I've mentioned this before. And again, it's nothing personal against Les. But it's hard to understand how he still has a job. Again, for those who think firing Fisher solves all, they could be in for a rude awakening. I think Demoff controls Snead, that's one thing. But I don't see a consistent record of hitting on draft picks, particularly when you consider all the picks that came via the RGII trade.
Simple. They don't think he's worth $20 million a year. But you're right. It's easy to say you can do better. But much tougher to actually go out and get someone who's better, especially in the current QB environment. In some ways, he's kind of like the Alex Smith of the NFC. A pretty good QB who's not quite elite. But Smith has more of a track record.
Or he just picked the wrong QBs to change position.
Make sure to remind me of your prediction around Christmas.
Wait a minute. Don't you know that Football is Family?
Last I checked it had been sent to Missouri state court. But have heard nothing lately. Since it was filed more than a year before the St Louis lawsuit against the NFL, you'd think it would be resolved first.
Don't get me wrong, I'm intrigued by McVay as well. But unless Goff shows tons of improvement and Gurley returns to form, this could be another dead-end season
I think they're the best team in the division. Houston obviously still has QB issues, and took some free-agent hits to their secondary (Bouye, Demps). Indy still has defensive issues (although they made tons of defensive moves on that side of the ball over the offseason). As for Jacksonville, I've been waiting for a couple of years for them to turn the corner. And it just hasn't happened. This is a make or break year for their QB. Assuming Mariota comes back fine from his injury _ and there's no reason to think that won't be the case _ I think the Titans are in the playoffs next season, one way or another.
A nice venue, huh? I've heard good things.
Sure, the owner could've wanted to stay here.
That's an interesting point. And there's no denying that's been kind of a pattern. He must have really liked his trip to Eastern Washington this year.
The Rams had some bad luck with quarterbacks under Fisher, particularly Bradford. They never could seem to find wide receivers. And the defense was decent-to-good, but also a little bit of a tease. It never quite played up to the hype _ some of which I concede I helped create in past seasons. Nor did the defense play up to all the money and high draft picks spent on that side of the ball. Yes, I think all the moving around hurt the team in 2016 _ To LA, to Oxnard, to Irvine, back to Thousand Oaks, with a trip to London for a game as well. They were a weary team at the end in my opinion. But above all, there just wasn't enough talent on the roster.
When it comes to his pro sports teams, Kroenke has never been a seller. An underrated part of his personality is that he likes hanging out with "celebrities," he likes being known as the guy who brought football back to LA and is building a palace of a stadium. And he never was a Rooney/Kraft kind of guy _ he's not the type of owner to take a daily interest in what's going on with his team. He's pretty much an absentee owner.
The sample size is way too small to tell. He was, as you know, much improved in the preseason this past season. I'm curious to see how he does this preseason.
Wow, look at you reaching into the way-back machine. But also a tradition of very talented columnists and writers. One of whom was Dave Dorr, who's been retired from the P-D for a while, but was a gifted writer, particularly when it came to basketball and the Olympics. I grew up kind of idolizing Dave; he was honored at Sunday's National Football Foundation banquet out at Westport. Wrote with great energy.
When I saw Jim Hart announce a Cardinals Day 2 pick in this year's draft, it was the first time I'd heard anything of him in years. It made me think, I wonder what he's up to these days. And then, less than a week later, he goes into the Cardinals' Ring of Honor. We talked for a about 40 minutes on the phone the other day. Michael Bidwill, as you know, still has a soft spot for St. Louis. It's great that he hasn't forgotten these former Cardinals.
Yeah, that was the Achilles' heel of the team last season, no doubt. And anyone that saw Le'Veon Bell tap-dancing on the KC defense in the playoffs knows that's the case. The team did add Bennie Logan (Eagles) in free agency. I'm sure they're expecting bigger and better things from Chris Jones. But to me, run defense remains a question mark for 2017.
I think a recurring theme of the Fisher-Snead drafts was too heavy a reliance on workouts, measurables, and potential; and too little emphasis placed on production and football IQ. It looks like the approach changed some this year.
Well, I think there has been a renewed emphasis on proper tackling technique in recent years, both at the NFL level and the youth level. Of course, it's really got to start at the youth level. It won't take all the head/brain issues out of the game, but it will help.
You know, I meant to watch it but didn't beyond seeing a few highlights. Do you know if it's still shown occasionally on Showtime? As far as Phillips' drinking and partying habits, I covered it to a degree when I was with the Rams, with his arrests, etc.