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Rams embrace MMA training, too

Before this year, mixed martial arts training was embraced by individual players, like Jared Allen, Patrick Willis, and Matt Leinart.

Now, teams are getting in on the act.  The Falcons have hired MMAthletics, a company founded by Jay Glazer and Randy Couture, to supplement the team’s offseason workout regimen.

Glazer’s Twitter page reveals that he’s also working out with multiple members of the Rams, including defensive end Chris Long, tackle Jason Smith, and linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Glazer shares, via Twitter, some random nuggets regarding other guys who have declined a chance to improve their on-field fortunes by utilizing an unconventional type of off-field training.  For example, Jets linebacker-turned-defensive-end Vernon Gholston has said “no.”  Ditto for quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

Glazer also has tweeted that he is hoping to train Bears center Olin Kreutz. 

If guys continue to have the results that players like Allen and Willis have experienced, look for more players to give it a try.

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21 Responses to “Rams embrace MMA training, too”
  1. Zack22 says: May 7, 2010 8:10 AM

    “If guys continue to have the results that players like Allen and Willis have experienced, look for more players to give it a try.”
    Those guys were good BEFORE MMA training. It’s not going to turn a crappy player (Gholston) into a good player.

  2. therewasone says: May 7, 2010 8:11 AM

    Why not? That way when they get beat on a play they can kick the other guys ass.

  3. Howboutdemcowboys says: May 7, 2010 8:11 AM

    . . .they need to try something different since what they currently do isnt working . . .

  4. BugKiller says: May 7, 2010 8:30 AM

    Is anyone the least bit surprised that Gholston or JaWalrus said no to any extra work they’d have to do to improve their shitty game?
    It’s like telling us that Madden asked for seconds at Thanksgiving, or that Mike Vick just started a new kennel club in Virginia.
    We kind of would expect it, right?

  5. dtowner says: May 7, 2010 8:53 AM

    It’s only the new rage. Just like ProX 90 (or whatever it’s called) is the new rage for ESPN announcers. MMA training sure hasn’t worked for Leinhart. If you are a football player, you are a football player – and if you train hard, doesn’t matter what the training is.

  6. irishsamurai says: May 7, 2010 9:04 AM

    any kind of training regime that can increase endurance and stamina should be embraced by all of these over payed know it all “athletes”, i cant understand why all nfl teams dont use this kind of work out,i would love to see my team have a def line with the motor like jared allen,i could see that being a pretty descent team

  7. Zack22 says: May 7, 2010 9:06 AM

    “Is anyone the least bit surprised that Gholston or JaWalrus said no to any extra work they’d have to do to improve their shitty game?”
    Can we actually see MMA training turn a crappy player good before we start praising it?
    Allen and Willis were great players BEFORE Glazer pimped his company to make some extra dough. Let’s see if Leinart actually does anything before we crown Glazer and MMA.

  8. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 7, 2010 9:24 AM

    this is the stupidest trend in the nfl. what good is a skill-fighting, throwing punches- that will get you kicked out of a game (or arrested) going to do to improve your catching/throwing/tackling/etc abilities? sure, it’s a good workout, but you can come up with a workout that is difficult for just about anything, and that can implement the skill your trying to improve. stop wasting time

  9. jimicos says: May 7, 2010 9:36 AM

    Is Matt Leinart a killer yet?

  10. Slow Joe says: May 7, 2010 9:44 AM

    For example, Jets linebacker-turned-defensive-end Vernon Gholston has said “no.” Ditto for quarterback JaMarcus Russell.
    It’s Multiple Martial Arts. Russell is missing out on a chance to hone his sumo wrestling skills.

  11. bradleygator says: May 7, 2010 9:45 AM

    How the hell can Glazer cover these guys objectively while at the same time pitching them his “training services.” Shocking that Florio would miss the conflict involved in his friend Glazer suggesting that 2 big-time slugs are draft busts, in part, because they declined to pay Glazer for the opportunity to get punched in the face.

  12. Old School says: May 7, 2010 10:50 AM

    So turning thugs into bigger and better thugs will make football better?

