Hello to one and all. Hope you're all enjoying a great holiday season . . .
Normally coaches that get fired don't do interviews. It was strange to see him do a few on the West Coast after his dismissal. As for lying, all coaches will tell little fibs now and then. But the only real flat-out lie I ever got from him was when he told me the team wasn't trading Bradford.
Perhaps, but there are plenty of people in StL who wish they still had an NFL team to complain about.
Thx. We tried to give the St. Louis football Cardinals their due. They had some good teams and good players.
I think Rex Ryan would be highly entertaining in the booth or studio. He might have to do a little filtering with some of his comments.
Even though he missed those games at the start of the season, I think Tom Brady's got to be in the mix. I think the late surge by Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers should get him some votes as well. To me, this looks like the most wide open MVP race I can remember. All things considered, I think I might go with Ezekiel Elliott. The things he's done as a rookie are almost unprecedented, and the running game really makes the Dallas offense go.
Even though Elliott is the bell cow, Dallas has so many option on offense. Bryant, Witten, Beasley, even T. Williams. That balance makes them tough to game-plan, and tough to shut down. Although I think their defense has improved greatly over the course of the season, I think they might be vulnerable against a high-powered offense such as Atlanta or Green Bay (if Green Bay gets in). But certainly, you'd have to consider them the team to beat in the NFC at this point.
He wants to return to coaching but I have a hard time seeing that happening as a head coach. Maybe he gets a job in the league office _ he did have all those years on the competition committee.
John Shaw on the Rams side. And yes, we did write about it at the time.
Well, I can't speak for the rest of our staff, but in terms of what I do, we have had a fair amount of coverage of the Chiefs. I've been at five Chiefs games, written a feature on Dee Ford, wrote an advance on the Thursday night game against Oakland, had lead items on them in our NFL Rewind and 7 for Sunday sections, and spent a couple of days in Chiefs camp. But we hope to do more as we get into the playoffs.
We had quite a discussion on Pat Tilley, and it came down to Tilley vs. Ricky Proehl for the final spot on the second team. The people I consulted with in putting together the team _ I referred to them as "gridiron elves" in the article _ wanted Tilley But I went with Proehl because the Rams don't get into that first Super Bowl without his catch against Tampa Bay.
Sure. The stadium has played host to college football games before. I think Southeast Missouri played SIU-Carbondale there a few years ago. And why not the dome? It's still standing and in good shape. Representatives from St. Louis, I believe Kevin Demoff was involved, actually held some preliminary discussions on the topic several years ago. I don't see why you couldn't, perhaps with a tie-in to the SEC or Big 10.
Yes, we will be covering the Super Bowl this year. I always try to get a question into Goodell. The owners are a little tougher to get to.
Depends entirely on the new head coach. But I agree with you. He is a very good special teams coach.
There was a time, much closer to the actual relocation vote, when it was at least being discussed to some degree. But I'm not aware of anything ongoing at this point.
It seems like St. Louis always has to do these things the hard way. At the end of the day, I think it gets built. The governor-elect is doing no favors in terms of making it happen. If you want odds, I'll say 57-43 in favor.
That's true. Very true. But he does seem like a bright offensive mind.
There's a lot to chose from. The first San Francisco game certainly was a low point, so was the Miami game in which the Rams blew a 10-0 lead in the closing minutes after totally shutting down the Dolphins offense for 3 1/2 quarters. But I think blowing a late lead to a 1-13 team certainly gets you on the medal stand.
Kevin, it's not all on the offensive line or the passing game. Gurley doesn't seem to be running as aggressively _ or as violently, if you will _ as he did a year ago. He doesn't seem to have the acceleration that he did a year ago, either. I have heard, in fact, that Gurley may be enjoying the LA lifestyle a little too much. I do think the team needs to look at his offseason training, for sure.
That's the question. It's really the only question I have about the Cowboys entering the playoffs. Now don't get me wrong _ they are much improved. I was surprised to learn they were No. 1 in the league in rushing defense watching the Monday Night game against Detroit. But they are 27th against the pass. And as I mentioned in an earlier post, high-powered offenses like Atlanta and Green Bay (if the Packers make the playoffs) could give them problems in the NFC playoffs. And I think that could be the case with New England and Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.
You'd certainly win the press conference with Rex, and he would keep things interesting around the media. But at the end of the day, it's about winning games. And Ryan is only a .500 head coach, actually a few games below .500. So in theory, I think you'd like to do better. And personally, I think you'd like to get a head coach with more of an offensive mindset.
Yeah, those Thursday night unis worn by the Seahawks against the Rams were tough on the eyes that's for sure. Color Rush run amok.