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  • Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

    Seen several posters comment on how "horrible" Dahl. First, Dahl is coming back off a hamstring injury. Second, he is a SS/LB hybrid type. They have always envisioned using him a nickle linebacker type. The intention never was to have him as a starting safety who had primary coverage responsibilities ...

    Dahl showed a knack to be around the ball, and was laying some wood in the run game. He is a perfect compliment in that regard ...

    Expect SS Anthony Smith to be elevated soon to replace Butler as the starter if he cannot go. Then Dahl can return to playing the role he was envisioned to play ...

    Seriously, some just can't look at/don't understand the big picture. There is clearly a reason Dahl made the team, and he showed why today. He is a very, very sound tackler and good enough to be effective in the aforementioned role ...

    Doesn't mean he's a world beater, were you expecting him to be a pro-bowler? He's a backup safety ...

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    Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

    I completely agree with this statement. Considering the situation i believe Dahl did a decent job, When i read those negative comments about him i was left wondering what the hell they expected out of the guy, he's a backup people... And he did make some nice tackles like infiniti stated.

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    • #3
      Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

      GEEZUS? Is that like his rapper name?

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      • #4
        Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

        OMG excuses excuses excuses

        Dahl is a role player. In this particular situation his role was to be the SS. It wasnt to be that nickel-back role. Yea i liked what he did vs. the run but his primary role was to help out in coverage and he was horrible at that.

        Again he did do well vs. the run. But not vs. the pass. He is not a starter but he is 2nd string SS so he should be ready to step in. The Packers we targeting the ball to his direction so he should be aware of that and get ready to make a play. Like a pick.

        No he was not completely horrible. He was horrible at being a pass coverage safety. He did a good job vs. the run. So if Butler cant go next week i wouldn't be against starting Dahl as long as he makes an adjustment when someone is targeting him.

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        • #5
          Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

          Originally posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
          Seen several posters comment on how "horrible" Dahl. First, Dahl is coming back off a hamstring injury. Second, he is a SS/LB hybrid type. They have always envisioned using him a nickle linebacker type. The intention never was to have him as a starting safety who had primary coverage responsibilities ...

          Dahl showed a knack to be around the ball, and was laying some wood in the run game. He is a perfect compliment in that regard ...

          Expect SS Anthony Smith to be elevated soon to replace Butler as the starter if he cannot go. Then Dahl can return to playing the role he was envisioned to play ...

          Seriously, some just can't look at/don't understand the big picture. There is clearly a reason Dahl made the team, and he showed why today. He is a very, very sound tackler and good enough to be effective in the aforementioned role ...

          Doesn't mean he's a world beater, were you expecting him to be a pro-bowler? He's a backup safety ...

          Agree completely with you, Infiniti. Being critical of Dahl is extremely misguided. He is one in a long line of Rams who has been thrust into an expanded role out of necessity. We have many more pressing issues with this football team than the "horrible play of Craig Dahl"

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          • #6
            Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

            the guy's a backup/special teams guy..what do you people expect..

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            • #7
              Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

              im not critical of Dahl himself, he can only play with the tools he has ...but when you have 5 safeties on the roster and only dress 3..i dont think its wise to dress up a "hybrid LB/SS" type to then when he`s needed to play,not play him in a role that suits his skill set. Anthony Smith should have dressed but as he didnt i think i would have slid Atogwe over to SS and put either Bartell or Fletcher at FS.
              thats not to be too critical of Dahl himself tho..as against a very strong Rec corps with his own skill set, i think he actually done the best he could have in the role he was given to play and did indeed make some good plays aswell as the not so good.

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              • #8
                Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                What I don't understand is why a guy who was a a starter for the world champion steelers coming of a great pre- season with packers didn't play over an injured nickle linebacker Craig Dahl. I know he just got here and needs to pick up the scheme, but IMO Smith should have been our 3rd safety off the get-go he is way better than Dahl and Roach combined. Plus he spent a whole offseason with the Pack he knows there Offense.

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                • #9
                  Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                  Dahl just played bad. I don't know what else to say about that. I don't question his effort or being placed in a difficult situation due to Butler's injury, but he didn't get the job done and GB went after him constantly.

