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    ESPN TIPSHEET

    Cornerbacks who have faced Isaac Bruce of the Rams this season contend the 11th-year veteran, who turns 32 next month, is quicker in and out of cuts than he has been the past couple of years. Certainly the numbers indicate that might be the case. Bruce is second in the NFL in catches (38) and receiving yards (526) and is taking full advantage of the attention secondaries have paid to Torry Holt, who most observers felt had surpassed him the last few seasons. "I'm not saying his speed was down the last few years, (because) that would be ridiculous given the numbers he put up, but he looks really explosive now," said Seattle cornerback Bobby Taylor.

  • #2
    Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

    Martz seems to be using him predominently as a possession type receiver. Set the Db up then let's see some deeper routes for Bruce !!!!
    First play in the Rams/vikings playoff game. Post pattern up the middle, Bruce catches it in stride.... TOUCHDOWN..... RAMS !!!!!

    Maineram :ramlogo:

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    • #3
      Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

      I'd like to see more post patterns throughout every game. We've become more of a crossing pattern team the last couple years. We don't yield many yards after the catch anymore. MacDonald's last play of the Seattle game was a perfect example of something that's been missing in our offensive scheme IMO.

      Go Rams!!!

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      • #4
        Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

        We can throw deep if we can do two things effectively: Protect and run the ball to set up the play action.

        general counsel

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        • #5
          Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

          I guess the next question is can Bulger throw the deep ball consistently. He seems to underthrow our receivers on deep patterns quite often. I bet if they worked on it in practice they could get it down.

          With the speed of MacDonald and Curtis the opportunity is there IMO.

          Go Rams!!!
          Last edited by viper; -10-15-2004, 07:44 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

            He showed last weekend that he can physically do it. The question is, as viper pointed out, can he do it consistently.

            Although, IMO, defenses are playing so many deep zones that I question whether or not the Rams would really see many deep looks, even if they do start running more posts and fly patterns. The nickel cornerback is almost a starting defensive position in today's defenses.

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            • #7
              Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

              Isaac Bruce is my hero. He continues to perform well year after year and would've cracked 1,000 yards last year had he not missed time with injuries.

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              • #8
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                I honestly believe that Ike has not slowed down one bit. He's always been my favorite Ram, and can still bring it with the best of 'em. I wear jersey #80 with pride every week. Long live Isaac Bruce.

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                • #9
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                  Its not that Bruce ever slowed down and then all of sudden sped back up. Its just that he is no longer getting held at the beginning of the play.

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                  • #10
                    Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

                    Originally posted by NickSeiler

                    Although, IMO, defenses are playing so many deep zones that I question whether or not the Rams would really see many deep looks, even if they do start running more posts and fly patterns. The nickel cornerback is almost a starting defensive position in today's defenses.
                    Ah, young Nick has again hit on a very pertinent point here. The standard 4-3 defense is no longer the standard 4-3. These days (thanks to teams like the Rams, Colts & Vikings), the 4-3 has become the 4-2. Unless a defense has a LB with wheels to burn and good coverage skills, a 5th DB will see a lot of playing time. The obvious answer to this shift is to run the ball more with a quick power runner, like say, Oh, I don't know, maybe.....Steven Jackson. Or even better go with the 2-back set and force the defense to respect the run.

                    Martz has to get those DBs on an island with Holt, Bruce, Curtis & McDonald. Good things will happen when he does so (See last play of Rams vs. Seahawks). And to do so, we have to run the ball. It looks like Martz is beginning to buy into it, and for that I applaude you Mike.
                    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                    • #11
                      Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

                      Originally posted by sprtsmac
                      Its not that Bruce ever slowed down and then all of sudden sped back up. Its just that he is no longer getting held at the beginning of the play.
                      It's a distinct possiblity .

                      GO RAMS
                      :helmet:

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                      • #12
                        Re: ESPN's Tip Sheet on Bruce

                        First play in the Rams/vikings playoff game. Post pattern up the middle, Bruce catches it in stride.... TOUCHDOWN..... RAMS !!!!!
                        That's the key, In stride. Haven't seen that in awhile.
                        JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS
                        :ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram:

                        "HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"
                        Adm. William "Bull" Halsey

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                          Someday, Isaac Bruce will almost certainly join him in the rafters. But as fans show their appreciation for Faulk, it might be a good idea to do the same for Bruce, who is on a collision course with history in his own right.

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                          “As soon as I’m done, go ahead and retire that number, and put Henry Ellard’s name right on top of it,” Bruce said.

                          The catch that moved him past Harrison was patented Bruce. He deked Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson downfield and hauled in a 37-yard pass. That gain nudged him past Harrison. He went on to finish with 72 receiving yards, pushing him within striking distance of the next name on the list.

                          Entering Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh at the Edward Jones Dome, Bruce needs just 22 yards to pass James Lofton for third place on said list.

                          The always humble Bruce is enjoying his rise up the ranks and says he’s honored to be mentioned with the likes of Lofton and Harrison.

                          “It’s big when you sit back and look at the numbers,” Bruce said. “Like I say, I am very grateful. I give praise to God daily for the numbers that are being surpassed. When you look at the guys and the names, it’s amazing that your name can be in the same group with the Tim Browns, the Jerry Rices, guys like James Lofton. It’s amazing and humbling.”

                          Bruce’s 13,983 receiving yards make him the most productive receiver among active players. In other words, no player in the league right now has accounted for more yards than Bruce.

                          The only players sitting ahead of Bruce after he surpasses Lofton are Rice and Brown. Rice has set the bar extremely high, accumulating about 8,000 more yards than No. 2 Brown, but Bruce is certainly in striking distance of Brown.

                          “I will enjoy being No. 3, but I’m looking forward to No. 2,” Bruce said. “It’s still going so it’s not my time to sit back and look at the entire body of work.”

                          In 2007, Bruce has 46 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns. Although he won’t reach the 1,000-yard mark like he did in 2006, Bruce remains productive even now in his 14th season.

                          Of course, Bruce’s continued precise route running and ability to perform comes as no surprise to those who have been around him.

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                          Makes you wonder... why is is that we so often hear people saying that Irvin should be in the Hall of Fame while few say this about Bruce? After this Sunday, the only indiviual categories that Bruce will likely trail Irvin in will be stupid TV quotes and felony charges.

                          Let me hear it Ram fans...

                          Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!!!!!!!
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                          "I've got a lot to play for," Bruce said. "And this team has a lot to play for. So we don't look at it like that.
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                          Since then, he has caught 18 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Even with the injury, Bruce can still get down field, as evidenced by his 16.2 yards per catch over the past five games. But there's no doubt the toe still is bothering him. Dislocated toes can take forever to heal properly.

                          Bruce doesn't like talking about injuries. It's almost as if he's denying their existence - at least in his mind - by doing so. So when asked Wednesday if the toe injury was behind him, the answer was typical Bruce: "When I get out on the field, I put it behind me."

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