Hello again everybody. What did you think of the Super Bowl? The Hall of Fame voting? What's on your minds today?
I think we got this question last week. New coaches and even a different system can lead to different results from the same group of players. But I think it's safe to say the Rams need at the very minimum a new starting left tackle. It's been 3 years with Greg Robinson and it's just not working. Maybe time to try him at guard. I think you have to wonder if Havenstein is the answer at right tackle as well. Overall, this group didn't get much push, didn't seem as physical as it needed to be. the pass-blocking regressed. I don't think it's necessarily a "quick fix."
I thought there were a bunch of good questions asked Goodell during the state of the NFL press conference. But you know what, he was not asked directly if he was happy about the end result of the LA situation. My question was on the future of the NFL in St. Louis. That's definitely a question for the March meetings.
I would think Mark Davis has to find some more money, a new investor some way some how. As it currently stands, he doesn't have enough $$$ to get it done.
There's no doubt Davis is in a tough spot. I know people are thinking San Diego, but if there was no money to building a stadium for the Chargers in San Diego, why would there be money to bring the Raiders there?
Greg Olson is an experienced hand at QB coach, and remember, Fassel is returning as special teams coordinator. With McVay calling the plays, that lessens the need to have an experienced offensive coordinator. As for the switch to a 3-4 under Phillips that will be interesting. You're right - the Rams barely had enough LBs to run a 4-3 much less a 3-4. And keep this in mind as well. Robert Quinn probably is too small to play a 3-4 end. He'll probably have to be retro-fitted too play outside linebacker.
Actually, I think San Diego has now surpassed St. Louis as the largest market without and NFL team.
Shhhh! We were supposed to keep that a secret.
Yeah, it was good to see Chris Long get a ring. He loves the StL. It was good to see Danny Amendola get his second ring as well. As you know, there are still plenty of Patriots-haters in these parts. But at least that lessened the blow a little. And thanks. We all got through this year OK, huh?
I guess, it depends on how you measure it. But standard metropolitan statistical area, San Diego is 17th and St. Louis is 18th
Unlike baseball, you don't go in as a Ram, or Cardinal, or Patriot, or Cowboy, etc., in football. You just go in as an individual.
Interestingly random question. It hasn't been that long that I was in the visitors' locker room there for a Rams game, but I can't draw a picture of it in my mind, either way. Most visitor locker rooms, however, are more cramped than the home team's dressing area, however.
I'm surprised he wasn't interested the first time around. He turned St. Louis down pretty quickly and pretty emphatically at that time. He just doesn't think St. Louis is a fit for the Raiders _ that's what he told me And although he didn't tell me this, I think he didn't like the idea of playing in the shadow of the baseball Cardinals. He wants a market where he can be the show.
Agreed. I think each team should get one possession no matter what.
Pretty amazing path, isn't it.
Yes, I do think Jones has the sway He was instrumental in getting the Rams out of St. Louis. He's more powerful than Roger Goodell. And don't forget Robert McNair and Houston. I'm sure he wouldn't be thrilled about a team in San Antonio either.
Yeah, how sad. I guess all those people had to be off that property at the end of last month.
Not sure. Scouting contracts almost always run until May _ or after the draft. So any changes wouldn't be made until then.
It is very costly to lure a team from one city to the next, and Davis would want a king's ransom. Did you see where the lease arrangement for Las Vegas had the Raiders paying $1 rent. One dollar! Really, Mark Davis? So the best scenario, would either be the multi-billionaire from StL that wants to move a team here. Or expansion, which doesn't look like it's happening _ at least not in the near future.
It is pretty amazing, isn't it? But hey, the Rams are "home" (vomit noises). I guess the Chargers are "home" too since they started out in LA.
Two days after the game, I'm still trying to figure out in my head if the Falcons choked or if it was simply a comeback for the ages by New England. I'm still leaning towards comeback for the ages. Obviously, the big criticism, which I agree with, is after the great sideline catch by Julio Jones that led to the first down at the New England 22 with 4;40 left, why not play some situational football there and run the ball three times? At the very least, you force New England to use up all three timeouts there, and you make it a 2-score game with a 40-yard field goal. Now assuming, you don't get a first down with three runs, it still gives New England the ball back with about 4 minutes left down 10. So your not out of the woods there if your Atlanta. But that still seemed like the way to go.