Results 1 to 7 of 7
Like Tree4Likes
  • 3 Post By AvengerRam
  • 1 Post By laram0

Thread: Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

  1. #1
    AvengerRam's Avatar
    AvengerRam is offline Moderator Emeritus
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Longwood, Florida, United States
    Age
    46
    Posts
    18,625
    Rep Power
    167

    Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

    The Rams FA moves suggest a desire on the part of the new Front Office to get younger, particularly at rotation/depth postions:

    Here is a list of the players signed by the Rams, along with the players they are essentially replacing:

    Cortland Finnegan, CB, 28 (replaces Ron Bartell, 30)
    Scott Wells, C, 31 (replaces Jason Brown, 29)
    Kendall Langford, DT, 26 (replaces Justin Bannan, 33)
    Trevor Laws, DT, 27 (replaces Gary Gibson, 31)
    William Hayes, DE, 27 (replaces C.J. Ah You, 30)
    Steve Smith, WR, 27 (replaces Danny Amendola, 26)*
    Matt Mulligan, TE, 26 (replaces Billy Bajema, 29)
    Jo-Lon Dunbar, LB, 26 (replaces Chris Chamberlain, 26)
    Quinn Ojinnaka, OT, 28 (replaces Adam Goldberg, 31)
    Robert Turner, OG, 27 (replaces Tony Wragge, 32)

    *Amendola is currently unsigned, but has received a tenderoffer and may return.

    The Rams are likely to get younger at other spots as well:

    #2 QB: A.J. Feeley will likely be replaced by a younger player.
    #2 RB: The Rams will likely draft a player to replace Cadillac Williams.
    #1 WR: The Rams will almost certainly draft a player to replace Brandon Lloyd.
    #2 WR: The Rams may draft a player to replace Brandon Gibson.
    OG: The Rams are likely to draft a player to replace Jacob Bell.
    DE: Robert Quinn (22) will replace James Hall (35)
    DT: The Rams are likely to draft a player to replace Fred Robbins.
    OLB: The Rams are likely to draft a player (or 2) to replace Brady Poppinga/Ben Leber.
    P: The Rams are likely to draft or sign as a UFA a punter to replace Donnie Jones.

    There will be veteran leadership on the team (SJax, Dahl, Wells, Long, Laurinaitis, Finnegan, Mikell) but the core will be young and hungry.

    I approve.
    Last edited by AvengerRam; -04-12-2012 at 12:44 PM.


  2. #2
    chiguy's Avatar
    chiguy is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Illinois
    Age
    42
    Posts
    1,158
    Rep Power
    23

    Re: Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

    Consider that we were older, slower, and weaker than everyone else, its hard not to approve.

  3. #3
    Rambos's Avatar
    Rambos is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Cali
    Age
    50
    Posts
    9,142
    Rep Power
    75

    Re: Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

    Ron Clements

    Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams will make a conscious effort to get younger in order to build a roster to sustain long-term success. We're not going to exclude signing a veteran UFA, but what you want to do is reduce the age of your football team if you can, he said.


    With all the high draft picks we've had lately, I did not realize we where old and a bad football team. So far Fisher has done everything he set out to do.

  4. #4
    mde8352gorams's Avatar
    mde8352gorams is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Age
    62
    Posts
    1,710
    Rep Power
    19

    Re: Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

    AV, agreed on all points and the fact that we own 2 first rounds picks for the next 2 years (2013, 2014) taks the strategy even further. I trust these guys will not squander those picks the way former Rams FO's did.

    Go Rams!

  5. #5
    laram0's Avatar
    laram0 is offline Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Age
    57
    Posts
    9,221
    Rep Power
    108

    Re: Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

    Really brings to light why we played reasonably well in the 1st half of games and seemed to fade in the 2nd half.
    THOLTFAN81 likes this.

  6. #6
    Shan the Ram Man's Avatar
    Shan the Ram Man is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    California
    Age
    46
    Posts
    621
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Ron Clements

    Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams will make a conscious effort to get younger in order to build a roster to sustain long-term success. We're not going to exclude signing a veteran UFA, but what you want to do is reduce the age of your football team if you can, he said.


    With all the high draft picks we've had lately, I did not realize we where old and a bad football team. So far Fisher has done everything he set out to do.
    I agree get younger. I think Spags and Devaney said the same thing when they took over. They changed when the Rams went 7 - 9 and thought bringing in aged VETS would put them over the hump. I knew it was over when they released OLB Jabara Williams last years draft pick for B Leber or B. Popinga. What a waste on a potentail future starting OLB and draft pick.

    Quote Originally Posted by mde8352gorams View Post
    AV, agreed on all points and the fact that we own 2 first rounds picks for the next 2 years (2013, 2014) taks the strategy even further. I trust these guys will not squander those picks the way former Rams FO's did.

    Go Rams!
    I sure hope your right. The Rams have a owner who will pay to keep great players. Bettis, Dickerson, Pickett and Greene just to name a few.


    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Really brings to light why we played reasonably well in the 1st half of games and seemed to fade in the 2nd half.
    Well when your defence is on the field all the time. They will get tired. Four and out all the time is no way to win. A better ofence will make the defence better.

  7. #7
    Bar-bq's Avatar
    Bar-bq is offline Pro Bowl Ram
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    2,927
    Rep Power
    94

    Re: Rams Pre-Draft FA Review - Youth Be Served

    It's hard to believe we got so old so fast.

    If memory serves, in Spagnoulo's first season, we were the second youngest team in the league.

Similar Threads

  1. Av's (Grade-Less) 2010 Rams Draft Review
    By AvengerRam in forum Articles by AvengerRam
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: -04-24-2010, 11:39 PM
  2. Rams Draft in Review...
    By Goldenfleece in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: -04-29-2009, 09:05 PM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: -06-10-2006, 03:10 AM
  4. Any Local Beers served at the Rams Games?
    By HoosierHitman in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: -09-23-2005, 12:13 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •