Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ownership Problems

Just what the Rams needed to hear that there may be financial problems for Khan and the NFL owners may not pass him. As this organization doesn't have enough problems of their own already!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Farewell to the Gentle Giant

Merlin Olsen will be missed by all whom he touched. He was a great man that never forgot who he was and knew his place in the world.

He left behind a legacy of caring, giving and professionalism that probably not many can imitate.

Death of Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen saddens 'Fearsome' mate
USA Today

When he received word Thursday morning that close friend and former teammate Merlin Olsen had succumbed to cancer, Rosey Grier cried. He had planned to visit Olsen at a Los Angeles area hospital Wednesday but was told by Olsen's brother, Phil, that it probably would be better if he waited until Friday.

"So Phil put the phone to his ear and we were able to talk," Grier said by telephone Thursday. "He sounded sick but the thing was, he still sounded like Merlin."

Grier paused to collect himself before continuing.

"I loved that man," he said. "I really loved him."

Olsen, who was 69, died from complications related to malignant mesothelioma, which erodes the protective lining around the lungs. He was diagnosed last year.

Along with Grier, Deacon Jones and Lamar Lundy, Olsen was part of the Los Angeles Rams' famous Fearsome Foursome in the 1960s, a unit widely considered one of the best defensive fronts in NFL history. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and was selected to play in 14 consecutive Pro Bowls, a string that began his rookie season of 1962.

Following his retirement, Olsen had a successful career as a football color commentator for NBC and also a television actor. He co-starred alongside Michael Landon on the series Little House on the Prairie and later was star of his own show, Father Murphy.

He also was heavily involved in charitable causes, including hosting telethons to benefit children.

"Merlin was always doing good work to help other people have a meaningful life," said Grier, who was told of Olsen's death by Elizabeth Jones, Deacon's wife. "He was always there for you, no matter what."

CBS Sportscaster Dick Enberg, who called NFL games on NBC with Olsen for 12 years in the 1970s and 80s, praised his former colleague.

"God doesn't create perfect men. But he came mighty close when he brought us Merlin Olsen," Enberg said in a statement released by CBS.

"He personified the Greek ideal of a 'sound mind in a sound body.' ... He was perhaps the brightest to ever play his position in the NFL. .... I seriously doubt that I shall ever meet another that will measure up to his complete character. He was every part of a gentle giant."

Gil Brandt, the Dallas Cowboys' player personnel director during Olsen's NFL career, said Thursday there has never been a better defensive tackle to play the game.

"We played them a lot but we also scrimmaged them a lot, and Merlin never took a play off, no matter what kind of game it was," Brandt said. "He obviously was one of the greatest players of all time. You can look at it like this — when he played in the 60s and 70s, he was on a par with the present-day player as far as speed, strength and skill."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that Olsen "was a larger-than-life person, literally and figuratively, and leaves an enormously positive legacy."

Olsen was a consensus all-American his senior season at Utah State, and was a first-round draft pick, third overall, by the Rams.

In December, Utah State announced the field at Romney Stadium would be named 'Merlin Olsen field.'

Two members of the Fearsome Foursome remain alive. Lundy died in 2007 after a series of health problems.

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Who Should the Rams Pick With the #1 Pick?


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Monday, March 1, 2010

Combine in Full Swing

And the coaches and staff at Rams Nation not really giving many hints on who they will be taking with the very first pick of the draft. They do however seem to like Sam Bradford a lot, but is he worth a number 1 pick? Or will the Rams go with simply the best player in the draft, whom most say is Suh.

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Rams Have Too Many Needs to Address in One Lone Draft

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