Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

    Young Rams want to stick it out

    BY JIM THOMAS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    01/10/2010


    Last offseason, free agent cornerback Ron Bartell re-signed with the Rams in part because he wanted to help with the turnaround of a once-proud franchise. In so doing, he passed on a chance to join the New Orleans Saints.

    Less than a year later, the Saints are 13-3 and have the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Rams are 1-15 and have the No. 1 pick in the draft.

    "When I re-signed, I knew it wasn't going to be an overnight thing," Bartell said. "I got into it for the long haul. So I knew it was going to take time. ... We still have the right people in place. I totally, firmly believe that. I think I made the best decision for me. I still think we can get this thing turned around."

    Maybe so, but the last thing Bartell and his teammates expected was 1-15.

    "It was extremely difficult," Bartell said. "With all the changes we made, you definitely didn't see that coming. But it is what it is. We put ourselves in this position. The only thing we can do now is move forward."

    Nobody expected miracles in 2009. But with a new front office, a new head coach, and massive roster changes, nobody expected fewer victories than 2008 — a 2-14 season that saw Scott Linehan fired after just four games and interim head coach Jim Haslett shown the door after finishing the year with 10 consecutive losses.

    The new head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, insists a foundation for success was laid emphasizing "team," hard work, and optimism for better days ahead. General manager Billy Devaney insists there are fewer holes on the roster than a year ago, although he concedes plenty of work remains to be done.

    But after all was said and done, the 2009 team was worse than the '08 version, which lost four of its last five contests by four points or less. And it's debatable whether the Rams are any closer to being playoff competitive in the near future.

    An optimist might say the Rams knowingly took their lumps in '09 while scorching the roster of older, declining veterans; getting the team's salary cap situation back on solid footing; and giving loads of younger players valuable playing experience.

    A pessimist might say that the franchise remains stuck in the muck at the bottom of the standings. That the Rams have a glaring lack of playmakers. And that it's debatable how much better many of the youngsters will get in another season or two.

    "I think we have a lot of talent on this team," linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "That if you look at a lot of the games this year, they could've gone other ways. I think we have great coaches. Another year together, it's going to be something good. There's definitely a lot of competitiveness in this group."

    As Laurinaitis sees it, 2009 was a year of learning, a year of resiliency, a year of coping with defeat.

    "It's very easy to play 100 percent when you're winning, and things are rolling, and the crowd's into it, and stuff like that," he said. "But when you're down and things get out of control, that's when it's very easy to pack it in. I think I learned a lot about myself this year. I've never been put in that (losing) situation except for a few times in college. You can tell who really cares by who really keeps trying in those moments."

    By all accounts, it's a good locker room, underscoring Spagnuolo's attempts at team building.

    "It was a pleasure playing with these guys," said defensive end James Hall, a veteran of 10 NFL seasons — the past three with the Rams. "Each locker room is different. And I've been in some bad ones. I've been in some good ones. So you try to stay with the good ones."

    Bartell said: "We have a good mix of young guys that are willing to learn, and veterans that are willing to lead. Not a lot of egos. Everybody's playing for the same goal. We didn't accomplish that, of course, but I think in the end we all just stuck together."

    Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan doesn't think the Rams are that far away, citing a corps of young veterans such as Bartell, center Jason Brown, offensive tackle Alex Barron, defensive end Chris Long, and safeties James Butler and Oshiomogho Atogwe. Plus newcomers Laurinaitis and offensive tackle Jason Smith.

    "I think we're a couple additions away in my opinion," Ryan said.

    With a little more seasoning, some luck with injuries, and more expertise at finishing out close games, Ryan feels the victory total could mount considerably next season.

    "If you look across the league, most of these playoff teams are very experienced teams and have been together for quite some time," Ryan said. "That's why I hope they can keep all of us together in this system under this coaching staff. So we can grow and keep getting the morale and the camaraderie up, so we can do something special around here. Because the city deserves it. The fans deserve it. And most of all, the players deserve it."

    Easier said than done, according to running back Steven Jackson.

    "We have a lot of work to get done," Jackson said. "We have a lot of things that need to get turned around. ... Something has to turn. What we've done this year is not enough. We've got to work harder."

