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London Fletcher quite familiar with St. Louis

Don't be surprised if inside linebacker London Fletcher receives a warm reception from St. Louis Rams fans Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

Way back in 1998, the Rams signed an undrafted rookie free agent from John Carroll. Fletcher went on to win the team's rookie of the year award a was a starter by his second season, in which he led St. Louis with 138 tackles and the team won the Super Bowl.

Fletcher spent the first five seasons of his career with the Rams. Sunday's game will be his first in St. Louis since he signed with the Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent in 2002.

"It's been almost a decade" [2001] since he last played for the Rams, Fletcher said the other day. "This will be my first time actually going back there and playing there. Yeah, I'm sure it'll be real special for me, to where it all started for me. Hopefully, the fans still remember some of the good things I did there."

Obviously, winning a Super Bowl with the Rams has been among the highlight's of Fletcher's 13-year NFL career.

"Seems like a while ago," he said. "It does and it doesn't. It's one of those things where time flies, but you still remember it like yesterday. ... The fans treated me very well there. I think they appreciated the way I played for them when I was there."

By Jason Reid  | September 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  London Fletcher  
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I'm sure it will be all wine and roses compared to what Donovan McNabb will get in Philly.

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | September 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Love Fletch...but zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

That would be just wonderful...I hope whoever is playing LT can take care of Ware.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Does Houston have that many injuries that they are constantly bringing in new people? I know they brought in 2 new DEs for us, now Tackle? I hope they control Ware!
If Dallas loses this game, I bet Wade Phillips doesn't last a month longer.

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

If Dallas loses this game, I bet Wade Phillips doesn't last a month longer.

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:13 AM

I don't want Wade to go....

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Dwight Freeney is not happy with Peter King
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on September 24, 2010 10:49 AM ET

There was a time in Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney's career that it looked like he was slowing down. Bothered by injuries, Freeney only had nine sacks in two seasons.

That lull is over. Freeney has 13.5 sacks last year. FootballOutsiders' numbers indicated Freeney led the NFL in hurries.

Freeney has started out fast this year with three sacks. He appeared unblockable against the Giants. At 30, Freeney still appears to have peak years left. That's why he can't understand why SI.com's Peter King didn't include Freeney on his "top-five most fearsome pass rushers for 2010 and beyond."

"Who is this?" Freeney asked to Philip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star, pointing to Brian Orakpo's name. "When you put Brian Orakpo -- and nothing against the guy, he is 24 -- but mention him over me, that hurts your credibility as an analyst. I know who Peter King is. But to mention [Orakpo] over me? For him not to mention me in the top five, that is an insult."

Freeney wants to ask defenders: "Would you rather see [Orakpo] or would you rather see me?"

In King's defense, the article was about guys he'd take for the next five years. So Freeney's age was likely a factor.

"So I guess it's over?" Freeney said.

He even gives King an idea: Ask every offensive coordinator and tackle who would be in their top five. We wouldn't be surprised if Peter takes Freeney up on the offer.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 24, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

F Dwight Freeney

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 24, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

King is right.

Freeney is wrong.

Why are you reading that crap anyway Freeney? Loser.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 24, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse


This just in, athletes all think they are the best.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone post the JC8 muzzled post yet?

Now, I;m starting to feel sorry for the guy....

Atleast we never muzzled the guy....

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 24, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Freeney = WHINEY NERD

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

um...Freeney is right in this instance...big fan of Rak, but did PKing even watch the Giants game?? DF was unblockable....he'd do his spin move, and the LT would be air blocking....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Not denying that, but wished they'd prove it with their play and not their mouth.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Freeney wants to ask defenders: "Would you rather see [Orakpo] or would you rather see me?"

When does Freeney go up against defenders? He's dumb. Orakpo rules!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Greg,
Over the next 5 years though? Its a long term hypothetical.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

al, DF is still gonna be in the running...he's a legit HOF candidate...he's still one of the best at pass rushing....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 24, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The thing that really worries me about the Skins this year is the defense. I believe our running game will eventually get rolling at least at a decent rate. I think our real problem is the defense. Statistically speaking (and I realize that stats aren't always "prima facia" evidence, so to speak, when it comes to football), our defense is last in total yards per game and last or almost last in passing d. We've had a problem dating all the way back to the first preseason game stopping sweeps around the ends, and frankly, aside from a few strong patches here and there, our interior run d hasn't looked like the great wall of china, either. Also, even though dallas and Houston have top rated offenses, which affects the stats, in my eyes there's no excuse for letting any team rack up this many yards in the air. When that happens, it's a defense problem, not just a quality offense. I think our ILBs actually fit this 3-4 worse than anyone thought. Kareem Moore should really help in the secondary, but it's not like either of our corners are elite-tier coverage guys.

