Hello again everybody from sleepy little St. Louis. Playoff races heating up in the NFL. Rams imploding on several fronts. What's on your minds today?
I still think St. Louis is a heavy favorite to land an MLS team. But we've seen the area fumble these things before _ see the NFL expansion effort of the early '90s. I'm not sure what to make of the entire Foundry effort. From afar it sounds like they aren't happy to be left out of the MLS process. And it looks like the Peacock group would just like them to go away. It would be nice to hear more details from both groups. Transparency hasn't been a hallmark of this process.
Simple. If the Rams start winning, I don't think you'll see any articles about how the Rams stink. Ben Frederickson, for example, has said and written on many occasions that he's writing from a hate-watching perspective.
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Good to hear from you Tony. Geez, Felony must be _ what? _ 20-22 years old by now. As for Fisher's future, it's hard to tell in Rams World. The operate in a different world. There's never a sense of urgency in the organization, except when it comes to moving the franchise so the owner can enrich himself. I would think a dramatic turnaround would be needed in the final 5 games _ winning at least 4 of the final 5 with great play by Goff. I can't see 4 out of 5 happening.
If Saffold isn't healthy, the Rams will start Robinson. If I were the coach, I'd be starting Jake Matthews on Sunday because that's who I would have drafted.
Knowing Kroenke's track record, he'll try to hire (or keep) a veteran established coach. That's been his m.o. with his other franchises _ George Karl with the Denver Nuggets, Arsene Wenger with Arsenal soccer. And then Fisher with the Rams. And once he makes a hire, Kroenke pretty much stays out of the way. But with a new stadium to fill and much more expensive tickets (and PSLs), logic says the Rams would try to make a splash hire. Maybe that would mean calling Jon Gruden and/or Bill Cowher. Would Kyle Shanahan move the needle? Would Kroenke circle back and give Mike Martz a call? Martz certainly would make things interesting, and certainly knows how to develop quarterbacks.
Surprisingly, my wife seems to be getting a lot of satisfaction out of the team's struggles. I had no idea she had developed such an intense interest in the team and hated to see them go. She is a hate-watcher. As for myself, what's happened this season is pretty much what I expected. Why would anything be any different with Fisher-Snead-Demoff running the show than what we've seen in St. Louis? When I saw them in training camp my initial thought was this looks like a 5_ or 6-win team. And they could very much end up that way.
Assuming the switch was made this Monday, with Fisher taking over the Patriots and Belichick taking over the Rams, I'd shift a touchdown over to Belichick.
In part because the NFC West has been so tough in recent years, the Rams have usually played among the league's toughest schedules. With the NFC West now a combined 10 games under .500 _ and going 0-4 in Week 12 _ that's obviously no longer the case. At this moment, Rams opponents have a combined record right at .500. Miami, which gets the benefit of playing the two worst divisions in football this year _ the NFC West and AFC North _ has an opponents' strength of schedule at 19 games under .500. Philadelphia, which plays in the ultra-tough NFC East, has an opponents' strength of schedule that is 21 games above .500.
It's probably too late in the season to make this kind of switch, but I'd try Robinson at left guard and Saffold at left tackle.
So you're pro-extension then. A freak show it is, that's for sure.
Interesting insight on Brees. But the Rams have usually played him well. Fisher's Rams beat them 27-16 in 2013.
No. Pretty good. But second tier.
Or like watching a trainwreck. Except you usually know what's going to happen in a trainwreck.
Yeah, maybe so. Except when Wilkinson was hired to coach the St, Louis Cardinals, if I remember correctly that was his first NFL head-coaching job.
I am the world's worst fantasy player. That's why I gave it up years ago.
I think that's exactly what the Rams might have been hoping for and planning for. But can they sell that if this team finishes 6-10/
I haven't seen the list. Are you talking about potential candidates for the Rams' job, or for potential openings in general?
I think he'd like to coach again. As a matter of fact, he's our scheduled guest Wednesday on our 2-SportTown podcast. So I'll ask him. I know this, if I had a young QB and an offense that needed help, I'd at least talk to him.
I do like Mike, I can't deny that.
You forget, Demoff helped get he team moved to LA. He's pretty high on Malibu Stan's list because of that. Now, Kroenke's track record with business partners and associates suggests that he's not the most loyal guy around. But I would say at the very least _ the very least _ Demoff is around until the new stadium is built.