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  • T. Faulk takes over starting job

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Monday, Nov. 01 2004

    It's Election Day, and Mike Martz has made up his mind: His choice is ...

    Trev Faulk, for the office of starting middle linebacker. Faulk received the
    head coach's vote on the heels of a strong outing Oct. 24 against the Dolphins.
    Faulk, who entered in the first quarter after rookie Brandon Chillar pulled a
    hamstring, recorded six tackles - five solos - in the Rams' 31-14 loss leading
    into their bye week.

    "For him to do what did down at Miami was just incredible," Martz said. "So,
    he's seized the starting role at (middle) backer at this point."

    Third-year pro Robert Thomas is the incumbent, but a bad ankle kept him out of
    the past two games. Chillar stepped in, went down, and Faulk got his chance.
    Chillar remained on the sideline Monday during the team's first practice in a
    week, but Thomas took part in the full-pads workout and didn't appear to be
    hampered.

    Martz indicated that Faulk earned the job on merit, not because of injuries.
    "There's no question about that. It's his to lose," Martz said.

    Joining the fray at middle linebacker in Miami was "definitely exciting," Faulk
    said. "That's my position; that's what I do," he said. "(But) the coaches
    determine whatever my role is. If it's on special teams, I'll do my best at
    that. If I get to play linebacker, I'll do my best at that."

    The promotion comes at an ideal time for Faulk personally: His cousin Kevin is
    a running back for the New England Patriots (6-1), who will square off with the
    Rams (4-3) at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

    Trev Faulk, 23, was plucked from the Arizona Cardinals' practice-squad roster
    last Dec. 31 but didn't get into a game with the Rams. He originally signed
    with Denver as an undrafted rookie in 2002, after he left Louisiana State
    following his junior season.

    His first NFL game action was on special teams against Arizona this year in the
    opener. He missed the next two games with a hamstring pull, then emerged an
    effective performer on kick and punt coverage, collecting a total of eight
    tackles at San Francisco and Seattle. Another hamstring injury kept him out vs.
    Tampa Bay on Oct. 18, but he returned in a big way in Miami.

    "For him to stay up on it mentally without taking reps was pretty incredible,"
    Martz said. "And then he's physical, gets to the ball, excellent tackler - all
    the things that you want a (middle) backer to be, he is. And he's probably the
    best hitter we have on the team."

    Martz also praised the 6-foot-3, 254-pound Faulk's instinct for closing on
    ballcarriers. "Some guys have it and some guys don't," Martz said. "He can get
    through traffic so easily. He reads and reacts very well, doesn't get out of
    position. ... He's just a natural inside."


    Players heal up

    Part of the reason Martz gave the players last week off - save for lifting and
    running - was so their various bumps and bruises could mend. Based on the
    near-perfect attendance at Monday's practice, that strategy appeared to pay
    off.

    Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, who has been out since early August with a
    broken foot, took part in all the drills and might be able to play Sunday.
    "Absolutely, there's a chance," Martz said. "We'll just see how he goes through
    practice. It looked like he did a nice job out there today."

    Defensive end Tyoka Jackson (hamstring), who sat out the past two games,
    returned to full work. Cornerback Travis Fisher (arm), who said after the Miami
    game that he was concerned about a flare-up of his injury, was back with the
    first unit. Running back and kick returner Arlen Harris (hamstring) and
    offensive tackle Grant Williams (neck) dressed but saw limited action.

    Sidelined were Chillar and wide receiver Dane Looker (ankle). Both were hurt in
    the Miami game.


    McBride switches

    The newest Ram, former Green Bay and Atlanta cornerback Tod McBride, hasn't
    played free safety since his senior season at UCLA, some six years ago. But
    that's where the Rams plan to use him, and he's OK with that.

    "I'll finally be going back to the middle, and I think it'll suit me fine,"
    said McBride, who explained that the primary adjustment from corner was "just a
    little more physical play at the safety position. But as far as recognizing
    routes and knowing the secondary, I think it's all fairly much the same."
    McBride, 6-1 and 208, signed with the Rams last week.

