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    Last night, I was sitting here reading the various posts on the board, and it struck me...
    What if the 1-2 record is deliberate? Is Martz doing something genius again?
    (Right now, you are sitting there wondering "Whaaaaat?"....)
    Think about it. Our first four games are against relatively weak teams. Anyone who doesn't beat the Cards wouldn't live it down, so we win. Then Atlanta...we put up a good show for a few minutes in the third, but we lose. Then the Aints...an average team so we have to make sure its close, but we lose. This week the whiners. We all know we should send them to the locker room crying....but I bet it will be a close game. Why?
    Beginning with week 5 our schedule gets a LOT harder. Other teams are gonna look at the early record, the way we played the first four, and think, "The Rams ain't much of a threat. We can take 'em easy..." Then we come out in FULL FORCE. I can see it now...week 5, the Seachickens take 3 timeouts in the first quarter (Rams lead, 14-0) just so they can change into clean jock straps.... :tongue:
    Could this year's dissappointing start just be a part of some diabolical Martz plan to lull the opponents into a false sense of security, just so they are unprepared for the full Rams assault? Martz has come up with stranger things than this....
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    You really should watch what you put on your Cornflakes in the morning.

    The genius thing was short lived.

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      Friends don't let friends drink and post.

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        What a brilliant concept, I like!!!!

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          Re: Really Crazy Thoughts....

          Originally posted by RamsFamily
          Could this year's dissappointing start just be a part of some diabolical Martz plan to lull the opponents into a false sense of security, just so they are unprepared for the full Rams assault? Martz has come up with stranger things than this....

          hmm...you're the only sane person i know... :upset:

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            I wouldn't put it past Martz to think that way.

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              Re: Really Crazy Thoughts....

              Originally posted by AvengerRam
              Friends don't let friends drink and post.
              I wish to only submit this in my defense:

              I hadn't had my first pot of coffee of the day yet.... :upset:
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                as long as your not throwing any anal tongue darts *LOL*

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                • RamsFanSam
                  My end-of-season thoughts
                  by RamsFanSam
                  Today is the last day of 2006, the last time we will be able to watch our Rams play until next August. Seven months of drudgery, occasionally broken up by things like the Pro Bowl, Draft, free agency, and speculation.

                  To explain it in a different way, imagine this, if you will:

                  You LOVE chocolate shakes from McDonald's. (I know, it's a stretch, but bear with me, please.) Since the manager at Mickey D's knows you love chocolate shakes, and since you have been such a good, loyal customer, he gives you a card that entitles you to unlimited free chocolate shakes any time you want one. You could go get one 10 times a day if you wished.

                  For a while, you go every day. Soon, just a couple of times a week. Then, you only go to get that free shake once a week. They are free, so it's not as big of a deal as it once was, but you still enjoy it.

                  One day, you walk in, and the manager tells you that McDonald's has taken chocolate shakes off the menu, and it will be seven months before there will be any more served.

                  When you hear those words, you begin to panic. You can't live without those chocolate shakes. How will you survive? You'll try to find substitutes. You'll go to Burger King, or Wendy's, or Baskin-Robbins, but it's not the same.

                  Then, the day comes, and the shakes are back. It's still a Mickey D's chocolate shake, but the ingredients are a bit different. Soon, you find you are as hooked on them as you were the year before.

                  I want my chocolate shake! (Rams Football!)

                  This year, to change Charles Dicken's words, it was the best of teams, it was the worst of teams.

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                  And, we have only one team in our way.

                  This year is over. Next season belongs to the Rams. Bank on it.
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                • AvengerRam_old
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                  2. I'm looking forward to seeing the full "Steven Jackson" effect. We've seen how he can impact the game in small doses in preseason. I want to see how he looks running against a tired defense in the last 10 minutes of a game.

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                  5. At some point this season, Mike Martz will be accused by the national media of running up a score.

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                  9. There will be times he sits on the sideline for most of a game, and he won't look happy about it.

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                • RamWraith
                  Martz has fans waiting to see if Rams respond
                  by RamWraith
                  By Bryan Burwell
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                  It sure has been some wild and wacky week right here in the River City, hasn't
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                  going, you're either with me or you're not."

                  -Mike Martz


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                  and treat this game as though it is a desperate playoff game? Will they be
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                  "This is a game of attitude, pure and simple. This is not about ability,
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                  strong. If you think that's the difference, you're sorely mistaken. This is
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                  Martz was a man on fire this week, from his Monday afternoon rant when he said
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                • Yodude
                  Attitude Adjustment
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                  By Nick Wagoner
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                  With perhaps the most important game of the season at hand, the Rams are making changes in many areas. There might be some changes to the personnel, maybe a few tweaks to the gameplan, but the one area where a change is almost certain is clear: attitude.

