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  • Shurmur/Ellard Connection

    For those (including me) hoping that Ellard will be retained, its noteworthy that new OC Pat Shurmur's uncle, Fritz Shurmur, was the Rams DC during part of Henry's career with the team. Maybe that connection will help Ellard's chances of staying with the team.

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    Re: Shurmur/Ellard Connection

    I certainly hope so, he's the one guy on the staff that I'd want to retain.
    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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