  • #2
    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    I think it's a good move to put T. Faulk at MLB. Thomas isn't the answer. He's a nice MLB but not a nasty one. Maybe Faulk is.

    We'll see.

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    • #3
      Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

      Think of all the crazy crap we were doing last year because we were so excited about this young trio. "T-3"---PLEASE, what were we thinking. This year Polley lost his job and so did Thomas. WEAK!!!!

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      • #4
        Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

        Its still T3 - Tommy (he's back as a starter), Tino (he's playing well), and Trev!


        Just as I expected. :redface:

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        • #5
          Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

          The one thing that always concerned me about the Lovie defense was their lack of size (a natural by-product of a speed oriented D). But with D-Lew and Pickett each adding about 20 pounds and now with Faulk (254 lbs) replacing Thomas (230 lbs), the D is slowly getting bigger.
          The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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          • #6
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            I've never been a big Thomas fan. Just something about him never made me excited. I'm really disappointed in Polley and wish him well as he pursues FA after this year. The Rams surely won't resign him....well that may not be true. They resigned Manu and I was shocked at that. However, I don't see it happening.

            Oh London Fletcher, how this Rams fan misses you.....

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            • #7
              Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

              Oh London Fletcher, how this Rams fan misses you.....
              Go ahead, Tx, finish your thought and tell us what a bunch of salary cap eatin' pigs the offense is. :redface: just playin' pal.
              The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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              • #8
                Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                Originally posted by HUbison
                Go ahead, Tx, finish your thought and tell us what a bunch of salary cap eatin' pigs the offense is. :redface: just playin' pal.
                YOU SALARY CAP EATIN OFFENSIVE PIGS

                :tongue:

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                • #9
                  Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                  Originally posted by txramsfan
                  I think it's a good move to put T. Faulk at MLB.
                  At this time and place I don't see how you can't give him another chance to assume the role. He stepped into creases last game with authority. If he thinks he's man enough for the job, it's his turn I say.

                  It seems he can't escape injuries thus far either so I'm not going to get overly enthused about the prospects of him holding down the position. But there is no doubt he has looked like a workhorse when he has been in the game. If he's up to the extra attention, saddle him up and let's see if he can bring it.

                  Lewis might have gotten a good deal on his insurance, but it was Owens who settled the claim. Someone else is going to have to step up to the plate if The Game goes through Philly this year. It might as well be Faulk.

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                  • #10
                    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                    Hey, I'm behind whoever can get the job done. If Thomas isn't working out in the middle and Faulk is looking promising, let's put him there.

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                    • #11
                      Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                      I think the starting LB's should be Chillar, Faulk, and Tino.
                      I too am disappointed in Polley's play ( :redface: ) and with Thomas's lack of production. Chillar has been a bright spot and Five-O is awsome.

                      Hopefully the entire D can come together and play on a high level.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                        "....it seems he (Faulk) can't escape injuries thus far...."
                        Well Mr. Adarian that may be so but let's not forget that R. Thomas has been a starter the last 3 years and has sustained an injury in each year. And he has missed playing time eadc year as a result of them. It just might be that Mr. Thomas is too small to play on the inside; although in his rookie year he was also injured playing OLB. Oh well what can I say?

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                        • #13
                          Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                          Hopefully the entire D can come together and play on a high level. --Ramman68
                          Bad news: Rams' D has played poorly overall. Good news: they know it. :tough:

                          That may be the catalyst to come out aggressively and decidedly to improve.
                          Last edited by RealRam; -11-05-2004, 09:58 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                            Come on DEEEEEE! :helmet:

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                            • #15
                              Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

                              Originally posted by RAMarkable
                              "....it seems he (Faulk) can't escape injuries thus far...."
                              Well Mr. Adarian, that may be so, but let's not forget that R. Thomas has been a starter the last 3 years and has sustained an injury in each year. And he has missed playing time each year as a result of them. It just might be that Mr. Thomas is too small to play on the inside; although in his rookie year he was also injured playing OLB. Oh well what can I say?
                              I have forgotten no such thing. All I am saying ... is ... give peace a chance. Oops, no, wrong line. All I am saying ... is ... I'm not overly enthused about the prospect of him staying injury free from here on out. I'm hopeful, but not overly enthused. In fact even if he were to break an arm doesn't mean he still couldn't deliver the pain. He could still go out there with a cast on and crush someone else's ribs. So hell, I don't even care if he does get injured again as long as he knows how to play with novacaine injections.

