With the St. Louis Rams firing Scott Linehan today, where does the franchise go? Here is our ten-step plan for making the St. Louis Rams a winning team again.
Step 1: Fire Jay Zygmunt. Hire Scott Pioli, New England Patriots
Step 2: Hire Steve Spagnuolo, DC, NY Giants as Head Coach
Step 3: Hire Pat Shurmur, QB Coaches, Philadelphia as Offensive Coordinator
Step 4: Retain Jim Haslett as Asst HC/Defensive Coordinator
Step 5: Draft Andre Smith, OT, Alabama* with #1 overall pick.
- This shores up the OL (Smith, Bell, Leckey, Incognito, Barron)
Step 6: Draft Ian Campbell, DE, Kansas State in 2nd round. Move Chris Long to DT.
- Much like Justin Tuck, Long could handle playing end and tackle in a versatile defense.
Step 7: Draft Trey Covington, OLB, Maryland in 3rd round.
- Outside linebacker has been a huge weakness in STL. Getting a run stopper with Covington will dramatically help the defense.
Step 8: Draft Chase Holbrook, QB, NM State in 4th round.
- Marc Bulger will regain his starting job this week, but the team drastically needs a young quarterback to groom for the future.
Step 9: Draft George Hypolite, DT, Colorado in 5th round.
- Hypolite is the hard-charging tackle needed to disrupt the pocket in Spagnuolo's scheme.
Step 10: Draft Terrail Lambert, CB, Notre Dame in 6th round; and Louis Delmas, SS, Western Michigan in 7th round.
- Adding depth to the secondary is a must. These last round picks are worth gambling on young athletes.
QB: Marc Bulger/Brock Berlin/Chase Holbrook
HB: Steven Jackson/Brian Leonard/Travis Minor/Antonio Pittman
FB: Dan Kreider/Brian Leonard
WR: Torry Holt/Donnie Avery/Dante Hall
TE: Randy McMichael/Anthony Becht/Joe Klopfenstein
LT: Andre Smith/Adam Goldberg
LG: Jacob Bell/Adam Goldberg
C: Nick Leckey/Brett Romberg
RG: Richie Incognito/John Greco
RT: Alex Barron/John Greco
WR: Keenan Burton/Drew Bennett/Dane Looker
LE: Leonard Little/Victor Adeyanju
UT: Chris Long/La'Roi Glover/Victor Adeyanju/George Hypolite
NT: Adam Carriker/Clifton Ryan/George Hypolite
RE: Ian Campbell/James Hall/Eric Moore
SLB: Trey Covington/Quinton Culberson/Chris Draft
MLB: Will Witherspoon/Chris Draft
WLB: Pisa Tinoisamoa/Chris Chamberlain
LCB: Tye Hill/Ricky Manning, Jr.
FS: OJ Atogwe/Brannon Condren/Terrail Lambert
SS: Corey Chavous/Todd Johnson/Louis Delmas
RCB: Ron Bartell/Jonathan Wade/Jason Craft
K: Josh Brown
P: Donnie Jones
KR: Dante Hall