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Rams receivers coach compares Brian Quick to T.O.

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With the first pick of the second day of the 2012 NFL draft, the Rams took a guy who could give ESPN an endless supply of obvious puns for the next decade.  And the puns will be flowing frequently, if the assessment of Rams receivers coach Ray Sherman is accurate.

Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, who spent Thursday and Friday parked in the team’s war room, writes that Sherman sees in Brian Quick similarities to another small-school wideout who had a huge impact in the NFL.  “I see a lot of similarities to Terrell Owens,” Sherman, who coached Owens in Dallas, told Silver.  “The way the kid goes and gets the ball, the physicality, the desire . . . he has a chance to be special, no doubt.”

Coach Jeff Fisher agreed, without comparing Quick to one of the best receivers — and biggest headaches — in league history.  “He’s a tall, athletic, talented receiver,” Fisher said of Quick. “He’s got great speed and impressive ball skills. He might not be a big name, but we believe he’ll do some big things for us.”

The Rams secretly worked out Quick last week, along with four other receivers.  The names of the other four leaked, with Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch initially reporting that the Rams had applied the eleventh-hour eyeballs to Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd, and Kendall Wright.  In hindsight, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Rams leaked those three names in the hopes of keeping the other two under wraps.

As to A.J. Jenkins, it didn’t work.  As to Brian Quick, it did.

And now that the Rams have Quick and not Blackmon or Jenkins, they’re describing the glass as more-than-half full, explaining to Silver that the decision to get only a second-round pick to slide from No. 6 to No. 14 in round one after the Jags jumped the Rams to take Blackmon was easier to make because they thought they’d get Quick at the top of round two.  (This doesn’t change the objective reality that the Rams got hosed on the trade, especially when considering what the Browns got for the sixth overall pick a year ago.)

It also remains impossible to know how Quick will respond at the NFL level until he’s on the field with NFL-caliber defensive backs.  Though he reportedly blew the Rams’ brass away running routes and catching passes without a helmet or pads or, you know, competition, what if he can’t get off the line of scrimmage when facing press coverage, a la Desmond Howard?  What if Quick develops a case of Todd Pinkston alligator body when a Pro Bowl safety is closing in on Quick’s cranium, 15-yard penalty and fine be damned?

So let’s wait to see what Quick — and every other drafted player — does at the next level before applying comparisons to players who have proven that they can perform.  While it’s important to the annual process of selling hope to endlessly talk these guys up, the truth is that the passing of time will reveal that plenty of the guys simply can’t get it done when graduating from playing football with boys to playing football against men.

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31 Responses to “Rams receivers coach compares Brian Quick to T.O.”
  1. bettis3636 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:34 AM

    Compare him to T.O.? With 49 catches??.. that shows T.O. traits??.. NIIIICE

  2. jhart615 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:35 AM


  3. grogansheroes says: Apr 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    You mean he is a me, me, me guy, that pouts if he doesn’t get the ball? That ruins the chemistry of every team he is on? Getcha popcorn ready!

  4. jenniferxxx says: Apr 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    You mean the poor kid is broke and deep in debt? That’s so sad.

  5. lionsfan415 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:42 AM

    Yeah I can also say that Riley Reiff is like Tony Boselli or Ryan Broyles is the next Steve smith, doesn’t mean anything

  6. plbertol says: Apr 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    Another loser coach on a loser team proclaiming a great player? Really? These guys are making my stomach ache from laughter!

  7. plbertol says: Apr 28, 2012 10:51 AM

    Now that I think about it, maybe the Lams will draft Vontaze Burfict and proclaim him the “next Patrick Willis”!!!

  8. brooklynniner19 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    49ers FS Dashon Goldson will welcome this fake T.O into the NFL real soon! haha

  9. citizenstrange says: Apr 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    Brian “Nestlés” Quick

  10. skoobyfl says: Apr 28, 2012 10:54 AM

    T.O. Isn’t that great, so I guess we all have aspirations to be somebody.

  11. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 28, 2012 10:59 AM

    Fisher is a derp- that is all.

  12. phillyhomer says: Apr 28, 2012 11:00 AM

    Is this guy related to the great Mike Quick?

  13. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 28, 2012 11:10 AM

    Since when is being like TO a GOOD thing?

  14. thejabronisayz says: Apr 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    “This doesn’t change the objective reality that the Rams got hosed on the trade, especially when considering what the Browns got for the sixth overall pick a year ago.”


