Three and Out: Rams

August, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Three quick hits on the St. Louis Rams:

In the interest of continuity: The Rams have shuffled their offensive linemen too many times for quarterback Marc Bulger to count. The idea this season is to settle on five guys, build continuity and improve over the course of the season. Signing center Jason Brown from the Ravens in free agency gave the Rams badly needed stability in the middle. First-round choice Jason Smith will presumably replace Adam Goldberg at right tackle sometime soon. "There is just something about the line when they are together and working together that makes everyone look good," Bulger said.

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Insurance behind Jackson: The Rams know they're in trouble if something happens to franchise running back Steven Jackson. They need all the insurance they can get from his backups. Samkon Gado and Antonio Pittman made a positive first impression in the exhibition opener. Kenneth Darby, the favorite heading into training camp, needs to show improvement after a rough performance in the opener. Gado's 77-yard touchdown run was impressive even though it came against the Jets' backups. Pittman also helped his cause. It's too early to know whether any of the Rams' backup runners can provide quality depth at the position.

Delegating responsibilities: The Rams hired coach Steve Spagnuolo based largely on his record coordinating the Giants' and Eagles' defenses. Spagnuolo suggested Saturday that he mostly stood back while defensive coordinator Ken Flajole called plays in the exhibition opener. I had assumed Spagnuolo would probably call the defense this season. "I am going to try not to step on toes," Spagnuolo told reporters. "You hire people to do their jobs and I thought they both did a good job of it." Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will obviously call the offense. Spagnuolo is ultimately responsible for how the defense performs. For him to trust defensive calls to a first-time coordinator shows great faith in Flajole.

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