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NFL All Time Teams: Ultimate St. Louis Rams 53-Man Roster

Shane GraySenior Analyst IDecember 15, 2011

NFL All Time Teams: Ultimate St. Louis Rams 53-Man Roster

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    The St. Louis Rams made St. Louis home in 1995. 

    Since then, St. Louis has been to the highest tip of the mountain and the lowest depth of the valley. 

    It has been a franchise of insane extremes.

    On the extremely good, the Rams produced the single greatest offense in NFL history: the vaunted and historic "Greatest Show on Turf."

    This offense boasts the single most prolific three year offensive run in NFL history.

    They averaged 523 points per season during that mind-boggling stretch.

    They fielded five potential NFL Hall of Fame players: Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace and Marshall Faulk, who already attained his rightful spot in Canton this summer after being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. 

    They operated with a confidence and swagger that was unparalleled. 

    They were directed by an offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, who later became the head coach. 

    Martz threw caution to the wind, went for the kill, bedazzled defenses with his creative approach and shocked them with his cutthroat aggressiveness. 

    The "mad scientist" brought an offense to the table that was predicated and built upon legendary offensive guru Don Coryell's offensive ideas. 

    Martz took Coryelll's offense, plugged in several Hall of Fame talents, and expanded upon his offense. Martz put the turbo chargers on and threw Coryell's offense into overdrive. 

    During this run, St. Louis went to two Super Bowls. 

    They brought home the Lombardi Trophy in 2000 versus Tennessee before falling to the Patriots in a game full of controversy in 2002. 

    On the other hand, outside of the Greatest Show on Turf's general run from 1999 through 2004, the Rams have struggled mightily. 

    Without berating the point, the Rams were awful from the inaugural season of 1995 through 1998 and have generally been awful if not pitiful from 2005 through 2011. 

    In those 11 seasons surrounding the greatest show on turf era, St. Louis has never fielded a winning team. 

    Never.

    In fact, the Rams won loss percentage over the last five NFL seasons is currently the worst in NFL history. 

    Whether at the top with a Super Bowl win and arguably the best offense even known to man or at the bottom with the worst five season winning percentage of all time, St. Louis Rams fans are well aware of extremes.

    In this piece, we are focusing on the positive and letting the creative juices flow. 

    We are taking the very best players in St. Louis Rams history, making a couple of creative lineup and roster changes, adding a creative coaching staff largely from the coaches that have been in St. Louis since 1995, and unveiling all 53 players on the "Ultimate 53."

    Let's go—this should be fun! 

    After the season we have endured, we all, (including me), need to daydream just a bit.

Quarterback

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    Starting Quarterback: Kurt Warner

    Kurt Warner is our all-time St. Louis Rams starting quarterback and would lead the Ultimate 53 offense. 

    He led the Rams to two Super Bowls, led the majority of the Greatest Show on Turf years, and presided over the best football ever played in St. Louis.

    He won a plethora of awards, including two NFL MVP awards and a Super Bowl MVP.  He made three pro bowls with St. Louis and two first team all-pro appearances.

    Warner is the clear starting quarterback.  There is no quarterback controversy here.

    Backup Quarterback: Marc Bulger

    Marc Bulger had the unenviable opportunity to attempt to fill the legendary shoes of Kurt Warner.  The results were mixed, however.  

    He did land two pro bowl berths and led St. Louis to two playoff appearances in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

    Bulger is not headed for the NFL Hall of Fame like his counterpart Warner, but having a two time pro bowler coming off the bench is a luxury for the Ultimate 53.

    Third String Quarterback: Sam Bradford

    Bradford has a long way to go if he wants to overtake Warner for the starting spot on this team ten years down the road.  For now, attaining backup status over Bulger is goal one. 

    He didn't make much progress in that regard this season as he struggled in a new system behind an injury riddled and struggling offensive line with less than stellar weapons in the passing game, (with the exception of Brandon Lloyd).

