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  • LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

    Rotoworld report:
    Rams re-signed exclusive rights free agent SLB David Vobora to a one-year contract.
    According to Pro Football Focus, Vobora missed just one tackle all last year on 401 snaps, was effective in coverage, and was quietly the Rams' best run defender from the linebacker position. St. Louis may bring in competition -- Na'il Diggs is on the radar -- but 2008 Mr. Irrelevant appears to be a keeper.

    Nice little report there. I feel Vobora could stick as the starting SLB, especially with the holes the team has elsewhere. Improve the DL in front of him and i think he can do a solid job for us.
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  • #2
    Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

    Very impressed about the stat that he missed only one tackle ! He is not a playmaker but a solid player, with good player around him we can keep him for bargain price.
    Si vous croyez en vous, que vous avez de la fierté, et que vous ne lâchez jamais, vous serez un gagnant.
    Le prix de la victoire est chère, mais la récompense en vaut la peine.

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    • #3
      Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

      He may not have missed tackles but he wasn't always in position to make the tackles. Seemed to over run the plays. If they bring in Diggs and he beats him out, I'll be thrilled.

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      • #4
        Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

        Vobora is at the very least a very good backup. If he improves then he can be a decent starter, nothing like a pro bowler but someone that can make a difference on the field.

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        • #5
          Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

          you guys are too quick to write guys off. With enough hard work and film study the call could very well indeed be a pro bowler and I hope he has that mind set. I hope none of the Rams read this site or else they'll come away with the impression that they shouldnt win games next year and they just about all suck with no hopes of getting too much better..

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          • #6
            Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

            Yeah, I am a fan of his. I would have liked to have seen him signed for longer, but this gives him something to strive for.
            A defeated look of consternation, dissappointment, or even pain. The name derives from the look one often gets when challenged by a large BM.

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            • #7
              Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

              I REALLY like this. Not every person we sign can be a Big Name. Starters need quality backups, just like Broadway stars need an understudy. Quality backups can be just as valuable. Vobora was a quality fill-in last year. Maybe this year he'll be even better...

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              • #8
                Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                The Rams need to draft an OLB in either rd 2 or 3 desperately.

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                • #9
                  Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                  Vobora is definitely an underrated player :helmet:

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                  • #10
                    Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                    Originally posted by bcopeland View Post
                    Vobora is definitely an underrated player :helmet:
                    That's undoubtedly true and it's almost certain that the under-appreciation of Vobora is due to the fact that he was the last man drafted; had he not been "Mr Irrelevant" I'm sure that more people would be saying that he's a solid starter.

                    We need to draft a weakside linebacker this year (Dekoda Watson in round three would be ideal); if we do so, we'd have the makings of an excellent young linebacking corps for the future.

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                    • #11
                      Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                      So much for getting bigger at linebacker.

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                      • #12
                        Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                        Originally posted by mikhal5569 View Post
                        So much for getting bigger at linebacker.
                        Size isn't everything.

                        Just look at this year's Pro Bowl linebackers:

                        D. Ware 6'4" 247 lbs
                        L. Briggs 6'1" 238 lbs
                        P. Willis 6'1" 242 lbs
                        E. Dumervil 6'0" 255 lbs
                        J. Harrison 6'0 242 lbs
                        R. Lewis 6'1" 245 lbs

                        Our MLB is easily up to scratch size-wise: James Laurinaitis measures 6'2" and weighs 244 lbs. David Vobora is 6'1" and 236, which is fine. Of this year's top OLB prospects, Sean Weatherspoon (the consensus number one at the position) is 6'1" and 239. Daryl Washington weighs in at 6'2" but only 229. Navorro Bowman is 6' dead and 242 lbs. Dekoda Watson is 6'1" and the lightest of the lot at only 226 lbs but could easily bulk up in the gym.

                        I'm sure that our coaching staff are more worried about players' tackling technique and ability to read the game than a few pounds here and there; Watson possesses excellent game intelligence and solid technique, so he would make an excellent weakside linebacker for us.

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                        • #13
                          Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                          I doubt Vobora will ever be a stud in this league, but he could be solid enough as a two-down strong side linebacker. If the Rams are in the market for an upgrade at OLB, they should probably start at the weak side.

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                          • #14
                            Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                            Originally posted by Nick View Post
                            I doubt Vobora will ever be a stud in this league, but he could be solid enough as a two-down strong side linebacker. If the Rams are in the market for an upgrade at OLB, they should probably start at the weak side.
                            With Paris Lenon having joined the Cards, we must acquire a weakside linebacker this year. Given that it's a real position of need, I wouldn't be surprised if our third selection went on a WLB. We might even take Weatherspoon if he slips to 33, although that's highly unlikely.

                            Back to Vobora: he is never going to be an All Pro player but he's already established himself as a reliable starter and there's no immediate need to upgrade on the SLB position due to his solid start.

