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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:24 pm    Post subject: Looking for Insights Reply with quote

Working on a project, and could use some help from you guys. I'm going to include a questionaire below, if as many as possible could fill it out and share as much detail as possible, it'd be greatly appreciated.

  • Tell me about your Head Coach, his philosophies, and his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?
  • Tell me bout your Offensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?
  • What offensive scheme do you follow in the run, pass and blocking game? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?
  • Tell me about your Defensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What do most people not know about him? What are his tendencies? etc.
  • What Defensive Scheme do you follow in the front 7 as wel as in coverage? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?
  • When drafting, how important is character?
  • During the draft, how active in the past have you been in trades?
  • Looking at your current roster, who are the up and comers? Who are future starters? Who is starting but shouldn't? Who is tradeable and their value? Who is a lifer?
  • During the offseason, how active in the past have you been at trading for veterans?
  • What has been the downfall of your team recently?
  • Where are your largest holes this offseason?
  • What are your biggest strengths this offseason?
  • What will it take for you to win a championship?


I appreciate each and every reply that I receive and promise that this information will be put to very good use in the very near future. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask - I'll be keeping an eye on this thread and try to reply ASAP.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for Insights Reply with quote

MaddHatter wrote:
  • Tell me about your Head Coach, his philosophies, and his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?

    Steve Spagnuolo is an intense and smart head coach who relies on a power running game and a suffocating defense that prides itself on getting to the QB. His tendencies are to go after smart players with high moral character and I don't think people know how much of a motivator he is. He kept the Rams players from speaking out against him and buying into the program, definitely a leader.

  • Tell me bout your Offensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?

    Pat Shurmur is a West Coast kind of OC but uses a the power run game to set up the pass game. Likes short and timed routes and has the tendency to go the safe route instead of trying for the big play. Most people don't know that he is a very good developer of the quarterback and that could be seen the maturity that Keith Null showed when he entered the line up.

  • What offensive scheme do you follow in the run, pass and blocking game? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?

    In the run game, we use the power run scheme. Steven Jackson is the bell cow and does all the heavy lifting. In terms of blocking, man up power style, the typical hard hat and grinding type of line. Pass game like I said is West Coast offense, lots of short routes to nickel and dime down the field with few big plays. Most people don't realise how effective Steven Jackson is out of the backfield and how useful a good TE would be in this offense.

  • Tell me about your Defensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What do most people not know about him? What are his tendencies? etc.

    Ken Flajole is an extension of Steve Spagnuolo and really doesn't have too much of an identity with the Rams. But, in terms of the defense we run he enjoys bringing the blitz and trying to bring pressure any way possible. What people may not know about him is that he can make linebackers all the better in his scheme.

  • What Defensive Scheme do you follow in the front 7 as wel as in coverage? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?

    The Front 7 is used in specific ways. The DTs are used to occupy blockers and maintain gaps, the defensive ends are required to play up the field and try and get to the QB, not often used in run support but have surprising ability there. Middle linebacker is sideline to sideline player maker and the outside backers are interchangable, no specific WILL or SAM. These backers need to be smart, fill gaps and tackle soundly. Coverage is man up, island coverage. Strong safety helps in the box and Free safety plays some center field with playmaking range.

  • When drafting, how important is character?

    Extremely important.

  • During the draft, how active in the past have you been in trades?

    Not very active.

  • Looking at your current roster, who are the up and comers? Who are future starters? Who is starting but shouldn't? Who is tradeable and their value? Who is a lifer?

    Up and Comers: James Laurinaitis, Jason Smith, Clifton Ryan, Chris Long, Bradley Fletcher, Jason Brown.

    Future Starters: Darell Scott, Roger Allen

    Starting But Shouldn't: David Vobora

    Tradeable: Alex Barron, OJ Atogwe

    Lifer: Steven Jackson


  • During the offseason, how active in the past have you been at trading for veterans?

    Not all that active.

  • What has been the downfall of your team recently?

    Poor drafting by previous regimes, lack of talented depth, offense being unable to sustain drives and defense staying on the field too long.
  • Where are your largest holes this offseason?

    QB, DL and LB.

  • What are your biggest strengths this offseason?

    RB, OL and WR.

  • What will it take for you to win a championship?