    On the Ultimate 53, Bradford was pressed hard for the third string quarterback job by former three year Rams starter Tony Banks.

Halfback

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    Starting Halfback: Marshall Faulk

    Marshall Faulk, perhaps the greatest all-purpose running back ever, is the clear choice for starting halfback.  He could do it all, as I alluded to in a separate piece earlier this week. 

    The Hall of Famer will also be our team's primary third down back, as he was a dynamic receiver out of the backfield. 

    In short, Faulk was a running back with pro bowl potential at receiver who saw the field like a quarterback and understood the game like a coach.

    He was the total package and he has the starting halfback spot locked down on the all time St. Louis Rams roster.

    Backup Halfback: Steven Jackson

    Steven Jackson will spell Marshall Faulk and may carry the ball quite a bit for us on first and second down, being thrown in frequently as a bruising and fiery alternative to Faulk.

    The three time pro bowler would likely amass seven or eight combined touches via the ground and passing game per week with the Ultimate 53.

    We would also implement packages that got Faulk and Jackson on the field at the same time.

    Third Halfback: Trung Canidate

    Before you faint, please let me explain.

    We got creative with our offense and roster management, as you will see on the next slide looking at the fullback position.

    We have a potential Hall of Famer in place there. 

    With that said, we slid Canidate into the third halfback slot, as he would rarely see the field anyway, considering we have Faulk and Jackson at halfback.

    Canidate is here for one reason: home run speed.

    Canidate was timed in the 4.3 range before entering the NFL with the Rams as a first round selection.

    In 2001, spelling Faulk, Canidate averaged a whopping 5.7 yards per attempt on 78 carries.  That's impressive.

    In that season, he also hauled in 17 catches at nine yards a catch making him a possible option in the passing game.

    Canidate would contribute on special teams and fill in on kick return duties as needed.

    Amp Lee was strongly considered (and deserving of a spot).  However, he was a terrific third down back and Marshall will be the man in the role on the Ultimate 53.

    With that making Lee largely unnecessary, we went with Canidate and his home run speed. 

Running Back/Fullback

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    Starting Fullback: Jerome Bettis

    "The Bus" will be our starting fullback. 

    With his considerable girth and power, there is no reason Bettis could not clear the path for Faulk or Jackson. 

    Obviously, his skills demand that he receives more handoffs than the run of the mill fullback, so we would expect Bettis to tote the rock a few times per game. 

    The Bus' new nickname will be the "Road Grader," as he pancakes and belittles would be tacklers daring enough to step in his path.

    We would also use Bettis creatively with Faulk and/or Jackson in pro sets and multiple back formations, using him as a runne, blocker, and receiver out of the backfield.

    Backup Fullback: James Hodgins

    James Hodgins is our traditional fullback, and he was a very good one.  Hie did a nice job blocking for Faulk between 1999 and 2002 before heading to Arizona.

    If Bettis were to go down, Hodgins would step and do the job clearing the path for our Hall of Fame quality set of halfbacks on the Ultimate 53.

Wide Receiver

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    Wide Receiver 1: 'Reverend' Isaac Bruce

    Isaac Bruce is our number one receiving option.  Bruce retired after ending his career in the top five in both total receptions and receiving yards.

    Bruce was a four time pro bowler and an all pro in 1999.  In 1995, Bruce hauled in a mind boggling 119 catches.

    The future NFL Hall of Famer was as good of a route runner as the game has ever seen. 

    He was as smooth as they come on the field, and as gracious and classy as they come off of it.

    The legendary Isaac Bruce leads our ever talented receiving corps.

    People tend to forget that during most of he and Torry Holt's combined run in St. Louis, defenses rolled their coverages towards Bruce, not Holt, our number two wide receiver.

    Wide Receiver 2: Torry 'Big Game' Holt

    Torry Holt is our consensus number two receiver.  The seven time pro bowler, like Bruce, could do it all. 

