NFC West: Lamar King

Mailbag: How the Rams can rebuild

November, 20, 2008
11/20/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Hiztory from St. Louis writes: now that the rams are out of playoff contention can we look to the future? we obviously need a QB for the future so what about JP Losman? we need at least two more like three good lineman, one to replace pace, challenge barron and an interior lineman, one more DE to back up little and another DB.

who do you see that the rams would go after? any coaches? and i know this makes this a rather long post but, i think the rams should become a zone blocking offense with a one cut and go system. and a hybrid 3-4/4-3 system and stand little up. get a bigger back to pair with jackson and a young qb. it's like a smash mouth philosophy where we run %60-%70 and throw %40-%30. wha do you think? sorry for the long message. thanks for reading.

Mike Sando: Thank you. Your note gets moved to the front of the line given that we don't hear from Rams fans all that frequently.

I'm not sure the organization can afford to give up on Marc Bulger even though you find it "obvious" that the team needs a new quarterback. The financial commitment to Bulger is such that I think he's the guy for next season. Given that resources are finite, I would focus on building a better team around him. Some of this is going to be dependent on what happens with the coaching staff.

You are absolutely right about the Rams needing to focus on upgrading the offensive line. They need players at every position on the line. I would look to find at least three new starters for 2009. They paid Jacob Bell, so he probably needs to be there at left guard. And Richie Incognito has come on a little at right guard. Still, I would want to upgrade at center, one guard spot and at least one tackle spot. Orlando Pace can't stay healthy, so it's time to develop a prospect at that position.

The Rams should be OK at the skill positions with Bulger, Steven Jackson, Donnie Avery and Randy McMichael. They'll probably need another receiver given that they are phasing out Torry Holt. I would want another tight end, particularly if Al Saunders' system remains. Could be time to part with Joe Klopfenstein and give someone else a chance to grow into that position.

Defensively, the Rams need bulk in the middle. Otherwise their linebackers aren't big enough. They need to turn over the strong safety position. They could use cornerback help.

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