    Defense that can get after the QB and cover the pass. An offense that can run the ball, milk the clock and set up big plays.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for Insights Reply with quote

MaddHatter wrote:
[*]Tell me about your Head Coach, his philosophies, and his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?
Coach spags is a very calm, level headed guy. He doesnt ever loose his cool, and doesnt seem to believe in ranting and raving on the sideline. He is more of a Father Figure of the team, he expects you to know your job and do it right. He expects the best out of every single one of his players, but doesnt get pissed at them, he is more disappointed in failure. He was put through the ringer this year wit hthe worst roster and season in Franchise history, yet he cam out standing on his own two feet in the end. He doesnt tear into guys on the sidelines, but is also no nonsense, and all business.

He is a very defensive minded guy, being he Eagles LB coach and the Giants DC. But even then he has not focused on the Defense, he seems to have the hang of being the Head Coach, and fully delegated the correct responsibilities to his Coordinators. He believes in building a franchise from the inside out. That the game is won and lost in the trenches.

Although we are still getting to know Spags, he is a hard nosed coach, who knows how he wants his team run and is building it that way. He and our Gm Billy Devaney, are working great together and have made a conscious effort to stay away from quick fixes and make a this team a long term winner.
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[*]Tell me bout your Offensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?
Pat Shurmur comes straight out of the Philly offense. He has been getting a bad rep this season, but thats before people realize what he had to work with. When he got to open up the play book a bit, he was a very intriguing OC. With the limited offensive potential we had in 2009, there is still much to learn about our new OC.
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[*]What offensive scheme do you follow in the run, pass and blocking game? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?
We are running essentially the Philly offense, but instead of the 70/30 pass that Andy Reid likes to go with, we are trying to base this offense around one thing The Power Running game. So yes its a Power Run based West Coast Offense. It sounds like an anomaly, but its what they are going for. Steven Jackson is one of the most complete Backs in the league (if not the most) Power, speed, shake, vision, patience, blocking, receiving.

But when we get a QB, they seem to like having the passes go in the 5-10 yard range, just guys that can move the chains on the outsides. Which is what they have put together. This offense is set up to draw the Defense up close to the LOS, and then sting them deep. With a Home Run threat over the top. But the key to this type of offense (other than a RB like SJax) is an Elite TE. Which is what we are still missing.
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[*]Tell me about your Defensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What do most people not know about him? What are his tendencies? etc.
Ken Flajole seems to be a 'Spags Lite' They are the same type of guy and coach. The try to get the fire out of their players, but without having too much of an escalator of emotions going on. Just like Spags he comes from being a LB coach in Carolina. Also like Spags and Shurmur, they all seem to be very loyal, and have been looking back to their roots for guys to bring in.
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[*]What Defensive Scheme do you follow in the front 7 as wel as in coverage? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?
Its all about the DL. This defense is based strictly off of the DEs. They are the play makers of the Defense. The corner stones of the D are the DTs. They are Workman types, who clog up the middle and keep life easy for everyone else. And the DTs are best used as a rotation. Like I said the DEs are the Playmakers, but they also need to be all around guys, good against the Run, and can get to the QB. Also a stable of them is prefered, some pass rush specialists to come in on passing downs. The LBs are quick, smart, sound tacklers who can all play sideline to sideline. They are pretty much interchangeable with each other. A bit of pass rush from the "SLB" would be nice as an extension of the DEs but isnt necessary. The CBs plan man-press, and should be physical. They are often left out on an Island as much as possible, so they arent the glory position on this D. The Safeties need to be more sound, than pure ball hawks. They can help in run support and cover when needed. They are best when they are interchangeable, when they cn be masked who is the Strong and who is the Free on any given snap.
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[*]When drafting, how important is character?

Character is of High priority. They want a well respected team, with no problem children. Spags "Four Pillars" are what he is basing the foundation of this team on. But now that the foundation is almost set, they also realize that they cant have a team full of boy scouts, so they also will take risks on guys, but only if they can prove to them that they are past it and changed.
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[*]During the draft, how active in the past have you been in trades?
Well this Regime has only been in control for one draft. But they have shown willingness to make trades. They Moved Tye Hill, and Will Witherspoon this season. So it is hard to say what they will be doing durring the Draft. This team needs so many things that right now it would be tuff to see them moving up at all. But when more needs are filled, they seem to be willing to do what it takes to get their guy.
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[*]Looking at your current roster, who are the up and comers? Who are future starters? Who is starting but shouldn't? Who is tradeable and their value? Who is a lifer?
This team is Building a Foundation of a winning franchise. The only guy thus far who should be concidered a "Lifer" is Steven Jackson. But the Newly Acquired Jason Brown is close to that catagory. But there are some Cornerstones who seem to be guys that they are building this team around. The Defense has Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, and Ron Bartell. The Offense has the already mentioned Jackson and Brown, along with new LT Jason Smith.

