Group therapy Is now open. It was a great weekend of NFL games. I was in Nashville where Marcus Mariota put on a show. I'm checking out Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys. And as you may have heard, Jeff Fisher has switched gears and named Jared Goff the starter this Sunday vs. Miami.
For just a minute, I felt like I was watching the Greatest Show Rams, circa 2000 (when I think the Rams were at their most potent, but couldn't stop anybody on defense). I really like Mariota. Liked him coming out. I think he has the makings of a true franchise quarterback. The Titans are definitely a team on the rise. They are missing some pieces. They need another threat at wide receiver. Need some help on their pass rush, and could use help in the secondary. They have some extra picks from the Rams via the Jared Goff trade _ including a 1st_ and 3rd-rounder in 2017 _ to help them fill those holes.
Very nice. Now that's a name from the past.
This is group therapy. We're now in session. I haven't been down that way lately. Are any of the Rams signs or wall posters still up?
It's hard to look at the remaining schedule and see a sure victory. They play the Steelers (twice), and also have the Giants, Bengals, Bills, and Chargers, none of whom figure to be pushovers. They do get 4 of those remaining 6 at home. Four of the Browns losses have come by six points or less, so maybe they can scratch out a win or two. Besides, LB Christian Kirksey, who's from St. Louis and is having a very good season, says they're not going 0-16. Changing coaches and GMs constantly, as the Browns seem to do, isn't the best way to turn a franchise around. Personally, I wasn't a big fan of them continuing to trade down in the draft. It's almost as if they were giving up on now to get better in the future. But they've made a lot of bad personnel decisions there over the years. Including of course, Johnny Football.
Tough to say. Unless this thing totally falls apart down the stretch, like 4-12 or 5-11, I think Fisher could be back. Yes, that would be after five straight losing seasons.
Apparently not. You know he has a 100-plus passer rating in each of the past two games. But he's continuing to take some shots. Given his injury history, you just wonder when it'll be one hit too many.
Hopefully, they said a prayer for the Rams. Or should they say a prayer against the Rams?
Yes, I did hear about this, but haven't heard any more details. Obviously, we hope he's OK.
I'm not big on Oliver Stone theories, but. . . .home game coming up, need to get the fan base excited about something. Wonder if Malibu Stan had any, uh, input on this one. As we all know from the Kurt Warner days, he has a keen eye for QB talent.
Actually, the pass-blocking hasn't been bad for the Rams, although they have made it a point to get the ball out quick. By everything I've been told, Goff does have a quick release. He may need to put that to good use.
I think you're pretty close on that. But not quite. :)
I think they stay in San Diego, at least for the short term.
I keep hearing he's not interested. But I think there are valid concerns about the long-term viability of the Jaguars in Jacksonville by some in the NFL. Maybe there's a chance if London no longer is in play. But even if that's the case, that could be many years down the road.
Yeah, the big difference in San Diego (as opposed to St. Louis) is that the owner Spanos wants to be there and the league wants a team there. Neither was the case with StL. By the way, we will have long-time San Diego Union Tribune writer Kevin Acee on our 2-SportTown podcast Wednesday to discuss the San Diego situation. The podcast should be available for listening sometime Wednesday afternoon.
Agreed. Nobody complained about the place when the Greatest Show was doing its thing.
Again, I'm not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but I wouldn't rule out what you're suggesting.
I can't see him as the favorite, but I think the talk is legit. He's putting together a historic season.
Coach, I believe you're 2-1 in such games. Right?
Yeah, it certainly looks like this is now Prescott's team. So why not trade Romo after the season if you're the Cowboys? As for Romo going to the Rams, I could see Kroenke liking such a move, but what does that say about Goff and all those picks you traded for him? And if you're Romo, at this stage of your career, wouldn't you want to go to a Super Bowl contender.
Even though the NFC West isn't that strong this year, and the NFC North is down, it's hard to see the Rams squeezing out a wild-card berth because of the strength of the NFC East where everyone currently has a winning record and where ultimately both wild-cards could come from. The Rams defense has played very well so far this season, but they're about to be tested: Atlanta, New England, New Orleans, and Arizona all are ranked No. 8 or better in the league in total offense.