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    A lot of us are talking about what we would do in this current situation, but there's not much we can do at this point. So with the current situation, what would do with this team this current upcoming season to turn it around immediately, to make this team a contender. Remember contracts still play a part, and there's the no cap free agency coming up, so the players we think will be there may not, and there's not guarantee they'll wanna play for the Rams. What QB would you bring that's gonna be better than Bulger? It's a lot to consider, it's not as easy as you think, I'm interested in seeing these ideas.

    My first thing I would do is bring in a WR who can stretch the field, actually I'd bring in two, Avery is a great slot receiver, not a 1 or 2. Against a 3rd string DB he'd be a big threat. I'd also make sure one of the receivers is a big target. We can't afford to trade away any draft picks because you need to still build the team. I'd then bring in a good RB to spell Jackson, you need a great 1,2, punch that way when Jackson's out you don't loose production. Bulger is fine, with three targets to throw to he'd be fine.

    I'd then trade Little for a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick, he's getting up their in age. I'd attempt to get a DE in free agency but if not I'd draft one in the 2nd or third round with LITTLE'S PICK. Carriker being gone is a big deal. I would stick with the 4-3 defense unless we could draft a big Nose tackle. I like bartell but I'd bring in another shut down corner and move Bartell to the two, and Wade to the three. I'd then use my draft picks to draft a QB, WR, DE, Safety, LB, G, NT, DB, not necessarily in that order. I'd use the draft to bolster our roster, and the same time find quality players with 1 2 and 3 picks.

    Being it's Spags first year, I'd give him two more years to turn it around, but I'd fire Shurmer and bring in a proven OC. I feel if the offense plays better and stays on the field and score, we'd have a top 10 D.

    what would you do?

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    Who gives up a 2nd or 3rd round pick to get a 35 year old DE who will be a free agent at the end of the season?

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      I would have to agree that WR could be a top priority.

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        Originally posted by RebelYell View Post
        Who gives up a 2nd or 3rd round pick to get a 35 year old DE who will be a free agent at the end of the season?
        Who crawled up your anus and gave you the bitter bug. DE are always worth something especially if its a player known to get sacks. And if you can read cupcake you would have seen I said maybe get. NOT GET.

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          I think any contender could trade a third rounder for Little, he can still make plays and would be great as a situational pass rusher for a teams like the eagles, vikings, saints, or falcons. I mean look at who we got with our last few third rounders; John Greco, Jonathan Wade, John Alston, Dominique Byrd, and Claude Rotten. Would you not take a 35 year old L.L. for anyone of those guys?

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            Originally posted by jjigga3000 View Post
            Who crawled up your anus and gave you the bitter bug. DE are always worth something especially if its a player known to get sacks. And if you can read cupcake you would have seen I said maybe get. NOT GET.
            thats rude..

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              I know what you are saying about firing Shurmer and bringing in a proven OC, but I'm pretty sure we tried that last year with Saunders, and he looked terrible. IMHO, our current offense is making the coordinators look bad, not the other way around.

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                yah WR is the top choice I think

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                  Originally posted by GolfnRAMFAN View Post
                  I know what you are saying about firing Shurmer and bringing in a proven OC, but I'm pretty sure we tried that last year with Saunders, and he looked terrible. IMHO, our current offense is making the coordinators look bad, not the other way around.
                  Exactly. You need talent first.

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                    If I'm GM, here's my wish list:

                    1) Quarterback. We can debate whether Bulger could still succeed behind a stronger line, but one thing that is not up for debate is the fact that Bulger will turn 33 before the 2010 season starts. Time to start looking toward the future. If there's a legit top 5 player at quarterback, we take him hands down. But we don't need to waste our time picking a guy we only see as a mid-grade talent. When was the last time you heard about a star quarterback drafted in rounds 3 or 4? Seems like they either come from the top two rounds or out of nowhere way at the bottom.

                    2) Strongside Linebacker. What is the reason we can't cover tight ends. I'll take solvable problems for 200, Alex. If Chris Gocong hits free agency, bring him in for a chat. Or perhaps Thomas Davis, whom Ken Flajole would know from his days with the Panthers. Just don't break the bank on this one. This is a position that we really need to address, but we don't need to spend a lot of money or a high draft pick to land a decent strongside linebacker.


