A little bit of slow time in the NFL as we inch closer to the Combine and free agency, but we're here for you nonetheless. What's on your minds today?
I do not think there's any favoritism at work in terms of Goodell and the Jets. But I think we're all aware that one of the problems of this regime is that there doesn't seem to be much consistency in terms of discipline. Just curious, what are the particulars of the Jets tampering. I had not seen that.
Quick turnarounds happen all the time in the NFL. But I'd have to say seeing will be believing for the Rams. After all, it's been a while since they were a factor. Good coaching can take you only so far.
That contract certainly looks like a disaster. Austin's overall numbers were up a bit in terms of receiving last year, but down noticeably in terms of rushing. And more importantly, his TDs scored plummeted from 10 in 2015 to four in 2016. Granted, he hasn't had the best QB play, but four years into a career usually what you see is what you get. In other words, he's probably hit his ceiling or come pretty close to it. I'm not gonna lie, when Austin was drafted I thought it was a great pick. But he just hasn't had the kind of impact to justify a No. 8 overall pick _ especially trading up to a No. 8 overall pick. Much less a $40 million contract extension.
Interesting stuff. Does seem like a light punishment if there was no draft pick penalty involved.
Usually, Twitter invitations don't turn out well.
Well, it certainly looks like Mark Davis is scrambling to make up the $650 million in lost revenue now that Adelson has dropped out of the Vegas project. We'll see what Davis can come up with before the league owners meetings at the end of March. Originally, the NFL had planned to vote on the move at that meeting.
I'm very early into this, but of the top guys it's hard to get excited about a guy (Trubisky) who has only 13 college starts. And it's hard to get excited about someone who led his team to a 4-8 record last season (Kizer). I like Watson. There's a lot to be said for his big-game performances in my book.
I keep hearing that Laurinaitis is planning on retiring. I have not been able to reach James to confirm this, but that's what I've heard _ from a couple of different places.
I think 6 to 7 wins is possible, believe it or not. Remember, the Rams also lost several close games. And with all the logistics involved in the move, I think they were a tired team at the end of the season.
Agreed. And don't forget, the Rams drafted Torry Holt at No. 6 overall that year, and also signed right guard Adam Timmerman in free agency. The signing of Timmerman was a key factor in being able to go toe-to-toe with the 49ers defensive front _ particularly Bryant Young.
I think they basically have two options: Move Saffold to left tackle and Greg Robinson to left guard. Or draft an LT. Just can't see GRob returning as the starting left tackle.
Thanks for mentioning this. Dano was a gifted writer period. He will be missed.
I have a lot of respect for Boudreau. And no one, or at least not many, were complaining about the line play in 2015, when Gurley had his breakout rookie year and the Rams gave up _ what was it, just 18 sacks? But at the end of the day, you need players.
Romo's injury history scares me. But you're right about Cutler. You pretty much know what you're going to get with him at this point. So it's a tough call. If you can get Romo relatively cheaply, why not go there? You still have Lynch and Siemian if something goes wrong injury-wise.
I was ready to put Matthews into my final mock draft that year _ the one we run on the first day of the draft _ when I got a text from someone at Rams Park (who shall remain nameless) informing me that the Rams weren't drafting Matthews, and if I wanted to be right in the mock I should go with Robinson. So that's why I picked Robinson in my final draft. (From the now-it-can-be-told files.) Robinson played in a very basic offense, and one that barely passed the ball. So pass-blocking was an entirely new concept for GRob. He's never really adjusted. Also, he was known for having a problem with holding calls back then, and that has followed him to the NFL. The Rams fell in love with his measurable and potential, something they did on more than one occasion under the Fisher-Snead regime. This wasn't the only time that approach didn't work out.
Sorry. I'm not going to make any hair jokes.
Not a big fan of the name-calling, Ray. How 'bout we just refer to them as LA Rams fans? There are some strengths on this staff, such as defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. But I don't think I'd call it the greatest staff ever assembled. At the end of the day you need players. About 5-to-7 of them have to be difference-makers to win a Super Bowl. And right now I see only 1 difference maker on the team in Aaron Donald. (Two if you count Johnny Hekker.) Gurley and Quinn weren't difference makers last year. Quinn hasn't been for a couple of years.
How much are you charging for those PSLs, Stan.
No, but you've given me a story idea.
Correct. Over the '97 and '98 season, Bruce missed the equivalent of a full season due to hamstring injuries _ a byproduct of those 3-hour plus Vermeil practices.
You could do a 30-for-30 on this topic, and why hasn't there been one? Anyway, here's the Cliff Notes version: 1.) Faulk's knees gave out around 2002, 2003. 2.) Warner's play declined, in large part because off hand injuries. 3.) After that first Super Bowl appearance in '99, the roster started to get raided by other teams in free agency; 4.) After the upset loss to New England in the second Super Bowl, the Rams fell victim to one of the league's all-time Super Bowl hangovers. Things were never the same with Martz, Zygmunt, etc.
Actually, Saffold has been a pretty good pick when he's on the field. Also, the Rams drafted Laurinaitis in the second round and Janoris Jenkins. So it hasn't bee all bad.