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  • St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeover

    St. Louis Rams' trade for wide receiver much-needed step in team's extreme makeover
    By Jeff Gordon
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ONLINE SPORTS COLUMNIST
    10/21/2009

    Maybe rookie receiver Brandon Gibson will help the Rams win some games this season, maybe he won’t.

    But he is exactly the sort of player this organization needs to add at as many positions as possible as its extreme makeover continues.

    Gibson and a fifth-round pick came to the Rams from the Philadelphia Eagles right before the NFL trade deadline, in exchange for linebacker Will Witherspoon.

    Fans hate to see classy veterans like Witherspoon leave town. But when an NFL team craters as the Rams have – losing 33 of 38 games and counting – extensive change is needed.

    A mere renovation of this roster won’t cut it. Owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez realized that after last season’s disastrous 2-14 finish.

    The extensive change began after last season with the front office overhaul, the hiring of coach Steve Spagnuolo and the removal of franchise cornerstones like Torry Holt and Orlando Pace.

    That process continued this summer with the exit of players like Tye Hill, Joe Klopfenstein and Chris Draft. The departure of Witherspoon was just another step in the rebuilding program.

    This wasn’t an easy decision to make. The Rams’ defensive front seven developed nicely this season, becoming the strength of the team.

    Witherspoon moved to weakside linebacker this season, a position he seemed well-suited for. This shift allowed James Laurinaitis to settle in at middle linebacker.

    For an otherwise inexperienced linebacker corps (Laurinaitis, David Vobora, Chris Chamberlain, Larry Grant), he provided valuable leadership. But the midseason addition of veteran linebacker Paris Lenon changed the dynamics.

    The injury-riddled Eagles desperately needed a middle linebacker. The injury-riddled Rams desperately needed help at wide receiver.

    So Rams GM Billy Devaney made the move.

    Gibson fits the profile of what the Rams need right now. He played well for the Eagles during the preseason and turned heads in practice. But Philly has lots of receivers, even with ex-Ram Kevin Curtis injured, so Gibson got stuck on the lower rungs of the depth chart.

    "I feel like I learned a lot in my time in Philly," Gibson told the Burlington County Times. "Just spending time with DeSean (Jackson) and Donovan (McNabb) and everybody. I think I got a lot better. I had a great time and learned a lot, and now it's time to go to St. Louis and put it to use."

    Even with Donnie Avery recovering nicely from his bruised hip, the Rams are woefully thin at receiver. Newcomer Danny Amendola has helped immensely as a kick return and slot receiver, but this team still must develop more weapons in the passing game.

    Losing younger receiver Laurent Robinson and rookie Brooks Foster to season-ending injuries hurt the Rams. Newcomer Ruvell Martin got hurt, too, forcing the team to bring back Tim Carter – a journeyman who failed to make this team during the preseason.

    Gibson was productive at Washington State, where he owns the school record for receiving yards. His draft stock plunged when he popped a hamstring muscle at the Senior Bowl, preventing him from running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    Just making the Eagles roster was an achievement, given the team’s depth at that position. His experience in that offensive system will make his transition to the Rams easier, since former Philly aide Pat Shurmur runs a similar offense here.

    In the near term, the Rams need another receiver capable of occupying the opposing secondary. The Rams must improve their passing attack, stretch defenses with more downfield strikes and open up room for running back Steven Jackson.

    For the long haul, the Rams need to accumulate as much young talent as possible at every position. Roster spot by roster spot, Devaney must overhaul the depth chart to get younger, hungrier and more talented.

    Expect more changes through this season. Expect steady change during the offseason, when the Rams will jettison additional veterans and add younger talent through all means possible. The fifth-round pick gained in this deal in just one more chip Devaney can spend.

    This Rams regime doesn’t plan on spending several years on this rebuilding process. With the franchise for sale, it doesn’t have that sort of time.

    This front office and this coaching staff must make progress every day. The Gibson deal, however minor, helps the organization do just that.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

    This is old.

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    • #3
      Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

      Originally posted by ImOnFire15 View Post
      This is old.
      What, a few hours old? Today is the 21st, right?

      By the way, welcome to ClanRam.