                    3) Wide Receiver. It's not that we don't have talent. I'm just not entirely comfortable gambling on Robinson's health and Avery's hands. If we're going to do this west coast thing, let's do it right. We don't necessarily need a burner, but we do need a guy who can make the tough catch when he has to and pick up yards after when he catches the easy one.

                    4) Defensive End. Little and Hall have been fairly productive so far this season (their current stats would project to 8 and 10 sacks respectively if they kept up the same pace all season). However, they are both among the oldest players on the team. Right now, opposing quarterbacks are able to escape the pressure too easily. I don't know if we have a true speed rusher on the team at this point, but if we had someone who could come in from the other side every time Long almost gets the sack now, it would make a big difference. I'm not sure if I'd spend another #1 on a defensive end, but I'd be very interested in second or third round guys who fit what Spagnuolo is looking for.

                    5) Offensive Line. When in doubt, draft the best lineman you can find. Not on the first pick, but any time after that is fair game. Jason Smith is the left tackle of the future, which means more than likely Alex Barron's days with the team are numbered. That leaves a question regarding the right tackle position: draft one? sign one? Give Greco a shot? Even if we don't go for a tackle, the Bell signing at guard hasn't turned out as hoped, and it's anyone's guess how thin the ice under Incognito might be right now.

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                      Originally posted by AlwaysBackwards View Post
                      thats rude..
                      It was rude of him to make the comment he made. The Topic was Let's play GM. So anything goes no ones opinion is wrong or right it's all speculation, so he could of left his bitter opinions to himself.

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                        Originally posted by GolfnRAMFAN View Post
                        I know what you are saying about firing Shurmer and bringing in a proven OC, but I'm pretty sure we tried that last year with Saunders, and he looked terrible. IMHO, our current offense is making the coordinators look bad, not the other way around.
                        YOu can say that, but his choice of play calls have been bad.

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                          Originally posted by Goldenfleece View Post
                          If I'm GM, here's my wish list:

                          1) Quarterback. We can debate whether Bulger could still succeed behind a stronger line, but one thing that is not up for debate is the fact that Bulger will turn 33 before the 2010 season starts. Time to start looking toward the future. If there's a legit top 5 player at quarterback, we take him hands down. But we don't need to waste our time picking a guy we only see as a mid-grade talent. When was the last time you heard about a star quarterback drafted in rounds 3 or 4? Seems like they either come from the top two rounds or out of nowhere way at the bottom.

                          2) Strongside Linebacker. What is the reason we can't cover tight ends. I'll take solvable problems for 200, Alex. If Chris Gocong hits free agency, bring him in for a chat. Or perhaps Thomas Davis, whom Ken Flajole would know from his days with the Panthers. Just don't break the bank on this one. This is a position that we really need to address, but we don't need to spend a lot of money or a high draft pick to land a decent strongside linebacker.


                          3) Wide Receiver. It's not that we don't have talent. I'm just not entirely comfortable gambling on Robinson's health and Avery's hands. If we're going to do this west coast thing, let's do it right. We don't necessarily need a burner, but we do need a guy who can make the tough catch when he has to and pick up yards after when he catches the easy one.

                          4) Defensive End. Little and Hall have been fairly productive so far this season (their current stats would project to 8 and 10 sacks respectively if they kept up the same pace all season). However, they are both among the oldest players on the team. Right now, opposing quarterbacks are able to escape the pressure too easily. I don't know if we have a true speed rusher on the team at this point, but if we had someone who could come in from the other side every time Long almost gets the sack now, it would make a big difference. I'm not sure if I'd spend another #1 on a defensive end, but I'd be very interested in second or third round guys who fit what Spagnuolo is looking for.

                          5) Offensive Line. When in doubt, draft the best lineman you can find. Not on the first pick, but any time after that is fair game. Jason Smith is the left tackle of the future, which means more than likely Alex Barron's days with the team are numbered. That leaves a question regarding the right tackle position: draft one? sign one? Give Greco a shot? Even if we don't go for a tackle, the Bell signing at guard hasn't turned out as hoped, and it's anyone's guess how thin the ice under Incognito might be right now.
                          Very good comment, all though I would take a proven playmaker at for the first pic, I believe with a playmaker you stretch the field on the D. Bulger has at least three to 5 years in him. So we have time to draft and groom a QB, we need playmakers.

