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    Barron is sent to the bench
    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Oct. 05 2009

    SAN FRANCISCO — A former first-round draft choice getting the opportunity of
    his NFL career this year, Rams tackle Alex Barron appears to floundering rather
    than flourishing.

    Barron, the 19th overall selection in the 2005 draft, was banished to the
    sideline by coach Steve Spagnuolo just before halftime Sunday in the Rams' 35-0
    loss to the San Francisco *****. Barron was yanked after failing to line up
    properly, prompting an illegal-formation penalty that negated a first-down pass
    play and snuffed a promising drive.

    John Greco, a third-round draftee in 2008, finished the game at left tackle.
    Although offering little elaboration about the move, Spagnuolo cautioned about
    drawing any conclusions from it.

    "I told the group I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Alex Barron,"
    Spagnuolo said. "I just felt that was something we had to do at that particular
    point."

    The Rams trailed 7-0 at the time. Barron was a spectator during the second
    half, when the ***** turned the NFC West contest into a rout.

    "It was just a decision made by the coach, and that was that," Barron said.
    "You don't want to get pulled, but it happens."

    It hadn't happened to Barron in his first four seasons, though. He'd started 62
    of 64 games, the vast majority of them at right tackle. After the offseason
    release of seven-time Pro Bowler Orlando Pace, Barron took over at the
    all-important left tackle spot, on a righthanded quarterback's blind side.

    That's where the money is among NFL linemen. In the final season of his
    original contract, Barron figured to cash in heavily in 2010 — either by
    re-signing with the Rams or in free agency — if he put together a solid
    season.

    With the Rams 0-4, averaging a moribund six points a game, and Barron benched,
    that big payday could be slipping away.

    "You can't do much about a guy getting pulled," left guard Jacob Bell said.
    "The head coach has his reasons; you never know exactly what he's thinking.
    You've just got to work with what you've got."

    In Greco, the Rams have a 6-foot-4, 329-pounder who is just getting back into
    form after having wrist surgery a month ago. A left tackle at the University of
    Toledo, Greco had been working at that position only recently with the Rams.

    "I wanted to show that I could play anywhere," he said. "I was kind of getting
    ready for it this week (in practice). I got an opportunity to get in there, and
    hopefully I did my job."

    He did, according to center Jason Brown.

    "John did a very good job out there; we're proud of him," Brown said. "We never
    like to call each other backup players; we like to say we have solid depth.
    Whenever a man goes down, the next guy called to duty has to come in and
    perform at a level that'll help us win the game. He did that today."

    Even Barron provided a strong review. "Give credit to John Greco. He came in
    and did a good job," said Barron, a two-time consensus All-American at Florida
    State. "He was out there trying to win a football game."

    Greco acknowledged that he was surprised when summoned into the fray. "Yeah,
    but I was ready," he said. "That's how it always is. If you're dressed and you
    put the pads on, you've got to be ready. So, I didn't skip a beat, just went in
    there."

    Despite the praise, the bottom line is that the Rams' offense was shut out for
    the second time this year — in just four games. No Rams outfit had been blanked
    twice in a season since 1942, when the club was based in Cleveland.

    "It felt good to get in," Greco said, "but I'm kind of sick about the loss."

    Declining to say whether he felt that he deserved to be demoted, Barron
    insisted that he wouldn't necessarily bring any extra motivation to practice
    this week just to win his job back.

    "You've got to be motivated anyway," he explained. "We've got a game Sunday.
    We've got to play against a good team. Our focus is toward the Vikings."

  • #2
    Re: Barron is sent to the bench

    Really disappointed with this news, I had high hopes for this guy, man who could of blown millions with that move, real dumb..


    steve:ram:
    "The breakfast Club":helmet:

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    • #3
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      This has got to be Spags giving Barron shock therapy. Even Cogs was put back in after getting pulled for his multiple drive killing penalties.

      We know Barron has talent and can do the job, but he just doesn't keep his focus and it's been a problem his entire career. I think Alex is now in an all out fight to keep his spot and stay a Ram.

      Spags isn't taking any prisoners. Can't say I blame him.

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      • #4
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        Its easy to say we have a bad line and OL scheme...but who stays and who goes?

        Who players where ?

        It Brown at Center and a bunch of ?????.,

        and one want to try to analyze our line?

