Thursday, March 31, 2005

Jay Williams back in St. Louis

- from the official site of the St. Louis Rams

Perhaps searching for some of that magic from the 1999 Super Bowl championship season or maybe just looking to make more work for the jersey makers, the Rams have added another Williams from the title-winning team to the fold.

After signing tight end Roland Williams to a one-year deal on March 9, St. Louis has brought back another member of that team. This one makes his home on the other side of the ball.

The signing of Williams comes as no surprise to a team that has spent most of the offseason searching for depth, toughness and leadership. After the loss of end Bryce Fisher, the team’s leading sack artist last season, to a four-year deal with Seattle, the need for another defensive end materialized.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

OFFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS:

- from FOXSports.com

Despite Coach Mike Martz's penchant for the forward pass, there's no doubt he would like to give RB Steven Jackson a steady load next season as the feature back. That's one reason why the team signed TE Roland Williams instead of attempting to re-sign Cameron Cleeland as No. 2 tight end. Williams is a better point of attack blocker. Now, Martz can line up two mammoth tight ends on the line of scrimmage in Williams (275 pounds) and starter Brandon Manumaleuna (290) to move bodies on running plays. Don't expect the Rams to quit throwing the ball, either. Martz enters this season knowing his has four viable receiver options, something that was unclear one year ago. But the addition of Williams gives the Rams more flexibility to muscle up when necessary.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Pace Signed

After a lot of discussion and loads of drama, Pace has finally signed on to a deal with the St. Louis Rams. But, this did not come about easily. Apparently, for the last three years, Pace has been dealing with faulty negotiations with his former management. Not to say that they were ripping the guy, but Pace thought it time to separate ways and try something new.

In comes Kennard McGuire who in the span of a couple hours solved all the deconstructive work the previous management had applied. McGuire, well known around the scene for getting the money a player is pursuing, ironed out the deal that will most likely keep Pace with the Rams up into retirement.

Pace is content with the deal even though he was offered a slightly better one after being wined and dined in Houston. He is glad to stay in St. Louis and have all his previous drama ironed out with Jay Zygmunt (Rams President of Football Operations).

Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Return of Roland Williams

Roland Williams began his career with the St. Louis Rams as a fourth round draft pick back in 1998 straight out of Syracuse. Williams was with the Rams for a few seasons, where he helped push to the 1999 Super Bowl. Afterwards he moved over to the Oakland Raiders only to be moved again to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa move did not prove to be too beneficial and was full of injuries. Recovering from a torn ACL, Williams moved back to Oakland.

Now Williams is finally coming home and hopefully will be as great of an asset to the team as he was back in 1999.

“It’s great to come back home to where I started my career, had a chance to win a Super Bowl and make some great friends. I will have a big smile on my face all the way to the airport and home. In free agency, you never know what is going to happen. I have had some success and I have had some rough times, but this is a chance for me to come to a place I know and get back to the winning that we had when I left.”
- Roland Williams

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Rams and Free Agency

With free agency well in swing, the St. Louis Rams have been looking forward with promise. Their first move has been to rework the line backing staff with a few different additions. Dexter Coakley and Chris Claiborne come into the fold in order to fill these gaps in the line.

“We are just trying to improve our football team. It (linebacker) is the area that we had a chance to get started with and I’m sure we are still looking to improve.”
- Defensive Coordinator Larry Marmie

After eight seasons with Dallas, Coakley moved to the Rams right after he was released. The deal is five-years, worth $14.15 million with a signing bonus of $3 million.

Claiborne’s contract is for three years and worth approximately $10.5 million with a signing bonus of $3.6 million.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Faulk Second to Jackson

During his rookie year, Steven Jackson proved himself as a very good running back. He proved himself so well that the Rams will be putting him on first teams ahead of Marshall Faulk.

This is a major blow to Faulk fans on account of him being a very classic player. He has an extreme history. Faulk helped take them to the Super Bowl and has also been an NFL MVP. But, the Rams are in the mood for testing out new blood. Jackson is a great player and it would be a waste not to check his potential for the game.

So, Marshall Faulk will move to second teams and we’ll wait to see if Steven Jackson can handle the pressure.

Last Season Stats:

Marshall Faulk 195 Att / 774 Yds / 4.0 Avg / 3 TDs
Steven Jackson 134 Att / 673 Yds / 5.0 Avg / 4 TDs