Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cox Has Heart - Just What Rams Need

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cox Has Heart - Just What Rams Need

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St. Louis has become the most rebellious city in the National Football League. We're NFL insurgents. Insurrectionists. Mutineers. Taking the Rams out of LA . . . suing the NFL . . . constantly tormenting Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

If you want to hear some real snarling in the NFL office, just mention St. Louis. Tagliabue declined to come here this season, to see the Rams, the new stadium, or to make peace with the fans. An obvious snub.

The Rams are becoming the Raiders, Midwest. Rams President John Shaw is the new Al Davis; his orchestration of the team's move from Anaheim set off a chain reaction. Now, a half-dozen teams are looking to move.

And Rams general manager Steve Ortmayer - personally trained by Davis in the NFL underground - wants to create a menacing, Raiders-style football atmosphere.

This is a soft, passive football team. The Rams need to become tough, intimidating.

The Rams need Bryan Cox, of East St. Louis.

Bryan Cox, the raging, demagogue middle linebacker.

Cox lines up for the Miami Dolphins - how nice, that he'll be home for Christmas - and he'll be a free agent after the season. Cox has dropped hints that he'd like to come home, be close to his mom and play for the Rams.

Perfect.

Cox is passionate. So committed and driven to compete, he often boils over. But that would be a pleasant problem for these laid-back Rams. What has coach Rich Brooks pleaded for all season? A hungry, emotional team that refuses to quit.

"If I were out there and had 10 guys like Bryan Cox around me, I'd feel just fine," said Miami's defensive line coach, Mean Joe Greene. "You want to go to war with a guy like Bryan."

The Rams need a samurai.

Todd Kinchen slapping a goalpost in San Francisco is laughable. Now, how about turning Cox loose on the Niners? Think that might change the Rams' wimpy image? Would Cox allow Ken Norton Jr. to come into his house - the TWA Dome - and punch the goalposts? No chance.

Drafted by Dolphins in 1991, Cox has:

Challenged the entire Cincinnati Bengals team to fight him during a game. …

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