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                              • RamDez
                                Rams' Faulk gets to face off against Patriots, cousin
                                by RamDez
                                Rams' Faulk gets to face off against Patriots, cousin


                                R.B. FALLSTROM

                                Associated Press

                                ST. LOUIS - A bonus for Trev Faulk's first career start: he might get a chance to tackle his cousin for the first time.

                                The St. Louis Rams' middle linebacker grew up emulating Kevin Faulk, the New England Patriots' running back who's five years older. Both went to the same school, LSU.

                                "He was always kind of the guy whose footsteps I was following, and the guy who I was always coming after," Trev Faulk said.

                                The two collaborated on a football camp this summer. They were reunited again in grief when Kevin Faulk's mother, and Trev Faulk's aunt, died in September.

                                There's another couple of get-togethers planned for this weekend for the Faulks, neither of whom is related to Rams star Marshall Faulk. One of the cousins' gatherings will be social, the other competitive.

                                "We might have dinner Saturday night, a big family event or something like that," Trev Faulk said. "I'll definitely be talking to him."

                                The backdrop of this reunion is the first meeting between the teams since the 2002 Super Bowl when the Patriots upset the heavily-favored Rams 20-17.

                                "We both have a bunch of family coming down for the game," Trev Faulk said. "They were planning to come to this game before, and now it'll be even more special. It's definitely going to be exciting."

                                So, for him, would be some collisions with his cousin on the field.

                                "I've got to make the play; I just have to make the play," Trev Faulk said. "Of course that'll be exciting, and in the offseason we'll probably talk about that and get a chance to reflect on it."

                                Actually, Trev Faulk would like collisions with anyone.

                                "I like a lot of contact," he said. "Even though I'm not the biggest guy out there, I like to run around and bang into people. Sometimes it even feels good to me when I'm getting hit by other people. "

                                Faulk, who was undrafted out of college and is in his first season with the Rams, will be the third player to start at middle linebacker this season. Robert Thomas was a No. 1 pick in 2002 and began the year as the starter, but is likely to miss his third straight game with a sprained ankle.

                                Rookie Brandon Chillar, a fourth-round pick, started the last two games in the middle but pulled a hamstring in the first quarter of a 31-14 loss at Miami two weeks ago. Chillar returned to practice this week but coach Mike Martz said Faulk has played too well not to start.

                                Against the Dolphins, Trev Faulk had six tackles, five of them solos. He's also tied for the team lead with eight special teams tackles.

                                "He has seized the starting role, there's no question about it," Martz said. "It's...
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                              • RamWraith
                                Proving Ground: Faulk ready to show he can still excel
                                by RamWraith
                                By Jim Thomas
                                Of the Post-Dispatch
                                Friday, Aug. 27 2004

                                Only three players in NFL history have scored more touchdowns than Marshall
                                Faulk. Only five players have more yards from scrimmage. Just 13 have more
                                rushing yards. So there is no doubting Faulk's greatness, or his eventual spot
                                in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

                                But over the past two seasons, Faulk's rushing totals have decreased while his
                                number of knee surgeries mounted. From a career-high 1,382 rushing yards for
                                the Rams' 2001 Super Bowl team, Faulk dipped to 953 yards in '02. In 2003, a
                                season in which Faulk missed a career-high five games due to injury, the total
                                dropped to 818 yards.

                                But for those questioning Faulk's future in the game at age 31, Rams defensive
                                captain Tyoka Jackson has this message:

                                "Keep doing it," Jackson says. "Keep saying all that stuff. 'Marshall's old.
                                He's done.' Keep saying it. And just watch and see what happens."

