faulk are captains "in perpetuity," with
    quarterback Marc Bulger (offense), end Tyoka Jackson (defense) and kicker Jeff
    Wilkins (special teams) designated as captains for the season. Then a sixth
    captain has been added each game, based on the previous week's performance.

    But not anymore. Martz has tagged Tinoisamoa as the sixth captain for the rest
    of the season. Tinoisamoa, a second-round draft pick, last year became the
    first rookie in franchise history to lead the team in tackles (121). And with
    86 this year, he tops the list again.

    Live drills continue

    Any Rams players who thought the live-tackling drills at last Wednesday's
    practice were a one-week trial apparently are mistaken. Martz indicated Monday
    that the routine wouldn't change - for now, anyway.

    "We're going to continue doing what we've done until we get it up to the point
    where we're happy with that and get some of these problems solved," he said.
    "You forget, because you get so involved with just the football part of it,
    that it's first and foremost a game of attitude, before it is anything else."


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    Re: A. Williams' injury was well-kept secret

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith
    Live drills continue

    Any Rams players who thought the live-tackling drills at last Wednesday's
    practice were a one-week trial apparently are mistaken. Martz indicated Monday
    that the routine wouldn't change - for now, anyway.

    "We're going to continue doing what we've done until we get it up to the point
    where we're happy with that and get some of these problems solved," he said.
    "You forget, because you get so involved with just the football part of it,
    that it's first and foremost a game of attitude, before it is anything else."
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    Re: A. Williams' injury was well-kept secret

    It's football, this shouldn't be anything new to these guys.
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    Re: A. Williams' injury was well-kept secret

    I guess that's why we're seeing Coady so much. The truth is finally out there.

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    Re: A. Williams' injury was well-kept secret

    Guys like Aeneas don't just fade away in one season. I kinda figured that there was something wrong with him.

    Live tackling drills.. yup, sounds like a good plan to me. Fix some problems, push the attitude. :ramlogo:

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