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  • Get Karney the ball!!

    He is one of the best FBs in the NFL and isn't being used enough. Wake up FO!!

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    Re: Get Karney the ball!!

    He was brought in to block, not run the ball.

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    • #3
      Re: Get Karney the ball!!

      How has that worked out just using him as a blocking full back for you?

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      • #4
        Re: Get Karney the ball!!

        Karney averages 0.5 carries and 0.75 receptions per game in his career ....

        Hmmmm ...

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        • #5
          Re: Get Karney the ball!!

          Further, why would you say wake up to the front office? Wouldn't the wake up call be to the coaches? The man is a traditional fullback and is a great blocker. They'll keep using him as a blocker until he's not desperately needed as one. Then he can go out and grab a pass or two.
          I believe!:ram:

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          • #6
            Re: Get Karney the ball!!

            Originally posted by TekeRam View Post
            Further, why would you say wake up to the front office? Wouldn't the wake up call be to the coaches? The man is a traditional fullback and is a great blocker. They'll keep using him as a blocker until he's not desperately needed as one. Then he can go out and grab a pass or two.
            Because the coaching staff is weak and need changes! Hey but theres always next year right!

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            • #7
              Re: Get Karney the ball!!

              No, the coaching staff is new. They're inexperienced in their current positions. They're rookies as well. But one thing I'd never call Spags' team is weak. We showed that this weekend, as we fought tooth and nail till the end, holding the Skins out of the endzone. The offense needs work, that's for certain, but the coaches and the team is not weak.

              Besides, it's much too early to organize the SMuG, or Spagnolo Must Go!, party.
              I believe!:ram:

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              • #8
                Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                Originally posted by Karney44 View Post
                How has that worked out just using him as a blocking full back for you?
                Which is your favorite team?

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                • #9
                  Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                  Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
                  Which is your favorite team?
                  I am a Karney fan!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                    Karney was brought in mainly to block, but I agree, handing him the ball very now and then might help us out. It could also help to keep Jaxx fresh and healthy. Anyone know how he is doing so far on his blocking assignments?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                      Mike, concentrate on opening holes for Jackson instead of posting on internet message boards
                      @EssexRam_

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                      • #12
                        Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                        This is a troll job.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                          Originally posted by Karney44 View Post
                          I am a Karney fan!
                          LOL, I have never seen someone who is a die hard full back fan. he was brought in to block dude.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                            Originally posted by Karney44 View Post
                            I am a Karney fan!
                            So you say, but you didn't answer my question ..

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                            • #15
                              Re: Get Karney the ball!!

                              Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
                              So you say, but you didn't answer my question ..
                              He's a fan of who ever Karney plays for. :helmet:

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                              • sosa39rams
                                Rams release FB Mike Karney
                                by sosa39rams
                                The Rams released FB Mike Karney today per Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Karney, despite his close friendship with running back Steven Jackson, was used less and less in the Rams offensive system as the Rams tried to get more flexibility out of their fullback spot. They used Mike Hoomanawanui as a FB/TE or used Brit Miller at fullback and in special teams.

                                Is this true? An expected but very early move.
                                -02-08-2011, 05:27 PM
                              • Rams4Life
                                FB Karney to visit Rams
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                                -03-09-2009, 03:09 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                A Lead Blocker: What A Rush!
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                A lead blocker: what a rush!

                                BY JIM THOMAS
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                08/20/2009

                                Just the mere mention of Mike Karney's name makes running back Steven Jackson smile. Ever since the surprise release of Madison Hedgecock one game into the 2007 season, the Rams have lacked a true fullback in their offense.

                                But in March, the Rams signed Karney to plow the road for Jackson as a lead blocker. It's a role Karney embraces. No, make that relishes. But Karney hasn't been smiling much during training camp.

                                He suffered a sprained ankle four days into camp, on Aug. 3, and was sidelined for two weeks.

                                "I got rolled up on during one of the live periods," Karney said last week. "Lead blocking, and the pile caught me from the backside. That's typically how it happens. It's an ankle that's been rolled up on before. So I'm familiar with what happened."

                                Familiar, yes. Happy about it, no.

                                "I'd rather be out there sweating it out with my teammates than being on the side riding a bike, I tell you that much," Karney said.

                                But the wait is over for Karney, a 5-11, 260-pounder from Arizona State. He has been full-go in practice all week and will make his Rams preseason debut Friday against Atlanta. Karney isn't the only one excited about that.

                                "Oh, yeah, I can't wait," Jackson said. "It's going to be the first time we're going to be in there together, and we can get a feel for one another."

                                "I'm excited that he's excited," Karney says. "That's one thing that he and I need to get, is into that in-season rhythm and flow."

                                That's because there's more to being a pounder than, well, just pounding.

                                "Timing is very important," Karney said.

                                It's important, Karney said, that he and Jackson see the same thing from down-to-down as running plays develop.

                                "When he and I get on the same page, which I know we will, we'll be very effective," Karney said.

                                With Hedgecock lead-blocking in 2006, Jackson enjoyed his only Pro Bowl season, rushing for a career-high 1,528 yards and leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,334).

                                Injuries have cut into Jackson's production the past two seasons, but so has the absence of a bona fide fullback. After signing with St. Louis in the spring, Karney was so eager to get to know Jackson that he took him out to lunch. He even picked up the tab. (Jackson has since returned the favor by taking Karney out to lunch.)

