Friday, February 22, 2008

Change is Good

Usually when teams in the NFL get in a losing
slump, they start to make changes. Nobody is
immune. Coaches, players, even support
personnel are all potential targets. The Rams
were no different, and made some personnel
moves quickly as the season was over.

Mired in a losing funk the last few years,
heads had to roll. With the passing of Georgia
Frontiere, the Rams had to wait to see what
the new owners plans would be.

The Rams fired Willy Robinson their secondary
coach. This was a good move. The Rams have
been weak there for a long time. They also hired
Art Valero as their new running backs coach and
assistant head coach. Art has been in the NFL for
a while and has the experience to back up that

The Rams next move was to hire Steve Loney as
their new offensive line coach. This couldn't hurt.
Maybe Bulger will have some time to throw from
his feat instead, of being on his butt all the time.

The next two hires were huge for the Rams

The Rams hired Al Saunders as their new
offensive coordinator. This is a great hire.
Saunders had previously been with the Rams
and was instrumental in developing the potent
"greatest show on turf" offense under Martz.

The latest piece is the hiring of Bill Devaney
as executive vice president of personnel. I
applaud this hire. Devaney will give the Rams
a fresh new (and younger) look at how players
will be drafted and developed. Devaney will be
in charge of the war room during the draft and
evaluating all free agents.

It's hard to get excited as a fan when it comes
to personnel changes if it is not on the field,
but in this case, I'm happy, and the change
is good.

"See you on the hit side" #21

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