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With Carriker's is AH more likely going or staying?

Since the Carriker trade was announced (apparently the Rams are trying to appease the draft karma gods), many are calling this the nail in the coffin for AH.  I don't buy it, and here's why:

1) AH is still here and wasn't included in the trade - the Rams did without Carriker last year since he was injured, and they sucked defensively - 29th overall (27th rush, 25th pass).  Yes, it's possible that they might not have wanted AH, but he's a definite upgrade and I don't value Rams comments on how it was no big deal to let him go since they had the depth (that's just draft smokescreen to me, a la Kyle's comments on our very talented O-line).

2) It's likely they weren't willing to give up what picks we were asking for AH trade-wise.  If we're expecting high picks for AH, that means we believe he's some combination of worth that to other teams, or worth it to us.  Everyone knows we're even in a 'desperate' mode for picks and the Rams have 10, but he wasn't worth a number of picks to them, nor was he worth it to the Eagles and their mess of picks, so it's most likely us that values him.

3) On our roster right now, we have 5 DLs over 320 lbs (Anthony Bryant, Howard Green, AH, Ma'ake, and Anthony Montgomery) - yeah, it's a makeshift group with a lot of history of injuries, but if they turn out for the most part, that's a lot of guys that can shift between NT when playing a 3-4 to DT when playing a 4-3.  I firmly believe that we can successfully run both schemes if some of these guys we picked up (including Carriker and Greg Peterson as well) can make the team.

4) This all allows AH to play in a number of roles - while that will include some NT, it looks even more likely that along with DT he can even shift out to DE in either scheme and be playmaker there like he wants.

5) AH isn't the only guy who gases out - all of these big guys will (especially if they are regularly double-teamed).  Adding more depth means means each one, including AH, will be less likely to gas out and be able to be dominant throughout, and thus AH can still be happy with an overall system that will allow him to get his stats/recognition.

 

I think that Shanny / Haslett are still going to play the disciplinarians, and won't make the first step to bring AH 'in line' (I don't think he's out of line by not reporting to voluntary workouts, but I don't think he's a team player either).  I think there might be some outreach to him via other players though that they're excited about a 3-4 / 4-3 combo and how there's a lot to learn, but so much potential, and hopefully can goad AH into being around at least for the remaining voluntary training camp.

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