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imcorrect
05-09-2009, 10:22 PM
Rams released this guy. Lead the team in tackles in 2008.(88 solo) 27 years old. I'm just saying.

AussieChiefsFan
05-09-2009, 10:26 PM
If he lead the team in tackles, why did they release him? Did he not get any sacks?

pbatrucker
05-09-2009, 11:35 PM
If he lead the team in tackles, why did they release him? Did he not get any sacks?
Since he spent most of 2006 and 2007 on injured reserve, my guess is it is probally a medical issue. You don't release a player like that for no reason.
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AussieChiefsFan
05-09-2009, 11:40 PM
Since he spent most of 2006 and 2007 on injured reserve, my guess is it is probally a medical issue. You don't release a player like that for no reason.
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Right, thanks for telling.:bananen_smilies046:

imcorrect
05-10-2009, 12:07 AM
From the St, Louis Dispatch:

Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa bid a gracious adieu to the Rams after being released Friday.

"I really like the direction they're going," he said. "Because the team wasn't winning, you knew this year was going to be different, and a lot of faces would be different. I didn't really honestly think it would involve me. But the change is here, it's come, and I think it's a good change. If something isn't working, you've got to figure things out."

Tinoisamoa, 27, led the Rams in tackles in four of his six seasons but didn't fit the mold of coach Steve Spagnuolo, who prefers bigger linebackers. Neither Spagnuolo nor general manager Billy Devaney was available for comment Friday, though Spagnuolo said in a statement, "This was a difficult decision based on a lot of factors. I have a great deal of respect for Pisa and wish him all the best."

Chief among those factors was size. Tinoisamoa was listed at 240 pounds but played at 220 last year. When the Rams announced that Will Witherspoon would move to the weak side and Chris Draft to the middle, the only spot remaining was on the strong side, which requires an even beefier guy who frequently mucks with tight ends. The addition of James Laurinaitis in the second round of the draft further complicated Tinoisamoa's situation.

"They thought I was too good to be a backup," Tinoisamoa said. "I'm getting paid too much to be a backup. They had brought that up earlier in the week, so (being released) wasn't a total surprise."

Tinoisamoa's release frees up about $2.25 million in cap space but leaves the linebacking corps thin. Draft probably will fill the hole on the strong side, leaving Quinton Culberson as the only experienced reserve. Culberson started the first three games of 2008 on the strong side but was replaced by Draft and finished the season with 54 tackles.

The rest of the group lacks seasoning. David Vobora, Mr. Irrelevant of the 2008 draft, had nine tackles last year. Chris Chamberlain, another seventh-rounder, had two tackles. Larry Grant contributed five tackles on special teams. Tinoisamoa said he spent last weekend's minicamp rotating as a backup with the group.

"I thought I did decent. It was a new position, but I didn't think it was anything that was going to be unrealistic or unattainable," he said. "But when you see a rotation, you know there was something that just wasn't solidified yet, and that made me uneasy. I thought that I had a good chance of making this team, so the timing kind of hit me out of the blue."

A second-round pick out of Hawaii in 2003, Tinoisamoa became the first rookie to lead the team in tackles, with 121. He led the team in tackles the following two seasons and was named a team captain in 2004.

Tinoisamoa signed a $24.7 million contract extension after five games of 2006 that locked him up through 2011. About that time, though, he suffered a series of injuries to a hand, elbow, shoulder, ankle and knee that forced him to miss 12 games in 2006 and 2007. He started every game last year, though, and again led the team in tackles, with 135.

"It was a great moment in my life, coming into a team and making the playoffs my first two seasons," he said. "The past couple years haven't been the best, but I've always tried to get back to that level of success as a team. My attitude never changed, and I always strove to be the best."

jmlamerson
05-10-2009, 12:27 AM
Doesn't fit our new scheme. We won't be signing him.

Coach
05-10-2009, 01:06 AM
At 220lbs, he doesn't fit any scheme as a LB.

jmlamerson
05-10-2009, 01:15 AM
At 220lbs, he doesn't fit any scheme as a LB.

Tinoisamoa is 240 lbs.

Pisa Tinoisamoa - St. Louis Rams - NFL - Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6379)

Coach
05-10-2009, 01:24 AM
Tinoisamoa is 240 lbs.

Pisa Tinoisamoa - St. Louis Rams - NFL - Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6379)

Read the article:

Tinoisamoa was listed at 240 pounds but played at 220 last year.

jmlamerson
05-10-2009, 01:34 AM
Read the article:

Never!

DT14PRIEST
05-10-2009, 02:31 AM
I watched him in College, I like him a lot but I don't want him in a Chief uniform at 220 trying to play LB.

Chiefster
05-10-2009, 02:47 AM
Read the article:

Reading puts me to sleep. :D

tornadospotter
05-10-2009, 09:55 AM
Read the article:

I need my tutor.

imcorrect
05-10-2009, 12:37 PM
It may be true that he doesn't fit our system, but I'm not sure of that. LB seems to be one of the positions that can convert from 4-3 to 3-4 pretty easily.

I don't think we are necessarily set at LB, yes we have plenty number wise, but Piso is at worst a top of the line back up. We have many less talented guys that we could get rid of to make room. Reports that we were interested in Foote support this.

As for his weight, it's a definite negative, but its hard to argue with the BIG production.(135 tackles!)

If Pioli and company think he could fit in with the system, he is upgrade at the position and should at least be considered.

Chiefster
05-11-2009, 02:07 PM
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:lol:


I need my tutor.

We don't need no stinking tutors. :11: :D

dbolan
05-11-2009, 02:43 PM
So a 220 lb LB that has 135 tackles is not good enough? LOL! Ok!

dbolan
05-11-2009, 02:51 PM
PS- He scored a 28 on the Wonderlic and I would tend to think that his 220lb playing weight helped with his quickness/speed.

Just because you are lighter, that does not mean you are weaker. lol

KristofLaw
05-11-2009, 03:52 PM
The Boston Globe thinks he deserves a look...

Add another name to ILB possibilities - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com (http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2009/05/add_another_nam.html)


Earlier today, some veteran inside linebacker options on the free-agent market were listed here.

Now, with the Rams releasing Pisa Tinoisamoa today, he would shoot to the top of the list.

While Tinoisamoa is not a Ted Johnson-like run-stuffer who will play downhill and shed blocks, and might be a bit undersized for what the Patriots generally look for (6-1, 240) in their 3-4 defense, he is athletic and has been productive.

So if the Patriots were serious about adding a veteran at that spot after losing rookie Tyrone McKenzie to a season-ending knee injury, it would make sense that Tinoisamoa would be on their radar. He reminds me of a bit of Lions linebacker Ernie Sims, a player I believe the Patriots liked coming out of the draft a few years ago.

If the Chiefs want him we should act quickly... I realize we have other needs and questions about where our front will play. But he's only 27 and when somebody with talent slips through the cracks you grab him quickly then search out the intangibles.

Maybe he won't cost so much because of the recent injuries... questions about who gets the sacks because of our first round run-stopper. Send him in, he's fast and generally in a 3-4 the LBs reek havoc.