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      • #4
        Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

        Originally posted by ImOnFire15 View Post
        This is old.
        An old article posted by an old poster.
        sigpic :ram::helmet:

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        • #5
          Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

          Originally posted by laram0 View Post
          An old article posted by an old poster.
          Well, I guess that's now true today.

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          • #6
            Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

            Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
            But he is exactly the sort of player this organization needs to add at as many positions as possible as its extreme makeover continues.
            How so?

            Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
            Gibson fits the profile of what the Rams need right now.
            And what profile is that?


            Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
            Just making the Eagles roster was an achievement, given the team’s depth at that position.
            So guys who just barely make other teams' rosters are exactly what our team needs right now? This article makes a lot of assertions, but Gordon doesn't really back up any of them. Is Gibson supposed to be a good addition because he has a good work ethic? Because he's considered a big receiver? Because he has great hands?

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            • #7
              Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

              Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
              Well, I guess that's now true today.

              Would that be because you are now the Big Five Oh!?

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              • #8
                Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                hey guys! i was very upset about this trade at first, but now i am warming up to it a little bit. i have heard good things about gibson so far. the only problem i will have is if they let him go after just one season.

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                • #9
                  Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                  I wonder how fast he gets onto the field, he seems to have the kind of character Devaney & Co. are looking for. Let's hope he's a steal. Lots of Eagles fans were really impressed with this kid, so that's really refreshing. Best of luck to you Gibson!
                  Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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                  • #10
                    Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                    Originally posted by Goldenfleece View Post
                    How so?
                    The Rams were down to two wideouts at one point on Sunday, and are throwing to a bum they picked off the street on critical 3rd Down plays. This sounds like a needed upgrade already.


                    And what profile is that?
                    He draws breath and is uninjured. That profile.

                    So guys who just barely make other teams' rosters are exactly what our team needs right now? This article makes a lot of assertions, but Gordon doesn't really back up any of them. Is Gibson supposed to be a good addition because he has a good work ethic? Because he's considered a big receiver? Because he has great hands?
                    Do you want to keep throwing to the bum we picked up off the street on 3rd and Long? Because that's the alternative. A contender actually thought he was decent enough to make their roster. That automatically makes him an upgrade over the current situation.

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                    • #11
                      Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                      Originally posted by RAMarkable View Post
                      Would that be because you are now the Big Five Oh!?
                      Well, I've been the big five oh for many months now, so no, it's actually because the article is now yesterday's news.

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                      • #12
                        Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                        Originally posted by PeoriaRam View Post
                        The Rams were down to two wideouts at one point on Sunday, and are throwing to a bum they picked off the street on critical 3rd Down plays. This sounds like a needed upgrade already.



                        He draws breath and is uninjured. That profile.



                        Do you want to keep throwing to the bum we picked up off the street on 3rd and Long? Because that's the alternative. A contender actually thought he was decent enough to make their roster. That automatically makes him an upgrade over the current situation.
                        How much difference is there between throwing to the bum we picked up off the street and the guy they picked up from the sixth round of last year's draft? Tim Carter was with us during training camp and has six years of NFL experience, so yeah I think I would feel a little more comfortable throwing to him on third and long than a rookie whose biggest claim to fame is that he "played well for the Eagles during the preseason and turned heads in practice".

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                        • #13
                          Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                          Originally posted by Goldenfleece View Post
                          How much difference is there between throwing to the bum we picked up off the street and the guy they picked up from the sixth round of last year's draft? Tim Carter was with us during training camp and has six years of NFL experience, so yeah I think I would feel a little more comfortable throwing to him on third and long than a rookie whose biggest claim to fame is that he "played well for the Eagles during the preseason and turned heads in practice".
                          We didn't decide to cut Gibson when things were looking slightly better than they are now. We did with Carter. Not exactly a vote of confidence n'est-ce pas

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                          • #14
                            Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                            Originally posted by PeoriaRam View Post
                            We didn't decide to cut Gibson when things were looking slightly better than they are now. We did with Carter. Not exactly a vote of confidence n'est-ce pas
                            We didn't have Gibson when things were looking slightly better than they are now. My point is just that we traded a starting linebacker for a guy who is a fifth receiver even on our team. This makes sense if it is a salary dump, but if people are going to praise the brilliance of acquiring Gibson, it would be nice if they'd give some rationale beyond the position he plays.