  • #2
    Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

    IMO injuries and inexperience is what hurt us the most last year.

    I know injuries happen on every team but it seemed like half the Rams starters were injured at some point in the year for a long period of time, if not season ending.

    Also, im excited to see an offense that should be in tune knowing they had last year to learn the play book thoroughly.

    I see last year as a year to gel and now we need to add on some more play makers and make things happen.

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

      53 playing for one....one win.

      I see very few positions that I think should be secure. Longsnapper (if we resign him), OJ (if we resign him), Laurinitis, the person that polishes the Lombardi at Rams Park, and the people that sell the Gameday Program at each game.

      Who should actually go? Whoever let London Fletcher leave, the Rams Marketing department who comes up with those slogans, offensive line coach, whoever decided to lower the lights for the retirment of Deacon Jones' number, ....hell, I don't have all night to finish the list....

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

        Well, this is something that I have experience with. My high school football team. We had a bunch of freshmen and sophomores. We got absolutely killed every game in that year. We literally lost every game. But we grew together, we learned together and we worked together for years. By my junior year, we were one of the better teams.

        I am going with the optimistic mindset this article illustrated. After all the roster shaking, who really expected this club to be that competative? Then all the injuries? not a shot in hell. But they took their lumps, their losses.

        I think Clifton Ryan is right in this article, it almost seems as if we are a couple pieces away, on both sides of the ball that is. I have confidence in the receiving group. The defense is really improving. These guys lost a few games within a couple points. With a few more talented players, and our guys now developing, we may be able to squeak a win with those close ones.

        The future is bright. Out with the old, in with the new. That's the philosophy we have going, and I like it.

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

          The attitude and comments are all upbeat and positive, which is a tribute to Spags and the players he and Billy Devaney have tried to put on the roster. That's all good and well, and I'm certainly glad to hear them, but eventually their hard work and positive thinking has got to bear fruit in the form of wins.

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

            Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan doesn't think the Rams are that far away, citing a corps of young veterans such as Bartell, center Jason Brown, offensive tackle Alex Barron, defensive end Chris Long, and safeties James Butler and Oshiomogho Atogwe. Plus newcomers Laurinaitis and offensive tackle Jason Smith.
            I find it fascinating that Ryan thinks that Alex is one of the building blocks.
            :ramlogo:

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

              What's that saying? " two steps back to make to take one step forward"?

              Well we've been back peddling long enough.

              2006- (8-8)
              2007- (3-13)
              2008- (2-14)
              2009- (1-15)

              We can only go 1 more step backwards. That better not happen!

              GO RAMS!!!!!!!!
              sigpic :ram::helmet:

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                Originally posted by eldfan View Post
                I find it fascinating that Ryan thinks that Alex is one of the building blocks.
                I'm not Barron is not a bad offensive lineman and one of the few durable ones we have.
                Aim high Willis, Aim High!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                  Originally posted by Mooselini View Post
                  Well, this is something that I have experience with. My high school football team. We had a bunch of freshmen and sophomores. We got absolutely killed every game in that year. We literally lost every game. But we grew together, we learned together and we worked together for years. By my junior year, we were one of the better teams.

                  I am going with the optimistic mindset this article illustrated. After all the roster shaking, who really expected this club to be that competative? Then all the injuries? not a shot in hell. But they took their lumps, their losses.

                  I think Clifton Ryan is right in this article, it almost seems as if we are a couple pieces away, on both sides of the ball that is. I have confidence in the receiving group. The defense is really improving. These guys lost a few games within a couple points. With a few more talented players, and our guys now developing, we may be able to squeak a win with those close ones.

                  The future is bright. Out with the old, in with the new. That's the philosophy we have going, and I like it.

                  How many years have we been hearing that?

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                    Originally posted by AlphaRam View Post
                    How many years have we been hearing that?
                    Uh... whle under the current combo of GM and HC?

                    I believe that would be one year.

                    I don't put much stock in, or take comfort from, players mouthing cliched positive platitudes,either. I'm sure you'd hear pretty much the same thing from players/coaches/FO folks on any team in any year that was struggling.

