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    Daily observers of the Ramsí offseason camps have noticed a definite difference in the approaches of Lovie Smith, the teamís defensive coordinator last year who left to become the head coach of the Bears, and his replacement, Larry Marmie. While Smith was a much more emotional, in-your-face type, Marmie is quieter and more cerebral, seldom raising his voice. As far as their defensive philosophies are concerned, however, there doesnít seem to be much difference, although Marmie might choose to blitz a bit more this coming season and not sit back so much in the cover-2.

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    Well its a good thing that our position coaches are still yellin' at the players

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      Maybe what our players need is a little bit more lovin'.

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        ehh... there aint much lovin to football

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        • RamWraith
          New defensive coordinator making his mark-and another
          by RamWraith
          R.B. FALLSTROM
          Associated Press

          MACOMB, Ill. - St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz stumbled a bit earlier this week, referring to his defensive coordinator as Lovie Smith before quickly correcting himself.

          Smith is now the head coach of the Bears, who'll be in town for three days of joint practices plus a scrimmage Thursday through Saturday. And Martz is looking forward to the reunion.

          "Of course, I'm excited to see Lovie," Martz said. "Lovie is a very good friend and these players will be very excited to see Lovie."

          But Martz is just as enthusiastic about his new defensive coordinator, Larry Marmie. The two go back a long way; Martz was Marmie's offensive coordinator at Arizona State from 1988-91.

          Now, Marmie is working for Martz. So far it seems like a good fit.

          "You never know," Marmie said. "I've always had great respect for Mike as a coach and have worked with him and coached against him.

          "I'm excited about coaching with him again."

          How excited? Only six days after Smith got the Bears job, ending his three-year stay in St. Louis, Martz hired Marmie away from the Cardinals where he had been defensive coordinator the previous four seasons.

          "We share the same philosophies from a football standpoint, but the character he brings is unmatchable," Martz said. "He really should be a head coach in this league."

          There will be no sweeping changes in defensive style or strategy under Marmie, 61. The Rams were in the middle of the pack overall in defense last year but they were an opportunistic bunch under Smith, leading the NFL with 46 takeaways.

          They'll play the same aggressive style this season.

          "I think there's a lot of similarities," Marmie said. "All we want to do is get better at what we're doing.

          "We have some outstanding talent and we want to get them in position to make plays."

          One change he will make is installing more multiple looks to confuse the offense.

          "Philosophically there's not a lot of change, but every year you look to get better," Marmie said. "I'm sure if Lovie was still here, he would have been tweaking the defense."

          The Rams also might blitz more under Marmie.

          "Hopefully we blitz not because we have to," Marmie said. "I don't think there's any defense you can play that's not aggressive. You'd better be aggressive when you're not blitzing as well."

          Marmie is more of an overseer than Smith, who is hands-on. He's pretty quiet on the practice field, having delegated the responsibility to his assistant coaches.

          "Coach Marmie is more the type to put in the defense," said safety Aeneas Williams, who was with Marmie in...
          -08-05-2004, 06:37 AM
        • Nick
          Marmie shows grit amid critics' howls
          by Nick
          Marmie shows grit amid critics' howls
          BY BILL COATS
          St. Louis Post-Dispatch

          ST. LOUIS - (KRT) - They grow 'em tough in Barnesville, Ohio, a small coal-mining town directly across the Ohio River from Wheeling, W.Va. So when the catcalls began early last season, Rams' first-year defensive coordinator Larry Marmie took little notice.

          "Sure, most people would like to have good things being said about them all the time. But this is a result-oriented business, and that's part of it," he said. "You're trying to do the best you can, but there's going to be some adversity in this game. And if you can't handle that, if you can't work through that and continue to do your job, then you're not going to last very long."

          After a pause, Marmie grinned and added, "Sometimes I didn't like what I saw, either."

          The Rams' defense was erratic in 2004. By midseason the unit ranked near the bottom of the 32-team NFL in several key categories. Marmie, who replaced the highly popular and generally successful Lovie Smith, became an easy target.

          "I understood that," said Marmie, 62. "If you don't do well, if you don't perform, things are going to be said. . . . And certainly Lovie's a terrific coach and an outstanding person."

          Critics emphasized that Marmie had spent the previous eight seasons with the lowly Arizona Cardinals. And they charged bitterly that coach Mike Martz had hired his former boss out of loyalty: Marmie was the head coach at Arizona State when Martz served as offensive coordinator from 1988-91.

          Martz firmly defended Marmie. "We share a lot of the same philosophies from a football standpoint," he said last summer in training camp. "But the character that (Marmie) brings to this football team is unmatchable. He's somebody, like Lovie, that you have a great deal of respect for."

          But respect must be merited, Marmie stressed. "Any time that there's a change, you have to adjust to each other," he said. "As a coach, you have to earn your stripes."

          Although the Rams employ the same basic scheme as they did before Smith left to become the Chicago Bears coach, Marmie tossed in some modifications that required significant adjustments.

          "He challenges you mentally," defensive end Leonard Little said. "He makes you try to think a little bit more when you're out."

          Whereas the Rams under Smith didn't deviate much from their base sets, Marmie favors multiple formations and coverages.

          "There are a couple of different philosophies, and one is that you don't do very much and you try to do that very, very well. You get the repetition of it over and over and over and over," Marmie said. "And the other is that you're going to do more things, which gives you more flexibility...
          -05-30-2005, 10:30 PM
        • Nick
          Marmie takes charge of Rams defense
          by Nick
          Marmie takes charge of Rams defense
          By Bill Coats
          Of the Post-Dispatch
          Friday, Aug. 27 2004

          As defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Marmie had the
          unenviable task of trying to slow the high-powered Rams offense twice a season
          since 2002, when both teams were assigned to the realigned NFC West. He didn't
          have much luck.