    Holt could get the first down or take the top off the defense, a la Randy Moss, at any time.

    Like Bruce, he was a highly prolific and productive player, lending a huge helping hand to the cause of the Greatest Show on Turf.

    Wide Receiver 3: Brandon Lloyd

    Brandon Lloyd, a 2010 pro bowler, would play the slot and fill in for Bruce and Holt if they needed a breather.

    Lloyd, with his exceptional quickness, will be lethal in the slot. 

    Although his time in St. Louis has been brief, he's our clear number three wideout.

    Wide Receiver 4: Kevin Curtis

    Kevin Curtis, who once ran a world class 4.23 forty yard dash, will be our best deep threat.

    Curtis caught 60 balls and six touchdowns for St. Louis in 2005, one of which was an 83-yarder.

    Wide Receiver 5: Ricky Proehl

    The always consistent and reliable Ricky Proehl would take the field occasionally in third down situations and when the team were to go empty backfield and deploy five wide receivers. 

    Proehl, who caught the touchdown that sent the Rams to the Super Bowl in 2000 against Tampa Bay, is a glue guy and brings veteran leadership to our Ultimate 53. 

    Wide Receiver 6: Az-Zahir Hakim

    Az Hakim will be sprinkled into the slot occasionally while providing great insurance off the bench. 

    Although his time was brief, he was explosive, cat-quick, and productive for the Rams particularly from 1999 through 2001. 

    Although we have to get over his fumble on the punt return in the 2001 playoffs against New Orleans, he would be available as a punt returner for the Ultimate 53.

    Wide Reciever 7: Danny Amendola

    Danny Amendola is as tough as they come. 

    I couldn't find a way to keep him off the team, considering his versatility as both an outstanding option in the slot and as a special teams contributor.

    In 2010, Amendola snagged 85 catches for St. Louis.  A guy with that production and his heart belongs on the roster.

Tight End

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    Starting Tight End: Ernie Conwell

    With our offense, two tight ends will be sufficient. 

    Ernie Conwell will start. As both a solid blocker and receiver, he fills the bill nicely.

    Conwell was strong at the point of attack.  He was also good at catching balls down the seam.

    Considering the dominance that our run game will have, play action to Ernie down down the middle would be a thing of beauty. 

    Conwell averaged 33 catches per season between from 2001 to 2003 for the Rams in an offense that didn't often feature the tight end.

    Backup Tight End: Roland Williams

    Wiliams will backup Conwell and would lineup on the opposite end of the formation in power sets. 

    He is both a capable blocker and receiver.

    Furthermore, the always hyped and ultra energetic Williams will keep both the team and fans revved and riled up at all times on the sidelines, making sure the Edward Jones Dome is constantly rocking.

Offensive Line

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    Starting Left Tackle: Orlando Pace, "The Big O"

    Pace will be our left tackle,and would guard the blind side of Kurt Warner.

    He was one of the greatest left tackles of all time and will be a Hall of Fame candidate when his time arrives.

    Pace earned seven trips to Hawaii via pro bowl berths and was a three-time all-pro selection.

    The Big O will hold down and anchor the left tackle spot for our Ultimate 53.

    Starting Left Guard: Harvey Dahl

    We are sliding the mean and nasty Harvey Dahl over to left guard to ensure that Pace stays plugged in and fired up at all times.

    Dahl is particularly stout in the run game and is known around the NFL as one of the league's dirtiest players.

    With all the talent and finesse our team possesses at the skill position, the tough and mean Dahl helps to balance the scales an ensure that we are never labeled a finesse team, as the Greatest Show on Turf often was.

    Starting Center: Andy McCollum

    One of the "donut brothers," McCollum will start under center for St. Louis.

    A solid and consistent performer, he would be a steadying force on the line and amongst the offense. 

    Starting Right Guard: Adam Timmerman

    TImmerman, McCollum's fellow donut brother, played right guard throughout his tenure with the St. Louis Rams. 