  13. CleanSlaton says: May 7, 2010 10:58 AM

    Jay Glazer is a self-aggrandizing turd of a midget; he’s the guy that never made the HS football team, but shows up to the 10 yr reunion in a rented Ferrari because he has shit to prove. Once a dink, always a dink. No matter how much money or fame he grabs for himself, it won’t make him any taller or make anything else bigger.
    And how many more stories can you write about the worst team in the league in an irrelavant city?
    Houston is the 4th largest city, population-wise, in the U.S. according to every census I’ve looked at.
    St. Louis is anywhere from the 50th-52nd largest city, depending on which year/census one’s considering.
    The last thing you’ve written about the Texans is how ex-Texan Wyllie accepted the head fireman’s job at the Washington Redskin’s dumpster fire/P.R. department. That’s not getting your priorities straight.
    The Texans WILL make the playoffs this year and there are more Texans fans than Rams fans. It makes sense.
    Try tapping into a larger sports market, PFT dummies. Football is king in Texas, cover the TEXANS, other than a story about how David Carr sucks, Andre Johnson is underrated/unknown, ‘experts’ historically dislike our drafts, Ryan Moats got screwed royally by the cops, or how a lot of people don’t know our players BECAUSE THE NATIONAL MEDIA NEVER EXPOSES THEM TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.
    GAWL!

  14. ChicagoJo says: May 7, 2010 11:00 AM

    “Glazer also has tweeted that he is hoping to train Bears center Olin Kreutz”
    Guys like Glazer do not train guys like Kreutz. It just doesn’t happen. I could see Randy Couture, for sure, because he’s the f’n man and Kreutz would respect him while Glazer and Leinert play paddycake in wrist wraps. I’m willing to bet Allen and Willis had real trainers too.
    We’re talking about a center who rubs his fellow O-liners’ faces in the dirt when he feels they aren’t giving coaches their full attention… can’t see him sparring in a gym with Glazer. I’m not talking about MMA here, got loads of respect for the sport, but this Glazer training camp crap seems like what punkasses do to look tough.

  15. brasho says: May 7, 2010 11:03 AM

    It’s just something different… and one thing is no better than others… these guys were good BEFORE they started doing it (Allen, Willis)… this is a very poor study.
    If somebody came out and said that Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees all started eating Corn Pops before games in the past 5 years, does that mean Corn Pops is the reason for their success? Or could it be coincidence.

  16. ramidiot says: May 7, 2010 11:24 AM

    they should now try to get incognito back?

  17. heartstl says: May 7, 2010 11:51 AM

    CleanSlaton: the population of St. Louis county (population 991,830) is not included in those statistics. If you want news based on market size, go to ESPN.

  18. PortisPocketsSTR8 says: May 7, 2010 3:05 PM

    LMAO!!! That the first time I’ve heard him called JaWalrus Russell!!!!
    Tooooo Funny!!!

  19. TrippleThreat says: May 7, 2010 3:13 PM

    a bunch of people who hardly know anything about mixed martial arts talking smack about it. hilarious.
    if conditioning is what the teams are looking for, then MMA training is the place to find it. period.
    does anyone out there think that improving one’s ability to wrestle i.e. throw your opponent around like a doll, wouldn’t help in football? if so, you’re wrong.
    brazilian jiu-jitsu teaches a person, not only, how to manipulate a person much larger and stronger by means of leverage and positioning, but how to subdue them, as well. anyone want to try and convince me that BJJ skills won’t gonna help improve a pro-football player’s skills?
    i’m not claiming that MMA fighters who go and train with footballers and vice-versa are going to go on and all become champions. i do claim that training, using many different and challenging methods, can only help to improve one’s skills, as long as it is done properly (form, diet, etc…)
    i, for one, will be watching the Rams to see if they have any more grit after working with some MMA people- although if they do, that wouldn’t be saying much.

  20. Steeler79 says: May 7, 2010 4:05 PM

    “CleanSlaton says: May 7, 2010 10:58 AM
    Houston is the 4th largest city, population-wise, in the U.S. according to every census I’ve looked at.
    St. Louis is anywhere from the 50th-52nd largest city, depending on which year/census one’s considering.”
    Guess what, no one gives a s*** about Houston either.
    And going on actual city population is stupid. I think it’s hilarious that you make fun of someone for wanting to impress someone at a reunion and then go on to try to inflate your own ego by giving numbers no one cares about.
    Houston is probably what top 10 in metro area population and St Louis is top 15? You don’t even live in the most important city in Texas

  21. Steeler79 says: May 7, 2010 4:08 PM

    As for the MMA training, how is it going to hurt the Rams? More power to them for trying something new. Their tackle they took last year already has a super-aggressive attitude, I would like to see what he’s like after this training

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