                  Excuses are for losing football teams and that's what the Rams are these days. There are bigger problems than how your backup SS got burned, but at this point, it's either you're part of the problem or part of the solution. Dahl's play today was part of the problem.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                    I didn't think he played especially poorly. I'd have to go back and see if he was supposed to be over the top on any of those long pass plays, but he tied the team lead with 6 solo tackles. The bad pass plays that stuck out in my mind included one where Bradley Fletcher got burned and another where Bartell got burned.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                      Didnt dahl dive to break up a touchdown pass or am i not remembering things correctly?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                        Craig Dahl = The New Marc Bulger.

                        Leave em' alone!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                          Originally posted by btimsah View Post
                          Craig Dahl = The New Marc Bulger.

                          Leave em' alone!
                          So does that mean you are gonna bash him for superficial reasons also? o no! liek doll aint playin liek a starter shuud.
                          Most likely because because he isnt a starter.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                            I was kidding..

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                            • #15
                              Re: Lay Off Craig Dahl ... GEEZUS!

                              Serioulsy? I really don't think football players should be exempt from criticizm after a poor job regardless of position or slot on the depth chart. That being said, I don't think he played any more poorly than player 'x' on defense today. Not all 36 points jogged by him into the endzone.

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                              • bruce4life
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                                The title is self explanatory ...

                                I counted 5 plays where he overran the ball in which AP had a good chunk of his yardage.

                                Dahl jumps on the pile after the play every play.

                                I'm totally sick of this guy... What is everyone's opinion of this excuse of a safety?
                                -12-16-2012, 02:12 PM
                              • thatguy
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                                by thatguy
                                I really like Dahl, he is a solid tackler, he is good at getting to the ball carrier, and he can occasionally deliver a big hit. However he does make some crucial mental mistakes that can cause big plays to happen and he isn't the fastest. I think he has a future with the Rams but I'm not sure if he is what the defense needs. I think the Rams should get a guy who is more of a blend of Atogwe and Dahl. They need a guy who is more well rounded who can be a ball hawk and be a good tackler.

                                Do you think the Rams should get a replacement in the off season? or wait a year or two? or do you think Dahl is good enough to be the starter for a while?
                                -11-21-2010, 07:34 PM
                              • sosa39rams
                                Dahl + Payne?
                                by sosa39rams
                                Since James Butler will miss "significant time" we will need guys to step up and replace him. Craig Dahl and Kevin Payne.

                                From the play of Dahl, he showed he was getting a lot better as the season went on. Payne is also a good backup and I think the duo will do a fine job of filling in.

                                Do you guys think they are adequate starters and will preform well?
                                -08-07-2010, 09:07 PM
                              • kman
                                Dahl is such a bum
                                by kman
                                He is always out of position, that missed tackle for a TD was a joke..Please let Stewart start over this bum!!
                                -08-27-2012, 09:30 AM
                              • eldfan
                                Rams' Dahl looks like a go for Sunday
                                by eldfan
                                BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 4:48 pm | (2) Comments

                                Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Share Frequently when players suffer concussions, they blank out and forget parts of the game. That didn't happen to St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl two Sundays ago in Oakland. He remembers everything, including the fact that he couldn't see straight after a fourth-quarter collision with Raiders running back Darren McFadden.

                                "I got up and my eyes were just real fuzzy," Dahl said. "I couldn't focus. You know, you try to blink, you try to concentrate real hard and maybe you snap out of it. Sometimes (your vision) just gets out of alignment once in a while. But it wasn't happening.

                                "I distinctly remember hearing O.J. (Atogwe's) voice, and he goes: ‘You all right?' I said, ‘No.' He goes, ‘Get back down.' That's when I took the knee the second time. You knew it wasn't good."

                                Dahl was done for the day in Oakland and missed last Sunday's game against Washington. But after being cleared by a neurologist on Tuesday, Dahl has been full-go in practice this week and is expected to start Sunday against Seattle.

                                "He's a veteran guy that's been in our system for more than just a few games," defensive coordinator Ken Flajole said. "So we'll get his leadership, his know-how, his game experience back there. That'll make a big difference for us."

                                Had Dahl not been cleared the Rams would be facing a real dilemma for the Seattle game. Because the only other healthy Rams safety is James Butler. Atogwe (thigh) and Darian Stewart (hamstring) continue to be sidelined with injuries.

                                Even with the missed time, Dahl still ranks fourth on the team in tackles (15), with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a quarterback hit, and a quarterback pressure.
                                -09-30-2010, 09:50 PM
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