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                            Coaching changes don't usually get results right away at least not when there have been so many. I think for all the changes , these poor guys must have non-contact concussions!!!! That's one thing I have never gave Bulger a break for and I should.

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                              Originally posted by jjigga3000 View Post
                              Who crawled up your anus and gave you the bitter bug. DE are always worth something especially if its a player known to get sacks. And if you can read cupcake you would have seen I said maybe get. NOT GET.
                              Woah chilax I don't think he was attacking you, just saying that giving up a 2nd or 3rd for a 35 year old DE with an expiring contract doesn't usually happen considering how valuable Draft picks are. You could prove me wrong and name some teams who you think would do it.

                              Anyways to answer the question

                              1. Gotta draft your franchise QB. Start fresh with Locker, Claussen, or Bradford then build your offense around them.

                              2. Get weapons definately have to go after a TE in FA look at guys like Ben Watson and Tony Schefler who are athletic receiving TE's. Not alot out there with FA wideouts, so gotta go after your number 1 guy early. We will have an early 2nd, but if we see a guy we like we should trade up to ensure that number 1 target. Guys to look at are Damian Williams USC, Arrelious Benn Illinois, Brandon LaFell LSU, Mike Williams (Syracuse), and Dez Bryant Oklahoma State (trade up?).

                              3. Build through the Trenches- As a GM I'm addressing the trenches on both sides of the ball. Chris Long is going to LE and we are going to pick up a young pass rusher in the draft or FA. I also am going to resign either Hall or Little to help the young guy come along it will be either or not both older guys. I let cogs and Barron go, but we already have their replacements. Smith goes to LT and Grecco goes to RG. We need to a RT now in FA or the draft. If we dont add a guy in FA it will because we added a DT like Barry Cofield or Tony Brown to be a good UT and free things up for our ascending players Ryan and Long. If we do add a RT in FA we will get a DT in the third or 4th round.

                              4. Back 7 on defense- Definitely could use another LB and maybe a corner. Ton of ex spags players out there, but Chase Blackburn of the Giants and Chris Gocong of the Eagles will be the most attractive cheaper options out there. Both know the system and are well rounded players who can fill our whole on the strong side. Spags loves DEs and he puts them all over the field he could draft a DE and convert him to LB like he has done before in the past with Gocong, Kiwi, Blackburn, and others. We have enough young guys at corner. A vet who can be a starter or at least a nickle is desperately needed. Names to look at are Leigh Bodden, Ellis Hobbs, and Richard Marshall all fit the system. My preference Marhsall physical player who has played for Flajole in the past and fits the mold for CBs we are looking for.

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                              • richtree
                                RichTree's Rams Free Agent and Draft Outlook --- 1/11/11
                                by richtree
                                The Rams must attack this off-season. There are a couple of points I would look to see addressed and there are some priorities that need to be in order. It is easier to list them, and get the opinions of the forum to spark conversation. These are my first thoughts and I figure by posting them some people can change my mind (or reinforce them):

                                1. Get a TE in free agency. This is a weak Tight End Draft and Fells isn't good enough to play as a dual threat (block,catch) TE in our offense. Go after O.Daniels, M.Lewis, Z.Miller, K.Boss and let Micheal Hooman prove he can stay healthy.

                                2. Sign a Guard in Free-Agency. We took Saffold in Round 2 and hit gold. This year we cannot waste another top 4 round draft pick on the OL. We need to find a guy in FA to play with Brown, Smith, Saffold.

                                3. Draft athletes. We play in a dome and have a very slow team. Without Avery on the field we must have one of the slowest offenses on the field. Our defense lacks athletes that hit hard and play physical. We are weak up the middle except for JL.

                                4. Attack free agency early and with $$$$. Last year ownership was in question and Bradford's contract was coming. After a good season we need to strike quickly so that other free-agents will know we are serious.

                                5. Draft better rounds 3-6. Rams seem to not draft as strong late in the draft. Everyone here wanted Mike Williams and Aaron Herdandez not to mention Jacoby Ford was there as well BUT we take a head case in Mardy Gilyard. When talent falls you must be ready to pounce or trade up.

