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good stuff, 43. A little more food for thought

February 12, 2021 07:55AM
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Rams43

A very thoughtful reply, Dead. As I expected, btw.

1. Point taken on the Senior Bowl. I’ve thought of it, myself.

2. By ‘cutting edge’ are you referring to advanced analytics? I’ve thought of that, too. I’m kinda thinking that this might be a ‘secret sauce’ type advantage over less advanced FO’s around the league. As an aside, will be interesting to see how Holmes/Agnew, now of the Lions, come out of this draft down the road because they’re all over this, too.

3. Your ‘team captain type’ suggestion is a good one and one I’m kicking myself for not thinking of on my own. Lol.

I will offer a possibility here that might help the Rams scouting staff a bit more than some others. Rams have built up a strong relationship with a whole lot of college coaches over the last 8 years of the Snead regime. I’ve read where some have even reached out to scouts and gone out of their way to steer these scouts to hidden gem type prospects. I think it’s a possible explanation of the Ram success with late rounders and UDFA’s. Point being that perhaps this is another teeny advantage that the Rams may enjoy. Maybe.

You have more confidence in Lewis’ health than I do. He’s gotta win me over on that and I really hope he does. We do seem to agree that one way or another Snead will address both Edge positions, I guess. I’m uncomfortable with starting any of our current bench edge players, much less TWO of them. Fingers crossed.

As to our current ILB’s? In a perfect world we will find a couple of hidden gems that will blow the doors off. If Morris is big on his ILB’s then the Rams will do their best to get him at least one.

So many upgrades wanted, so few picks and so few cap dollars, huh? Gonna be a VERY tricky FA and draft for the Rams, that’s for sure.

2. Yeah the advanced analytics was what I was referring to. I think there is always more than one way to skin a cat. It really comes down to how good your regional scouts are and then working its way up. I am going to assume that scouts were not allowed at colleges this year? So yeah, maybe the analytics will come into play more years than most. But you have to start with finding the player, before you can do a deep analytical dive on him.

3. I mentioned the team captain thing last year and I think it is a theme and not a coincidence. I could be wrong. Captains tell you a few things: They are usually very good players, natural leaders and hard workers that their teammates respect. Thats a good foundation. It makes sense to me.

Edge does make me nervous, but no team is perfect. I think you need 4 things to be a successful NFL team. You need a QB, you need to be able to block for your QB, specifically a LT, you need to be able to pressure the QB, hence the Edge rusher whether its a 43 DE or a 34 Edge and you need to be able to defend the pass. So a CB. TB had everything but the CBs, but because the pressure was so good, they were insulated. The Rams have the QB, the LT and the CBs. They need that edge IMO. Again. This is how I view a football team if I were a GM.

The Tampa 2 really liked am athletic MLB that could drop into coverage and also handled run stopping duties. These guys don't grow on trees. So they have their work cut out for them.



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