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    Linehan brings in Vermeil to kick-start Rams


    MEQUON, Wis. (AP)—In search of a spark that could take his team from the bottom of the NFC West Division to the top of the NFL heap, Rams coach Scott Linehan called on a familiar face. And called and called.
    For the better part of the past two years, Linehan has attempted to find a way to get former Rams coach Dick Vermeil to come to his team’s training camp. Linehan finally got one of the game’s finest motivators to give in.
    “I heard he misses it, so he wanted to come stay in a dorm again,” Linehan joked.
    In reality, Linehan wanted to find a way to get his team fired up. Who better than the coach who led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory in 2000?
    “I was glad he was able to make it,” Linehan said. “I told him I’d like him to come spend a couple days, visit and have him visit with the team here one of these nights before we leave.”

    Vermeil arrived on the campus of Concordia University on Sunday evening and spent the night catching up with the many people he still knows from the organization. He dished out plenty of his trademark hugs to players, coaches and staff alike.
    Vermeil watched the team’s practice Monday afternoon. He was uncertain what he would say to the players at an evening meeting, but he made certain to wear his Super Bowl ring to help get the message across.
    “The thing I learned, having been through it … is it takes the same things to go there and lose that it took to go there and win,” Vermeil said. “Getting there is so hard. Everybody works hard; you have to find a way to work harder. Everybody works smart; you have to find a way to work a little smarter. Then you have to be lucky.”
    Vermeil knows all about what it takes to catch lightning in a bottle. After two awful seasons in St. Louis that netted just nine wins, Vermeil got another chance from Rams management to right the ship.
    Those 1999 Rams went on to win the Super Bowl with a 13-3 record only a year after going 4-12. The 2007 Rams finished 3-13 so Linehan sees no harm in taking the chance to pick Vermeil’s brain for advice on how to conduct such a sharp turnaround.
    “Everyone has to do it his own way with his own philosophy,” Vermeil said. “I told him so. Last year was a tough year, but you can come out of a tough year better for having the experience. Everybody goes through that adversity.”
    At 71, Vermeil seems content in his retirement, although he has plenty to do to keep him busy. He works as a guest speaker and is on the boards of a couple of companies.
    And, of course, Vermeil is still working with his wife, Carol, producing wine in California’s Napa Valley.
    Despite all that activity, Vermeil admits he misses the game and his players.
    “It was a great time in my life,” Vermeil said. “I made a mistake by leaving, but I can’t go back and change it. I thought I was doing the right thing, and I knew shortly after that I wasn’t doing the right thing.”
    Still, he said, “I wouldn’t trade those three years for anything.”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns

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    • #3
      What better confession of a coach's inability to motivate a team than to call in Grandpa to do it for him?

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      • #4
        Fire Linehan and re-hire Vermeil.
        Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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        • #5
          God, I long for '99. What a magical, magical year? I will never forget it. It was my freshman year of college. Lord, so many things happened that year. And every Sunday I could look forward to my Rams sticking it to the NFL establishment. Now, they've regressed back to the mid-90's. Shame. Speaks to the management of the organization. Bunch of clueless cock suckers. The whole lot of them.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by house77 View Post
            God, I long for '99. What a magical, magical year? I will never forget it. It was my freshman year of college. Lord, so many things happened that year. And every Sunday I could look forward to my Rams sticking it to the NFL establishment. Now, they've regressed back to the mid-90's. Shame. Speaks to the management of the organization. Bunch of clueless cock suckers. The whole lot of them.
            I'm afraid they might even be worse this year then last...even if they manage to win another game or two.

            At least we have Mizzou though!
            Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland View Post
              What better confession of a coach's inability to motivate a team than to call in Grandpa to do it for him?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TTB View Post
                I'm afraid they might even be worse this year then last...even if they manage to win another game or two.

                At least we have Mizzou though!
                God, Mizzou has been a blessing. I was starting to hate football season again. I'm so particular with football... I suppose it's because I played so much of it. I can't watch a team play horrible football. I try, but it makes me sick after a while. MU has helped supply me with a good fix of solid, entertaining ball.
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                • #9
                  God bless Vermeil for managing/motivating through all the change that was the perfect storm of the 99 season. Let's not completely forget 97 and 98 with Tony Banks at QB and most veterans skipping the post-season meetings after 98 and on and on. He either made changes going into 99 or was rightfully out of a job.

                  Maybe Linehan will get some 3rd year...no can't even type it..
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                  • #10
                    I remember when we heard how the Rams management had learned from the 49ers and others and wouldn't let the same things happen to the Rams that happened to other teams that had been very good but faced salary issues, etc.

                    Guess that wasn't right.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by house77 View Post
                      God, Mizzou has been a blessing. I was starting to hate football season again. I'm so particular with football... I suppose it's because I played so much of it. I can't watch a team play horrible football. I try, but it makes me sick after a while. MU has helped supply me with a good fix of solid, entertaining ball.
                      I only watched one entire Rams game last season...one I attended where Frerotte blew it with a fumble on the goal line.

                      I would watch the 1st quarter..then find a better way to spend my time. :(
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland View Post
                        What better confession of a coach's inability to motivate a team than to call in Grandpa to do it for him?
                        No joke. This is just ridiculous.

                        It's abundantly clear Linehan can't motivate his players to do anything. Why is this guy a head coach? The Rams front office / management is a complete mess. This is the 90's all over again. What's next? Tony Banks?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by WinstonSmith View Post
                          I remember when we heard how the Rams management had learned from the 49ers and others and wouldn't let the same things happen to the Rams that happened to other teams that had been very good but faced salary issues, etc.

                          Guess that wasn't right.
                          They forgot the part about how to draft well. They haven't had too many cap or bad free agent signings in general, just can't draft.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jonas View Post
                            They forgot the part about how to draft well. They haven't had too many cap or bad free agent signings in general, just can't draft.
                            Jonas, you hit the nail on the head. Mike Martz and Lovie Smith were some of the WORST talent scouts I've ever seen. Horrific.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by house77 View Post
                              God, Mizzou has been a blessing. I was starting to hate football season again. I'm so particular with football... I suppose it's because I played so much of it. I can't watch a team play horrible football. I try, but it makes me sick after a while. MU has helped supply me with a good fix of solid, entertaining ball.

                              Before the 2007 year, I had the same kind of issues watching Illinois football after they had the good 2001 season. I couldn't watch them play for more than one quarter before I'd just turn it off and find something else to do. I fear these Rams could be awful again this season.
                              Good thing there's fantasy football leagues!
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