                                Just don't say it to Faulk.

                                When an out-of-town reporter recently asked Faulk if he could get back to his
                                former level of play, Faulk shot back: "I never thought I left."

                                Faulk followed up by asking the reporter: "Hey, how long have you been doing
                                this? Does your finger hurt? Does your hand hurt from writing?"

                                Of course, taking notes doesn't normally involve gang-tackling, collisions or
                                pass- blocking, something Faulk has been a part of for 10 NFL seasons - going
                                on 11.

                                But Faulk is a fiercely proud man, and he has earned that right based on his
                                career accomplishments. Doubts?

                                "It's hard to doubt greatness," said running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery,
                                once an elite back himself. "Any time someone achieves what he has achieved,
                                it's hard to put a question mark on it, hard to say, 'Hey, I doubt that this
                                guy can do it.'

                                "Marshall is going to be the guy to tell us when he can't do it. I go in every
                                day, and every practice, every meeting, knowing that he's the guy. And that he
                                can do it."

                                And now, with the regular season quickly approaching, it's just about time to
                                do it again.

                                "I'm grinding away at it, getting back into the flow of things," Faulk said
                                after his preseason debut Monday in Kansas City. "There's a conditioning factor
                                that I'm working on. . . .You never know in this offense until your number's
                                called five, six, seven times in a row if you are in the condition you want to
                                be. But that's something that's going to come as I get my carries throughout
                                the preseason, and throughout the year."

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                              • RamWraith
                                Faulk plays a realist in his new role
                                by RamWraith
                                By Bill Coats
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                Saturday, Nov. 19 2005

                                Marshall Faulk broke into hearty laughter when told that in Joe Vitt's
                                estimation, he had the makings of a great coach.

                                "I don't know, man," Faulk said, shaking his head. "I don't rule anything out.
                                You never know when you're done what you're going to do to combat those
                                competitive juices."

                                The intensity of those feelings has gripped the New Orleans native for almost
                                three decades. "I've played football since I was 6," Faulk said Friday in a
                                rare one-on-one interview. "I've put a lot of hours in, a lot of hard work and
                                learned a lot of lessons playing this game."

                                Now, at age 32 and with 11 1/2 NFL seasons in his rear-view mirror, Faulk peers
                                down the road. He ruminates often over how much longer he'll play. "All the
                                time," he said. "All the time."

                                Faulk came to training camp in top shape mainly because of a surgery-free
                                offseason. "I wasn't rehabbing anything; I was just working out," said the
                                5-foot-10, 211-pound San Diego State product. "It allowed me to come back
                                fresher and feeling better than I've felt in maybe the previous three years."

                                He also arrived with a different assignment. Shortly after last season, Faulk
                                and coach Mike Martz agreed on a new approach: Let Steven Jackson, the team's
                                first-round draft pick in 2004, take over as the No. 1 running back. Faulk
                                would have a "significant supporting role" and perhaps extend his career, Martz
                                explained.

                                Faulk, who also took a significant pay cut to free up salary-cap space for the
                                team, was coming off his least productive season since 1996, his third year
                                with Indianapolis. He rushed 195 times for 774 yards and caught 50 passes for
                                310 yards in 2004. He scored four touchdowns.

                                "You understand the circumstances, and you understand what you can and can't
                                do. And that's the reality of it," Faulk said. "You have to come to grips with
                                that part of your life, not just in football but in life, and accept that."

                                The turning point

                                A cathartic episode in 1998 helped cement Faulk's ardent team-first attitude.
                                He had piled up 267 yards for Baltimore, but the Colts lost 38-31 after Faulk
                                blew a route and Peyton Manning's last-minute pass was intercepted.

                                Coach Jim Mora lit into Faulk during the team's tape review the next day.
                                Afterward, Faulk slipped into an assistant coach's office and dissolved into
                                tears.

                                "I was crushed ... I mean, crushed," he told Sports Illustrated. "I knew ... I
                                had let my teammates down, and I knew I never...
                                -11-20-2005, 08:20 AM
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