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        • #5
          Re: Barron is sent to the bench

          Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
          This has got to be Spags giving Barron shock therapy. Even Cogs was put back in after getting pulled for his multiple drive killing penalties.

          We know Barron has talent and can do the job, but he just doesn't keep his focus and it's been a problem his entire career. I think Alex is now in an all out fight to keep his spot and stay a Ram.

          Spags isn't taking any prisoners. Can't say I blame him.
          I am ok with this as long as he is consistent with it,why was Cogs put back in and Barron not,does lack of effort carry a heavier penalty then stupid play ? both kinds need to be addressed and neither is acceptable.

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          • #6
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            It isn't shock therapy if he goes on the radio the next day and basically gives Barron a pass for his play and says not to read much into the benching.

            I think it's good to bench and we don't know what is said in private but he needs to make things clear. As with the Draft release, it's difficult for fans to get behind the guy when decisions come out of no where and we didn't get hints they were coming.

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            • #7
              Re: Barron is sent to the bench

              Originally posted by RebelYell View Post
              It isn't shock therapy if he goes on the radio the next day and basically gives Barron a pass for his play and says not to read much into the benching.
              When they say don't read too much into it, it means you should read something into it.

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              • #8
                Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                I liked the move, except for taking a lighter stance on it the next day. I think Spags has alot of fire and this is just what the team needs, just keep letting it burn HOT, don't cool off the next day. Players should feel the pressure to perform and if they can't I like the fact we have a coach who isn't afraid to give one of them the hook.
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                • #9
                  Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                  I hope this gets his head in the game a little more.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                    i say bring in martz as offensive coordinator, im willing to try that at this point. Wasn't this offensive scheme supposed to be short quick passes? i rarely see short quick passes. and a run on 3rd and 15... good golly miss molly.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                      i still want to see smith starting at lt and goldberg or greco at rt

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                      • #12
                        Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                        Spags doesn't come across as a hard-edged guy who is going to roast players publicly- at least not now when he feels the effort is there, if not the results. Benching Barron was long overdue. He is lackadaisical and unfocused with a 5 year track record of penalties and lethargic play as proof. He is the classic guy who gets by on great athleticism but lacks the drive and focus to recognize his true potential. Chances are this won't change.

                        Part of the problem is that a number of players would have been benched long ago if there were viable options behind them but there aren't. The coaches are then faced with a dilemma: Do I bench this guy (Cogs, Barron, etc.) and compromise the team by playing back-ups or do I live with their unsatisfactory effort/actions? It's six of one, a half dozen of the other.

                        I am not happy with Spags' backtracking of sorts the day after Barron's benching. I am from the Bill Parcells school of tough love and "too damned bad" if you don't like what I say. I can only surmise that Spags is cut from a different cloth and trying to build a rapport with these guys. Going off on one guy isn't going to help matters, especially since he feels that the overall team effort is generally good. Hopefully, Barron was lambasted privately for his lack of discipline.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                          How many drives has barron cost us with his stupid penalties, not blaming him for games, just key drives.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                            Very disappointed in Barron. He has got to be on a short leash now for the rest of the year until he can finally step up and play like he's suppose to.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Barron is sent to the bench

                              I suspect the coach downplayed it afterward because there was no point in piling on. There's a delicate balance to be sought between lighting a fire under a guy and publicly burning him at the stake. Coach made his point that if Barron didn't get it together, someone else would come in and do the job.

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                              • eldfan
                                It's time for Barron to blossom
                                by eldfan
                                When he'd leave the modest ranch house on Hillcrest Avenue in Orangeburg, S.C., young Alex Barron usually was headed for the outdoor basketball court nearby.

                                It was — and still is — his favorite sport. He was good at it, too.

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                                "Truth be told, I think I would've been OK," he said. "I'm not here to say I would've been an all-star for 10 years or anything like that. But I know I'd have done pretty good in college."

                                After a pause, Barron added softly, "But that's not the road I chose."

                                In reality, the road chose him. It's led him to a new position — he's the Rams' first new full-time left tackle since 1997 — at the best possible time. Barron, 26, is in the final season of the original five-year, $9.2 million deal he signed in 2005, when the Rams took him in the first round of the draft.

                                If his play this season suggests that he could rank among the league's top linemen, Barron, who became the Rams' first-team right tackle in his rookie season, stands to cash in — big time. Left tackles, charged with protecting a righthanded quarterback's blind side, are among the game's most valued, and best-compensated, performers.

