We are going to be previewing every position on the Rams here at the eve of training camp. Next up are the guards and their official left or right position is in parentheses. However, most guards are able to play both left and right.
Jacob Bell (LG)
Jacob Bell was a big money signing from Tennessee before the 2008 season and was supposed to be the elixir to most of the Rams offensive line problems. But, unfortunately he lost weight and strength and was frequently overpowered in the Rams weak offensive line in 2008. He was often playing next to an undersized center and a hobbled Orlando Pace, but that is not an excuse for his poor play in 2008.
Leading up to the 2009 season, Bell has bulked up and new center Jason Brown should help Bell immensely. Alex Barron will provide a solid support to his left and a renewed emphasis on the running game will help Bell stay off his back foot and instead pushing forward.
The rest of the guards are after the jump.
Richie Incognito (RG)
What to do about Richie Incognito. His problem has never been in the physical nature of the guard position, but between the ears. He has had a penalty-filled career with the Rams, most of the holding and personal foul variety. Incognito’s aggressiveness can get the best of him and he will get a drive-killing penalty for a late hit or facemask. He also infamously ripped the St. Louis fans by saying that he was happy to have the Chicago Bear fans in town because they knew how to cheer. Then after another disapointing loss by the Rams, Richie was pictured egging on the Rams fans who were jeering him.
There is no denying Richie’s talent, but he’s always had talent since the Rams drafted him. If Coach Spagnoulo is the coach who is going to point Richie’s aggressiveness in the right direction, (here’s one hint: hit the Defensive Tackle) Incognito can become a dominate guard in the NFL. That is a very large if and the jury is still out, so we will see in 2009 which Incognito we get.
Mark Setterstrom (LG)
Mark has been a quality steal from the 7th round in 2006, one of the lost drafts of the Mike Martz era. He can start in a pinch and has provided depth for the Rams at both guard positions and even center at times. He has had some problems with health in his short career, but when healthy he can provide the depth that the Rams need in their offensive line.
Roy Schuening (LG)
Schuening was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL draft and was only active for 1 game in 2008. He’s got good size at 6’4″ – 316 and was known for good technique and skill in college.
Roger Allen III (LG)
Roger Allen represents the type of big, strong, athletic offensive lineman the Rams are looking for in a Rams offensive lineman. Allen was one of the best small college lineman in the country and the Rams saw him at the University of Missouri pro day. Allen’s a good prospect and should have a good future in the NFL.
John Greco and Adam Goldberg. Both Greco and Goldberg can play guard, but will be covered with the tackles, because that is their official position. We covered Goldberg at length here.