    First of all, the Cowboys jumped up from #14 to #6. That’s 8 spots. The Jets jumped up from #17 to #5. That’s 12 spots.

    Second of all, everyone and their mother knew that the Jets (and other teams) were targeting Mark Sanchez, at the time, a potential franchise QB. When the target of the trade is someone of that caliber, that’s when the price goes up. The Rams would not have received the bounty of picks for the #2 spot of the Redskins were trading up for Trent Richardson, for example – the price was so high because it was RGIII, a potential franchise QB, as Sanchez was thought to be. The Cowboys moving up 8 spots to take a corner, however – that does not and did not warrant ‘equal’ compensation or even comparison to the Cleveland/Jets trade.

    Nice try, though.

  15. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 28, 2012 11:13 AM

    He will fit in nicely with the rest of the Rams mediocre WRs. How the Rams didn’t come out of this draft with Blackmon or Floyd absolutely baffles me. Good luck, Sam Bradford.

  16. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 28, 2012 11:16 AM

    (This doesn’t change the objective reality that the Rams got hosed on the trade, especially when considering what the Browns got for the sixth overall pick a year ago.)
    That’s not an accurate statement. You have to consider that the Rams traded down to Dallas 8 spots. The Browns last year traded down like 20 spots if I remember correctly. Obviously they will get more for moving down that far.

  17. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 28, 2012 11:17 AM

    (This doesn’t change the objective reality that the Rams got hosed on the trade, especially when considering what the Browns got for the sixth overall pick a year ago.)
    I also like how you use the term “objective reality” while conveniently leaving out all the facts to make your case. Embarrasing.

  18. dixon29 says: Apr 28, 2012 11:32 AM

    That receiver’s coach should be fired for saying such stupid things.

  19. cowboyfan45 says: Apr 28, 2012 11:33 AM

    so Quick is compared to T.O. so that means he’s a locker room cancer

  20. tlaw21 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:12 PM

    and you’ve never made comparisions during the draft Florio???? (rolling eyes)

  21. backindasaddle says: Apr 28, 2012 12:35 PM

    By comparing him to T.O. do they mean he’s a mentally unstable, egotistical Douche?

  22. ramcountry says: Apr 28, 2012 12:39 PM

    TO? I don’t think so. Maybe Vincent Jackson.

  23. kenudo says: Apr 28, 2012 12:40 PM

    If they really thought he was the next T.O. then they wouldn’t have been so upset when they missed out on Blackmon, because Quick was all but guaranteed to be there at the start of the second.

  24. isujames says: Apr 28, 2012 12:42 PM

    @groganshero Yea, that is atleast the third and probably statistically the second greatest wide reciever of ALLTIME, yea that TO.

  25. delhommed says: Apr 28, 2012 1:08 PM

    I had class with him for a year in Walker Hall and he sure acts like T O off the field… and like T O on the field if you have seen how many passes he dropped.

  26. rajbais says: Apr 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    You know which receiver Fisher added in Tennessee that Mayock compared to T.O.???

    Kenny Britt.

  27. packerfanfordecades says: Apr 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    Let’s not rain on the Rams’ parade so hard.

    It wouldn’t be a bad thing if their research effort finding Brian Quick in a smaller school turned out to provide a big boost for their team. They could use a few upside surprises. Maybe this one will turn out beautifully, Lord willing.

    Good luck Brian.

  28. stavreafavre says: Apr 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    When he played against good teams in college, he pretty much disappeared. Not a good sign.

  29. sasquash20 says: Apr 28, 2012 5:05 PM

    This kid has big time up side and came from a small school. He is a converted basketball player. Had over 3000 yards in college and over 20 tds the last 2 seasons. I’n not saying he is going to be a stud but the comparison to T.O is clear. Both small school players, solid production and great size, good speed and agility. I would have taken Jeffery from South Carolina but maybe they saw something they liked in this kid.

  30. iambhooper says: Apr 28, 2012 8:09 PM

    you guys are F’n idiots! Quick has great skills, awesome ability, and the only time you will here his name is when he’s on the field… not in the paper!

    Grow up!!!!!!

  31. maximusprime107 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:01 PM

    It’s a shame people can’t look past the head case that T.O. has become and realize that it’s a compliment to be compared to the PLAYER that is T.O.

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