          The Rams went 4-0 vs. the Cardinals in that span, averaging 31 points per game.
          So as coach Mike Martz's new defensive coordinator, Marmie can relax now that
          he doesn't have to make a game-plan for the Rams anymore, right?

          "No, I've just got to practice against it every day," Marmie said, laughing.
          "But in the long run, working against our offense here has to really prepare us
          for a lot of things down the road. Because we're not going to see anybody that
          does any more offensively in terms of stretching the field and the wide-open
          type of offense, the shifts and the motion and all those things."

          Marmie (pronounced mar-MEE) lost his job in Arizona on Dec. 29 when head coach
          Dave McGinnis was fired after the Cardinals finished last in the division with
          a 4-12 record. Martz, who served as Marmie's offensive coordinator at Arizona
          State from 1988-91, hired his former boss three weeks later.

          "We share a lot of the same philosophies," Martz said. "He has the intensity
          and the focus to help these guys get to the point where they're as good as they
          can be."

          Safety Aeneas Williams, who played under Marmie in Arizona, said his calm
          demeanor on the practice field contrasts sharply with his forceful presence
          behind closed doors. "There won't be any threatening, but he's going to back up
          what he says," Williams said.

          Marmie, 61, succeeds Lovie Smith, the Chicago Bears' new head coach. It's not
          an easy role to assume: Not only was Smith highly popular with the players, he
          turned the Rams defense from one of the league's worst into a solid, if not
          spectacular, unit during his three seasons.

          "I know what a great job Lovie did here," said Marmie, who is working on
          building his trust among the players. "I would like for them to have a
          confidence that what we're doing is right and fits our personnel, and that they
          understand what we're doing," he said.

          Although the Rams led the 32-team NFL in takeaways last year with 46, they
          ranked 16th in total defense and only 20th in rushing defense. That's an area
          Marmie is targeting, although he promises no major overhaul in the team's basic
          scheme.

          "He's tweaked some things for the better, but basically it's the same defense," ...
          -08-29-2004, 12:31 PM
        • RamWraith
          Defense has struggled under Rams' Marmie
          by RamWraith
          By Jim Thomas
          Of the Post-Dispatch
          Saturday, Dec. 18 2004

          The first time Larry Marmie faced his old team, there was no cause for alarm.
          Little reason for disappointment.

          Back on Sept. 12, the Arizona Cardinals were limited to 10 points, managed a
          modest 14 first downs and gained only 260 yards. But a lot has happened to the
          Rams' defense since their season-opening 17-10 victory over the Big Red - and
          most of it not good:

          They have been ranked as low as 30th in total defense in the NFL, or
          third to last.

          They currently have just 13 takeaways, ahead of only Green Bay and
          Oakland (with 12 each).

          In eight of their 13 games this season, the Rams have allowed a
          100-yard rusher.

          "Certainly, it hasn't gone like I envisioned it would go," said Marmie, the
          Rams' first-year defensive coordinator. "I thought that it would be smoother.
          That we would be more productive defensively. That we would have continued to
          do a lot of the things that they had done here in the past. ... I didn't
          envision it being like it is right now."

          Some things have been out of Marmie's control. Such as the broken forearm that
          sidelined cornerback Travis Fisher for nearly half the season. Or the bad back
          that has taken much of the pop out of Adam Archuleta at strong safety.

          Or the fact that age and injury have conspired against eight- time Pro Bowler
          Aeneas Williams. Or the five lineup combinations at linebacker in the team's
          first 10 games.

          "There were some key (injuries)," Marmie said. "But people really don't want to
          hear about that. People really don't care who's out there. They just assume
          that who ever's out there ought to all play the same way."

          Without a doubt, the most confounding thing about this season for Marmie has
          been the dearth of turnovers. Last season, the Rams' defense led the league
          with 46 takeaways. Since the franchise moved to St. Louis in 1995, only the
          2000 season Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens have had more (49). This
          season, the Rams are on pace for just 16.

          "I know it's been disappointing to our players, because they took great pride
          in the turnovers that they created last year," Marmie said. "We've got the same
          players, and I think we're coaching it the same way. Because Bill (Kollar) was
          here and Perry (Fewell) was here - and they were a part of the emphasis that
          was put on it last year."

          Kollar is the Rams' defensive line coach; Fewell coaches the secondary.

          "So if you're not careful, you look at it and say, 'What's the difference?' "
          Marmie said. "Well,...
          -12-19-2004, 05:32 AM
        • Tony Soprano
          Fire Larry Marmie !
          by Tony Soprano
          Last year we finished the season giving up 48 points to the Falcons. This year we've played total patsies - except for the Giants and the Seahawks.

          In those 2 games, we given up an average of 41 points.


          Seriously, did anyone think of Marmie when we had to go out and get a DEF coord? Most teams get a coord from a team that's Defense is setting the league on fire. That's how it's done, that's how we got Lovie Smith,, Tampa Bay's DEF was the leagues best and he was a coach on that DEF.
          BUT, we bring in Larry Marmie, the Arizona Cardinals DEF coordinator. Now, Marmie was fired from Arizona (with the rest of the staff). So, Marmie wasn't a hot coach, and he didn't work on a good Defense, yet we brought him in here to be Defensive coordinator.

          The only remote reason one can fathom for hiring Marmie is simply Cronyism.

          The Question is not will we immediately turn things around under a new Defensive coordinator, the Question is are we going in the wrong direction on Defense?

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          -10-09-2005, 03:48 PM
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