Hello again everybody. Playoff races heating up. Tremendous Thursday night matchup this week between Oakland and Kansas City, Rams hate-watching hitting a crescendo. What's on your minds today?
I have attended two Army-Navy games over the years _ one in Baltimore and one in Philadelphia. To me, the best part of the pregame is the "March On" _ when the Corps of Cadets for each academy marches onto the field separately, with patriotic music playing. I have ultimate respect for the Naval Academy, don't get me wrong. But those Army men and women _ man, do they know how to parade. This happens several hours before the game _ I think about 3 hours. But it's well worth seeing. It takes a while for 8,000 cadets _ about 4,000 for each school _ to get on the field. So this takes a while. But you'll still have some time to kill before kickoff. So after the march on, that may be the time to grab something to eat. Definitely buy a souvenir at this time _ T-Shirt, hoodie, etc. to commemorate your attendance at "America's Game." During the game, the scoreboards show "spirit ads" during TV timeouts _ cadets from one academy making fun of the other. They're hilarious. You definitely want to be in your seat for the Anthem _ just because. During the game, you'll notice that cadets from both schools stand. For the entire game. At West Point, the only time the Corps of Cadets is allowed to sit during a game all season is at halftime. And after the game, stick around for a few minutes as the players from both teams gather in front of each school's corps of cadets for the alma mater. The winning team always sings last. Thus you'll hear players and non-playing cadets from the schools saying they want to "sing second" in this game.
Funny. No, I don't think you'll count as watching the Rams-Patriots. The Saints-Lions game was the one shown at that time.
When it comes to Dallas, I think the only NFC team capable of doing so is Seattle. But that will be very tough with the loss of Earl Thomas _ the best free safety in the game _ now out for the season with a broken leg. I think it's a little bit more open-ended in the AFC. As good as the Patriots are, I could see Kansas City, Oakland, and even Pittsburgh (if the Steelers have a late-season surge) giving New England a game. The Patriots undoubtedly will miss Gronkowski.
It does seem as if the entire football nation has discovered the lunacy that is Rams football. I don't think they'll be much of a national story after this season _ at least not until the new stadium opens.
I think Turner would be an excellent hire.
The Rams, by the way, are way down in sacks this year. Only 22 so far.
I think the Chiefs, Titans, or Colts would all be good choices. In Indy, you have one of the game's best QBs in Andrew Luck. The Titans, I feel, are an up-and-coming team with Marcus Mariota _ who I've always liked. And the Chiefs are enjoying a magical season. They have a former Mizzou assistant as their head coach in Andy Reid, a former St. Louis high school star in Jeremy Maclin at wide receiver. It's interesting, too, that their ratings haven't been that much below the Rams this season in St. Louis. I don't think you can go wrong either way. Hope that helps.
Well, they've got to hit with the draft picks they have. They should have plenty of cap space, but have some pending free agents of their own in Trumaine Johnson, T.J. McDonald, Kenny Britt, and Brian Quick. Also, it's time to start thinking about extending Aaron Donald and Alec Ogletree, neither of whom will come cheaply.
On this one, I agree with Fisher. Kendricks' plusses outweigh his minuses.
Haven't heard from either in a while.
We've been hearing that same refrain from Fisher for about 4 years. Is it possible to be perpetually rebuilding?
I find it hard to believe that Fisher will be around when the new stadium opens.
To start with, they're really not going to say anything differently _ at least not in public. Most players genuinely enjoy playing for Fisher. But I think part of the reason for that is that there isn't much accountability if you play for Fisher. He's almost too friendly to the players. You can't be a head coach and be everyone's best friend.
Rain or not, I think the Rams must score in the 20s to win.
I wouldn't go that far. I don't remember hearing from every LA Rams fan that fan support in St. Louis was the reason for the team's woes. However, I do think it's funny to read the indignation (arrogance?) from some in the LA media that the Rams should be better in LA than they were in "sleepy little St. Louis" just because it's LA. I don't think having 18 million people and boundless recreational opportunities fixed incompetence.
None of the names on that list really do much for me. You're in LA, so you need to entertain. You have a young, highly-regarded quarterback, so you need a quarterback whisperer. I'd say take a good look at Kyle Shanahan this week with the Falcons in town. In Detroit, Jim Bob Cooter has worked wonders with Matthew Stafford. And at least give Mike Martz a call.
Perhaps. But with the proliferation of bowl games, conference title games, and now a playoff system, I don't think it's as much of a factor as it used to be.
I don't know. I did think it was very strange to draft all of those o-linemen two years ago _ I believe it was five if you count the supplement draft. I would think you'd want a little more spacing and mixing and matching with young players and vets. In theory, if all five of the draft picks hit, then what do you do in 4 years when they're all up for free agency? You're developing some of them for somebody else.
I think all signs point to Las Vegas for the Raiders. As for the Chargers, I don't know what options Spanos has now that the stadium vote was rejected so soundly. I know he'd prefer not to partner with Kroenke, but that stadium is all but crumbling in San Diego and he may not have another option. Apparently, all those die-hard Rams fans in LA who claim they followed the team during the St. Louis pit stop weren't really paying attention. You think 4-8 is bad? Try 15-65 over a five-year span and see if you're still interested.
I always say it takes three years to judge an o-lineman, so I'm not ready to pass judgment on Brown, Havenstein, and Wichmann just yet. As for Robinson, this is Year 3. . . .