Hello again everybody. Preseason schedules out. Regular season schedules out soon. Our draft series starts Sunday. What's on your mind today?
Aaron Donald is one of the only difference-makers on the roster at this time. Not even sure if you can put Todd Gurley in that group based on last year, or Robert Quinn there based on recent injuries. So I don't think you trade him. Wade Phillips will find a way to incorporate him into new scheme.
So you're not looking forward to that big Week 3 preseason clash between the Chargers and the Rams in the LA Coliseum? National TV no less on CBS. (A preseason run for Tony Romo.)
Yeah, he did work with Snead in Atlanta, and came to the Rams less than 2 months after Snead was hired. When you've been losing as consistently as the Rams have for the past 13 seasons, change should be expected particularly after a 4-12 season. It's just strange, very strange, that Carthon and the other Rams scouts were let go just a few weeks before the draft. I saw one of the scouts, Evan Ardoin, at the Mizzou pro day just a couple of weeks ago.
I'm not sure on Romo. He's not a guy I've heard in interviews, etc., over the years and said to myself, 'Man this guy would be good in the analyst chair.' As for example, James Laurinaitis. I'm sure Romo will work hard at the job. But I'm surprised that CBS is starting him off on the No. 1 team (w/Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson). Seems to be kind of a big risk.
I could be wrong, but I don't recall the Rams saying they couldn't compete with the Cardinals in terms of popularity in St. Louis. The Raiders situation is a little different, because the only site in play for a potential new stadium was the current site of the Oakland Coliseum, shared home of the Raiders and A's. There may have been a thought process there of if we're going to lose a team, let's lose the team that has 10 home dates as opposed to 81.
I don't know if anyone treats it as a big deal. Except of course the NFL Network, always looking for programming, having a special show yesterday to "reveal" the schedule. Pretty silly wouldn't you say? The preseason game ratings certainly don't compare to regular-season games, but I'm sure they're better than most standard fare for end-of-summer TV
As someone who covered several regime changes at Rams Park, the quotes coming out of the team as the offseason program begins are pretty predictable. Players and assistants always talk about the fresh approach and new energy in the building when a new head coach is hired. We'll see. Based on personnel, what gives you hope that the team will be better in 2017?
Teams usually get what they put into the preseason. In other words, if you play your starters longer, or emphasize the game more (in terms of strategy and game-planning) you're more likely to win than a team that just wants to look at and evaluate players without worrying about the scoreboard. Winning preseason Game 3 probably isn't going to sell many PSLs.
Does UCLA play there next year?
As great as Peterson is, it's hard to see that he has much left. He's coming off another serious knee injury. He's 32 years old. He averaged 1.9 yards per carry in his limited duty last year before the injury. Lynch is a tougher call in my mind. He's a year younger than Peterson, doesn't have as much wear and tear on the body. But also, he's been out of the game for a year. So he figures to be rusty. I certainly wouldn't give up a lot of money to sign either. I'd do a relatively low base, ladened with incentives for play time and yards gained.
But I'm sure almost all of those tickets were bought at the start of the season, before the losses started piling up. Let's see how many tickets they sell this year.
Well, thank you very much. We're still out here. And the majority of my work is still NFL-related. Just less and less Rams stuff as we go along. In some ways, it was a quick 21 years, wasn't it?
I think they're locked into the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum lease for 2017 and 2018. The 2019 season is another matter. They don't have a place to play that season. So that's still up in the air. The UNLV stadium is not deemed acceptable to the NFL. There has been talk of San Antonio, even San Diego, as a stop-gap stadium for 2019. But in my mind, it's hard to imagine San Diego wanting to host an NFL team for a year after what that city has been through.
Myself, as a former Mizzou beat writer in the time of the Big 8, I miss the Big 12. Lots of tradition, history there. A Mizzou team that's good in football is better off in the SEC. But most years, that's harder to achieve than in the Big 12.
Yeah, it's been another rough year for Team Kroenke.
I have not. But I'm thinking the greatest fans in the world are probably now in Miami.
Yes I did, Dr. D. Good to have you back. . . .(And the check is in the mail.)
Good question. Don't have an answer for you. He was paid the practice squad minimum by the team while on the non-football injury list last season. His 2016 contract was tolled (or moved forward) into 2017. It would've been the last year of his original contract. But players don't receive payment on their base salary until the regular season starts.
Denver is very much a football town. So I don't think they spend too much time thinking about Kroenke or his Nuggets and Avalanche.
OK. I get you. That certainly wasn't the case back in the early years in St. Louis when the Rams were one of the most profitable teams in the NFL. Or during the brief but brilliant days of the Greatest Show. Kroenke stuffed his wallet with money back then.