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ENEMY LINES
Michael Silver
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rams
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rams

"In the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick laid out a blueprint for how to slow these guys down. The Patriots played a lot of man-under coverage and jammed the receivers, and the two-deep zone didn't give them room to run around. But Mike Martz is so damn smart, he'll have some new wrinkles....

I know they were unhappy with Az Hakim because he dropped a lot of balls, but I don't think Terrence Wilkins is as dangerous. Wilkins is fast, and he's probably a better return guy, but Hakim was special....

Eric Crouch is a hell of an athlete, but playing receiver is going to be a tough transition for him....

I'm still trying to figure out why they let [linebacker] London Fletcher go. Fletcher [who signed as a free agent with the Bills] was the leader of their defense....

Jamie Duncan can flat-out fly. Even though he knows Lovie Smith's system from when they were at Tampa together, I think Fletcher's better....

The guy I love is Grant Wistrom. His first year, he got his butt handed to him in the running game. But he worked and worked, and now he's one of the best ends in the league. His motor runs 900 miles an hour, and he chases guys all over the field....

Adam Archuleta is much better than I thought he'd be. I knew he'd be a big hitter, but he can cover, too....

Dre' Bly should start at corner-back; he's better than Dexter McCleon. The more he plays, the better he gets. He's quick, and he's tough."

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