                                "He's talented, and he deserves it," his kid sister, Lasaundra, insisted. Barron doesn't feel entitled, though.

                                "I try not to put any added pressure just because of what year it is for me," he said. "But I'm not going to lie and say I haven't thought about it. Why wouldn't I want to be in the conversation with the top tackles in the league? That'd be stupid."

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                                The climax was a rim-rattling slam dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy. "The place exploded. They about took the roof off," said former coach Geb Runager, who was in the stands.

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                              • RamWraith
                                Offensive lineman Alex Barron is unusually quick
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                                By Bill Coats
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                Sunday, Sep. 24 2006

                                Florida State tailback Leon Washington thought he was alone as he sprinted
                                toward the end zone two Octobers ago against Syracuse. Then he glanced to his
                                side and saw teammate Alex Barron cruising stride for stride with him.

                                "I'm telling you, you could line him up at running back," an incredulous
                                Washington told reporters later.

                                A 6-foot-7, 315-pound running back would be quite a site. Anyway, the Rams
                                prefer to keep Barron at right tackle, where he has been a starter since the
                                fourth game of his rookie season last year.

                                For the second half of Sunday's game in San Francisco and during most of this
                                past week in practice, Barron and right guard Adam Timmerman were the only
                                familiar faces on a patched-together offensive line.

                                At center, Richie Incognito has replaced Andy McCollum, who suffered a
                                season-ending knee injury in the opener, with newcomer Adam Goldberg at left
                                guard and first-year Ram Todd Steussie at left tackle in place of Orlando Pace,
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                                Barron called his elder-statesman status "kind of funny. This time last year, I
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                                of the offense. Barron suited up for the third game, Sept. 25 vs. Tennessee,
                                and with starter Blaine Saipaia struggling, was tossed into the fray late in
                                the third quarter. On his first NFL snap, Barron flattened Titans defensive end
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                                Two games into his second season, "I'm feeling a little bit more comfortable,"
                                Barron reported.

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                                is better. He's progressing very well."

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                              • RamWraith
                                Tardiness costs Barron his streak
                                by RamWraith
                                By Bill Coats
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                Monday, Dec. 08 2008
                                GLENDALE, Ariz. — After his 47-game streak of consecutive starts came to an end
                                Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, Rams offensive lineman Alex Barron
                                claimed he wasn't aware of the nearly 3-year-long string.

                                "Forty-seven? I didn't know that," said Barron, the team's first-round draft
                                pick (No. 19 overall) in 2005.

                                Adam Goldberg was at right tackle and Barron was on the bench when the Rams'
                                offense took the field for their first series in a 34-10 loss to the Arizona
                                Cardinals. Goldberg played nearly the entire first half and most of the third
                                quarter before Barron was sent in.

                                Barron was penalized by coach Jim Haslett for arriving 15 minutes late for a
                                midmorning team meeting Friday at Rams Park. Asked after Sunday's outing why he
                                was tardy, Barron replied, "Why? I was late. I was late. Didn't follow the
                                rules. Goldberg stepped in and did a great job."

                                Barron was equally evasive on whether he felt he owed his teammates an apology.
                                "I've talked with the coaches. Everything's cool," he said.

                                When asked whether he and Haslett were OK now, Barron said, "What do you mean
                                OK? We had a conversation when I was late, and that was it."

                                Said Haslett, "Hopefully he won't be late anymore."

                                In Goldberg, the Rams had an experienced surrogate for Barron. Goldberg, 6 feet
                                7 and 318 pounds, has played every position on the offensive line, and he even
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                                "Those kinds of guys are invaluable," quarterback Marc Bulger said. "I've been
                                here before when we didn't have a guy like that, and it really shows. For him
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                                Goldberg had just Friday's practice at right tackle — he'd started two games at
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                              • RamDez
                                Barron Begins Crash Course
                                by RamDez
                                Monday, August 15, 2005