                    I'm pinning my hopes on a personal judgement that we finally have those two critical positions at the top of the organization properly filled. That has not been true for many years & it left a mess that will take more than one year in which everything that could go wrong outside of their control did; injuries, financial restraints, & strength of schedule for them or any draft crop/FA additions to fix.

                    One thing that should to a great extent be under Spags' control at which I think he failed abysmally & has been under-discussed was onfield discipline; far too many penalties that were the result of a lack of mental discipline.

                    I think we need to face the fact that the talent deficit will be impossible to eradicate in one more off season but fewer penalties could significantly help The Rams become at least respectable in the short run.
                    Last edited by Azul e Oro; -01-11-2010, 09:17 PM.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                      Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
                      Uh... whle under the current combo of GM and HC?

                      I believe that would be one year.


                      I don't put much stock in, or take comfort from, players mouthing cliched positive platitudes,either. I'm sure you'd hear pretty much the same thing from players/coaches/FO folks on any team in any year that was struggling.

                      I'm pinning my hopes on a personal judgement that we finally have those two critical positions at the top of the organization properly filled. That has not been true for many years & it left a mess that will take more than one year in which everything that could go wrong outside of their control did; injuries, financial restraints, & strength of schedule for them or any draft crop/FA additions to fix.

                      One thing that should to a great extent be under Spags' control at which I think he failed abysmally & has been under-discussed was onfield discipline; far too many penalties that were the result of a lack of mental discipline.

                      I think we need to face the fact that the talent deficit will be impossible to eradicate in one more off season but fewer penalties could significantly help The Rams become at least respectable in the short run.

                      Funny, I didn't see a discount on game tickets this year based on the HC, GM, etc. I am to the point where I have heard enough sunshine talk - I want to see results on the field. We suffered humiliating shutouts from the Whiners and the Shehawks.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                        Originally posted by AlphaRam View Post
                        Funny, I didn't see a discount on game tickets this year based on the HC, GM, etc. I am to the point where I have heard enough sunshine talk - I want to see results on the field. We suffered humiliating shutouts from the Whiners and the Shehawks.

                        We will see improvement sir. We just need patience. And lots of it. Under this new regime, we knew it would take time to turn this thing around.

                        I think we are on the right path. The on field product *SHOULD* be better than this year's.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                          Originally posted by AlphaRam View Post
                          Funny, I didn't see a discount on game tickets this year based on the HC, GM, etc. I am to the point where I have heard enough sunshine talk - I want to see results on the field. We suffered humiliating shutouts from the Whiners and the Shehawks.
                          Not exactly loaded with detail about how you think The Rams could realistically change their losing ways more quickly, though, is it?

                          Some pretty well-respected football guys like Holmgren see the HC/GM thing as THE critical first step towards fixing a mess that was years in the making & something so rare that achieving it should be a cause for celebration in & of itself.A number of franchises have seldom,if ever, even got that far. Apparently you don't.

                          I think I'll go with Holmgren on that one. Sunshine-lovin' kool-aid guzzler that I am.

                          You think there should have been more tangible results of a turnaround. I see the reasons why that didn't happen. We'll just have to disagree on that as well,methinks.

                          It sounds to me like you'll be a miserable angry fan until The Rams win another SB .Personally , I'll enjoy the ride, however long it takes. Just glad that the train seems to have finally left the station.

                          To each his own.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                            Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
                            One thing that should to a great extent be under Spags' control at which I think he failed abysmally & has been under-discussed was onfield discipline; far too many penalties that were the result of a lack of mental discipline.

                            I think we need to face the fact that the talent deficit will be impossible to eradicate in one more off season but fewer penalties could significantly help The Rams become at least respectable in the short run.
                            well we did get rid of cogs which will fix a big problem with that! lol

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Re: Young Rams Want To Stick It Out

                              Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
                              Not exactly loaded with detail about how you think The Rams could realistically change their losing ways more quickly, though, is it?

