Last week's unsubstantiated rumors about St. Louis's desperate attempts to acquire the dubious service of mindless and careless thugs like Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress made more than a few of us sober-minded Rams fans start to dry heave about next year's prospects. However, there was at least one whispering about the team's attempts at improvement that made a little bit of logistical sense, Last week, supposedly, the Rams met with cornerback Roderick Hood and made him an offer. There is no word on whether or not their attempts to lure him to join the team were successful.
Hood, who went to college at Auburn, started for the tough Eagles defense in 2005 and 2006, when new Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, was the defensive coordinator there. He then joined the Arizona Cardinals where, in 2007, he was ranked second in the NFL in yards gained by returning interceptions, and in 2008, of course, his defensive contributions helped the unlikely successful team make it to the Super Bowl. More importantly, by all appearances, Hood has never forced domesticated animals to fight to the death, or accidentally shot himself in a crowded nightclub.
It is difficult to predict how good a move this would be for the Rams, or whether or not the team can afford him. Hood is a little on the small side, at 5'11 and 198 pounds, but he does have both a previous working relationship with Spagnuolo, and, more importantly, a proven ability to take advantage of turnovers, something the Rams sorely lacked in the last couple of years.