    The 2001 pro bowler will retain his comfortable spot at this position.

    Timmerman was a terrific right guard for the Rams after coming to St. Louis as a free agent acquisition out of Green Bay in 1999.

    Starting Right Tackle: Jackie Slater

    It was impossible to leave legendary Jackie Slater out of the lineup.

    One of the league's all time tackles, the legendary Ram finished his career in 1995 with St. Louis.

    The seven time pro bowler and 2001 Hall of Fame inductee anchors the right side of the line and gives our Ultimate 53 Hall of Fame bookends at tackle.

    Backup Tackle: Kyle Turley

    Kyle Turley excelled for the Rams in 2003.  He second team all pro honors that year.

    Turley brings toughness and talent to the depth of the line as well as the ability to play both tackle spots well.

    With Turley, Dahl and Incognito on the offensive line unit, nobody will be expecting anyone to start many scuffles with St. Louis.

    Backup Guard: Richie Incognito

    Incognito has played well in Miami

    Considering the veteran presence of this team and that Richie seems to be maturing now, he will provide valuable versatility, depth, and quality off the bench.  Incognito can also provide depth at center, which was another consideration in his landing a roster spot.

    Backup Center: Jason Brown

    Brown's play has been inconsistent in St. Louis, but would be exceptional as a backup and for depth.

    In addition, recent high dollar Rams offensive line free agents like Brown (and Jacob Bell) have played worse than expected since arriving in St. Louis after playing well at previous stops.

    We feel that Brown would play better football under the tutelage the Ultimate 53 offensive line coach, who will be introduced later.

    Backup Left Tackle: Rodger Saffold

    Saffold had a terrific rookie campaign in 2010. 

    In 2011, he battled injuries most of the year before falling to the injured reserve list.

    Saffold would likely never see the field considering the durability of Pace. If he did, he showed enough in 2010 to have confidence that he could adequately fill the bill for a game or two.

     

Defensive Line

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    Left Defensive End: Chris Long

    Chris Long has amassed 12 sacks already in 2011 with three games remaining. 

    Last season, Long tallied 8.5 sacks and led the NFL with over 40 quarterback pressures.

    With Long allowed to play defense with a lead regularly for the first time in his career, he will get many more pass rushing opportunities, so his numbers will likely increase. 

    Starting Nose Tackle: Ryan Pickett

    Pickett began to blossom in St. Louis before taking off to Green Bay as a free agent in 2006.

    The Rams have missed having Ryan Pickett inside.  Pickett was solid against the run and St. Louis has struggled in that regard in recent seasons, while Pickett has flourished with the Packers.

    Pickett has been a plus starter in this league for 10 straight seasons.

    Starting Defensive Tackle: D'Marco Farr

    Farr routinely displayed rare quickness off the snap at the defensive tackle position.

    Considering our Ultimate 53 would almost always be playing with a lead, D' Marco would be able to pin back his ears and rush quarterbacks with aggression paying little attention to the threat of a run game.

    Farr amassed 34.5 sacks between 1995 and 1999, averaging almost seven sacks a season, a very high number for defensive tackles.

    Farr collected 11.5 sacks in 1995 and 8.5 in the Super Bowl season of 1999.

    Starting Right End: Kevin Carter

    Carter was a two time pro bowler and a first-team all-pro in 1999 when he led the NFL with 17 sacks.

    He collected 104.5 career sacks before retiring in 2008. 

    Carter was huge at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds and was also stout against the run.

    Backup Left End: James Hall

    James Hall has been a very good dual purpose defensive end for several years, playing well against the run and on passing downs.

    He produced 10.5 sacks in 2010.  Hall has 62 career sacks, 407 tackles, and six fumble recoveries.

    Backup Defensive Tackle: Ray Agnew

    Agnew had a productive, solid career finishing up in 2000 with St. Louis.

