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    TSN Rams Report
    By Jim Thomas

    PLUS FACTORS: The receiving unit remains one of the league's best. The skills of Isaac Bruce, 31, don't appear to be diminishing, and Torry Holt has reached the elite level. But the real news is the depth that has developed in the form of Dane Looker, Shaun McDonald, Kevin Curtis and Mike Furrey. McDonald, in particular, had a strong preseason. The young linebackers appear poised to break out. MLB Robert Thomas and OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa have superior speed and instincts but must stay healthy and play smarter. OLB Tommy Polley has been in the doghouse much of the preseason but remains an asset in coverage. Not only is Leonard Little a premier pass rusher, he's also among the top all-around ends and can change a game single-handedly. No lineman in the league has better pursuit skills. Even if RB Marshall Faulk has trouble staying healthy, rookie Steven Jackson has showed he can be an exciting replacement.




    MINUS SIDE: The offensive line is a mess.

    LT Orlando Pace missed all of camp for the second straight year in a contract squabble; C Dave Wohlabaugh (hip) was released after failing a physical; and RT Kyle Turley (back) is out for the season. Grant Williams, Turley's likely replacement, isn't physically gifted but should be solid. Andy McCollum, the starter at left guard last year, will play center. The left guard is Chris Dishman, who was talked out of retirement and needs time to round into shape. The defensive line is thin after the loss RE Grant Wistrom and DT Brian Young as free agents and the loss of reserve DT Jimmy Kennedy (foot) for much of the season. Fullback and tight end were problem areas a year ago, and little has changed. FB Joey Goodspeed and TE Brandon Manumaleuna had good camps but remain unproven. The loss of CB Travis Fisher (arm) for most of the year puts pressure on a young corner (DeJuan Groce or Kevin Garrett) to come through. The team may have to consider moving FS Aeneas Williams to corner.

    THOMAS' BOTTOM LINE: At the start of training camp, this team had fewer questions than the 2003 squad that finished 12-4. But injuries at key positions have changed that outlook. Without a healthy, proven line, the team won't score as it did last season. As a result, the Rams are looking at a 9-7 or 10-6 record and will be scrambling to make the playoffs.

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    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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  • Clan-Robot
    [Fox-NFL]- St. Louis Rams Strategy and Personnel
    by Clan-Robot
    The Rams signed safety Deandre' Eiland, who spent time on the Dolphins' and *****' practice squads this season.
    UNIT-BY-UNIT ANALYSIS
    QUARTERBACKS: Starter - Marc Bulger. Backups - Jamie Martin, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jeff Smoker.
    Bulger played just eight games because of a shoulder injury yet passed for 2,297 yards with a rating of 94.4. He'll be adjusting to a new coach, but he is developing into an excellent player. The Rams just have to find a way to keep him healthy.

    Link To Original Article
    -02-11-2006, 10:00 PM
  • psycho9985
    Notes about the Game today.
    by psycho9985
    Inside Slant | Notes and Quotes | Strategy and Personnel
    Coach Mike Martz is adamant that the club's special teams will improve, despite the numerous problems that occurred in San Francisco in the season opener.

    "Oh, I'm very confident. This is going to work fine," he said. "This guy that is coaching the special teams (Bob Ligashesky) is outstanding. He is very superior, and I really, truly mean that. This guy is special. We have some young guys that need to step up that haven't. We trusted them in a vital role and they didn't play well. We will replace them with some veterans if we have to. But that is their role. That is their job. I don't care who is coaching or what team they are on. They have to step up and make plays."
    Asked about rookies adjusting to regular-season intensity, Martz said, "They get sunburned on the roof of their mouth. Even for guys that have been playing in the league for a long time, when you get out of the preseason and you play that first game, especially a division game, that has a lot of chemistry to it, there is a lot of electricity in the air. It's fast, it's really fast, and they have to get used to it."
    PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES
    --RT Rex Tucker injured his calf against San Francisco and will be out an undetermined amount of time. Tucker was wearing a boot in practice Wednesday, and could miss a few weeks.
    --OL Blaine Saipaia is expected to be the starter Sunday at right tackle against Arizona, replacing an injured Rex Tucker. Saipaia started seven games at the position last season (including two playoff games).
    --G Claude Terrell was inactive for his first NFL game Sunday, but could be in uniform this week because of the injury suffered by OT Rex Tucker.
    --CB Terry Fair has been running and is getting closer to playing as he recovers from a neck injury.
    --CB Chris Johnson is expected to remain as the team's kickoff returner, despite averaging only 13.8 yards a return in the opener against the ***** and stepping out of bounds at the 1-yard line on the first play of the game.
    GAME PLAN: Offensively, the Rams will try to run the ball better than they did against San Francisco and build a lead so they don't have to call 65 pass plays.
    On defense, after stopping the ***** ground game, the Rams will try to do the same against Arizona, which struggled running in the opener against the Giants
    MATCHUPS TO WATCH
    Rams DLE Leonard Little vs. Cardinals RT Oliver Ross - Little had two sacks and a forced fumble against the ***** and is looking to keep those happening after a statistically subpar year in 2004.
    Rams RT Blaine Saipaia vs. Cardinals DLE Chike Okeafor - Assuming Saipaia gets the start at right tackle, he will have to handle the non-stop motor of Okeafor. That's a matchup the ornery Saipaia should be OK with. However, the Cardinals could flip-flop their ends and have Bertrand Berry play some...
    -09-18-2005, 11:03 AM
  • RamDez
    ClanRam Picks:- Standings aver week 9
    by RamDez
    Well things are hotting up in the pick up tables.
    The top ten is as follows.


    1. Plumb 69.24%
    2. ramdez 68.47%
    3. sprtsmac 67.7%
    4. slchicken 65.39%
    5. StlouisRams 65.39%
    6. The-Great-Bison 65.39%
    7. Dvdb 64.35%
    8. ramsin99 63.08%
    9. Shale 62.31%
    10. drams80 62.31%
    -11-09-2005, 08:28 AM
  • RamDez
    ClanRam Picks:- Standings after week 10
    by RamDez
    Things are really hotting up now and the top ten are all close.

    1. Plumb 70.14%
    2. ramdez 68.06%
    3. slchicken 67.37%
    4. sprtsmac 67.37%
    5. The-Great-Bison 65.98%
    6. StlouisRams 65.98%
    7. ramsin99 63.89%
    8. Dvdb 63.64%
    9. Shale 63.2%
    10. drams80 62.5%
    -11-15-2005, 04:26 PM
  • RamDez
    ClanRam Picks:- Standings after week 5
    by RamDez
    Well done after a dificult week to those still hanging in the top 10 and congrats to those who have cracked the top 10. .......... Still number one

    1. ramdez 64.87%
    2. slchicken 62.17%
    3. The-Great-Bison 59.46%
    4. RAMBLE_ON 59.46%
    5. DonAckerman 58.11%
    6. Plumb 58.11%
    7. txramsfan 56.76%
    8. Ramchele 56.76%
    9. Moodymark 56.76%
    10. StlouisRams 55.41%
    -10-11-2005, 12:41 AM
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