                                "When you're running the ball — and that's the first and foremost thing we're trying to establish here with our offense — you can't have the fullback going one way and the running back going the other way," Karney said. "Unless the play's designed that way.

                                "When...
                                -08-20-2009, 11:16 AM
                              • RamWraith
                                Timing is Everything for Karney
                                by RamWraith
                                Wednesday, March 11, 2009

                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                As timing goes, what happened to Mike Karney in the past week couldn’t have been worse. But from where the Rams are sitting, time was most certainly on their side.

                                Karney was waiting for his fiancée Kim to pick him up for their rehearsal dinner last Thursday when suddenly his phone rang. On the other end was Karney’s employer, the New Orleans Saints, letting him know that they were now his former employer.

                                The call wasn’t completely unexpected but the timing wasn’t exactly exciting, either. The apparently unflappable fullback informed Kim that he was out of work and the couple went about enjoying their wedding festivities.

                                “We have the belief through everything we do in life that whatever happens, happens for a reason and one door closes and the next opens,” Kim Karney said. “That’s just how we took the situation. He wasn’t moody; he wasn’t anything at the rehearsal dinner. He just focused on the rehearsal dinner and the wedding and that kind of thing rather than what happened.”

                                While Karney managed to stay focused on his bride and his Friday night wedding, he couldn’t help but think where his future in the NFL might be. For a proven five-year veteran, landing another gig in the NFL isn’t usually much of an issue.

                                But it’s a bit different when you are an old school, lead blocking fullback, a position that is going the way of leather helmets and dinosaurs.

                                At any given time, Karney and any other true fullback in the league can rattle off the ever-shortening list of teams that still use players like him in their offense. In other words, Karney knows exactly how limited his job options are.

                                Given that knowledge, Karney had already has a clairvoyant moment earlier in the preseason when the Rams named Steve Spagnuolo head coach.

                                “The game is changing, I remember telling my wife when I was still in New Orleans and I hadn’t been released yet, when coach got the job here, there is going to be a fullback there,” Karney said. “I know his track record, I know where he’s been, I know what he wants.”

                                Little did Karney know at the time that he would be out of work and he would end up playing for Spagnuolo but that’s exactly what came to fruition when Karney inked a three-year contract would about $3.6 million on Wednesday morning, just four days after the Rams first called.

                                While Karney was figuring out his next move while managing the biggest day of his life, the Rams were openly in the market for a lead blocking fullback.

                                Since the team parted ways with Madison Hedgecock in 2007, it has been without a legitimate lead blocking fullback capable of opening holes for running back Steven Jackson.

                                For his part, Jackson made it known late in the 2008 season that he would like to have a personal fullback...
                                -03-12-2009, 05:20 AM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Karney Knew His Days With Rams Were Numbered
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Karney knew his days with Rams were numbered

                                BY JIM THOMAS
                                Wednesday, February 9, 2011

                                It's not like veteran fullback Mike Karney was blindsided by the news. He could see the handwriting on the wall for months — in large lettering — that he wasn't in the Rams' plans.

                                The news became official this week when coach Steve Spagnuolo informed Karney that he was being released.

                                "It's kind of been in the works for some time now," Karney said Tuesday. "Throughout the process of me being inactive for four weeks my agent had been calling and talking to Kevin Demoff just about what was going on."

                                Beginning with Denver on Nov. 28, Karney was placed on the pregame inactive list for Games 11-14. He saw action in the final two games of the 2010 season only because his replacement, Brit Miller, suffered a season-ending knee injury in Game 14 against Kansas City.

                                Once the regular season ended, Karney had a regular dialogue with coach Steve Spagnuolo, via text and phone conversations. Once Pat Shurmur was hired as head coach in Cleveland, Karney was anxious to see who would replace Shurmur as offensive coordinator in St. Louis. When Josh McDaniels was hired, Karney knew his days were really numbered in St. Louis.

                                "I know what offenses (McDaniels) has run," Karney said. "I know Josh is not known to use a fullback."

                                So Karney's release came basically through mutual agreement; he was actually informed Monday by Spagnuolo.

                                "It's been an open, good relationship throughout this whole thing," Karney said. "I have no animosity. I'm not bitter. I'm just happy that the decision's been made and both parties can move forward.

                                "They've made a decision to fit the offense towards Sam (Bradford). And I respect that. He's a great quarterback, and obviously the future of the Rams. But it was just nice of them to make the decision early."

                                Karney had one year left on a three-year, $3.5 million free-agent deal he signed with the Rams in March 2009. As a released player, Karney can be signed immediately — he doesn't have to wait until the start of the free agency and trading period March 4.

                                (Of course, there won't be a free agency and trading period March 4 without a new collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners.)

                                "My agent and I really wanted to have this done now, so that we have a chance (to sign elsewhere) in this next month before a potential lockout," Karney said.

                                Hooking up with another team in the next 3½ weeks may be a long shot given the labor uncertainty, but at least Karney can let teams know that he's available.

                                "We felt that the sooner the better, and we conveyed that to the Rams," Karney said. "They agreed, and out of respect they...
                                -02-10-2011, 08:04 PM
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