    Agnew played 11 seasons in the NFL for three teams and was known as a high character and spiritual player, an asset for the Ultimate 53.

    Backup Defensive Tackle: Fred Robbins

    Robbins had an outstanding season in 2010 with the Rams, playing well in all areas and providing a consistent push at the line of scrimmage.

    Robbins collected six sacks in 2010.  Using the Robbins of 2010 for our Ultimate 53, Robbins will be solid in the rotation.

    Backup Right End: Grant Wistrom

    Missouri's own Grant Wistrom will provide intensity, energy, and depth to the defensive line rotation.

    Wistrom started for five seasons in St. Louis excelling primarily as a pass rusher.

    He totaled 38.5 sacks in those five years.  In all, he played six seasons for the Rams. 

Linebacker

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    Strong Side Linebacker: Leonard Little

    When Little began his career with St. Louis in 1998, he played outside linebacker. He remained there in 1999 before converting to defensive end in 2000. 

    Little played 12 seasons, all with the Rams, and racked up 87.5 sacks.

    Although his best was defensive end, we felt he could convert easier to linebacker than Chris Long. 

    Middle Linebacker: London Fletcher

    If there is one player that St. Louis should not have let go in free agency since 1995, it was London Fletcher.

    The two-time pro bowler is a true defensive quarterback in the middle linebacker spot and is as productive and competitive as they come.

    In his ongoing 14 year career, Fletcher has amassed over 1,200 tackles and 34 sacks.

    The 5-foot-10 Fletcher is a warrior and will lead our Ultimate 53 defense.

    Weakside Linebacker: Roman Phifer

    Phifer was a very good outside linebacker for the Rams.  He twice had over 100 tackles with the team.

    In his career, he notched 897 tackles and 29 sacks.

    He also brings size at 6'2 and 248 pounds.

    Backup Outside Linebacker: Mike Jones

    Mike Jones, forever known for "The Tackle" against the Tennessee Titans that salvaged the World Championship for St. Louis, will backup at outside linebacker.

    Jones would provide solid, veteran leadership for this linebacking corps.

    Backup Outside Linebacker: Will Witherspoon

    Witherspoon would bring speed and production to the weakside for our all time St. Louis Rams roster.

    In 2006, Williams had 102 tackles for St. Louis. In 2007, he had seven sacks.

    Outside linebacker has not been a particularly strong position for the St. Louis Rams, but Witherspoon is a solid, productive addition to the squad.

    Backup Middle (and Outside Linebacker): James Laurainitus

    Laurainitus will backup Fletcher in this defense. 

    Due to his talent he would plug in here and there for the Ultimate 53 at outside linebacker.

    He is too good not to get on the field.

    In 2011, he has produced 85 tackles and three sacks through week 14.

    If Fletcher were to go down, Laurainitus would step in and hold things down successfully.

Cornerback

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    Starting Cornerback 1: Aeneas Williams

    Williams was an eight-time pro bowler and three time first-team all pro.

    Williams finished his career in St. Louis playing his last four NFL seasons between 2001 and 2004.

    He played fine football throughout his tenure year, playing free safety extremely well during his final two seasons.

    Williams had 55 interceptions and nine touchdowns during his 14 year career.

    He was a high character player with terrific leadership skills.

    With the likes of Warner, Bruce, and Williams, the St. Louis Rams Ultimate 53 is in good hands spiritually.

    Starting Cornerback 2: Todd Lyght

    Lyght was drafted by the Rams in 1991 and six seasons in St. Louis.

    The 1999 pro bowler amassed an impressive 37 picks in his career and six forced fumbles.

    He was typically the Rams number one corner so he should theoretically excel even the more facing each team's number two receiver with the Ultimate 53.

    Nickel Back/First Backup: Ron Bartell

    Bartell has been a consistent performer on many subpar teams for the St. Louis Rams.

    He has started for the Rams since 2007 and has been St. Louis' top corner during that time frame.

