Blessed to be here in Indy for my 27th NFL Scouting Combine _ a glorious collision of two of our nation's most popular sports, pro football and college football. It's come a long way from 1991 _ my first year here _ when only about two dozen reporters attended and we used to track down players to interview right in the lobby of the players hotel. I remember Jerome Bettis, wearing a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, helped us track down draft prospects in '93, the year he was a draft prospect. Can also remember interviewing a promising young WR from North Carolina State _ named Torry Holt _ in that same lobby in 1999. Little did I know at the time. . . .Anyway, what's on you're minds today?
Yeah, for a while in the aftermath of the Super Bowl, I wondered if Chris might just retire. Doesn't look like that will be the case does it? As his playing time diminished over the second half of the season, it seemed like he was used almost exclusively as a pass-rusher. It could have been nothing more than the development of Trey Flowers who moved into the starting lineup _ I believe replacing Chris _ around midseason. And by the way, keep an eye on Long if this MLS2STL thing goes through. I think he's still interested in being a minority owner.
Granted, it wasn't the best explanation. I was there when he said it. But Trumaine remains a pretty good corner. Yes, his INT dropped from 7 to 1, but I don't think teams threw his way nearly as much last year as they did in previous seasons.
I guess we'll find out around March 9, when the free agency and trading period began. I'm not saying this pertains specifically to this instance. And Schefter obviously is very good at what he does. But sometimes the national media "info" guys get played by either the agent or the team to get their agenda out there in the Twittersphere. For example, maybe the Patriots want it out there how much they like Jimmy G just to drive up the price.
Or it could just be that because their practice time is limited so much these days, specifically practice in full pads, that tackling is becoming a lost art.
To be honest, I hadn't seen this. But it sounds like a camp guy. You know, you need 90 guys on your offseason roster to take into training camp. I wouldn't get too bent out of shape on this one.
Donald is due only $1.8 million in base salary in 2017, which is pretty modest for a fourth-year player of his caliber. So there's not much you can do with that to lower a cap figure in any kind of extension.
Not really at this point. Although it seems like I've been here a week already _ :) _ today is the first day that players actually are working out: offensive linemen and running backs.
That was a different era. Look around at all the greats of that time and their completion percentages were low _ very low _ by today's standards. But there weren't all the bubble screens, dumpoffs, and underneath routes that we see today _ and that have bumped up completion percentages. QBs threw a lot more deep balls back then. Even saying all that, you're probably right. Without the guarantee, followed by the massive upset, Namath is not a Hall of Famer.
Let me grab a free sandwich next door from the media workroom here in Indy, and I'll get right to your question.
OK,, I'm back. Actually, I thought you were more focused in your remarks than usual.. Interesting that the Rams already have new uniforms in LA. Given the lead time that's normally required on such matters, I wonder how much leg work on this was actually done before owners approved the relocation in Jan. 2016. Again, it's nothing personal but I'm surprised you're still the Rams' GM.
Mediocre cold-cut sandwiches _ a Combine tradition. (But you can't argue with the price.)
I'm not sure that's the reason. But I think teams still reach for QBs in the first round. There's no doubt about that.
Actually, Indy's always a nice place to visit. The downtown is pretty condensed, you can walk just about everywhere.. St. Louis could learn a thing or two about downtown development, getting stadiums built, and attracting events from Indy.
Thanks. The way the combine was set up this year _ which was different _ Wednesday and part of Thursday were reserved only for interviews with team execs and head coaches. In prior years, they were mixed right in with the draft prospect player sessions and often got lost in the shuffle. Anyway, the new setup allowed me to get up to speed, and write stories, on the Bears, Chiefs, and Titans. (As well as the Rams.) They're all online right now on stltoday.com. Anyway, the trade certainly looks like a big-time steal for Tennessee although one year is too early to judge. I ran into someone from the Titans yesterday and he just rolled his eyes at the mention of the Jared Goff trade. (As in, "What were the Rams thinking?") As for the Titans draft picks from 2016, Conklin made All-Pro as a rookie at right tackle. How do you top that? With Conklin on the right side and Taylor Leewan on the left side, they are set for years at tackle. Not every team can say that, including the one that used to call St. Louis home. Derrick Henry looks like the real deal at running back. You have to think that eventually he will replace DeMarco Murray _ who's closer to the end of his career than the beginning _ as the Titans' starer. Don't know much about the DT _ Austin Johnson. Looks like he was more of a rotation player last year
If healthy, he's still a very good QB. Not quite elite, but not far from it. The problem is if you do that, then you're putting Goff on the shelf for a year or two. Also, if Romo has a choice, he's probably going to a team that's more of a playoff and even Super Bowl contender.
Most years, they usually try to add a couple of starters in free agency. (Although that wasn't the case last year.) I'm thinking about maybe WR Pierre Garcon from Washington hooking up with McVay. and after committing $14 million in cap money to franchise Trumaine Johnson, I think the Rams are down to about $20 million in cap space That's a decent cushion, but certainly a lot less than several other teams which could affect the Rams' efforts to outbid teams for players. Also, what happens with T.J. McDonald, Greg Zuerlein, and Benny Cunningham? I believe they're all pending free agents, among others.
Not really. Haven't communicated with Chris recently. Obviously, it looks like he wants to go somewhere where he'll get starter's time, or close to it. And even though he now has a Super Bowl ring, I'm sure he'd still prefer to play for a contender.
I do believe that Jim Brown has Chuck Norris-type qualities.
Have not been able to reach Laurinaitis lately. I keep hearing (from people that know him) that he plans on retiring.
1.) the amount of media in attendance. 2.) the fact that fans are now allowed _ to a degree _ to be part of the festivities. 3.) and the fact that the workouts are now on TV.
I'm a soccer fan. And I remain very interested in this story. But I just don't know. Sorry. . . .
Sure, even if you signed him to a $10 million a year contract, and paid him $10 million this year, you're saving $4 million on the 2017 cap.. And it could be a lot more if you back-loaded some in Year 1. But unless you do something in the next few days _ by March 9 _ it's not going to help you in free agency this year.. And it doesn't look like the parties are anywhere close to a new deal. Off the top of my head, I don't really see any potential cap casualties on this year's roster.