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  • Originally posted by NGSeiler View Post
    I think we're in trouble if we're counting on Brady Poppinga to start for us at linebacker. Also, last time he was in a 4-3 scheme, he played SAM. To me, he's a possible depth player behind Diggs. If the Rams are looking at him as anything more, then I'll be worried.
    I'm already worried that we might have Diles pencilled in as a starter at WLB, so I'm clutching at straws in the vain hope we're not going to be subjected to the same guff at the position that we've had to deal with since Tino got released.

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    • Originally posted by Beano View Post
      I'm already worried that we might have Diles pencilled in as a starter at WLB, so I'm clutching at straws in the vain hope we're not going to be subjected to the same guff at the position that we've had to deal with since Tino got released.
      I don't see Poppinga being the guy that does it, though. And while I know you're not a fan of Diles, I really don't see a better starting option on the weak-side on the Rams' roster. Chris Chamberlain? No thanks.

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      • Just to put Diles last year into some perspective, on Profootballfocus, Chamberlain had a grade of -2 for his snaps (130ish) last year, Vobora +4 for his (230ish). Zac Diles -20 on his 600. That's a guide to how they thought he played and as I said my Texans friend ripped into him big time. From what he said we can expect a guy that will consistently shoot by his gap, a guy that if a lineman gets anywhere near him he's out of the play and a guy that really struggles in coverage. The positive was he's generally a sound tackler.
        Last edited by Beano; 08-01-2011, 07:47 AM.

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        • There's no disputing that Diles had a poor season last year, though it's worth pointing out he had some injury concerns he was struggling with as well. Hopefully he's healthy and ready to contribute. I still like his ability and upside as a starter more than anyone else the Rams had in-house for the position.

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          • Spags quote on Diles: "He’s a bigger linebacker. We’ve kind of gone the other way, where we are not really tagging them, weak or strong. They have to play both. So what I’d like to do is wait and assess him here and see where he best fits in and let him battle for that spot."
            http://aeryssports.com/the-pigskin-a...pdate-july-31/

            A lot of nothing in that statement. Seems more like a guy they were intrigued about when worked out rather than a guy they really think they can plug in...

            Another under the radar move, the addition of Daniel Muir. But it comes with the potential of bad news. The Giants are interested in Jason Snelling if Bradshaw doesn't lower his demands. New York would be a much more attractive option for him since they can offer more money and would be a step up rather than playing behind another clear number 1.

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            • Originally posted by ramsfan2005813 View Post
              Another under the radar move, the addition of Daniel Muir. But it comes with the potential of bad news.
              Surely the bad news is we've taken a DT from the Colts? ;) Bannan move was good, classic run stuffer that can do a decent job, but it's really hard finding anything anywhere positive about Muir.

              I'm hoping Snelling to the Giants is the Giants' way of forcing Bradshaw to the table.

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              • May have been. Bradshaw's back with Giants and Snelling still out there.

                Agreed that Muir was terrible last year, but he showed flashes in 2009 so he has some talent. Good enough for a 3rd tackle to keep the starters fresh.

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                • Rams have been linked to Ronnie Brown for the past day or so. I couldn't complain if he was our backup to Sjax. He could certainly help keep Jackson fresh. I'd still prefer Snelling, but Brown wouldn't be a terrible fallback option.

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                  • Yeah, I'd still prefer Snelling, but Brown would still be a big upgrade as the back-up. I'm just happy to see the team actually trying to find an upgrade at the position; we've gone too long with mediocre-at-best guys behind Jackson.

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                    • Originally posted by NGSeiler View Post
                      Yeah, I'd still prefer Snelling, but Brown would still be a big upgrade as the back-up. I'm just happy to see the team actually trying to find an upgrade at the position; we've gone too long with mediocre-at-best guys behind Jackson.
                      Agree on pretty much all of that. Picking up Mikkel or Weddle to start at safety was my #1 want this FA period, getting a quality back-up for Jackson was easily #2.

                      Snelling or Brown would be fine.

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                      • Tony Softli of ESPN 101 St. Louis is reporting Jason Snelling has never been an option for the Rams. He says Ronnie Brown is the favorite to land in St. Louis.

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                        • Originally posted by tfry View Post
                          Tony Softli of ESPN 101 St. Louis is reporting Jason Snelling has never been an option for the Rams. He says Ronnie Brown is the favorite to land in St. Louis.
                          Last Wednesday, when Dahl signed, there was talk online that Snelling had as well, which Softli confirmed wasn't the case from Rams sources. You'd think if he hadn't been a target at all, it would have come up then.

                          It wouldn't surprise me if the Rams have moved on from Snelling for whatever reason, but Snelling never being an option is a bit strange and directly contradicts at least two reports from Jim Thomas. So, someone is getting some bad intel, be it Thomas or Softli.

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                          • I know we signed Zach Diles to play OLB and all but is their any interest is signing another on the cheap? Someone like. say, Rocky McIntosh?

                            I'm really surprised that there has not been much buzz concerning him.....

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                            • Originally posted by ArkyRamsFan View Post
                              I know we signed Zach Diles to play OLB and all but is their any interest is signing another on the cheap? Someone like. say, Rocky McIntosh?

                              I'm really surprised that there has not been much buzz concerning him.....
                              Yeah, I thought he'd be an intriguing option as well, but I haven't heard anything about him on the market.

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                              • I'd be good with grabbing McIntosh, last year he was pretty poor apparently, but I think he's horribly miss cast in the 34.

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