    Although he lacks good hands, this team wouldn't need many takeaways considering the extreme explosiveness of the Ultimate 53 offense. 

    Bartell has been publicly praised by the likes of all pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in regards to his man to man coverage abilities.

    Dime Back/Second Backup: Dre Bly

    In his day, Dre Bly was an exciting, productive player in St. Louis.

    Bly was extremely athletic and capable of running with just about any receiver.

    As a fourth corner in the slot, Bly would excel here.

Safety

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    Strong Safety: Toby Wright

    Toby Wright's shelf life was shorter than unrefrigerated fruit, but in his brief time he was one of if not the best hitters in all of football.

    On our Ultimate 53, Toby would strike fear into the hearts of any receiver or tight end brave (or foolish) enough to enter the middle of the field.

    In 1995, Wright had 98 tackles, a forced fumble, and a sack.

    At the time, NFL commentator and former head coach Jerry Glanville projected him to be on the all 1990's NFL defensive team.

    Injuries shortened his promising career dramatically, but, at his best, he was our best strong safety.

    Free Safety: OJ Atogwe

    Atogwe was a wonderfully productive player for St. Louis. 

    From 2005 through 2010, OJ collected 22 interceptions while forcing an exceptional 15 fumbles.  Additonally, he recovered eight loose footballs.

    He averaged 66 tackles as a starter from 2006 to 2010. 

    It was tough to start O.J. over Mikell, our backup free safety, but took into consideration Atogwe's larger body of work in St. Louis versus Mikell having but one season here.

    Backup Strong Safety 1/Additional Safety: Keith Lyle

    Lyle was a fabulous safety for the Rams.

    1n 1996, he had nine picks. The following season, he intercepted eight passes.  For his career, he had 31 takeaways via the interception.  

    Backup Strong Safety 2: Adam Archuleta

    Like Wright, Archuleta had an injury shortened career. Perhaps their styles of play, throwing their body around ruthlessly at any and all times, played a role in that.

    Archuleta was never strong in pass coverage but excelled against the run.  He had 102 tackles in 2002, often playing what amounted to a linebacker role. He also collected 17 sacks during his St. Louis tenure.

    Adam was also known as a workout warrior and had a very unique workout regimen.

    Since he would spend most of his time on the sidelines and on special teams, Archuleta would be relied upon to motivate the troops in the weight room and keep the workouts varied and interesting.

    Backup Free Safety: Quintin Mikell

    Mikell, the two time all pro and one time pro bowler, would play interchangeably with Atogwe.

    Mikell is a terrific defender and the Ultimate 53 head coach would ensure that Mikell spend his share of time on the gridiron.

Kick Returner

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    Kick Returner: Marshall Faulk

    Yes, on the Uultimate 53, I have taken some creative liberty. 

    With Jackson and Bettis amongst our stable of running backs, we can throw Faulk into the fray at kick returner knowing if an injury were to occur, we would have Hall of Fame caliber talent waiting in the wings.

    Marshall would be exceptional in this role with this elusiveness, speed, vision, and quickness.

    Backup Kick Returner: Tony Horne

    Horne ran four touchdowns back for St. Louis between 1998 and 2000. 

    Although Horne's career was brief, he was a terrific kick returner during this time, the best to date in St. Louis.

Punt Returner

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    Punt Returner: Az-Zahir Hakim

    We will never forget Hakim's fumble during the comeback of the 2001 NFC playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

    With that said, he was a dynamic and explosive punt returner and the best we've had in St. Louis.

    He would be the primary punt returner for the ultimate 53 St. Louis Rams roster. 

    Hakim ran two punts back for touchdowns for St. Louis. In 2000, he averaged over 15 yards per return. 

    In 1999 he had an 84 yard punt return. In 2000 he topped that with an 86 yard return.

    The exciting Hakim would regularly aid our offense in starting with as good of field position as possible.