                                6. Our main priories are (in any order): WR, RB#2, G, OLB, SS, DL, KR/PR, athletes everywhere.

                                7. Sign Clayton...Sjax wants Houshmanzadeh -- just say no there.


                                8. P.Shumur -- Replace him quickly or if he stays he should publicly (thru Spags) say that he wants to open the offense up with Bradford's arm.

                                9. Signing a free agent WR allows us to go Defense in round 1. I know no one wants to hear that but if we sign a legit WR in free agency we can go : DE or OLB round 1 and WR round 2

                                10 . O. Atogwe -- what to do ? Our defense played to the max with minimal talent. We have 4 legit players on defense, that leaves 7 spots with room to improve. Our defense carried our team all season.


                                That's a quick into, I was bored and wanted to type something to start some talk.

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                                -01-11-2011, 10:59 AM
                              • RamsFanSam
                                RFS: My 2010 Draft Needs Analysis
                                by RamsFanSam
                                I have watched the Rams struggle this season as most of you have, and have studied various aspects of the team from one game to the next. This has led me to several conclusions including what positions we are likely to draft and in which round. Remember, this is merely speculation, and I may be wrong. Hopefully, some of you will use this opportunity to discuss this, and maybe, just maybe, we can have a real discussion without usage of the word "sucks" in any form.


                                Round 1: Wide Reciever. Scream all you want about cornerbacks and quarterbacks, our corners are NOT the worst in the league, and neither is our QB...not even our backups. Our wide reciever corps, however, is not only thin, but is lacking a true threat. Robinson is, or should I say was, our best WR, but he was never looked at as a true threat. We need a Henry Ellard, an Issac Bruce. Once we get this, our offense will improve by 50% before he ever hits the field.

                                Rd. 2: OLB. Right now, it's the "Son of Animal show". Laurinaitis is doing great at his position, especially for a rookie. Without Spoon, he is working basically by himself, with backups on each side. We need to find a big, fast, bruising linebacker to improve our front seven.

                                Rd. 3: Offensive Lineman. We need a guard/tackle. Chances are, Barron will be gone next year, Smith will be on the left, and ????? will be on the right. Bell is okay at LG, but OK isn't good enough. We need someone who can move like a ninja that eats a side of beef at every meal - raw - to shore up our OL and open holes for SJ.

                                Rd. 4: Running Back. We can't expect Seven to carry this team all season long and be ready to do it again next year unless he has someone helping him. If we had another RB, someone that did the things he can't do - avoid the defenders instead of running over them, sneak around a tackle instead of breaking them...then we could have a real tandem at RB, and our opponents would have a hard time covering both of them.

                                Rd. 5: Cornerback. We are thin there, but this is one position we can wait 'til later to fill. Why? Well, if our front seven are solid enough (and I think they could be next year), the secondary will be just that - secondary. Add to this a POTENT offense that scores points, which the three above additions can make - and the secondary becomes almost... tertiary. Of course, we'd be going after a vet CB in free agency, so this will help a lot.

                                Rds 6 & 7: BPA, because we have need for the best available. Argue that point...lol.

                                This won't fill all the holes, and no, it doesn't include a QB. I still think Bulger is good for at least one more year, and we also have this neat little thing call free agency we can use to fill spots.

                                I open the board to discussion. :helmet:
                                -10-26-2009, 06:35 PM
                              • Herron63
                                Another way to go (Just a thought)
                                by Herron63
                                Anyone considered trading down in the first round and get more picks in the second or third round. I know its kinda early to be thinking about draft trades, but one thing I keep reading on here is that we have several needs still left to fill with free agency and the draft. My thought would be to pick up a proven veteran receiver in free agency, trade down in the first round and pick up a guy like pouncey from florida to fill the guard hole. Then with maybe two picks in the second fill needs at safety and maybe dt. Just a thought. Wondering what you guys think. I like Green, Jones, and Blackmon (especially Jones because of his physical presence as a blocker seems like a good fit) but we have a lot of young receivers already that need to learn from a veteran presence. What do you think?
                                -01-08-2011, 05:17 PM
                              • richtree
                                Rams Round 2 --- Pick #47 --- What the Rams CANNOT do....
                                by richtree
                                Ok, so Robert Quinn the big, DE from UNC is now a Ram. This should make everyone happy for many reasons. He is the athletic, rusher that makes Spags system great. We needed a youthful burst from this side of the ball and him, Long, and Selvie will make us happy for the next 5 years.


