In terms of my experience with Rams coaches, it's been different things with different coaches. I actually think Rich Brooks would've been pretty good with a strong GM. But that's not what he had with Steve Ortmayer. Scott Linehan was _ and is _ a very bright mind, but couldn't play the "big room" - leading the team and commanding respect. Steve Spagnuolo could lead and has a sharp defensive mind. But he was a micro-manager who didn't treat the players like grown men.
Well, that's a fair question and one that's more difficult to answer because he hasn't played all that much. But I think he's got the skill set and the temperament to be a good QB.
There's no doubt, when you're at or near the bottom of the standings, you have to overpay for free-agent talent. The Rams had to do that for years. All things being equal, players follow the money. There are so many instances of bad teams that turn their fortunes around quickly that many players feel they can be part of building something big when they sign with a struggling team. I think older players tilt a little more to signing with contending teams.
is that right? Was that because Johnson had National Guard or Army reserve duty?
I think part of being a great player is being a great teammate. Owens apparently was the opposite of that in terms of being a teammate. And personally, that's something I think should factor into a Hall of Fame vote. It's way too simplistic to base an entire HOF vote on just numbers. Saying that, I'm not hung up on T.O. either. He'll get in. but it's amusing that there has been such an uproar over a 2-year wait. Two years. I still think Isaac Bruce should go in before T.O. That probably doesn't happen, but that's my thought.
I think Bruce, Holt, and London Fletcher are Hall worthy. It may take awhile. With all respect to Jim Bakken, I don't think he has a chance as a senior candidate.
Once the head coach is hired, it's almost always up to the head coach to make the staff hires.
Maybe Kroenke can discover the next Kurt Warner. You know, lightning striking twice.
You could do a lot worse than having Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator and John Fassel as special teams coordinator, that's for sure.
Great question. But how can you predict that? I think Brady becomes a very good QB, maybe a great QB, regardless of where he ends up. Don't know about Super Bowl rings, though.
That's a fair point. I don't think Bulger had quite the field awareness of Warner. Or the durability. But man was he accurate, and he didn't lack for toughness.
I've never had the Hall of Fame vote for St. Louis. Bernie Miklasz, the former P-D columnist, is the StL voter and does a tremendous job.
No, and that's exactly the point. When you get to 15 finalists, they're all worthy. It's tough to funnel those 15 done to five every year. Now, if it were my ballot, I probably don't put Jason Taylor in on the first ballot. I'm not sure what I'd do about Terrell Davis _ I still have some issues regarding his longevity. I probably would have voted for Isaac Bruce and Ty Law instead. But I really am not "outraged" over anyone who got in _ far from it.
I see what you did there! :)
Well, I've said this a few times. The further we get away from the Rams being in St. Louis, the less authoritatively I can speak on the team. But at this point, I still think I have a pretty good perspective on the team, and can add something to what the LA writers can bring.
I think it has much more to do with the state of our society than the state of Hall of Fame voters. It's all about the "hot take," the gossip, the click bait, these days. What I call "original" journalism _ being on site, asking questions, working stories _ is becoming a lost art. Related to that is what my good friend Bernie Miklasz refers to as "Short Attention Span Theater." And that hurts people like Bruce, who aren't all about bringing attention to themselves.
You have to respect the results. I think Belichick may be the greatest coach ever. But in my mind, that will always come with the asterisk.
That's very graphic. I can almost smell the rotting fish. But it is difficult to be a consistent winner without strong, engaged ownership.
Hard to argue with that. Relocating three teams in basically a year's time is not a good look. In fact, it's a horrible look in this day and age.
Well, it was me who said I'd probably move Bulger ahead of Johnson. But that doesn't mean I'm right.
Well, I guess I could. it usually takes me about 5 hours to do that.
With no changes in offensive personnel? Maybe six, seven wins.