This year, finally, we're going to find out.
> A rookie third-round pick from Georgia Tech who had to sit out last season because he was academically ineligible, defensive end ANTHONY HARGROVE has wowed the Rams, who think he can be an immediate threat off the edge. "He has size [6'4", 269], speed, quickness and intelligence," says general manager Charley Armey, "and he's nasty."
ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
This is a team that has made its run and is trying to see if there's anything left in the tank. There are still some talented people, but a lot of the best players-- Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Aeneas Williams--are getting old.... Faulk still plays with great vision, but he doesn't have the explosiveness that he had two years ago. He'll still have games where he reminds you of the old Marshall, but mostly you'll notice something is missing.... Last year teams were able to pressure Marc Bulger and force him to make some bad throws. I'm sure he'll see more of that this year.... The offensive line is aging; Adam Timmerman, Grant Williams and even Orlando Pace are a little past their primes.... To solidify the defensive line, they really need Damione Lewis and Ryan Pickett to fulfill their potential.... The linebackers are small and fast; they're built for Lovie Smith's old Cover 2 scheme, so it will be interesting to see how they adapt to Larry Marmie's new defense.... Adam Archuleta is probably best used in the nickel, where you can move him down into the box and have him defending the short zone instead of back in coverage.
Their linebackers are small and fast; they're built for Lovie Smith's old Cover 2 scheme.