                  St. Louis has lost its past two games, losing a shot to open a comfortable lead in the NFC West Division. Rams coach Mike Martz said he has not been pleased with the team’s performance recently and things need to change, not just in scheme and personnel, but on the mental side also.

                  “This is a game of attitude, pure and simple,” Martz said. “This is not about ability, it never has been, never will be. Everybody in this league has got ability to play. Everybody’s talented. Everybody’s fast, everybody’s big, everybody’s strong. If you think that’s the difference, you’re sorely mistaken. This is purely a game of attitude.”

                  Essentially, the Rams need to toughen up to get a win Sunday. That is easier said than done against a Seattle team that doesn’t need a long memory to get fired up for this game. Rewind to the Oct. 10 meeting between the teams and you will find one of the best comebacks in NFL history, as St. Louis bounced back from a 17-point deficit to claim a stunning 33-27 overtime win. Actually, don’t rewind anything; Martz said he doesn’t need to watch any film to get excited for a game.

                  “I don’t need to look at a tape to get energized,” Martz said. “Not me, I don’t have to look at a tape to go to a happy place to get energized. That’s not who I am, sorry.”

                  With so much at stake this week, the thoughts of that game should be the furthest thing from the Rams’ collective mind. This game could be the defining game of the division this season. The Seahawks are 5-3, but have two losses in the division. The Rams are 4-4, but undefeated in the division.

                  A win puts St. Louis firmly in control of the division and gives it an inside track to the playoffs. A loss could severely damage a team that is reeling and needs a win, not just to keep pace in the playoff hunt, but also to build some much-needed confidence.

                  Nobody is giving up hope on the season, yet. There is plenty of season left, but the sense of urgency is certainly at its peak. Martz said the time has come for some of the younger players to make an impact.

                  “I would expect us to come out and compete better,” Martz said. “I think that’s what I would expect, as a football team. We have core guys we can hang our hat on. You can get them up in the middle of the night, go out and practice and you’ll get all they got. What we are trying to do is get the rest of the guys up to that level. We were there for awhile and we fell off a little bit in a couple of key areas.”

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                  -11-10-2004, 05:05 PM
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                  The Fire Within
                  by Guest
                  THE FIRE WITHIN

                  Congruence: The relationship between your words and your actions.
                  Or
                  Walk your talk.

                  Talent is necessary however motivation is the fire that begins from a smoldering ember. Without fanning the ember into a flame, that ember will continue to smolder. The Rams have shown a smoldering ember that is capable of roaring into a bonfire. This was apparent in the final minutes of the Seattle game, in San Diego two years ago and against San Francisco in the final Monday Night football game of that same season.

                  So what fanned those flames into bonfires within each of the players on those days? My guess is embarrassment. Embarrassed due to being apart of a grossly underachieving team.

                  What fanned the flames of the New England Patriots when they upset the heavily favored Rams in the Superbowl? My guess is urgency.

                  I also theorize that someone on that team (Probably Belichick) saw the urgency and implored that urgency throughout the entire squad.

                  It seems that Mike Martz has recently discovered that talent alone is not enough. It took the Rams to drop to the parity level as far as talent before he emphasized the importance of getting his team up for games.

                  Only after the loss in Miami did he come out and talk about intensity with intensity. I don’t know if anyone else has realized this but the recent articles from the Post Dispatch along with “Martz on the Mike“have shown a noticeable escalation in Martz talking about being up and ready for games.

                  It looks as if he has discovered a new tool in coaching and is now going through the adolescent stages of applying it.

                  What I am refering to when I say "adolescent stages" is hitting on Wednesday before the Seahawk game which to Mike Martz is what fanned the ember into a flame.

                  I think Martz believed that it was the hitting that motivated the team. I believe it was more then that. I think the team was responding to Martz’s intensity more then the hitting itself and that intensity is what carried over into the game against Seattle.

                  My feeling is that Martz may have put to much emphasis on the hitting and never realized that it was his own intensity and urgency that fanned the ember into a roaring fire.

                  In sum Mike Martz may have had the illusion that all he had to do to get his team up was hit on Wednesday; not realizing the intensity he himself brought on the prior Week.

                  I know there are a lot of fans here on the board that measure everything by wins and losses. This was oh so very apparent during the Warner Bulger debates. At that time, I was not compelled to look at the W/L column to base my feelings on. I saw a very good QB that looked to be getting a bum rap and I saw another QB that had great potential who probably felt as bad for Warner as anyone did.

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                  -11-23-2004, 05:24 AM
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