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                            • #15
                              Re: LB David Vobora re-signed to one year deal

                              I'm glad. I think the guy needs to improve his game. The only way he can do that is by getting more snaps. He will come along. He just comes off as a smart guy who wants to improve (See Chris Long).

                              That said, I'm glad he got the one year deal. It gives him a shot to make the best of his opportunity and earn his neck paycheck.

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                              • tomahawk247
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                                by tomahawk247
                                There are a lot of people on these boards that say we still need another OLB, even despite having signed Zac Diles. I'm not sure this is necessarily true. Vobora seemed to play well given his chance to start after Na'il Diggs got injured, and i think he could really do a job at the position. We don't need a team of all stars, and playing alongside Laurinaitis and Diles, Vobora could do a decent job.
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                              • RamsInfiniti
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                                All the Rams recent draft failures aside, it seems that one potential diamond in the rough could be last year's Mr. Irrelevant David Vobora ...

                                Vobora started the season strong with nice outings in the first two games of the season, only to be setback by his suspension ...

                                He has again played fairly strong football the past three weeks. Vobora has a motor that doesn't stop. While this does cause him to overpursue on occasion, I have noticed that Vobora has a knack for finding his way into the opposing backfield. He has 5 tackles for loss in 8 games, and another 4 tackles resulting in a runner being stopped for no gain. Vobora is a great wrap-up tackler, and rarely lets a ball carrier get free when in the grasp ...

                                Vobora does need to improve in coverage, where he has been average, but by no means a liability ...

                                Overall, Vobora has been doing a very solid job in my opinion. He's a tough nosed hard hitting player who could definitely figure into the future as a starting LB here ....

                                J. Lau and Vobora, paired with a very fast, rangy LB on the weakside, along with a wide body up front, could be a very solid group for us in the future ...
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                              • RamWraith
                                David Vobora taking it to the next level
                                by RamWraith
                                Going against the odds;

                                By Jerome Hubbard
                                Special to Stlouisrams.com

                                It is one thing to silence all the doubters but it is another to go against the odds and St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora is doing just that. Deemed as “Mr. Irrelevant,” Vobora was the last pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, 252 overall and, according to the history, not supposed to make the team.

                                “Mr. Irrelevant” has not made an NFL roster since 2000 but Vobora ended that streak this year when he made the Rams’ final roster. For some that would be an honor or a privilege but for Vobora it was just another stepping stone in a journey that has seen him silence doubters and critics on a consistent basis.

                                “My whole career I have been told that I was good but not good enough to play at the next level,” Vobora said. “That was what I heard in middle school, when I played varsity, in college, and now in the pros. I have always had doubters.”

                                David Vobora grew up in a football family. His dad played at the University of Oregon. When David was younger, not only did he play linebacker but he also played quarterback and defensive end.

                                “I played a diverse number of positions,” Vobora said. “I always played quarterback but they never wanted the quarterback to play defense. In high school, I convinced my coaches to let me play on defense and the varsity coach saw that and gave me an opportunity to play linebacker my junior and senior year.”

                                When it was time to choose a college, David did not have a lot of options. He was not offered a scholarship from the state’s Division 1 power houses, Oregon or Oregon State, nor was he offered a scholarship from any other PAC 10 school. But despite the lack of interest, Vobora always wanted to play at the highest level so when the University of Idaho offered him a full scholarship to play football, he jumped at the opportunity.

                                “Coming out of high school I had a lot of Division 1AA offers; I went to Idaho and got an opportunity to develop.” Vobora said. “I got an opportunity to play and I made some plays.”

                                Vobora’s collegiate career was defined by a series of events. Throughout his time in college, the football team only won nine games, coaches were in and out, and players came and went. One Vobora most remembers and continues to hold close to his heart was the loss of a teammate and friend to gun violence during Vobora’s freshmen year.

                                Eric McMillan was a true freshman who played cornerback for the university and, according to Vobora, had a great future. McMillan was a hardt worker and served as a mentor for Vobora when David first came to college but one day after an altercation in a night club, Eric McMillan was shot and killed. Vobora was so shocked and devastated; he contemplated quitting and dropping out of school.

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                              • RockinRam
                                Starting OLB's vs. David Vobora. Should Vobora be a starter?
                                by RockinRam
                                Should he guys?

                                David Vobora is a bit underrated IMO. He isn't a superstar by any means, and he still has a lot of room for improvement, but his career alone has been admirable.

                                To be the last pick of an NFL Draft, and then working his way into the starting line-up? I think he has got some potential.

                                He plays the run well, and has pretty good awareness against the pass too.


                                So the question is, is Diggs really that much better than Vobora? And is Larry Grant better than Vobora?
                                -10-16-2010, 03:38 PM
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