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  • How to make the best of 2004

    For all their problems, if the season ended today, the Rams would make the playoffs... barely.

    Here's what they need to do to make the final six games a big enough success to ensure that they actually do make the playoffs:

    1. Reshuffle the O line. Here's the line-up I'd go with:

    LT: Pace
    LG: Nutten
    C: McCollum
    RG: Sapaia
    RT: Timmerman

    2. Reshuffle the Defense. Here's the line-up I'd go with:

    DE Little
    DT: Kennedy
    DT: Pickett
    DE: Hargrove
    OLB: Tinoisamoa
    MLB: Faulk
    OLB: Archuleta
    CB: Butler
    CB: Fisher
    SS: Edwards
    FS: Williams

    3. Take drastic measures on Special Teams:

    Bring in a new punter. Find a kickoff specialist who can boom the ball into the end zone consistently. Punt the ball out of bounds. Do whatever is necessary.

    4. Run Steven Jackson more. All year, when he's had an opportunity, he's produced. Gotta give him more touches.

    If the Rams can win 4 of the last 6, they probably will make the playoffs. 5 of 6, and they win the division in all likelihood.

  • #2
    Re: How to make the best of 2004

    few points:
    I don't see Timmerman as a solution at RT.. i don'th think he has the mobility.. better off Sapaia giving a shot at improving the rest of the season.. the last thing we want to do is wreck Timmerman's confidence

    I know a lot of people are high on Arch at LB.. but he is way too small... even smaller that the other guys we have.. I would relegate him to special teams


    • #3
      Re: How to make the best of 2004

      Timmerman played some RT 2 years ago and did a pretty good job.

      I agree that Arch is too small to be a full time LB, but my thought is that, in the short run, combining our two biggest DTs (Pickett and Kennedy), with Arch roaming behind the line of scrimmage as a LB could work.

      Worth a shot, I think (of course, I'm just a fan, so what do I know :confused: )


      • #4
        Re: How to make the best of 2004

        How do we make the best of 2004? A complete face-lift to the Defense would be my first option. I'm not saying it's completely stable, but if this isn't the time to experiment, what is? So here's my idea:

        DE - D-Lew
        NT - Pickett
        DT - Kennedy
        SOLB - Little
        SILB - Faulk
        WILB - Arch
        WOLB - Pisa
        CB - Fisher
        CB - Butler
        FS - Aeneas
        SS - Edwards
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.


        • #5
          Re: How to make the best of 2004

          i like your idea HUb, but Arch is way too small to play on the inside. We'd have to switch him with Pisa and then maybe switch Arch and Little as well. I would really like to see Marmie get creative and throw different looks at the Offense. It is really our only chance to create turnovers.


          • #6
            Re: How to make the best of 2004

            I think we need to play more of a 46 D. Arch plays his best when he is closer to the line. We need all the help we can get to stop the run.
            AW and Edwards should be the safeties whith Arch comming in for run support.
            Need a fresh rotation on the D line. Play Kennedy more, we need the big man up front.
            I would like to see McBride(?) in the rotation at CB too. He's on the roster and can't be any worse than Groce.

            The O line is in a bit of a bind. Have to go with what we have right now, but IMO, we should use more 2 TE sets to help with protection.
            Run the ball more. AV is right. Marshall, though he has shown some flashes this year just isn't the same. I want to see Jackson more. He is a producer and will take the load off of the O-line some what.


            Adm. William "Bull" Halsey


            • #7
              Re: How to make the best of 2004

              We'd have to switch him with Pisa and then maybe switch Arch and Little as well.
              You're right. I could see moving Pisa to WILB and Arch to WOLB. Also that would give Arch more blitzing opportunities, which he actually does pretty well with on most days.

              Boy, that sure is a small backside though. That would leave us pretty vulnerable to the counter-run, but then again, I guess that's why they call it experimenting.
              The more things change, the more they stay the same.


              • #8
                Re: How to make the best of 2004

                why don;t we just go for broke and make Arch the NT


                • #9
                  Re: How to make the best of 2004

                  If you need a temporary fix on your feelings, just take a look at the whiners record each week, it's sure to help! :king:


                  • #10
                    Re: How to make the best of 2004

                    Originally posted by PTHOR
                    If you need a temporary fix on your feelings, just take a look at the whiners record each week, it's sure to help! :king:
                    Good point Pthor :redface:


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