That's some opening line: "Even though I like to see the Rams lose, I still think about offseason moves." It sounds like you need gridiron therapy, so I guess that's why you're here. For starters, why not try to move Saffold to left tackle and Robinson to left guard. I think you need two starting caliber offensive linemen - whether you get them in free agency or the draft doesn't matter. But preferably one in free agency, one in the draft. You need at least one starting-caliber WR if Britt stays; you need two if he signs elsewhere. Would like to see a true blocking fullback added to help Gurley. You better get some LBs, and I think you can survive losing McDonald more than you can survive losing Johnson in the secondary.
I'm not feeling you on this one. Harrison is very deserving. As for Seifert I think a little more longevity would've helped. Going 16-32 in 3 seasons with Carolina doesn't help his case either.
Well if you're talking about yourself as a mascot, I think you're there already. IMO you're a top-shelf mascot. No ifs, ands, or buts. . . .As for the Chiefs, man they had some bad luck with injuries last year. Not just in terms of number of injuries, but also in terms of when the injuries occurred. A lucky year with injuries would help. Like many, I wonder if you've gone about as far as you can with Alex Smith. Don't get me wrong, he's a pretty good QB, but is he good enough to win the big games? That's the dilemma. It's easy enough to say "we can do better" but actually doing so is very, very tough.
Cliff, you're going w-a-y back on that one. Even I was a tyke back then. I'll have to take your word for it.
I think they'll sell well enough. If not, you may have to sell off some of that Wal-Mart stock.
We are talking about the Rams here, a place where "sense of urgency" is only a rumor. Once that new palace opens, there will be some pressure to fill the place. So I guess, I'll say four years.
No disrespect to Les, but I wonder the same thing. I'm surprised he was retained.
Well, it's not like you can come up with a $650 million investor every day. Perhaps Mark Davis needs to sell off a minority share of his club. Otherwise, he'll have to make cutbacks on the stadium plan _ and I'm sure that's not something league owners want to see happen. At this point, I think it's a 50-50 proposition at best.
It all flows from the coach and upper-management. They set the tone. If they can focus on the future, stay positive, that helps a lot. It's not a guarantee, but it helps. The roster already is in very good shape, and the top stars are all pretty young.
Time will tell. I don't know McVay. And it's impossible to say how he'll do as a head coach, until he actually does it.
Yes, but there are still a lot of people who haven't gotten over losing a team that easily. I hear from them every week.
Again, there is more to a player than stats. Especially in the sport of football.
There is a lot of sympathy/empathy out there for St. Louis. And there are a lot of cities that have had a football team taken away from them at one time or another. Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, LA (three times), San Diego, and it looks like Oakland for the second time. Every once in a while, though, I hear the old "baseball town" refrain, even from people in the league or formerly associated with the league. Very unfair.
Another voice of support here for Charley Johnson. . . .
Probably wouldn't do much for Goff's confidence.
Yeah, 56-36 is a pretty good won-lost record. Mike was considered very headstrong and hard to work with by some. There are some who feel that John Shaw worked against him _ tried to blackball him _ once they had the falling out in St. Louis. You just got the sense that when it didn't work out as OC in Chicago, where Martz was working with good friend Lovie Smith, that it might be hard for Martz to get back in the business.
Can't really say I have. I remember talking to QB Chris Miller when he attempted his comeback, and having him talk to me about his concussion-related problems. But it's not like I observed them first-hand.
I can't say that I really noticed this, but I'd have to look at the all-22 to get a good feel. But you know the old saying, when it comes to the playoffs no-blood, no-foul in the NFL. The Rams learned this first-hand in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Or why not just expand? You still get an expansion fee. (Then again, you'd have to cut out a couple of more slices from the TV pie.)
In past years, I've occasionally attended the press conference for the halftime show at the Super Bowl, but didn't this year. For example, there was a time when I was a big Gloria Estefan fan. I attended her press conference the year she played the Super Bowl, and two things stood out: 1.) How tiny she was. 2.) She ripped the Dolphins! Mainly worked at halftime this year, as usual, looked up occasionally. I know she puts on a good show. High effort. The day I was pool reporter for the AFC (Saturday before the game) I was talking to security at NRG Stadium and was told that Lady Gaga had been at the stadium every day that week rehearsing (and cussing when things didn't go right). A perfectionist, I guess. It's not like she parachuted into Houston a day or two before the show, took her money, and then skipped town. So props.
Hah! Rick Smith one of the all-time PR guys. And one of the game's great characters. I talked to him not even a month ago He's retired and living in San Diego. About 7 grandkids. He'd be a good guest, for sure. Be sure to listen to this week's podcast with special guest London Fletcher. We had some technical difficulties over the second half of the podcast _ some background noise _ but if you bear with that Fletcher told some outstanding stories.
Couldn't disagree with you more. The multiplicity of options is what made the "Show" what it was and Bruce was a vital playmaker on that team. His unselfishness helped make it work. T.O. would've been griping after just a few weeks. As for "enough is enough," you have to remember, Faulk's not in the Hall without his time in Indy, Warner's not there without his time in Arizona, and Aeneas Williams certainly isn't there without his time in Arizona. They are shared Hall of Famers. Really, Pace is the only one in the group who spent the vast majority of his time in StL.
No doubt. At first glance, it looks like a tough retro-fit.