                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                While the lights were out at Rams Park this weekend because of a power failure, a trio of offensive line instructors was spending its time trying to help the lights come on in the head of rookie tackle Alex Barron.
                                As most Rams enjoyed their Saturday afternoon off after their win against Chicago on Friday night, the offensive line’s newest arrival was getting acquainted with his new coaching staff.
                                No other players were present at Rams Park as offensive line coaches John Matsko and John Benton and Hall of Fame tackle Jackie Slater gave Barron a crash course in everything from technique to the offense to foot work.
                                For the better part of the day, Matsko, Benton and Slater took turns drilling Barron on different things. Matsko did an hour on pass protections, Benton handled run blocking and Slater drilled technique. Then, the trio went through it again. It was a quick, tireless introduction to training camp.
                                “They did a great job working with me this weekend,” Barron said. “The other guys were off. I just got a little extra work in during the days. It helped out a great bit. It caught me up to some of the things that had been going on in camp, some new plays, different techniques and stuff.”
                                Barron’s work was cut short by a loss of electricity that occurred around 4 p.m. Saturday. But by that time, Barron had already dived in head first. It brought the teaching session to an abrupt halt, but it was Barron’s first crack at working out in St. Louis after a two-week holdout.
                                Barron continued the workouts through the weekend, but he still has a ways to go. Barron played left and right tackle at Florida State, but it was more of a strongside versus weakside type of change than making the permanent move to the right side. That seemed to give him an advantage coming in, but Matsko said it is natural for Barron to be uncomfortable when he is so used to being the left tackle.
                                “I like him if he has got a chip on his shoulder,” Matsko said. “Mentally, he was very sharp when he was here. The challenge that he had came when he was on the right side was being dominant with the left hand when he was in pass protection.”
                                That all goes back to technique and that was an area Barron struggled with at the team’s mini-camp in June. Barron looked somewhat lost on the right side and got beaten repeatedly in pass rush drills. After each practice, Barron looked worn down and tired.
                                “I think it might have had something to do with the combination of being in the situations he was in and working with the ones and the multitude of plays he was trying learn and then trying to master the technique,” Slater said. “I think it was the combination of all of that more than anything else.”
                                But the rookie was much improved in his first practice Monday morning. Working at his more natural left tackle spot, Barron held his own in the morning workout...
                                -08-15-2005, 03:26 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Barron Poised for a Breakout
                                by RamWraith
                                Thursday, August 3, 2006

                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                A year ago around this time, Alex Barron was at home in Orangeburg, S.C., awaiting a contract offer from the Rams that would meet he and his agent’s desires.

                                This year, though, things are much different for Barron. After a 16-day holdout that was trumped among first-rounders only by Chicago running back Cedric Benson, Barron reported to St. Louis on Aug. 11, 2005.

                                For all intents and purposes, Barron is actually participating in his first professional training camp.

                                “To tell you the truth, when I got here last year they had already played the Bears and camp was about over with,” Barron said. “This is actually like my first camp. It’s all right. It’s something everybody has to go through every year to get ready for the season.”

                                The time Barron missed last season probably cost him a shot at being the starter at right tackle for the entirety of his rookie season. Soon after the Rams used the 19th pick in the draft on Barron, he was declared the starter by coach Mike Martz.

                                But Barron fell behind during the holdout as he initially had trouble switching to the right side after playing a lot of left tackle at Florida State. He also was way behind on the playbook because of all the missed installation periods. So, Barron was declared inactive for the first two games of the regular season.

                                “It was kind of difficult,” Barron said. “I was learning the plays, learning the system and coming from college (adjusting) to the speed of the game and things like that.”

                                Finally, on Sept. 25 against Tennessee, Barron got his first action, replacing a struggling Blaine Saipaia at right tackle. Barron manhandled Titans’ defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch repeatedly and recovered a key fumble in the fourth quarter. He had staked his claim to a starting job he would not relinquish the rest of the season were it not for a hand injury.

                                Barron went on to start 11 games, playing in 12 and acquitted himself well against the likes of the Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. Still, Barron was not content with his debut season.

                                “You can’t really ever be satisfied,” Barron said. “As a team, we had some different things goal wise and individual. You can never be satisfied you just look to the next year to get better.”

                                For Barron, one aspect of getting better meant working diligently in the offseason to improve his physical stature. He played last season in the 315-320 pound range, but estimates that he somewhere below 310 pounds right now. In the opening days of training camp, Barron has looked slimmer yet stronger.

                                To get to the level that he wants, though, the real task for Barron will be improving on the mental aspects of the game. Silly errors plagued Barron as a rookie and it’s something he and coach Scott Linehan hope to improve...
                                -08-03-2006, 06:54 PM
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