There are Some guys who are Starting that shouldnt, Like David Vabora (LB) and Gary Gibson (DT).

Some Up & Comers would be Clifton Ryan, Bradley Fletcher, Laurent Robinson, Brandon Gibson, Donnie Avery.

And Tradable guys would be OJ Atogwe (2nd), Alex Barron (Late 4th), Adam Carriker (5th).
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[*]During the offseason, how active in the past have you been at trading for veterans?
This team is building with youth, and signing good talent though Free Agency. They have a rule they like to stick to if possible (no new CBA makes it tuff) But they dont like going after Veterans over 30, looking to cash in one more time.
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[*]What has been the downfall of your team recently?
The old Regime, and their terrible drafting. They never drafted depth. Took guys and tried to play them in wrong positions. THey left this Roster so bad, and in such bad Cap shape that they had to gut the whole team last year and build from the ground up.
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[*]Where are your largest holes this offseason?

Quarterback is the obvious one, and people will jump straight to it with drafting a QB in the First, but that is a mistake, seeing as this FO has show Zero interest in any of these QBs. Word is Billy Devaney was all about Jake Locker, and not impressed with the rest.

But a all around, Game Changing DE is just as important to this team. Along with another big time DT to make the most important part of the Defense Dominant. Everything else in the Defense hinges on the D-Line, so spending money and high picks on it is not something they will be afraid of.

OLB, TE, Right side of the OL. All needs as well.

They have emphisized bolstering the Trenches, and getting bigger everywhere. Also they are looking for playmakers everywhere, up and down the roster.
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[*]What are your biggest strengths this offseason?

Running back is a huge Strength, but still needs a good backup. The WR corps is stacked with alot of guys with potential, and has alot of assets poured into it. And the OL has some good pieces to it just needs some finishing touches.
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[*]What will it take for you to win a championship?
A few years, and alot more talent.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for Insights Reply with quote

Not gonna make it too long. Quick and simple for me.

  • Tell me about your Head Coach, his philosophies, and his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?

    Conservative guy. Wants hard nosed football, a contrast to previous coaches.

  • Tell me bout your Offensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What are his tendencies? What do most people not know about him?

    Even more of a conservative guy. He was delt low talent levels, and made a playbook accordingly.

  • What offensive scheme do you follow in the run, pass and blocking game? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?

    We are a power running team. Most people seem to think that this is ridiculous, "the rams are not a power running team," they say, "so draft a QB number 1."

  • Tell me about your Defensive Coordinator, his philosophies, his style. What do most people not know about him? What are his tendencies? etc.

    Don't have much to say about him, kinda is like Shurmer.

  • What Defensive Scheme do you follow in the front 7 as wel as in coverage? What is unique about it? What do most people not know about it?

    We like defensive ends. Most people don't know that our defensive ends are the success of this team. We need pressure. We also need physical CB's to hold up in single coverage.

  • When drafting, how important is character?

    4 pillars spags describes it as. However, our locker room was so good this year, I think they will put the pillars aside for awhile.

  • During the draft, how active in the past have you been in trades?

    The last trade off the top of my head was the Orlando Deal.

  • Looking at your current roster, who are the up and comers? Who are future starters? Who is starting but shouldn't? Who is tradeable and their value? Who is a lifer?

    Notable players.
    Up and commer: Chris Long. Has played solid his entire career, the light has just turned on.
    Future starter: Jason Smith. The dude is a great run blocker and has shown great ability to learn from past mistakes, a critical element of a truly great pro.
    Starting but shouldn't: I think a better way to phrase this is, "Who is starting that should be." lol. However we do have an array of talent to build on.
    Lifer: What is a lifer?

  • During the offseason, how active in the past have you been at trading for veterans?

    Not very.

  • What has been the downfall of your team recently?

    What isn't the downfall of our team recently? Primarily the draft. We suck at drafting (in the past, last years draft looks really good)

  • Where are your largest holes this offseason?

    QB by far.

  • What are your biggest strengths this offseason?

    Offensive line.

  • What will it take for you to win a championship?

    Alot.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff guys - appreciate the insights - keep it coming Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaddHatter wrote:
Great stuff guys - appreciate the insights - keep it coming Very Happy
Just curious, whatcha workin on?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

StLunatic88 wrote:
MaddHatter wrote:
Great stuff guys - appreciate the insights - keep it coming Very Happy
Just curious, whatcha workin on?


Pretty elaborate write up for the Gnat
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