                              Some pretty well-respected football guys like Holmgren see the HC/GM thing as THE critical first step towards fixing a mess that was years in the making & something so rare that achieving it should be a cause for celebration in & of itself.A number of franchises have seldom,if ever, even got that far. Apparently you don't.

                              I think I'll go with Holmgren on that one. Sunshine-lovin' kool-aid guzzler that I am.

                              You think there should have been more tangible results of a turnaround. I see the reasons why that didn't happen. We'll just have to disagree on that as well,methinks.

                              It sounds to me like you'll be a miserable angry fan until The Rams win another SB .Personally , I'll enjoy the ride, however long it takes. Just glad that the train seems to have finally left the station.

                              To each his own.
                              Great post. Half this site just doesn't get the fact that the most important thing to happen to this franchise in the last 40 years was getting rid of the blonde air-head, (whose husband # whatever actually scalped Rams SB tickets - can you believe that?!), and stooges #'s 2 and 3.

                              '99 was lightning in a bottle, (by way of Vermiel and Martz as management had nothing to do with it), and they even managed to completely screw that up. My blood pressure goes up a bit every time I think about those clowns.

                              Anyway, I'll have to continue to read the drivel from those who I'm fairly certain jumped on in '99, (as part of the instant gratification set), who again, just don't get it, and sigh and/or get po'd, but that's life.

                              As for the Rams, they're doing it the right way, and I feel better about the team than anytime on the last 30 years.

                              Comment

                              Related Topics

                              Collapse

                              • eldfan
                                St. Louis Rams keep morale up despite 1-10 record
                                by eldfan
                                St. Louis Rams keep morale up despite 1-10 record
                                BY JIM THOMAS
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                12/05/2009

                                They were out of playoff contention by Halloween. They're an afterthought on the highlight shows. The losses continue to mount.

                                They are beaten, banged up — and there's still five games to play. What keeps the Rams buying in?

                                "I'm trusting that the leaders will kind of step up," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "That's what you do in this league. We'll stick to the process and trust the character of the guys we've got in the locker room, and that's all we can do."

                                If the Rams are giving in to defeat after defeat after defeat, it isn't showing yet at Rams Park. Not on the practice field, where the effort remains good. Or in the locker room, where the attitude hasn't reached the going-through-the-motions stage.

                                No Rams player is taking shots at his head coach via Twitter a la Larry Johnson. None of the nine players on injured reserve is critiquing the quarterback or running back. (See Urlacher, Brian — Chicago Bears.)

                                At least not to this point.

                                "I'm a prideful man, and I love football, and I'm a competitor," tight end Randy McMichael said. "I mean, that's what it's all about right now. All your team goals at the beginning of the year, of winning the NFC West and all those things — they're out the window. But at the same time, we still have football games to play, and we're not going to lay down."

                                Had he accepted a free-agent offer from New Orleans last offseason, cornerback Ron Bartell would be undefeated and part of a Saints team that is taking the NFL by storm. Instead, he re-upped with St. Louis because of the challenge of helping the team that drafted him become a winner.

                                Bartell has gotten heartache, frustration and more losing in 2009. Not to mention a quad injury that bothered him for most of the first half of the season.

                                Nonetheless, Bartell says, "A lot of people would kill to be in this situation. I know everything seems dark, but there's a lot of more important stuff going on in the world than being 1-10.

                                "So when you look at it from that aspect, how could you not come out every day and play hard and practice hard? You're getting paid a king's ransom to play a kid's game. So that's the way I'm approaching it, and that's the way a lot of guys in the locker room are going to continue to approach it."

                                In four seasons at Ohio State, linebacker James Laurinaitis lost only eight football games. He topped that total less than three months into his rookie season with the Rams. Even at 1-10, winning remains just as important to him as if the team was 10-1.