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                            • #15
                              Re: St. Louis Rams' Trade For Wide Receiver Much-Needed Step In Team's Extreme Makeov

                              A very unproven WR and a 5th rounder for what might have been part of the reason our D is actually not bad. Trade stinks to me . but if you think this kid will help .......ok. Seems we got screwed again. I'll trade you an X-BOX for the 4 gum balls you have..................the X-Box actually works.

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                              • eldfan
                                Philadelphia wondered why Gibson what on the field.
                                by eldfan
                                BY JIM THOMAS
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                10/21/2009

                                After watching wide receiver Brandon Gibson make one eye-catching grab after another in practice, observers in Philadelphia wondered: Why can't this guy get on the field?

                                Well, Gibson will get his chance. Just not with the Eagles. In a trade-deadline surprise Tuesday, the Rams acquired Gibson and a fifth-round draft choice in 2010 in exchange for starting linebacker Will Witherspoon.

                                Although the Rams are optimistic that Donnie Avery will play this Sunday against Indianapolis despite a sore hip, they are hardly swimming in wide receivers. Since Gibson comes from a very similar offense in Philadelphia, with terminology that's almost identical, the Rams hope he's on the field against the Colts.

                                "Our pro scouts had been following him since preseason," Rams general manager Billy

                                Devaney said. "Philadelphia's done a great job of assembling really good wide receivers. So for a young guy to make the team, a sixth-round pick, that shows that the guy does have ability."

                                Eagles coach Andy Reid said as much in comments to Philadelphia reporters after the trade.

                                "Listen, I normally don't keep that many wide receivers," Reid said, referring to the fact that he kept seven wideouts entering the season. "But I kept him here. So that I think speaks for itself. I think he's going to have a great career in the National Football League, and that doesn't make it an easy situation."

                                A rookie sixth-round draft pick from Washington State, Gibson (6-0, 210) was the school's career leader in receiving yards. With Philly, he had been unable to crack one of the league's deepest receiver corps, appearing in only one game with no catches.

                                "He's got really good hands. Good size. He's a tough guy," Devaney said. "The (Eagles) offense is very similar to what we're doing here. It won't take him long to get up to speed. We'll throw him in the mix and see what he does."

                                All indications are that the trade wouldn't have materialized had not Eagles middle linebacker Omar Gaither suffered a foot injury Sunday. He won't play Sunday and could miss several weeks.

                                "We started off the season thinking we were in pretty good shape at the 'Mike' linebacker spot," Reid said. "We've been banged up here a little bit, so we needed to make this move.

                                "That's the only reason that I would've done something like this."

                                According to league sources, the Rams weren't approached until Monday by Philadelphia about Witherspoon. Unlike baseball, trade deadline moves are rarely made in the NFL.

                                Reports about possible trades involving tight end Randy McMichael and left tackle Alex Barron were unfounded. Nothing came remotely close to materializing with either...
                                -10-21-2009, 09:29 AM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Burwell: St. Louis Rams Decide Not To Bail On Season
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                St. Louis Rams decide not to bail on season

                                Sports Columnist Bryan Burwell
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                10/21/2009


                                As Tuesday began to unfold and the clock kept ticking toward the NFL's 3 p.m. trading deadline, the surprise of all surprises was that the winless Rams were still deep in the swirl of all the best rumors.

                                And as the gossip ensued, the biggest intrigue was whether or not the team would play the role of buyer or seller. Or in more cold and concise language, would they pull out the white flag of surrender, admitting that after an 0-6 start — and with a losing streak that has grown to a hideous 16 consecutive defeats — that this season was already beyond redemption?

                                The most obvious sign of capitulation would be a desperate fire sale; a wholesale sell-off of anyone of value, hocked for a pittance.

                                All weekend, we heard the preposterous gossip that Steven Jackson was on the block, and just as soon as that silliness was quelled, two more intriguing names came up — offensive tackle Alex Barron and tight end Randy McMichael. And if either of those rumors proved to be true, it would have been the surest sign of all that the Rams had run the white flag up over Rams Park.

                                But by the end of the afternoon, general manager Billy Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo sent out another signal entirely. They decided to dig their heels firmly into the ground and declare that they were still in a fighting mood.

