Full back Mike Karney has been released by the St. Louis Rams after two seasons with recently budding franchise, and apparently the move was not one that came as a surprise.
Karney expected his release for the team after their acquisition of new offensive coordinator and ex-Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels was released by the Broncos after only two seasons as head coach where he posted an 11-17 record overall.
However McDaniels was still highly prized as an offensive coordinator given his body of work with the Patriots where he helped them to a record breaking offense in 2007, the year that quarterback Tom Brady threw a record fifty touchdown passes
Now the Rams hope he can usher in the same sort of success with their young franchise quarterback Sam Bradford, and in McDaniels offense he has no need for a true full back.
Karney was of course drafted by the Saints in the fifth round of the 2004 draft and was awarded the starting full back position with the team that off season. He appeared in seventy-five games with the Saints, starting in forty-eight, primarily in the role of lead blocker.
In this capacity he helped pave the road for running back Deuce McAllister for two one thousand yard seasons, 1,074 yards in 2004 and 1,057 yards in 2006. He became a fan favorite for his contributions on the field and for his zany antics during team activities in the off season.