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The St. Louis Rams 2005 Off-Season Should Introduce a New Era of Rams Football.

(PRWEB) February 12, 2005

For the St. Louis Rams, it is time to move to a new era for the franchise; Life without Marshall Faulk, and possibly life without Isaac Bruce. Faulk and Bruce, along with Offensive Tackle Kyle Turley, could all become cap casualties for the Rams this off-season. The once extremely fast and talented offense known as “the biggest show on turf”, an offense that Mike Martz has had the luxury of head coaching, is slowly coming down to earth. A new running back is taking the stage, the offensive line needs to be rebuilt, and the team also needs to find a solid pass catching tight end. One key to the offensive line will be managing to make a real deal with Orlando Pace this year, rather than throwing the franchise tag on him for a third year.

Offense is not the only need for the Rams. While the defensive unit is not what you would call “bad”, they lack the playmakers needed to take control of games, and even take over games when the offense needs help. With a less potent offense on the field, the defense is going to have to be able to do its part in lower scoring games, and keep the team in contention on weeks that the offense doesn’t produce. For the past few years, this has not been a problem the Rams defense encountered very often. The test for Mike Martz will not be what he can do with his team offensively this year; it will be how he handles his team in defensive struggles, something that he will find himself and his team in a lot more than in previous years.

So, who do the Rams turn to for all this help? Getting a deal for Orlando Pace and his new agent is the first priority. Bryce Fisher, defensive end, is the key resigning that needs to take place on defense. No matter what happens to the rest of the free agents on this team, Pace and Fisher have to be high priorities. The Rams most likely beef up the defense early in the draft this year, and a name that comes up regularly in mock drafts is Erasmus James, defensive end from Wisconsin. Other needs to fill in the middle rounds of the draft will be offensive line depth, as well at looking for some depth in the receiving corps ( If Bruce leaves, and Dane Looker moves on, the Rams quickly become thin at this position)

A good draft, smart moves in free agency, and some quality assistants to help Martz make better decisions will go a long way toward getting the Rams into the playoffs in 2005. Yes, that was a shot at Martz, we all know this guy could use a solid assistant head coach after watching him in action the past couple of years.

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