Hello again everybody. We pushed back our chat a couple of days because of the NFL owners meetings. Some of our headlines coming out of Phoenix. . ..NFL takes the money and runs to Vegas. . .Head of MLS expansion committee, who just happens to be president of Patriots, bullish on St. Louis as expansion soccer city. . .Chiefs pleased with initial foray into St. Louis market. . . .Can the boy wonder, Sean McVay, get it done with Rams. . . .What's on your minds today/
Yeah, that kind of explains a lot doesn't it.
I guess I'll do a parade meter again for /17. But as always, I won't put out the number until training camp. So far, I'm not all that impressed with their offseason.
You might have to check on Mark Davis for that one. Part of the sales pitch for Davis to the NFL on Vegas was that a lot of fans in Oakland and LA would regularly make the trip to Vegas. We'll see. He, and to an extent the entire NFL, is banking on that national brand.
Yeah, he's listed at 5-10, 185. But so far, he seems pretty durable and able to take a hit. The Chiefs would like to get him more involved in the overall passing game, running a wider range of routes in their base offense. That all seems logical, although you probably don't want him running a ton of routes over the middle with his back to the secondary. The Rams' Tavon Austin, by the way, is 5-8, 176. Off-field issues aside, my question to you and Rams fans is this: Who would you rather have _ Tyreek Hill or Tavon Austin?
Lawsuits are ongoing, legal process always slow, may have some kind of update soon. . . .
It defies logic, that's all I can say.
And you signed the tag, so the money is guaranteed. Good for you Trumaine. You have played the system well.
It didn't come up in my conversation with Mark Donovan at the owners' meetings, but he mentioned it to me in an earlier interview last August as something that the Chiefs had talked about on the outer fringe of possibilities. I would say the next steps for the Chiefs might be having their team caravan make a military-based stop here _ obviously Scott Air Force base would be the logical choice. Then perhaps have some other community-based events here, such a youth football camps or a Play60 event. Then comes maybe a joint practice with another team in camp here, with a preseason game here at the very end of the list. All of these steps could be years down the road, but that seems like a logical sequence depending on the interest here.
Again, I'm not overly impressed with what they've done so far this offseason. They've added a good LT in Whitworth for a lot of money, but one who's 35 years old. You can break down any day _ any minute really _ at that age playing that position. I'm not convinced Woods, the WR, is better than the guy he's replacing (Britt). You've lost a decent all-around TE in Kendricks _ interesting, wasn't it, how quickly a highly-successful team like the Packers picked him up after his Rams release. I realize Tim Barnes wasn't Jim Ringo (for you youngsters he was a center on the great Packers teams of the '60), but Barnes was their highest-rated offensive lineman by the previous staff in 2015 and 2016. And there is no clear replacement at this point. On defense, you're making the switch to the 3-4, and have to revamp personnel up front to fit that scheme. For example, what happens to Robert Quinn? Does he now become a 3-4 rush linebacker? Can he do that? In the secondary, even if you planned on having T.J. McDonald back, you're not going to have him for half the season due to his suspension. Of course, it all comes back to the quarterback. If Jared Goff is much improved, that makes everything better around him.
He was a good one as well.
I would suggest checking out the Rams website.
It's amazing to me that he can make some of those comments with a straight face.
Yeah, but they keep pushing those Football is Family ads on TV.
it starts with the wide receivers. Alshon Jeffery needs to stay healthy, Torrey Smith needs to revert to his Baltimore form, and DGB needs a strong offseason. If that happens, Carson Wentz will have some help.
Exactly. It's like the NFL owners routinely feed on the weaker or more vulnerable teams in their herd. At it happens every 10 to 20 years. Baltimore, Oakland, and St. Louis lost teams in the '80s. . . .Cleveland, Houston, and Los Angeles (Raiders and Rams) lost teams in the '90s. . .. And now St. Louis, Oakland, and San Diego in the 2010s. For a league as profitable as the NFL, this is unconscionable (did I spell that right?) to me.
That's the one thing that gets me about this new league attitude of, "Hey, you can gamble just about anywhere these days." Sure you can play blackjack, or roulette, or the slots just about everywhere. But you still can't walk into a casino everywhere and lay done a legal bet on a sporting event. That's what should be concerning to me. I don't know how what you're saying doesn't happen at some point. But then again, lots of sports don't seemed worried by this. The Pac12 holds its men's basketball tournament there, doesn't it? The NHL will be there next year.
Bless you Texas Tiger! With our producer Gary Hairlson on vacation this week, co-host BenFred w/the baseball Cardinals in spring training, and me at the owners meetings, we just couldn't pull it off this week. We will return next week.
I'm not the youngest guy, but I say pretty doubtful in my time, barring expansion. The franchise "stealing" game has become very expensive and quite frankly, the NFL doesn't seem to have much use for a market like St. Louis. Maybe this changes over time with a different generation of leaders in St. Louis, but right now I doubt it.
I think Jerry Jones is playing a little bit of poker, taking this out to the draft to see if he can get anything in a trade f or Romo. You know, some team that's looking for a quarterback misses out in the draft, panics a bit, and is willing to give something up in exchanged for an injury-prone, expensive, 37-year-old QB.
Sure looks like it, particularly since if you trade for Johnson you're picking up the contract _ you know, that $16 million-plus franchise tag.