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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #180 on: September 26, 2008, 04:56:25 AM »
Thing is though I've not seen it elsewhere, mind you I don't listen to Detroit Sports Radio all that much, but as far as I can tell it's an idea straight from the mind of Ann's baby sister.


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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #181 on: September 26, 2008, 05:12:23 AM »
Thing is though I've not seen it elsewhere, mind you I don't listen to Detroit Sports Radio all that much, but as far as I can tell it's an idea straight from the mind of Ann's baby sister.
Well, she obviously knows something noone else knows... ::)


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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #182 on: September 28, 2008, 09:17:28 AM »
WOOT! Week 4!

My Panthers take on the Falcons (Both 2-1) in Carolina for bragging rights as #1 in the NFC South

Meanwhile, my Bills take on the.. the.. Rams?? Oh My :scared:
Could this be the End of the Rams coach's carreer?? :o


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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #183 on: September 28, 2008, 01:46:36 PM »
Damn.  Only four games into the season and I'm already thinking about next year.  Namely, who's going to be our starting quarterback?

I've even taken the time to list some possible candidates:


Daunte Culpepper.  We all love him, don't we?


Fran Tarkenton.  Let's bring him back.  He's only, what...70 years old?  He can take a hit.  Though I imagine he doesn't scramble very well anymore.


The King from Zelda CD-i.  MAH BOI...stability at quarterback is what every good warrior strives for!


Johnny Unitas.  Hey, he switched to the Chargers during his last year, so why couldn't he...what do you mean, he's dead?  Fuck.  Back to the drawing board.


Solid Snake.  Because he's just so incredibly sexy.  Besides, time always seems to stop whenever he takes a Codec call, which would give us an infinite amount of time in the huddle.  And he won't die of old age for another six years, so we'll have plenty of time!


Shaquille O'Neal.  He's really tall, so he wouldn't have any problem seeing over the line.  And I imagine it'd be pretty hard to tackle his fat ass.


Spergon Wynn.  If we're going to have a crappy, unproven starter, why not go for the granddaddy of them all?
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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #184 on: September 28, 2008, 02:04:38 PM »
Some more options...


Keanu Reeves in The Replacements.  He did such a great job leading his team to victory.


Stem cells from Tom Brady.  Sure, they won't be a starter right away, but with the help of some mad scientists, they have the potential to develop into one...literally.
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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #185 on: September 28, 2008, 04:09:27 PM »
Well, Both my teams did well.. :cheers:

Carolina beat Atlanta: 24-9 ; Theoretically, in 1st though tied now with Tampa Bay (both 3-1)
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Buffalo over St Louis: 31-14 ; Buffalo is 4-0 :o
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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #186 on: September 28, 2008, 04:16:52 PM »
And now, two more options!


Superman - He's faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive.  Throwing a football around should be a snap for him.


Jesus - Unfortunately, this is but a pipedream, since, as everyone knows, Ray Lewis is already our Savior's chief representative in the NFL.
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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #187 on: September 29, 2008, 06:18:44 AM »
Spergon Wynn........ gah, I had forgotten all about him.

How about drafting (my beloved Missouri QB) Chase Daniels?   You could run the spread in the NFL just for fun!

The Rams were putting a whuppin' on the Bills (they must have thought it was a super bowl and forgot to play) in the first half.......... then got outscored 25-0 in the second half.   Oh well, at least Linehan got fired because of it.    Then in the offseason, they shitcan their horrible GM and President, hire Marshall Faulk to oversee things............ then lookout world.


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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #188 on: September 29, 2008, 06:31:58 AM »
Spergon Wynn........ gah, I had forgotten all about him.

How about drafting (my beloved Missouri QB) Chase Daniels?   You could run the spread in the NFL just for fun!

The Rams were putting a whuppin' on the Bills (they must have thought it was a super bowl and forgot to play) in the first half.......... then got outscored 25-0 in the second half.   Oh well, at least Linehan got fired because of it.    Then in the offseason, they shitcan their horrible GM and President, hire Marshall Faulk to oversee things............ then lookout world.

I heard Matt Millan is available.


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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #189 on: September 29, 2008, 06:33:44 AM »
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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #190 on: September 29, 2008, 06:49:16 AM »
Spergon Wynn........ gah, I had forgotten all about him.

How about drafting (my beloved Missouri QB) Chase Daniels?   You could run the spread in the NFL just for fun!

The Rams were putting a whuppin' on the Bills (they must have thought it was a super bowl and forgot to play) in the first half.......... then got outscored 25-0 in the second half.   Oh well, at least Linehan got fired because of it.    Then in the offseason, they shitcan their horrible GM and President, hire Marshall Faulk to oversee things............ then lookout world.

I heard Matt Millan is available.





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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #191 on: September 29, 2008, 06:50:48 AM »
Spergon Wynn........ gah, I had forgotten all about him.

How about drafting (my beloved Missouri QB) Chase Daniels?   You could run the spread in the NFL just for fun!

The Rams were putting a whuppin' on the Bills (they must have thought it was a super bowl and forgot to play) in the first half.......... then got outscored 25-0 in the second half.   Oh well, at least Linehan got fired because of it.    Then in the offseason, they shitcan their horrible GM and President, hire Marshall Faulk to oversee things............ then lookout world.

I heard Matt Millan is available.





That's surprisingly scary.


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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #192 on: September 29, 2008, 04:21:17 PM »
So... The Rams tap the former head coach of the Saints ???

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Rams fire Linehan; D-coordinator Haslett tapped as interim coach

ST. LOUIS -- After experiencing the wild highs and lows of the Mike Martz years, the winless St. Louis Rams opted for cool, calm, reserved Scott Linehan as their next coach.