                                "That's kind of the way that I've always played football," Laurinaitis said. "You go out to win no matter what your...
                                -12-05-2009, 07:21 AM
                              • Bralidore(RAMMODE)
                                How Hungry Are the Rams Going Into This Year?
                                by Bralidore(RAMMODE)
                                Around Saint Louis and listening and getting the feel from Rams players, I get the sense that we are quickly becoming one of the hardest working and hungry teams out there. Listening to Laurinaitis, Steven, Chris Long, and even new guys coming like Na'il Diggs. Diggs said the main reason he came here was because he wanted to be apart of something special. Helping to raise a football team from the utter depths of mediocrity into respectability and success. He said he felt that DeSpags was building something special here and he wanted to be apart of it. Ron Bartell said something similar when the Saints were making a run at him. I truly believe we are headed in the right direction and I have more faith and excitement for this Franchise than I have had since after the 1999 season. Everyone is focused and working extremely hard this offseason.

                                These guys are not acting like a team that just won a single game out of sixteen. I recall a team like the Lions or the Chiefs or Browns. They seemed lost and simply fell apart. We seem to have put all of that behind us and I haven't heard one peep of anyone saying anything about past failures and everyone in the organization is superbly confident moving forward. I don't think we will be as bad as everyone seems to think but I guess that's just me being overly optimistic. The players at any route certainly don't feel like they will be a bad team, hell they are acting like they're trying to make a run for the playoffs next year and I wouldn't have it any other way...

                                With the state of our division, we could certainly make a run at the playoffs. Stranger things have happened.
                                :helmet:
                                -04-08-2010, 08:19 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Head Coach Scott Linehan Tuesday, January 02, 2007
                                by RamWraith
                                Head Coach Scott Linehan

                                Tuesday, January 02, 2007



                                (Opening statement)

                                “We came out, like we said after the game, really healthy, especially the last two games; which, if there’s a positive about going into this offseason, not getting in and all that was the disappointing part, but we came out really healthy. Don’t have a lot of issues as far as our teams health concerns that you’ll have to address. I think a number of things we have are guys that have to get things cleaned up. I know Alex Barron has cartilage in his knee that will probably be looked at. Torry (Holt) has the same kind of thing. Dexter Coakley’s getting a small plate taken out of his ankle this afternoon. Paul Smith’s getting evaluated on that neck that he had. Those are the kinds of things that are going to be addressed and attended to here right away. I think the important thing is that we’re able to address these things now so it’s not a lengthy offseason thing that keeps them out of the offseason program, things like that.”



                                (On his thoughts on his first season as head coach)

                                “One time around the track. Learned a lot. Got a lot more to learn, but I think progress has been made, and we’re making the adjustments necessary to get to the next step; which we weren’t able to get to, but we made a concerted effort to get there. I think it makes it easy to set our goals for next season, and we can make the same amount of improvement that we made in one year from this season to the next, and it gives us a legitimate chance to achieve the goals we actually set for ourselves last year.”



                                (On the low point of the season being the Carolina game)

                                “I did joke about it, but it really wasn’t very funny. It was a low point. I make reference to this a lot. My wife asked me the same thing. She mentioned it was the two Seattle games for her, but I told her it was Carolina for me just because I felt like we were stumbling, and we didn’t really look like we had the direction we had going into that game. I thought we competed very hard all year long, but I felt in one game, in my opinion, and I know there was a little stretch there where we were down a little bit, but that was the game where I didn’t feel like we showed the competitive spirit necessary to win football games in the NFL. We had to make some major adjustments. It always starts with the head coach, and then I think the other coaches and players need to do the same thing. Hopefully we were able to overcome a time like that, and really move on and learn from it.”



                                (On the high point of the season)

