Actually Linehan did go 8-8 his first season and had the team in playoff contention entering the final weekend of the season. (Then lost 17 of his next 20 games before getting fired 4 games into the '08 season.) Spags wasn't as fortunate, going 1-15 in his maiden voyage, although the team did finish 7-9 in 2010 _ his second season _ and played Seattle on the final day of that season for the NFC West title. Yes, the Rams would've won the West at 8-8 that year, which was Sam Bradford's rookie season.
I don't think there's any doubt the Cardinals have to start looking. As I recall they might have taken Paxton Lynch a year go, if the Broncos hadn't moved up.
The answer depends on how many of the team's own free agents return, a group that includes Trumaine Johnson, T.J. McDonald, Greg Zuerlein, Kenny Britt, Benny Cunningham, Case Keenum. Laugh if you want that I mention Keenum, but you probably need a veteran backup QB if he goes unless you truly believe that Mannion can be the No. 2.
I agree with your basic shopping list. And yes, that is a lot to do in one offseason. I'd say if a lot of things go right _ including Goff showing that he can be a good starting QB _ you're talking two-to-three years.
No, it basically was as simple that Clinton had the lease, and wanted the power, but not enough money to be majority owner. James Busch Orthwein had the money and wanted the power, but didn't have control of the lease. In fairness to Clinton, had the expansion process not dragged on and on for years, he may have had the money to pull it off early in the process. But the longer the expansion process dragged on, the more expensive the expansion fee became, pricing Clinton out of the game. As for the first-tier clause, it remains a mystery to me why officials agreed to this. There was an element of desperation. Keep in mind, the expansion bid had just collapsed, and St. Louis had a $300 million stadium that was already one-third complete. There was a fear that the city was about to be saddled with the world's most expensive tractor pull/monster truck facility.
Thanks for the kind words. And I've already done some of that. You may recall a piece I did in collaboration with Ben Frederickson on the All-St. Louis Pro Football Team, a compilation of the best Rams and Cardinals to play here over a combined 49 seasons. We caught up with Roy Green early this past season prior to his induction into the Cardinals Ring of Honor. And I was really proud of a companion piece we did on St. Louis' Hall of Fame offensive tackles, Pace and Dierdorf, with Jim Hanifan _ who coached them both _ comparing the two. Perhaps I'll have a chance to do more in the future, and even expand it to non-football subjects.
Great question. My guess, is that the Chiefs stand pat with Alex Smith. But it's at least a question they have to consider, isn't it? Can we do better than Smith? Easier said than done, of course. Because Smith is pretty good. But should they at least kick the tires on Romo? Food for thought.
Hall voters are not required to make their votes public, although some do voluntary. Bernie Miklasz is the St. Louis voter, and I have no problem with that because he does a fantastic job. (In addition, friend Howard Balzer has an at-large vote.) Obviously, I'd be honored to have a vote, but have never been asked. I never get hung up on those types of things.
True that. Although Jenkins made it this past season with the NY Giants.
I hear you. Maybe one more year?
Good points. Personally, I have the feeling that Prescott is here to stay. In other words he's the real deal. But we'll see. They did have a lot of things go their way in 2016.
Do I remember? My family bought four in the nosebleed section. Every year on opening day, I'd walk by the wall outside the stadium that contained the names of the charter PSL holders and look for the family name. They were good seats. One thing about the dome, the sightlines were very good. Anyway, the PSLs were $250 apiece back then. From what I've heard, the Rams are at least considering charging $5,000 for the cheapest PSLs at Inglewood.
Tye Hill was very fast. But also very small and had no ball skills.
Food for thought. . . .Thx
You've figured it out. . .
Certainly, if you could get 8 to 10 starting seasons out of a draft pick, you'd be very happy.
I guess the team I'm most intrigued with as we approach the start of the "league year" March 9 (the start of the free agency and trading period) is Tennessee. They need some help in the secondary, they need another pass rusher. They need another good receiver. Mariota looks like the real deal to me, although he still needs to cut back on his turnovers some. They're not that far away, and they do have those extra draft picks from the Rams.
There was a FoxSports story that said over the last 20 years, $7 billion had been spent on either new NFL stadiums or renovations to NFL stadiums _ or 46 percent of the total cost. According to that story, public money accounted for $600 million of the $1.4 billion cost of the new Atlanta stadium _ although I'm not sure if that was via a public vote or mere vote of the legislature. However, the public money was authorized, around the country there still are enough cities willing to pony up. . .Atlanta, Minnesota, and Las Vegas. St, Louis had a stadium plan that was ready to offer between $300 million and $400 million _ depending on who you believe, or about 30-40 percent of the cost of a new stadium. It will be very interesting to see what happens when it's time for the next generation of stadiums to be built around the country. The league does seem to be fixated on "palaces." Other than the fact that there's very little outside light _ a design flaw to be sure _ the dome in St. Louis is in good shape. I think it has at least 10 years left. But I can't see another team moving here without the promise of a new stadium.
I don't think Washington has any choice but to pay the man. What are the other options?
To my knowledge, Kurt has not said who will present him. As for what he might say about StL, it will be hard to top what he said on Feb. 4, the night he found out he had been voted in.
The Titans get the Rams' first_ and third-round picks in this draft, and then that's it. No compensation due in 2018.
A good question to which I have no answer.
There won't be a "competition" this year. After investing all those draft picks in Goff, the Rams will do everything they can to make it work with him.