                                NOW ON TO ROUND 2, AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

                                #1 We cannot take Offensive Guard here. We took Saffold here last year to protect our investment in Bradford. We also have money tied up in the Oline. A run blocking specialized guard can often be found in the later rounds of the draft.

                                #2 We should only take a DT if he is the absolute perfect fit and the guy we want. This is a position that we can plug in vets for another year and maybe find another guy in Free Agency or in the later rounds. It doesn't make sense to pay Round 2 money (possible last year's contract rules) for a guy that will play limited snaps as a rookie.
                                We have bookend DE's and need to get athletes on the field.

                                #3 Avoid Kyle Rudolph at all costs. If he was that good he would have went already. In a weak TE class, we could wait for DJ Williams or Housler in the next round. McDaniel doesn't favor TE's and we already have 2 young guys with potential. There are plenty of TE's that will be available to block for our vertical attack later in the draft or in Free Agency.


                                #4 Focus on intimidate needs to help get us to playoffs this season. It's obvious we may start slow with a new OC and lots of young guys, but come week 16 we cannot have a bad loss to the Seahawks because of our inability to open up the offense.

                                #5 Get an immediate need at an athletic position. They are:

                                WR, RB#2, OLB, SS, FS



                                Obviously, if we are lucky to have Hankerson, T.Smith, A.Ayers there we should go with one of these guys.

                                But if not lets pass on Justin Houston for a Guard like Wil Rackley because he is rated higher....

                                I truly believe that Round 2, 3, and 4 will have a great impact on the Rams this season.
                                WR, RB#2, OLB, SS, FS <---- These five needs should make up 3 or the next 4 picks...

                                Guys like Jacquizz Rodgers, Greg Little, and any Safety we want will all be there later....lets get athletes all over the field and create a buzz for the future and more free agent guards and Dt's will come play ....
                                -04-29-2011, 09:38 AM
                              • RamsFanSam
                                It's not the coaches, it's not Sam...
                                by RamsFanSam
                                It's our recievers - including the tight ends and running backs. I don't know if they changed the footballs this year to make them less "sticky", or if the gloves are different, or what. All I know is that last season, with many of the same guys, Sam was firing the ball a heck of a lot faster and it seems like there was more balls that were caught.

                                This is kind of a little off the main subject, but I noticed something peculiar...last season, every time Sam threw a pass, you could hear the sonic boom as the ball left his hand. This year, it seems as if the ball is thrown a tiny bit slower...could this be the result of being more comfortable in his second year, or is this due to a concious effort to make the balls more catchable for the recievers?

                                OK, back to the main subject...

                                Bradford has it in him to be a great QB. Right now, he's good. Dang good. If he had Faulk, Proehl, Holt, and Bruce to throw to, he would make everyone think Kurt Warner had a clone. It is RARE that I praise anyone so much...Avenger can verify this, as he heard me complain about everyone and everything during the Rams/Eagles game. My problem is the recievers. I don't think there are, in all honesty, more than ten current wide recievers in the NFL that are as good as Bruce and/or Holt were back in '99-'04.

                                There's not that many that I know of that will be coming up for the draft next April that look like true #1 recievers, either.

                                If we were to sign a FA or trade for a current player, the cost may be too high for the return. We don't really have any "good" players that we can afford to trade. No one wants to get rid of Jackson or Long or Bradford or Laurainitis. That means we would have to likely trade multiple players to get a true #1 WR. This may sound OK, getting rid of 2 or 3 of our "lessers" for one good one, but there is the "what if" factor: for instance, what if our "#1" was injured, and we had traded Amendola and DX to get him? We'd be up that famous creek without a propulsion device. Even if we signed a FA, where would the money come from? We'd have to either cut player salaries or just cut players to get there...and trust me, if you are working for someone who cuts your pay and expects the same work out of you, they aren't going to get it. So, there's that negative aspect, too.

                                So, that really leaves the draft as the only clear option. I'm one who believes that the Rams should draft according to need IF there is a player worthy of the draft position. In other words, if we need a shutdown corner (and we do) and the best one in the draft is at best a second round player, then we don't draft him until that round. Instead, we look at the best player available in the first round, compare the draftee's position and talents against our needs, and then make a concious decision that is best for the team.

                                Since we still have many glaring...
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