Hello to all. Hope you had a great holiday season.
Judging by the thousands of empty seats at those last few home games, it was a short honeymoon in LA. When it comes to recreating buzz, most of it will have to be done by the coach hire, or I guess possibly some sort of trade. It can't really been done through the draft, since the Rams don't have a first-round pick. But the surest way to get the fans back is winning, and Malibu Stan and the crew don't get another crack at that until next September.
Well, that certainly would create some buzz, as I referenced in the earlier response. But just what would you trade for Romo? You're limited on draft picks for this year. And if you're Romo, I think you'd prefer to finish out your career with more of a contender.
Doubt it. We all know how tough the Seahawks are to beat at home. They almost never lose in the land of the 12s. Seattle has been inconsistent, more inconsistent than we've seen them in a while. And certainly missing Earl Thomas hurts the middle of that pass defense because he covers more ground. But I can't see it happening. It was a nice bounce-back season by the Lions.
Couldn't agree with you more. More than any other type of call, the variance from week to week, crew to crew on how officials call pass interference is mind-boggling to me. I realize the game moves fast. I realize the officials can't see everything. But to me, there simply has to be more uniformity in how pass interference is called. Which is one of several reasons, I think, why there should be full-time officials. And yes, there is a supervisor of officials, Dean Blandino. Officiating crews are reviewed every week, and only the top-graded crews advance to the playoffs.
Dallas gets the lowest-seeded team of this weekend's survivors. So you have No. 4 Green Bay playing host to No. 5 NY Giants, and No. 6 Detroit at No. 3 Seattle. Unless Detroit upsets Seattle, the Cowboys will face the winner of the Giants-Packers game.
They get the No. 5 overall pick from the Rams, which I think you'd agree is pretty valuable real estate. They also get the Rams' third-round pick, which again will be high in the round.
To me, the Big 10 looked like it used to years ago - at least in the high-profile games _ namely, a little bit lacking in overall speed to compete with the Clemson's and Florida State's of the world. Clemson's defensive line was just too athletic for Ohio State. But Michigan found a way to adjust and go wire-to-wire with the Seminoles. But saying all that, Michigan and Penn State went wire-to-wire with their opponents. I think the Big 10 went 3-7 in bowls. If they just hang on in those two games _ vs. FSU and USC _ they're 5-5 in bowls and we're probably not having this conversation. I believe the SEC went 6-6 this year in bowls, so as good as Alabama is, it's certainly not a banner year for that conference either. The ACC is really the league that's shown the best this bowl season, with the Big 12 doing pretty well also.
One, I think the MLS would prefer to have the games played on grass, not artificial turf. Two, with more games on the MLS schedule, it would create more problems in terms of the CVC scheduling other events. And three, I don't think the MLS would like the" ambience" of 20,000 people watching a game in a 65,000-seat stadium.
I believe Snead is helping with the search. But really it's Kevin Demoff driving the search. But you're right, it is a strange set of circumstances, because I think it's still very possible that Snead could be gone before all is said and done this offseason.
Good for you. The Winter Classic sure seemed like a fantastic event, and really showcased our city as a great sports town. A sellout crowd of _ what? _ 46,000, watching hockey in the rain. Kinda makes Kroenke, Demoff, and the NFL look foolish for painting StL as a bad sports town, don't you think?
Not sure on the overall prices. But a while back a reader did share some info on a survey the Rams apparently had sent out regarding potential PSLs in the Inglewood stadium. And apparently, the price the Rams were thinking of charging for the cheapest PSLs _ you know, in the "nosebleed" sections _ was $5,000. Those same PSLs in the then Trans World Dome in St. Louis cost $250 in 1995. So 20-plus years later, the price increases 20-fold.
The NFL seems obsessed with London. As you probably know, they're bumping up the number of games played there to four next season. As you mention, logistically, I just can't see it happening. It's always been assumed that Jaguars owner Shad Khan was eyeing London, but that without London as an option he might consider St. Louis. But the Jaguars people have told me on more than one occasion that Khan is committed to Jax. When it comes to St. Louis, what political, civic, and business leaders would step forward to lead the charge to get an NFL team? And just as importantly, who would you pay for a new stadium? Under the new governor, it doesn't look like there will be any public money made available.
I would be very surprised if Snead survives this. No, I'd be shocked. As for GM, I haven't really studied the field, and the truly talented personnel guys are difficult to identify. But man, I would've loved Steve Keim of Arizona, who was interviewed in 2012 for the job that eventually went to Snead. I think you have to look at the organizations that have consistently drafted well and also done pretty well in free agency, and try to identify how they're doing it and who they're doing it with. As for coach, I'm bringing in the best offensive mind I can get. Kyle Shanahan certainly looks intriguing, and I guess if I had to name one person it would be him. But this offensive mind would have to have pretty strong plans on what he'd do about the defensive side of the ball _ in terms of not only staffing but also philosophy. .
Yes, I've done a few of those. Just did one in San Diego a couple of weeks ago.
1. Denver. 2. Denver. 3. Denver. 4. Jacksonville (pretty good young talent there), 5. Buffalo, 6. Rams, 7. San Diego (downgraded because of uncertainty over pending move), 8. San Francisco.
I guess. Although it's not as if the Chargers have been doing a ton of winning lately. It would be somewhat astounding to me if the Chargers ended up in LA. If you ask me, it's unclear if the market can even support one team. Now, you're going to put two teams there? Really?
Yeah, it's a close call. If you notice in my earlier rankings, that's why I downgraded San Diego. But I still have them ahead of San Francisco. The 49ers just don't have much of anything in terms of personnel, especially on offense.. And also, if the Chargers move to San Diego, it's not like they're moving halfway across the country like the Rams did. They'll be moving 100 miles up the freeway, which should make the logistics easier.
The Titans? I think they have an excellent chance if they make the most of those extra draft picks from the Rams. They need another starting wide receiver, some help with their pass rush, and another defensive back or two. But they're not far away.
You know, that's an interesting question. I believe they're 7-0 without Gronkowski this season. But all things being equal, I'm sure the Patriots would rather have him out there.