                                "We weren't just interested in draft picks," Devaney said in an interview on WXOS (101.1 FM). "We said we are still trying to win football games this year."

                                So no crazy Jackson trade, and no deal on Barron or McMichael either. The shopping list is long for what the Rams need if they are going to ever edge closer to ending this losing streak. But for the time being, item No. 1 on the list was simple:

                                They needed a wide receiver in the worst way.

                                Because of injuries — and a mind-boggling offseason failure to foresee that they hadn't fortified the roster adequately with more proven receiving talent — the Rams' offense has found it a struggle to generate any consistency. The offense was restricted by a group of backups who have yet to prove that they can get open against even the most basic defensive coverage on a regular basis.

                                That's why the organization had no choice but to deal veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon to Philadelphia for rookie wideout Brandon Gibson (plus a fifth-round pick) in hope that he can be even a modest improvement on what's already here with its kiddie corps of receivers.

                                Is Gibson the answer to what ails this lethargic offense?

                                Let's hope he is, because this team needs a receiver who knows how to get open. It needs someone who can line up at wide receiver and defeat a cornerback. It needs someone...
                                -10-21-2009, 11:27 AM
                              • Ramblin` Ram
                                Gibson goes looking for a dust pan but finds the Rams
                                by Ramblin` Ram
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                10/22/2009

                                Brandon Gibson knows little about St. Louis — he'd never even been here until now. But he is aware of the Rams' lowly position in the NFL standings.

                                "We don't have a win," Gibson said Wednesday. "I'm ready to go get one."

                                Just 24 hours earlier, Gibson was ready to go get a dust pan and an ironing board in Philadelphia. He was on his way to the local Wal-Mart when he got the call from the Eagles, informing him he had been traded to St. Louis.

                                "I was running errands, getting stuff for my apartment," Gibson said. "I get a call from a random 215 (area code) number, saying, 'We've got to make a trade and your name came up.' "


                                Gibson wasn't able to finish his shopping.

                                "I had to pack up and get going," he said. "I had a flight in a few hours. I still need a dust pan and an ironing (board)."

                                The Rams need some catches from Gibson, and a touchdown or two wouldn't hurt, either. He's just the latest in what has been a carousel of wide receivers coming and going at Rams Park this season.

                                Over the past six weeks alone, the Rams have claimed Ruvell Martin, waived Derek Stanley, waived, signed and waived Nate Jones, signed Danny Amendola off Philadelphia's practice squad, placed Laurent Robinson on injured reserve, re-signed Tim Carter, and now traded for Gibson.

                                Has quarterback Marc Bulger ever gone through so many wideouts?

                                "I don't know," he said. "Maybe linemen. But not receivers. I think eventually we'll find the right combination. The coaches are still figuring out what guys can do, and I think it'll work out eventually."

                                Injuries have played a role in the nonstop shuffling at the position. But as Bulger mentioned, it does seem as if the Rams are still searching for that "right combination."

                                As coach Steve Spagnuolo sees it, a successful, productive wide receiver corps needs a variety of pass-catchers — big ones, fast ones, quick ones.

                                "Just off the cuff, I say you probably want a mixture of all of those guys," Spagnuolo said. "You have a guy that can stretch it vertical. You have a possession guy. ... A quick guy inside. A big guy that can take it downtown."

                                But with a long grocery list of roster needs in the offseason, the Rams couldn't solve every need. As it turned out, the wide receiver corps has suffered. Injuries continue to prevent speedster Donnie Avery from being the go-to guy the Rams hoped for entering the season.

                                Avery seemed to be returning to form following a training camp foot injury when he suffered a hip injury early in the second quarter against Jacksonville. The prognosis for a quick return was optimistic earlier in the week, but Avery was unable to practice...
                                -10-22-2009, 08:26 AM
                              • Ramblin` Ram
                                Devaney & Spoon speak about the Trade..
                                by Ramblin` Ram
                                from NFL.com

                                The Philadelphia Eagles addressed their need for linebacker depth Tuesday by acquiring Will Witherspoon from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a 2010 fifth-round draft pick.


