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  • Bernie Bits 5-15-08

    Re: Holt's Comments on Donnie Avery
    Posted: 13 May 2008 22:35 pm

    Pretty easy to figure out.
    Torry has been hearing all offseason how the Rams veteran WRs are old and slow and don't get yards after the catch. He's had Al Saunders holler at him in a film session, for always going down after making a catch instead of getting some yards. He's been hearing how the Rams added speed and YAC after drafting Avery.

    Big Game isn't going to play along with that one.

    It's pride.

    -B


    Re: Holt's Comments on Donnie Avery
    Posted: 14 May 2008 00:46 am

    I give 100 percent, unabashed kudos to Al Saunders.

    Every guy on this offense needs to be challenged after the disgrace of 2007.

    The standards have to be raised again.

    And as good as Holt is, he can be better.

    No free passes.

    Saunders looked at film and didn't recognize Holt, because all he saw was Holt catching the ball and going down. And he asked Holt: where is the guy I used to coach?

    If Holt doesn't like it?

    Big effin' deal.

    I for one am grateful that someone is trying to raise the standards.

    -B

    Re: Bernie: Column on Chris Long
    Posted: 11 May 2008 23:47 pm

    I mentioned a few guys in Saturday's column who had double-digit sacks as rookie DE. But historically the odds are against it. I noticed while doing research (I wasn't able to print it all) that a few rookie DE were able to get 7, 8 sacks. That's a good total. if Long can do that, it's a nice season - and then it's a question of when and if he can take it to the next level. Justin Smith had 8.5 sacks as a rookie and to this point hasn't cracked double digits - and in fact has become less productive as a pass rusher. Playing the run is a necessity and Long should be good at it.

    -B

    Post subject: Re: Bernie, Can Linehan become Tom Coughlin?
    Posted: 14 May 2008 22:01 pm

    Same principle ... which is: coach must have a better rapport with players.

    But different personalities are in play... if anything Linehan has to be more forceful and demanding, where as Coughlin had to turn it down a couple of notches.

    Whats worse: Edmonds to CHI or Bruce to SF?

    Posted: 14 May 2008 15:39 pm

    We were just talking about this on the radio -- good question, fun question.

    Bruce for sure.

    Original STL Ram. Here for the rising. His career rise coincided with the rise of the STL Rams. Won a SB with his catch.

    Edmonds already had achieved good success with another franchise before coming here.

    -B

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    Re: Bernie Bits 5-15-08

    Originally posted by RamWraith View Post
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    Every guy on this offense needs to be challenged after the disgrace of 2007.


    -B

    Well I'm not sure about last year being a disgrace, but I agree We do need to challenge our players a bit more.

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      Re: Bernie Bits 5-15-08

      Originally posted by eric2810 View Post
      Well I'm not sure about last year being a disgrace, but I agree We do need to challenge our players a bit more.
      Unfortunately, two years from now no one will remember that the Rams were decimated by injury, but the record will show we were 3-13. To me that record is disgraceful. Here's to turning the who thing around in 2008! We have the personnel to do it if they stay healthy. Go Rams! :ram:
      "People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest" Herman Hesse

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      • ramavenger
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        by ramavenger
        BernieM wrote:
        He had a good visit...
        he told the coaches he wants to play here...
        his agent and the Rams are trying to work out a contract...

        Green Bay free safety and cornerback Bhawoh Jue has concluded his FA visit to San Diego and will visit the Rams next....Rams expect to make a strong run at him, unless he's intent on being a Charger.

        If they get these three guys -- Coakley followed by Claiborne and Jue -- then this will be the end of phase one. Then they turn their attention to the draft, and they'll take another dip in free agency in June, when more players flood the market.

        On the Pace front....potentially good news. I am led to believe that they're discussing a long-term contract extension and as of right now insiders at Rams Park are optimistic.

        Cheers,
        Bernie


        BernieM wrote:
        If Claiborne signs it will be for many years and at a big number -- but an artificially big number....the deal will actually be pretty decent for the Rams in terms of the cap.

        As for Pace -- the parameters are well established by the recent deals given to W. Jones and C. Samuels.

        Cheers,
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        She'll have to approve.

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        On Bulger:
        BernieM wrote:
        It's really pathetic the way so many Rams "fans" can't wait for this guy to throw an INT, or get hit in the mouth, or lose a game. He showed some guts today, firing back after getting slammed around for much of the day, and after throwing a couple of bad INTs. I don't know what will happen in the final couple of minutes here, but he certainly has a lot more character than loser "fans" who hope for him to fail.

        Cheers,
        Bernie

        BernieM wrote:
        Again: Warner comes up here.
        Why?
        Why are you people so fixated?
        Bulger didn't fire Warner.
        You're insane.


        Bulger just hit McDonald for the winning TD.

        Too bad for you folks; your day was ruined.

        --B

        BernieM wrote:
        Warner doesn't play for the Rams.
        He's gone.
        Hope he does well.
        But please: GET ON WITH YOUR LIVES.
        Bulger is the QB. Judge him on his own merits.
        Stop the insanity.

        Cheers,
        B

        BernieM wrote:
        Martz brings a lot of criticism on himself.
        One thing he's always done well is keep his players playing.
        They don't quit.

        --B

        On Bulger's late QB rating:
        BernieM wrote:
        In the 4th quarter and OT...

        115.6

        Cheers,
        Bernie

        BernieM wrote:
        I didn't think #86 had it in him.

        One of the day's most surprising moments.

        Also another big play that may get a little overlooked: MacDonald's punt return.

        Cheers,
        Bernie

        BernieM wrote:
        Bulger goes to church.

        It's OK to like him.

        Cheers,
        Bernie

        BernieM wrote:
        Wayland,

        Sad to say, but you are right.

        To some of these kooks, Warner is indeed their personal Jesus.

        Cheers,
        Bernie

        BernieM wrote:
        Wonderdog,

        I don't give a dang if the Giants make the playoffs.
        They're a NY team; why should I care?

        You really do reveal yourself.

        Cheers,
        Bernie

        BernieM wrote:
        I root for individuals.

        People I've met who have class.

        Along those lines, I hope Warner does well.

        But the Giants? I don't care.

        I don't care about teams -- other than I do like to see the STL teams do well, because it gives me more to write about, and I enjoy covering important events, like playoff games.

        Cheers,
        Bernie

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