                                “I think the last game. The way we finished. We started off high with a 4-1 record, but we easily could have lost a game or two there. We had some breaks to be honest with you. We played our best football at the end. I don’t think we played our best football...
                                -01-03-2007, 02:35 PM
                              • Bralidore(RAMMODE)
                                Rams Learn Lessons for Future
                                by Bralidore(RAMMODE)
                                "For 16 weeks this year, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has had a laser-like focus on one thing and one thing only: the next game.
                                That tunnel vision trickled down from Spagnuolo to the rest of the team and any discussion of something beyond the next contest was immediately dismissed upon mention.
                                When Spagnuolo woke up Monday morning, though, he was left with the sobering realization that there won’t be another game to plan for until the start of the 2010 season, months and months away.
                                “I wish we were getting ready to play another game,” Spagnuolo said. “I just want to play another game. When you lose, you crave and you hunger for the next opportunity to win. I talked about this a lot during the year. There’s nothing like being in a locker room of an NFL team after winning just because of everything that goes into it during the week and what the guys do together, just the craving for that feeling. Unfortunately, we will have to wait however many months that is to get that feeling again.”
                                So it is that Spagnuolo and the rest of the Rams have already turned the page on the 2009 season and begun their preparations for the next step. Those steps include preparing for the start of the free agent period, scouting and evaluating college prospects and then making the first selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
                                But before any of that can happen, the Rams will review what happened in 2009 and glean as many lessons as possible from what happened to improve their performance on the field in 2010.
                                To each man in the Rams’ locker room, those lessons were different but the overlying theme remains the same.
                                “Through all of the adversity we went through, unless I am missing something, the team, there wasn’t anybody jumping ship, pointing fingers, going off the deep end and that is a credit to them,” Spagnuolo said. “To me, that is the biggest thing.”
                                Indeed, through the difficulties that inherently come with a 1-15 season, it would have been easy for any player or coach to go off the reservation and explode be it in the media, on the field or anywhere else.
                                Beyond that, though, even when the chips were down and the Rams were long-since removed from contention for the postseason, the team continued to fight and battle as though it were in the thick of the race for the playoffs.
                                While simply having a good attitude and remaining competitive when it’s tough won’t win you any games it is certainly a big part of the fabric of successful teams.
                                “I learned something about the guys on this team,” defensive end Chris Long said. “We don’t have any quitters. You see it every week on television. You watch teams and things aren’t going well and people quit sometimes. I don’t feel like we quit. We have to get the football ironed out. That’s execution and stuff like that but I don’t fault anybody for their heart or their...
                                -01-04-2010, 08:44 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Lots of Player Quotes
                                by RamWraith
                                S Oshiomogho Atogwe

                                April 3, 2009



                                (On being designated as the Rams franchise player)

                                I think everything is a good thing. It’s a blessing to come out here and play. And to be thought of as one of the top five at my position is an honor. I relish this.



                                (On why he attended minicamp if he has not signed his franchise tender)

                                “I don’t have to be (here) contractually, but I feel like I’m obligated to be here for my teammates and for my coaches. Going forward in this year, if I want to be a part of this team I want to be a part of this team from the beginning to the end and I think it’s important that we all put aside our own personal stuff and just really sacrifice for the team. Put the team first and allow us to come together as one unit so we can get a lot done this year.”



                                (On his early impressions of Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and the coaching staff)

                                “I’m enjoying them right now. It’s our first minicamp so it’s kind of the grace period where you kind of learn how they’re coaching and they learn how we work. From a first impression standpoint, I think it’s going to be a great marriage. It’s going to be a great community that we’re building here. I think the coaches are really pulling for us and really trying to teach us in a manner that’s going to allow us to be successful on the field and we’re trying to work in a way that’s going to allow us to be successful on the field.”



                                (On why he decided to attend camp besides his loyalty to his teammates)

                                “As a player, you’re really only guaranteed your next play or the play that you’re in or the year that get. So I have this year. Going forth, I don’t know what’s going to happen after this year, I don’t know what’s going to happen after this day so I’m blessed just to be able to say, ‘OK, I get another year to play. Let me focus on that one year that I’m in and then after that we’ll worry about that.’ For today I’m worry about today.”



                                (On if he has talked with S James Butler and started to meld as a tandem)

                                “Yeah, definitely. Me and James, our communication and just our rapport is already on high just from us being together for the last three weeks. And knowing James since we both came out in the ’05 Draft, we already have that camaraderie. I think as I continue to learn the defense, he’s a lot further ahead in the defense than I am, as I become a lot more comfortable in the defense and we’re on the same page as far as what we know, it will just take off from there.”



                                (On if he likes the new defensive scheme)

                                “I definitely enjoy the scheme. Right now it seems like a very aggressive defense where it has the defense really attacking the offense and not so much sitting on the heels. We played an aggressive style of defense again...
                                -04-05-2009, 09:56 AM
                              Working...
                              X