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I think it was a little wishful thinking to think that this defense could fundamentally change schemes with only a few personnel changes and maintain its top 10 statistical ranking.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | September 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Prediction time...the running game gets going against St. Louis' porous defense. Defense will confuse and intercept Bradford twice. We win going away, 27-10.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 24, 2010 11:29 AM

Kolb better get his sh*t together...he did make a lot of scratch this year though...for doing nothing...sound familiar?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and F Dallas, as they drop to 0-3.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 24, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Greg, I think the list was "over the next 5 years"...in which case Freeney will be on the same scrap heap everyone up here is throwing Portis in...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 24, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Kolb better get his sh*t together...he did make a lot of scratch this year though...for doing nothing...sound familiar?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but 11 Mil. is nothing compared to Fat Al's 40 Mil. Kolb's contract is like the Mini-Me of Haynesworth's.

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and F Dallas, as they drop to 0-3.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 24, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

F them with a sideways pineapple

Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but 11 Mil. is nothing compared to Fat Al's 40 Mil. Kolb's contract is like the Mini-Me of Haynesworth's.

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:45 AM

True dat monk...not defending AH one bit...but he at least has done something in this league.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

True dat monk...not defending AH one bit...but he at least has done something in this league.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Kolb's done stuff too! You know, those 2 great games he had last year! You know what they say: "A carrer is made on 2 great games"!

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"At least we never muzzled the guy...."

--

Perhaps we should've... if only to spare us some of the 13 year old girlie amateur dramatics that seemed to so constantly surround him.

If Gradowski plays even a half-respectable game this weekend in AZ, it may be the last we'll ever see of JC8...

Kyle Boller is a much more competent backup anyways.

Still can't believe how we sucker punched Al Davis into giving us a 4th round pick for this joker.

Posted by: Vic1 | September 24, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

um...Freeney is right in this instance...big fan of Rak, but did PKing even watch the Giants game?? DF was unblockable....he'd do his spin move, and the LT would be air blocking....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 24, 2010 11:26 AM
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Agree. I love Osackpo, but I don't think he is yet the fear of all tackles in the league that Freeney still is. Of course, Alex Barron might feel differently...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 24, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and F Dallas, as they drop to 0-3.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 24, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

F them with a sideways pineapple


Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

F them sideways with a pineapple covered in tobasco sauce.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 24, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

wow freeny, as a player in the nfl do you really take these "top player" ratings seriously enough to open your mouth about them?

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 24, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I hope the reception isn't as warm as the last time we met them over there.....

What, are we recycling stories agai.... oh... nevermind.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 24, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

F them sideways with a pineapple covered in tobasco sauce.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 24, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

F them with a sideways pineapple covered in tobasco sauce riddled with tapeworm larva

Posted by: alex35332 | September 24, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Double Beeps

Posted by: PlayAction | September 24, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

F them sideways with a pineapple covered in tobasco sauce.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 24, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the movie Little Nicky, Hitler had his daily appointment with Satan to play "hide the pineapple"!

Posted by: monk811 | September 24, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Dallas will win this weekend and go on a tear. Book it.

It kills me to say it, but when you start throwing dirt on a team this early in the season, it only serves as motivation.

Wade Phillips is the Wayne Fontes of the 2000's. He always manages to do just enough to save his skin.

I'm going to have to go punch myself in the nuts for making this prediction but I can just see it coming.

Posted by: Original_etrod | September 24, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

YOU HEARD IT HERE 1ST:

NBA 2K11 Ratings released
Thu Sep 23,2010 7:20 PM ET By John Krolik
For those of you that are interested, the player ratings for every projected starter in the league in NBA 2K11 were released today. With all of the appropriate disclaimers about how video basketball is different from actual basketball, here are some interesting notes about the ratings.


-There's a three-way tie between LeBron James (97), Dwayne Wade (97), and Kobe Bryant (97) for the highest-rated player in the game. Apparently Q-rating was not a factor in NBA 2K11's formula.


-Rounding out the top 5 in player ratings are Chris Paul (95) and Carmelo Anthony (93).


-Kevin Durant (91) has the sixth-highest player rating in the game, behind the four aforementioned players and Deron Williams (92).


-The highest-rated Celtic is Rajon Rondo (87).


-Stephen Jackson (84) has a higher rating than Paul Pierce (83), Kevin Garnett (80), and Ray Allen (79). He also beats out Dirk Nowitzki, whose rating is also 83.


-The Heat's starting five have a combined rating of 411. The Lakers' starters have a combined rating of 411 as well.


-According to 2K11, Indiana's Josh McRoberts (54) is the worst projected starter in the NBA.


-Tim Duncan (90) is the highest-rated big man, with Pau Gasol (89) and Dwight Howard (88) nipping at his heels.


-John Wall (81) has a higher rating than Evan Turner (76), but a lower rating than Gilbert Arenas (83.)


-The Clippers, Raptors, Pistons, and Timberwolves all have no starters with a rating of 80 or higher.


The game is set to be released on October 5th.

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 24, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Hall of Famer? A ring, leadership, a Pro Bowl (finally), very high % of games played...

Posted by: WorstSeat | September 24, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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