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  • #16
    I must admit I have a hard time seeing why anyone would choose Anderson ahead of Saffold on a list like this. Bringing in CJ and making him successful so late in the the season is really a testement to how much OLs mean to RB production. If Saffold leaves, our running game as a whole will suffer. If CJ leaves, we are not even missing a starter.



    Originally posted by gap View Post
    I had to go with CJ because it gives Coach McVay more play calling options.
    ​​​​​​​What kind of plays can McVay no longer call if CJ leaves?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by emuen View Post
      I must admit I have a hard time seeing why anyone would choose Anderson ahead of Saffold on a list like this. Bringing in CJ and making him successful so late in the the season is really a testement to how much OLs mean to RB production. If Saffold leaves, our running game as a whole will suffer. If CJ leaves, we are not even missing a starter.





      ​​​​​​​What kind of plays can McVay no longer call if CJ leaves?
      Some two back sets that will keep the D guessing as to whether it will be the power running of CJ or the elusive running of TGIII.

      Of course, this will mean that he and Goff both will have to change their mentality of going for the throat on every play and taking the open player in the middle or switching off to a running play. From what I saw of the SB (only saw final three quarters without rewind capabilities), they might have won if they used this philosophy.


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      • #18
        Of course we saw nothing in the way of two back sets from McVay, so it remains to be seen moving forward whether or not he'd embrace that type of alteration to the offense. One thing is clear: McVay, as good an offensive mind as he is, needs to add some wrinkles. This point was driven home during the Super Bowl.

        But if it comes down to choosing between Saffold and CJ, I'd choose Saffold in a heartbeat. Yu don't just hope you can let Saffold go and pick up someone of equal value. We also don't have the luxury of numerous draft picks to address such a loss.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
          Of course we saw nothing in the way of two back sets from McVay, so it remains to be seen moving forward whether or not he'd embrace that type of alteration to the offense. One thing is clear: McVay, as good an offensive mind as he is, needs to add some wrinkles. This point was driven home during the Super Bowl.

          But if it comes down to choosing between Saffold and CJ, I'd choose Saffold in a heartbeat. Yu don't just hope you can let Saffold go and pick up someone of equal value. We also don't have the luxury of numerous draft picks to address such a loss.
          I don't disagree with your priority of re-signing Saffold. Perhaps I'm thinking this is a done deal or slam dunk based on his remark during the season that he'd be willing to offer the Rams a hometown discount for re-signing him. That to me is a red flag to other teams, "I'm not interested in leaving LA for more money." It also begs the question, why would another team sign him for more money if he's willing to take less from the Rams. He's an important signing without question.

          Your remark about McVay altering his offense to accommodate a 2 back system is also very true. The Super Bowl exposed his system, which several teams such as the Bears had already figured out towards the end of the season. We know the Patriots had it figured out.

          My desire to sign Anderson isn't simply to add some new running dimension, its to add pass pro for Goff. This is material for a draft thread, but I'm very concerned about next year's divisional teams (i.e. the Cards and the *****) adding elite edge rushers based on their draft positions #1 & #2. Anderson is more sturdy as a pass protector than Gurley. Plus I would like to see us add an in-line TE blocker to add to this strategy. Of course this supports your eagerness to re-sign Saffold as well. A RB that we're overlooking perhaps is John Kelly, who may offer some of what Anderson offers.

          Promises to be an interesting FA period beginning on March 13.

          Go Rams!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by emuen View Post
            I must admit I have a hard time seeing why anyone would choose Anderson ahead of Saffold on a list like this. Bringing in CJ and making him successful so late in the the season is really a testement to how much OLs mean to RB production. If Saffold leaves, our running game as a whole will suffer. If CJ leaves, we are not even missing a starter.
            Between a starting OL and a back up running back, it's an easy choice... Especially if you consider the value and difficulty to find good players at those position. Blythe was a liability during the SB, every time i watched him he was pushed into the pocket too easily. I want a good OL for Goff and our running game. Good back up RB is kind of easy to find, so Anderson is replaceable with cheaper option I think.
            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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            • Nick
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            • HUbison
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