On Monday, they admitted their mistake and fired Linehan after four consecutive lopsided losses to open the season. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, a fiery type and polar opposite in terms of demeanor, was hired as interim coach, given the unenviable task of trying to revive a franchise that has become an NFL doormat.

The Rams have lost 17 of their last 20 games, most of them routs. But no matter how dire the situation appears, Haslett said it'll never be as bad as in his final season as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Battered Rams
 
Scott Linehan's tenure as Rams coach will go down as the third-worst in Rams franchise history. Linehan was fired after the Rams started the season 0-4.

"This is nothing," Haslett said, "compared to that."

Linehan, 45, was 11-25 in the third season of a four-year contract that paid him about $8 million. The Rams have been outscored 147-43 this season, and have allowed at least 30 points in seven straight games dating back to last year.

The move was made heading into the Rams' bye week and in the early morning hours Monday, several hours after the Buffalo Bills outscored them 25-0 in the second half of a 31-14 victory.

The Rams were 3-13 in 2007 and have lost eight in a row dating to last season. Dissension had been building after unsuccessful stabs by Linehan at a makeover: several new assistants; a remote training camp site; a higher-energy, upbeat delivery by the coach to project confidence and enthusiasm.

Linehan turned to desperation after the Rams were outscored 116-29 the first three games. Quarterback Marc Bulger, the highest-paid player in franchise history, was benched in favor of 38-year-old Trent Green. Starting cornerback Fakhir Brown, a Haslett favorite, was released and there were four other lineup changes.

Running back Steven Jackson ripped Linehan on his weekly radio show for benching Bulger, and there were reports Bulger no longer wanted to play for Linehan. Bulger has not spoken to media since the benching.

"He took 100 percent responsibility for the failures of this organization, but we're all culpable," owner Chip Rosenbloom said. "We all share in the responsibilities of losing games. That includes the coaches, it includes the players, it includes the administration, it includes the ownership."

That hints at more changes coming down the line. Jay Zygmunt, president of football operations and in his 27th year with the team, is drawing heat for poor draft-day performances. President John Shaw, who spends much of his time on the West Coast, is contemplating retirement after the season.

A sign at Sunday's home game read: "Congress. Now bail out the Rams."

Linehan briefly addressed players for about 10 minutes Monday morning before driving away from Rams Park without speaking to reporters or even making eye contact.

"He just told us that we're winners," said rookie defensive end Chris Long, Linehan's last first-round pick. "We're not winning right now, but there's winners in the room.

"He's going to do well, he's going to find a place where it's going right."


Haslett, By The Numbers
 
Jim Haslett, who was named interim head coach of the Rams, is no stranger to the position. His six-year tenure with the Saints resulted in mixed success.

NFL Head Coaching Career Seasons 6*
W-L 45-51
Division titles 1
Playoff apps. 1
Playoff W-L 1-1
*All with Saints

Given the Rams' weak play on defense, the 52-year-old Haslett is an unusual choice on the surface. He has head coaching experience, winning 45 games in six seasons for the Saints from 2000-05, but the defense is ranked 31st out of 32 teams despite a pair of young first-rounders, Long and Adam Carriker, on the line.

Typically blunt, the former NFL linebacker is far from pleased.

"Come on, the first three games we played poorly," Haslett said. "I thought we played pretty good yesterday. It's something we can build on."

Haslett was in bed when Rosenbloom telephoned at 1:15 a.m. Monday to offer the job, including a say in personnel matters. He expects to do a much better job in his second head coaching stint, and will be less secretive, too, opening practices to media. Rick Venturi, assistant head coach and linebackers coach, was elevated to defensive coordinator.

Haslett will convene his first team meeting Tuesday. He wants to discuss matters with the coaching staff before choosing a quarterback for the Rams' next game, Oct. 12 at Washington, and would like to re-sign Brown.

Haslett said the Rams' talent is comparable to that of the Bills, who are 4-0.

"They have a couple of things we don't have right now," Haslett said. "They've got great confidence, they've got great swagger, they've got poise and they think they can win. Right now we're not at that level."

The Linehan era will be remembered as a mostly dreary time for the franchise. Martz helped the Rams win their only Super Bowl after the 1999 season and then led them to a second Super Bowl as coach in the 2001 season with an offense known as the "Greatest Show on Turf."

The Rams were 8-8 in 2006, Linehan's first season, rallying to win four of their last six games after Linehan turned over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Numerous offensive line injuries, beginning with seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace's season-ending shoulder injury in the opener, paved the way for the 2007 disaster. Linehan again relinquished the play-calling before this season, replacing Olson with Al Saunders.

He knew his job was in jeopardy Sunday, having been put on notice by Rosenbloom. So he emptied the playbook, going for first downs twice on fourth down and using a handful of trick plays, energizing the team, but only for one half, when it led 14-6.

The firing was the second in-season coaching change by the Rams this decade. Martz was replaced by interim coach Joe Vitt after five games in 2005 due to medical reasons, and then was fired the day after the season.

The last Rams coach removed during the season for non-medical reasons was Bob Waterfield, replaced by Harland Svare after eight games in 1962 when the franchise was in Los Angeles.



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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #193 on: September 29, 2008, 05:10:18 PM »
So... The Rams tap the former head coach of the Saints ???


Well, he was already on the staff... they're not going to bring in a new guy mid season.  He did take the Saints to the playoffs once, I think....
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Re: 2008 NFL Season Begins August 3!!
« Reply #194 on: September 29, 2008, 07:06:49 PM »
Haslett is a bandaid to get through the season where they will....

1.   Fire the GM and get a real GM
2.   The President of the team will resign and a replacement will be found
3.   The team may, or may not, be sold to local investors
4.   A full time coach will be found

With any luck, Dan Dierdorf and Marshall Faulk will be involved somehow.