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Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

Posted on: August 14, 2010 4:22 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

Longtime Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will sign with the St. Louis Rams on Monday, according to ESPN's Mike Sando.

The veteran free agent had visited with several teams, including the Redskins and Broncos. He's settling on a Rams club that doesn't have a chance at the postseason in 2010, but that can at least offer him a defined third down role behind star Steven Jackson.

Also, Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur spent several years as the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. Thus, Westbrook is already familiar with the system.

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Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

I think your wrong buddy, i think at this point TO and BW would be equally productive. with that said, i think you have to look at other factors. TO has been a disaster to locker rooms. Also this addition gives our best player a break. he doesn't have to carry the load without any help. regardless of which one we signed this year the end result will be the same. unless a miracle happens we don't make the playoffs. so why not give jackson a little help and break this year.


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Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:37 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:11 pm
 

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

I think this is stupid!  You even said the Rams are a couple of years away.  I would think Westbrook would be more suited, for a couple of weeks away.  Tomlinson's tank is running low, kind of in a differant way.  He signed with a team who has a shot.  Why take more abuse, with a team who has no chance. I don't get it.



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:06 pm
 

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

Not a good move for either.  Westbrook goes to a bad team.  The Rams get a guy who is injury prone and in the twilight of his career.  The Rams are not getting the Brian Westbrook of 2004.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2010 10:46 pm
 

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

I think it helps the rams as far as having another RB....teams are still gonna stack the line on them>>>no  WRS still.  congrts on Westbrook though!  He's a great player when healthy.  I wanted the Pack to get him..oh well.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

none of your recievers thats for sure!  LOL



Since: Aug 14, 2010
Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:14 pm
 

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

This move makes too much sense. Anyone who says T.O. is the better veteran to bring in is ridiculous. Jackson already has 1500+ carries in his career and is only 27. At that pace, he doesn't have too many productive seasons left in him. Bringing in a proven veteran who is familiar with the system will help bradford excel in said system. He will provide a much needed 3rd down back and is an excellent option for bradford to pass to out of the backfield. Spags in sailing this ship in the right direction. When Matt Ryan stepped in the recievers instantly became much better, and expect the same with the rams. Now, I'm not predicting a Miami Dolphins or Atlanta Falcons style turn around in 2010 for the rams, but don't be so shocked. This team will not finish with less than 5 wins--and thats a huge improvement for a team that has won 6 the past 3 seasons. GO RAMS GO!!!!!!!



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2010 7:14 pm
 

Report: Brian Westbrook to join Rams

I'm going to disagree with my fellow Rams fans here.  I don't think it's a terrible move for a team like the Rams, with so many needs, but I don't think it's a great one.  I have to say that between Westbrook and T.O., I think there are some similarities.  Both are guys near the end of the trail that have had big time careers, but are no longer big time performers.  That said, I think T.O. has more production to offer at this point in his career than Westbrook, and receiver is a much bigger need for the Rams in order to compete on a weekly basis.  Don't get me wrong, I recognize that a third down back to spell Jackson is also a need, but the receiving corps for the Rams doesn't inspire confidence.  While I hope Laurent Robinson becomes a diamond in the rough, and I have have high hopes for Marty Guilliard (?), I am not drinking the Donny Avery Kool Aid.  Another year like last year and he will formally be a bust.  He's not a #1, and probably not a #2 either.  So, while T.O. always brings the threat of becoming a cancer in the locker room, I think Sam Bradford needs a legitimate threat in order to succeed in his first year.  The Rams have a lot of "maybes" and "we'll sees', but no bonafide receiving threats at this point.  To me, Westbrook is a guy who's a once upon a time great player but who has seen his production fall off the table, coinciding with his concussions.  If he has another one, and any rational person would predict he will, he's likely done and this was a waste.  If not, he's just a guy who doesn't strike fear any more.  Let's not forget, while most of us were happy to see Marc Bulger go, he was also once upon a time a very good player.  I'd rather the Rams developed a draft choice at backup RB.  The disturbing thing to me is that this tells me they don't think they currently have anyone like that on the roster that can do the job, and that's too bad.  And not to sound cold-hearted, but I'm not opposed to the Rams riding Steven Jackson hard as far as he will take them, much like last year.  I'm really not that concerned about how that will limit him in years to come.  While I really hope the Rams begin to turn it around this year, I think many share my opinion that Steven Jackson's career will likely be done before the Rams are once again playoff contenders.  With that in mind, I'm all for keeping the guy out there all the time, as much as he wants the ball.


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