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    You've just been hired as Martz's assistant, and he's looking to your objective and knowledgeable input to make one last move, put in one last piece of the puzzle, to gear up the Rams for the season. It's inside knowledge that Pace is going to sign and play, and Hargrove's signing is happening a day away.

    So, you can make ONE last change. What do you do, and how do addresses the details of the move and get it done?

    For me, I go out and get a solid linebacker, say worth around a #2 draft pick, available on the market.

  • #2
    Re: One Move

    and who would that be. You said you must have details ;-)

    I wouldn't do anything. This team is as solid as it is going to get. I would not give anything of our furture to the present, it just wouldn't be worth it. There is one FA agent linbacker out there that I would sign for depth and a monster pass rush and that is Charile Clemons. Other than then that I would need to wait and see if any cuts come during camp.


    Originally posted by coy bacon

    For me, I go out and get a solid linebacker, say worth around a #2 draft pick, available on the market.

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    • #3
      Re: One Move

      I'd think about throwing a draft pick at the Raiders for Doug Jolley or the Patriots for Daniel Graham. Both are good receivers with potential to become good blockers, and both are back-ups on teams with good depth at the position. I think either would be adequate in our #2 tight end spot over Cam Cleeland and could even challenge Manu for a starting role. Their ability as receivers makes them appealing in our offense, especially someone like Graham.

      I might also go after a trade for a young interior linemen like Ben Hamilton of the Broncos, Andre Gurode of the Cowboys, or Mike Wahle of the Packers. Hamilton isn't exceptionally athletic but he's very strong and tough, and the Broncos might be willing to take a small chip out of their already strong interior line. Gurode will be competing for a starting job with Matt Lehr this season. He possesses a vast number of strong points but has had some motivation problems that I think the Rams could solve. He's the youngest of the suggestions I've made. Finally, acquiring Wahle would continue the Rams' strategy of stealing seasoned Packer veterans for their line, and I think the Packers might be more willing to trade Wahle considering he's a UFA after this season, and Green Bay would rather get something in return for him than watch him walk.

      Of course if none of these deals would pull through, I wouldn't fret. There are a number of talented young tight ends in the 2005 draft, such as Andrew Clarke or Alex Smith. David Baas, a guard from Michigan, should be a solid first round guard prospect that I think should continue his career wearing blue and gold. Someone like Elton Brown from Virginia has great size and could raise his stock this season.

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      • #4
        Re: One Move

        No player acquisitions...

        If I were Martz' new assistant, I would ask him if I could be in charge of time-outs. Just let me handle when to call them. Also, I will be in charge of looking at the score, and the time left on the clock, to determine whether 3 or 7 would be better at that particular point in the game and advise accordingly.

        Please hire someone like that Mike.

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          NFL Draft Countdown's Nov. 11 Mock Draft
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          2. Miami Dolphins: Cedric Benson, RB, Texas

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