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    It's not official until coach Mike Martz ends his injury information "blackout" today, but LB Pisa Tinoisamoa has told friends and fans that his dislocated shoulder is fine. He's expected to play against Atlanta.

    * * *

    The Rams released QB Russ Michna from the practice squad Tuesday, paving the way to add a linebacker today. A practice squad spot had to be freed up, because TE Mike Brake was signed there Saturday after being cut from the active roster Friday.

    * * *

    DB Tom Knight was waived off the team's injured reserve list Tuesday after being deemed physically able to play.

    Quotebook: Nov. 2, 2003

    "It's probably arrogant, but we're faster than the Rams. Our defense is faster than the Rams' offense and it didn't used to be that way. And now it is. That might sound ****y, but it's a fact."

    - Jim Mora, then *****' defensive coordinator, after a 30-10 San Francisco victory. Mora is now Falcons head coach

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    Re: News bits--Pisa OK

    Yea Mora, you can overrun pursuit just as well as our defense last year did.

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    • #3
      Re: News bits--Pisa OK

      Hey Jr,

      I agree, the 9'ers defense IS fast.. too bad your Falcons D is not.

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      • #4
        Re: News bits--Pisa OK

        Originally posted by sbramfan
        Hey Jr,

        I agree, the 9'ers defense IS fast.. too bad your Falcons D is not.
        And that's the issue, isn't it? Is the Falcons D up to containing the Rams?

        The only reason I can come up for Jim Thomas to have inserted this irrelevant quote into his piece is to take up column inch if he is being paid by it. Talk about wasted breath.

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          Re: News bits--Pisa OK

          I watched that *******, falcoon game ( in bettween my nap!) and I was not at all impressed with the Fbirds. Thier D is weak at best, and Vick seemed to get happy feet when there was pressure. I say this should be a victory provided there are no costly turnovers.
          JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS
          :ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram:

          "HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"
          Adm. William "Bull" Halsey

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            Week 2 Scouting Report: Rams at Atlanta
            by RamWraith
            Tuesday, Sep. 14 2004

            GAME 2: RAMS VS. FALCONS
            Noon Sunday at the Georgia Dome


            The Series

            Sunday marks the 72nd meeting between the former NFC West rivals, with the Rams
            leading the series 46-23-2. The Rams have played only San Francisco (109
            games), Green Bay (87), Chicago (86) and Detroit (79) more often. Since the
            move to St. Louis, the Rams are 10-5 against Atlanta, winning the past seven
            meetings. (And by a combined score of 264-88.)


            The stats

            Rams WR Isaac Bruce is tied for first in the NFL in catches (nine) and tied for
            third in reception yards (112).

            Atlanta's offense went three for three in red-zone touchdowns last week in San
            Francisco.


            News of the day

            It's not official until coach Mike Martz ends his injury information "blackout"
            today, but LB Pisa Tinoisamoa has told friends and fans that his dislocated
            shoulder is fine. He's expected to play against Atlanta.

            * * *

            The Rams released QB Russ Michna from the practice squad Tuesday, paving the
            way to add a linebacker today. A practice squad spot had to be freed up,
            because TE Mike Brake was signed there Saturday after being cut from the active
            roster Friday.

            * * *

            DB Tom Knight was waived off the team's injured reserve list Tuesday after
            being deemed physically able to play.


            Connections

            Atlanta's roster includes LB Jamie Duncan, who was Rams special teams captain
            last season, and former Mizzou TE Dwayne Blakely.

            * * *

            Rams backup QB Chris Chandler played for the Falcons from 1997 to 2001, earning
            two Pro Bowl berths and guiding Atlanta to the Super Bowl in 1998.


            Quotebook: Nov. 2, 2003

            "It's probably arrogant, but we're faster than the Rams. Our
            defense is faster than the Rams' offense and it didn't
            used to be that way. And now it is. That might sound ****y,
            but it's a fact."

            - Jim Mora, then *****' defensive coordinator, after a
            30-10 San Francisco victory. Mora is now Falcons head
            coach
            -09-15-2004, 03:51 AM
          • RamWraith
            Week 2 Scouting Report: Rams at Atlanta
            by RamWraith
            09/15/2004

            GAME 2: RAMS VS. FALCONS
            Noon Sunday at the Georgia Dome


            The Series

            Sunday marks the 72nd meeting between the former NFC West rivals, with the Rams leading the series 46-23-2. The Rams have played only San Francisco (109 games), Green Bay (87), Chicago (86) and Detroit (79) more often. Since the move to St. Louis, the Rams are 10-5 against Atlanta, winning the past seven meetings. (And by a combined score of 264-88.)


            The stats

            Rams WR Isaac Bruce is tied for first in the NFL in catches (nine) and tied for third in reception yards (112).

            Atlanta's offense went three for three in red-zone touchdowns last week in San Francisco.


            News of the day

            It's not official until coach Mike Martz ends his injury information "blackout" today, but LB Pisa Tinoisamoa has told friends and fans that his dislocated shoulder is fine. He's expected to play against Atlanta.

            * * *

            The Rams released QB Russ Michna from the practice squad Tuesday, paving the way to add a linebacker today. A practice squad spot had to be freed up, because TE Mike Brake was signed there Saturday after being cut from the active roster Friday.

            * * *

            DB Tom Knight was waived off the team's injured reserve list Tuesday after being deemed physically able to play.


            Connections

            Atlanta's roster includes LB Jamie Duncan, who was Rams special teams captain last season, and former Mizzou TE Dwayne Blakely.

            * * *

            Rams backup QB Chris Chandler played for the Falcons from 1997 to 2001, earning two Pro Bowl berths and guiding Atlanta to the Super Bowl in 1998.


            Quotebook: Nov. 2, 2003

            "It's probably arrogant, but we're faster than the Rams. Our defense is faster than the Rams' offense and it didn't used to be that way. And now it is. That might sound ****y, but it's a fact."

            - Jim Mora, then *****' defensive coordinator, after a 30-10 San Francisco victory. Mora is now Falcons head coach.
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