    Backup Punt Returner: Danny Amendola

    Amendola has proven to be an above average punt returner in St. Louis.

    He averaged over 11 yards per return in both 2009 and 2010.

    He would be a steady and solid return man for St. Louis if Hakim went down. However, since these games are hypothetical, Hakim is very unlikely to get hurt returning kicks for the Ultimate 53.

Specialists

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    Kicker: Jeff 'Money' Wilkins

    Wilkins, in a close call, is our kicker over Josh Brown.

    Wilkins proved he could make kicks with big games on the line. 

    Brown hasn't had many chances to do that playing on so many poor teams, so Wilkins gets the nod if for no other reason than that.

    "Money" was perfect going 17-for-17 in 2000.  He hit on 93 percent of his field goals in 2003. 

    He made 26 field goals during his career from beyond 50 yards.

    Punter: Donnie Jones

    Jones would be punting the ball for the all time team.

    However, he would probably only average perhaps one punt per game with this team, so he should have a well rested leg.

    It will be quite different than what he is used to with the current Rams, as he averages about 48 punts every Sunday.

    He is averaged 47 yards per punt in five years in St. Louis. That's getting it done.

    Long Snapper: Chris Massey

    In nine seasons with St. Louis, Massey was a consistent long snapper.

    In all due respect to Massey, that's about all the time and space we need to spend on this spot.

Coaching Staff

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    Head Coach: Dick Vermeil

    Vermeil led the St. Louis Rams to their only Super Bowl win in 2000 following a 13-3 season. 

    As head coach, Vermeil got the most out of the 1999-2000 team.  Their motto was "gotta go to work."

    They did just that, finishing their work perfectly, not clocking out until completing an unforgettable run to the World Championship.

    Offensive Coordinator: Mike Martz

    Martz, as discussed earlier in the article, was the architect and coordinator of the Greatest Show on Turf, arguably the best and most exciting offense in NFL history.

    Under Martz, the Rams offenses always played with tremendous confidence and swagger.

    They had fun doing it, too, routinely busting out the "bob and weave" after scoring touchdowns.

    It was an amazingly fun and productive era from 1999 through 2004, and Martz was smack dab in the middle of it all.

    Defensive Coordinator: Lovie Smith

    St. Louis almost always played solid defense under defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, who has since went on to an extended stay in Chicago as their head coach.

    Smith put a solid defense on the field consistently, and would excel with the dizzying amount of talent at his disposal here.

    Offensive Line Coach: Jim Hanifan

    Enough said. 

    Wide Receiver Coach: Henry Ellard

    Legendary Ram wide receiver Henry Ellard helped prepare the Greatest Show on Turf receivers and will coach up the Ultimate 53 wideouts as well.

    Defensive Line Coach: Grant Wistrom

    Although inexperienced, he lives closely in fellow Missouri city Springfield.

    Wistrom would instill his years of his wisdom to this group as a a player/coach and ensure that his group plays every snap with the fire, tenacity, and determination that he displayed every Sunday.

    Defensive Backs Coach: Deion Sanders

    We're whisking Deion away from the NFL Network. 

    He would ensure that the Rams were on "prime time" as many nights as allowed by the league each season because we all know "Prime Time" loves the spotlight.  With his NFL Network connections, we could expect St. Louis to play on Thursday night about 12 times per season.

    In turn, St. Louis would become a more visible franchise nationally. 

    On the field, our corners would benefit from the expert advice of the game's best ever shutdown corner, Deion Sanders.

    Special Teams Coach: Todd Kinchen

    Former St. Louis Rams daredevil return man Todd Kinchen could teach the Rams return men to do anything and everything on returns to get that extra yard and they would learn to always be willing to literally risk losing their head and body on every play.

    All returners would be seen jumping over defenders, throwing their bodies around like rag dolls, and generally running as if crazy and obsessed.   

     Shane Gray is a passionate St. Louis Rams fan and covers the Rams year round. To check out the rest of his work, go here

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