                                While appearing on "The Fast Lane" on 101 ESPN in St. Louis, Rams executive vice president/player personnel Billy Devaney said the Eagles first called about Witherspoon late last week. However, the sides didn't strike an agreement until about 30 minutes before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, according to Devaney, because the Rams initially were hesitant to trade Witherspoon and insisted on a player and a draft pick in the deal.

                                "Everything is based on what's best for the St. Louis Rams," Devaney said. "We hate to lose Will Witherspoon -- football player and the person -- he's a credit to any organization, on and off the field. But at the end of the day when we looked at what we were getting in return, we thought, again, this is what's best for the Rams, and we made the decision to go forward."

                                Witherspoon also appeared on the radio show and shared his view of the trade.

                                "It was a surprise, but it's understandable," Witherspoon said. "It's a game, but it's a business, too. It's not just a game of your ideals, it's a game about what's better for the whole. I think that both teams came to an agreement that was beneficial situation for the two of them. For me, it's the (opportunity) to go perform again, at a high level with another team."

                                Witherspoon, an eight-year NFL veteran who spent his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, was the Rams' starter on the weakside and has 33 tackles and one forced fumble this season. He has recorded more than 100 tackles in a season three times in his career (2004, 2006, 2007) and has missed just two games because of injury.



                                Gibson, a sixth-round draft pick in April, didn't have a catch this season for the Eagles.

                                The Eagles were seeking linebacker help in light of Omar Gaither's foot injury, which he suffered during Sunday’s 13-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Gaither started the first three games of the season in the middle before being replaced by veteran Jeremiah Trotter, who signed with the Eagles during their bye week. However, Trotter has received mixed reviews in two starts since returning to Philadelphia.

                                The Eagles’ original starter, Stewart Bradley, was lost to a season-ending knee injury during the preseason.

                                The Associated Press contributed to this report
                                -10-20-2009, 06:07 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Rookie Is A Quick Study
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Rookie is quick study
                                BY JIM THOMAS
                                11/18/2009


                                As Brandon Gibson made one catch after another Sunday against New Orleans, the collective thought throughout Rams Nation must have gone something like this: "OK, now we know why they traded for this guy."

                                With fewer than a dozen practices under his belt since being acquired from Philadelphia in the Will Witherspoon trade, Gibson posted the most receptions (seven) for a Rams wide receiver and the most reception yards (93) for any Rams player this season.

                                Gibson, a rookie from Washington State, is the first to admit he was nervous against the Saints. At the same time, he exudes confidence, although not in a cocky way.

                                "Some people know what I'm capable of," Gibson said. "But there were probably a lot of people who haven't seen me play. I guess I kind of gave people a taste, and they're going to have high expectations. That's fine. I just want to go out there and be consistent, make sure I catch the ball and always attack and play at a high level."

                                Some of Gibson's new teammates saw something in him in just the first few weeks of practice. Left guard Jacob Bell, for example, said it was

                                obvious from the get-go that Gibson was a hungry player, and a player who had high expectations for himself.

                                "I think that started in Philadelphia," Gibson said. "Because when you go out there, you've got DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Reggie Brown, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Kevin Curtis, Danny Amendola."

                                In short, the Eagles were stacked at wide receiver at the start of this season. (Amendola is now a Ram; Baskett is with Indianapolis.)

                                "We were out there, and we all were fighting (for playing time)," Gibson said. "We all wanted to get better. And you learn from situations like that. So practice is where it starts. You can set yourself apart in practice, and then it becomes easier in the games."

                                An Army brat, Gibson was born in Germany and then attended high school in Puyallup, Wash., the hometown of former Rams wideout Dane Looker. Gibson stayed in-state for college and by his junior season at Washington State had blossomed into an All-Pacific 10 Conference performer (and a third-team All-American) with a school-record 1,180 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

                                Gibson almost certainly would've been a first-day selection in the 2008 draft, but he decided to return for his senior season at Washington State.

                                "You're only a senior once," Gibson said. "Even though I had a big junior year, I was excited about coming back and thought that I could even get better. I didn't feel like I was ready to take my game to the NFL level."

                                But with a new head coach and a new offensive scheme, Gibson wasn't nearly as effective as a...
                                -11-18-2009, 05:01 PM
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