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  • If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

    Right now, if the Rams carry nine OL on the roster, it will likely be the following six players:

    Jason Brown (C)
    Jason Smith (OT)
    Jacob Bell (OT)
    Hank Fraley (OG/C)
    Rodger Saffold (OT/OG)
    Alex Barron (OT)

    Along with three of the following players:

    Mark Setterstrom (OG/C)
    John Greco (OG)
    Phil Trautwein (OT)
    Roger Allen (OG)
    Adam Goldberg (OT/OG)

    That is a lot more talent than the Rams have had in a long time. Truth is, the Rams were in position to have a very solid O line last year until the injuries started piling up. Now, with the addition of Fraley and Saffold (and the subtraction of Incognito), the Rams have even more talent.

    When your best player is a RB, and your biggest investment for the future is a QB, that's not a bad place to start.

  • #2
    Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

    Good point. I'm really excited for the O-line this year. I still think a veteran WR will help our offense a bit more, but this is a good foundation

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    • #3
      Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

      Couldn't agree more!

      I like the way this is unfolding. Yes it's not flashy and exciting but I think Desags are holding true to their statement when they started, build through the lines.

      We must have faith!

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      • #4
        Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

        The O-line is looking like of the strongest parts of the Rams, great work on the part of Spags and Devaney.

        I'm not sure if Barron will still be there come opening day. He'll probably get traded for some future pick. I really hope Greco challenges for a starting spot.

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        • #5
          Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

          Still have a soft spot for Greco, really hope he will succeed! Seemed to have all the tools if we had patience, this season will show it.

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          • #6
            Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

            I'm not expecting the O-line to just start dominating next year, but I am expecting steady improvement. It's gonna take some time for the young guys, but they've got enough talent to turn in to some good players.
            It's time for Smith, Brown, Bell, and Barron SHOULD be playing like some of the top O-linemen in the league.

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            • #7
              Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

              Here's to hoping that we actually have a healthy O line this year! That alone will lead to wins!
              I believe!:ram:

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              • #8
                Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

                Tough pill for me to swallow, but I really like what every other team in the NFC West did including your Rams. Your offensive line should be a strength once Saffold gets up to speed. I'm not saying the Rams are going to be world beaters this year, but your offense has a ton of good young talent and I wouldn't be surprised is you started to see it come together in the second half of this season.

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                • #9
                  Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

                  It looks like it could finally be coming around on the line, but because of how long that unit has struggled, I'll believe it when I see it.

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                  • #10
                    Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

                    If Saffold can be solid, and Smith shows improvement with no lingering side effects of his concussion, and Bell shows some results of bulking up, then I think this o-line will be very good.

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                    • #11
                      Re: If you're looking for improvement, look at the OL

                      Originally posted by Walrus View Post
                      Tough pill for me to swallow, but I really like what every other team in the NFC West did including your Rams. Your offensive line should be a strength once Saffold gets up to speed. I'm not saying the Rams are going to be world beaters this year, but your offense has a ton of good young talent and I wouldn't be surprised is you started to see it come together in the second half of this season.
                      You guys had a very good draft IMO.

                      Okung, Thomas, and then Tate. Then Thurmond. Sheesh.

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                      • RamsSB99
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                      • AvengerRam_old
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                        They don't really have stat sheets.

                        They don't make the Top 10 Plays on Sportscenter.

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                        2008 - Orlando Pace, Alex Barron, Adam Goldberg, John Greco
                        2009 - J.Smith/Monroe, Aex Barron, Adam Goldberg, John Greco
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                        Huge upgrade with Brown added. Additionally, we can hope for a healthy Bell and a motivated Incognito. Greco also can be in the mix, and maybe even Scheuning will compete. There's a lot of talent here, if it can be brought together.

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                        2009 - Mike Karney, Billy Bajema
                        This is a bigger change than some may realize. The Rams now have two young blocking specialists who can really make a difference in goalline and short yardage short yardage situations. Steven Jackson will be buying these guys dinner on a regular basis.

                        When you look at it this way, you can see the plan the Rams have been working on. To complete the plan, a young OT must be added to the mix.

                        And if you crave highlights, Steven Jackson will give you plenty if the line is solidified.
                        -04-24-2009, 08:07 AM
                      • Dr. Defense
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                        by Dr. Defense
                        So with yesterdays events (Richie leaving town, Bell to IR) coupled with our tackle issues, I think we aren't in that great of a position going into this draft anymore. I think we are in a lot of trouble right now. As it stands, the only real solidified position on this line is Center. Here is who we have right now from linemen other then Jason Brown. Alex Barron, Adam Goldberg, Mark Setterstrom, John Greco, Jason Bell, Ryan McKee, Eric Young, Phil Trautwein, Rodger Allen III, Jason Smith.

                        That doesn't look like a good list to me. I have never heard of McKee, Young, Trautwein, Allen III. We don't know what's going on with Smith. He can't get over this concussion and their are reports saying that the Rams are going to put him on IR. Barron is in the last year of his contract, which should excite us. But with all the holes on this team, we might have to keep him. I could see us franchising him for a year to buy some time. Then you have Goldberg who is a journeyman of sorts and doesn't really do one position great, but does everything well. I think he is more of a backup kind of guy. We haven't really seen a lot from Greco. Bell had been to small, and now he lands himself on IR. Hasn't lived up to his contract. Finally we have Mark Setterstrom, who plays well above expectations when he is healthy, but has an injury issue.

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                        We all know that Spags is a firm believer in winning the wars in the trenches, so why not get some big boys to win those fights. Hopefully with we can Richie Icognito Version 2.0. Except 2.0 has the stupidity chip removed.
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                      • iStillBelieve
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                        Does that sound like what it will be next year?

                        Can Grecco beat out Incognito?

                        Where is Schuening's future with this team? (I really like him)

                        Do you think Barron will be gone next year, and would Grecco be able to play RT? (I want him to stay, but I don't know if the Front Office does)
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                      • dave626
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                        As of right now, with no other additions ( except maybe a 5th or 6th round depth pick),how do you feel about it? Im thinking it will be something like this
                        LT= Smith
                        LG= Bell
                        C = Brown
                        RG= Haley/Greco
                        RT= Barron

                        Barron, as much as it pains me to say it, is BY FAR our most durable player (on the line) and CAN block when hes not daydreaming of basketball. He usually shuts down the opposing teams best pass rusher when lined up against him, and has perfect size and good ability. Spags has to find a way to get into his head and help him with focus.

                        Haley, is solid imo and should really push Greco for the RG starting spot. If Greco ends up starting then Haley would be great depth at Center and the guard spots.

                        Brown, is a GREAT center and should be a good leader for us again this year.

                        Bell, well some like him some dont, I think he solid at pass blocking but needs to buff up a little to improve his run blocking.

                        Smith, I hope he can take the LT position this year and not look back. Last year was a tough one for all of us and I hope he can adjust his game to the NFL and be the pick we all hoped he would. I like his run blocking, he seems to be solid except for some footwork issues that I think he will get ironed out.

                        Setterstrom,Trautline,and whoever else Im forgetting, Im hoping will give us decent depth although if we have to test that depth like we did last year we're in trouble.

                        Id like to know what you guys think, Im pretty optimistic about this group providing most can stay healthy. I think we have some real talent on this line and hope that for the first time in MANY years our O line could be a strength for our team but, only time will tell.

                        GO RAMS!!!
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