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News » St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2008-08-05

St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2008-08-05

St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2008-08-05
With about 25 minutes left in a recent practice near the end of the first week of training camp, coach Scott Linehan brought his team to the center of the field for an important message.

"It was between myself and them," Linehan said later, "but more than anything, it was the hottest day we have had. It was a challenging day and there were a lot of guys taking a lot of extra reps, because of guys not being in there. Sometimes that's the way it is going to be in games and you have to train yourself. It's going to be like that. It's going to be like that when we play on the road early in the heat. It's going to be like that down in Tennessee next week and we need to get ourselves prepared.

"They have had so much volume that they are dealing with along with being tired and sore and all that, but that is part of your training and we are training ourselves to get prepared for the season ahead. This is where you do it and I'm really pleased with the effort we are getting from our team."

Earlier in practice, during a passing drill, offensive coordinator Al Saunders wasn't pleased with what he was seeing.

"There will be no compromising," Saunders was heard saying. "None. Do it right, or you won't be here. Do your job."

Still, Linehan rewarded his team with a night of no meetings. They will have their first day off Sunday following Saturdays scrimmage.

"It is well deserved," Linehan explained. "They have been working very hard and they need a little break. This gives them a little time to take their time and get some treatment and get away from the coaches."

Said wide receiver Dane Looker of Saunders' choice words, "The intensity just wasn't there. I think (Linehan and Saunders) just wanted to send a signal that hey, this is not an acceptable way to practice no matter how sore you are, no matter how hot it was.

"No matter how much working out you do in the summer leading up to (camp), it's just tough to get back in that football condition."

Added Linehan, "You're tired and sore. Some guys are hurt. Some guys are taking every snap. That's what football is. You train yourself for the season during training camp. You can't do that during OTAs. You can't even begin to do that. This is where you get tougher as a team."

The day before, Linehan had talked to the team's older veterans on the field after practice, reiterating their role as examples to the younger players.

"It's easy the first day out (in camp)," Linehan said. "Everybody's pretty lively, and they've got a lot of spunk to them. But you get to this time, you kind of find out what people are made of. This is where you develop that. And your leaders obviously have been through it. ... They've got to bring everybody with them."

The weather has been kind in Wisconsin, but most of the practice work is done on a FieldTurf surface.

Concluded Looker, "It's kind of a give and take with the weather and the turf. It's not real hot here, but it does pound you a little hard on that turf. Grass is definitely more forgiving."


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 5, 2008

Jacob Bell Name: Jacob Bell
Position: OL
Age: 27
Experience: 5 years
College: Miami (OH)
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