Hello again everyone, back from Indianapolis and the NFL Scouting Combine. Free agency already upon us. And how about this _ Isaac Bruce plans to be an investor in the MLS club here. Your questions and comments, please. . . .
It looks like they will indeed be moving to Las Vegas if owner Mark Davis has indeed come up with the necessary funding to replace the $650 million that went away when casino mogul Sheldon Adelson pulled out. The vote could come as early as the NFL owners meetings at the end of this month.
And the point you're trying to make here is. . . . .?
Just took a quick look at them. I'd like them better without the gold.
Always good to hear from you Rampage. Sorry to hear about the recent turn of events. Yeah, I had heard last year that the "cost of leaving" increase as you put it from Kroenke was only 14 percent for team employees making the move to LA from StL. I think it's safe to say that it's a little more than 14% more expensive to live in LA than StL. Thanks for checking in.
Yeah, I wrote today in my NFL free agency overview that the Rams have a relatively modest amount of cap space left _ a little under $20 million according to the NFLPA. It makes you wonder what they are doing with that cap money. Keep in mind, they need money to sign their draft picks, and have to start thinking about extending Aaron Donald and Alec Ogletree. Of course, if they can get Trumaine Johnson to sign a multi-year deal, it will save money on this year's cap.
I watched several Mizzou games this year, as always, but it's not like I was necessarily watching Harris that closely. So I can't be the judge of that in terms of his motor. But I will say this, if he was taking all those plays off late in the season, how did he manage 5 1/2 sacks in Mizzou's last 4 games? (After having only 3 1/2 in their first 8.)
They will probably lean more on Snead. But when it comes to defense, they have a veteran defensive coordinator to lean on in Wade Phillips. But I think your basic premise is correct. It's hard to imagine McVay, as a 31-year-old first-time head coach, being supreme leader of the draft room.
Just for you, I texted good friend D. Orlando Ledbetter, the longtime Falcons beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. D. got write back to me. He said the Falcons like Clayborn, he has a 5-month recovery time, and should be ready for camp.
It's hard to argue with what Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett did at his workout. He solidified his status as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Of course, the Combine-record 4.22 by Washington WR John Ross in the 40 was an attention-getter. In terms of media interviews, I thought Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Clemson's Deshaun Watson were very impressive. Obviously, there were dozens of others who worked out well, including Stanford's Christian McCaffrey among the running backs. Among players with local ties, Southern Cal CB/return man Adoree' Jackson helped his cause; Michigan WR Jehu Chesson had a good workout.
Interesting stuff, but about as expected. I remember the PSLs for what was then called the TWA Dome in St. Louis cost $250 for the nosebleed seats in 1995.
You never know, especially if LeGarrette Blount leaves in free agency. And if the Patriots want to throw the ball to their back, well, that's when they put James White in the game.
Yeah, the Jets certainly area in the blow-it-up and start over phase. I actually think the Rams are happy with Tim Barnes at center.
Why do you need to rebuild when you're coming off a 4-12 seasons and haven't had a winning season since 2003 _ or since your new head coach was in high school?
Well, I'd have to say the best of that group would be the Class of 2012, with Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins. And also Nick Foles and RGIII The 2011 class wasn't bad with Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Colin Kaepernick Blaine Gabbert, and now-1,000-yard WR Terrell Pryor. For the worst, I think you'd have to go 2007, with JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Kevin Kolb, John Beck, and Drew Stanton all taken in Rounds 1 and 2
I always enjoy the player interviews. That's why most of us in the media attend the Combine in the first place. There were several impressive interviews _ I mentioned QBs DeShone Kizer and Deshaun Watson in an earlier post. Mizzou's Charles Harris' interview was very entertaining, as was Miami TE David Njoku, LSU safety Jamal Adams among others. It was great running into former Rams interim head coach Jim Haslett (now with Cincy), former Rams player and front office employee La'Roi Glover (now an assistant coach with the Jets), and former Rams o-line coach John Matsko (now with Carolina). Spent about 5 minutes or so catching up with Kevin Demoff. I teased him about his hair getting gray. It's always great to renew acquaintances with your sports-writing colleagues from across the country. (Is it just me, or does the group get younger looking every year?) And of course, you realize you've reached the height of sports-writing glamor when you're eating dinner by yourself on Saturday night at the Waffle House.
Thanks for clearing that up. I thought I had seen that as well.
Well, just now I saw on the NFL Network that the Rams are trying to trade Johnson. Perhaps they just figured out that keeping $16.7 million of cap money invested in a cornerback that had 1 interception last year isn't exactly the best thing for a struggling team.
They have some good players in Ogletree, Gurley, Quinn, Trumaine Johnson. But unless Jared Goff suddenly turns into a difference-maker, yeah, they're a ways away.
Actually, I think Kevin is as powerful as he's ever been in the organization.