Hello again everybody. Playoff races heating up. Goff's debut. I took in Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys over the weekend. Fellow hemet heads, what's on your minds today?
Dr. D comes out throwing the heat. Could you imagine what it might look like after, say, 12 consecutive non-wining seasons?
I wait until the end of the season, but only pull the plug if the team fails to have a winning record.. You now, if there's more of that 7-9 bull. . . . .
Hey, let's not judge Goff on one game. He was a game manager only because the Rams wanted him to be a game manager. And yes, on the trophy. It's the coveted Game Manager of the Year award _ aka the GMY.
I think he's an above-average tight end, who can block and catch passes. But he has been known to drop a few. And it doesn't look like that's changed.
I'd like to see what Martz could do with Goff. Actually, I think Martz would've preferred Wentz or Mariotta.
Paul, not sure if you're new to the Rams party. But there's a lot to chose from over the past 12-plus seasons of non-winning teams. I'd have to think on it, but I'm not sure this one even makes the medal stand.
Hey, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well. This will be the first one since 1994 where I won't be spending part of the day at a Rams practice. Which reminds me of a quick Dick Vermeil story. Back in the early days of the Rams in St. Louis, it was a simpler time. Family of players, coaches, and even media were not discouraged from attending the Thanksgiving and Christmas practices. So it's Vermeil's first year coaching the team _ 1997. I bring my two oldest boys out to Thanksgiving practice, ages 9 and 7 back then. I'm the only reporter at practice, ask Vermeil a few quick questions with my sons at my side. And as we're turning to leave, I hear Vermiel call Rams PR man Duane Lewis over. "Duane! Come here! . . . .Go get those kids some souvenirs." As for Thursday's games, they're all good matchups. Curious to get another look at Bradford and Minnesota against the surprising Lions, who are the first team in NFL history to have all 10 games decided by a touchdown or less to open the year. Will it be 11 on Thursday? The Washington/Dallas game is a throwback to the old days when that was the NFL's most heated rivalry. When's the last time those two teams played in such a high-profile game? As for the nightcap, who knows what to expect from the Steelers and Colts on a week-to-week basis? Both teams have been very erratic, and the Colts may be without Andrew Luck (concussion).
He's bigger and not as elusive as Faulk. He's faster and maybe more powerful than Emmitt Smith. LT strikes me as a smoother runner I don't know, Elliott is kind of unique. He's got plenty of power, some elusiveness, he can get the corner with his speed. Athleticism? Check out those amazing hurdles of would-be tacklers. And I doubt if there's ever been an NFL back who's been as complete as Elliott entering the league _ in terms of running, catching, and blocking. BTW, I just filed a 1,500-word story on Elliott (off my Dallas trip last Sunday) for our Thanksgiving edition. Hope you check it out.
He's been better this season. A missed 48-yarder off the upright in the rain. That's not exactly a chip shot. Of course, if he makes it, then the Rams need only a field goal at the end to pull out the win instead of a TD after their defensive collapse.
No doubt the talent could be better. So could the coaching. And so could the scouting. Have you really seen much in the way of improvement among the skill position players under Fisher?
Yeah, so does my wife! Looks like FOX2 has chosen Arizona-Atlanta over Rams-New Orleans this week. I don't think the ratings have been strong enough locally in the station's eyes, to show the Rams every week.
Actually, no. Especially in a metro area of _ what _ 18 million. But hey, it was drizzling.
Privately, I'm sure that's the case. But this has been going on for years.
The Dolphins went from having trouble getting a first down for 3 1/2 quarters to scoring 2 TDs in 6 1/2 minutes.
All those draft picks, all that free-agent money, and they still can't score points. It is pretty amazing.
The Dilfer Award. I think I like that even better.
This far into the season, how much can you change? It's not like he has a 100-player roster to choose from. The trade deadline is over. If you're healthy, can walk and chew gum at the same time, you're already on a team at this point. And if there was someone on the bench who could dramatically change things by playing, he'd probably already be out there. So what can you do, for example, with the O-line. Start Jamon Brown over Cody Wichmann? Move Donnal in at RT over Havenstein? Move Saffold to LT and Robinson to LG? Hard to imagine any of that making a noticeable difference over the final 6 games..
There's no doubt that Snead shares much of the responsibility for putting together the roster.
Well, he's only in his third year there, and he did take the Lions to the playoffs in 2014 _ something that doesn't happen every day in Motown. . . . .What's your dad's name?
It wouldn't be the first time the Chiefs went the aging veteran route. Joe Montana had a great 1993 with KC, got them all the way to the AFC title game against Buffalo. So I guess it's possible. I think Smith is an above-average QB, although I don't think he's played all that well this year.
And you don't get an award for being the richest guy in the cemetery _ not even the Dilfer Award.
Given Fisher's track record on offense and overall offensive mindset, if you were a gifted up-and-coming play-caller/offensive mind, is that the guy you'd want to work for?