It'll be tough to topple Atlanta, even if the Falcons have a Super Bowl hangover. I think Carolina will bounce back some as well after last season's pratfall. But I think it's reasonable to think the Bucs can get to 10 wins and earn a wild-card berth. I like Koetter. The defense improved over the second half of last season, and the additions of Desean Jackson, O.J. Howard obviously help the offense. I'd still like to see a better running game, whether it's from Doug Martin, Jeremy McNichols, or whomever.
For one, it would be hell on the players. Especially players with school age children. That's a lot of moving. And think of all the logistical headaches in terms of setting up a practice facility, administrative office, ticket office in each town.
I was told even before the vote that there was a Plan B. But it was not exactly a rock-solid source, otherwise you would have seen it in print. The vibes I get post-vote is that there is no Plan B, again not from anyone that would qualify as enough of a source to write something. So I don't know what to think. I just don't have much info on this.
The Hart story is scheduled to run sometime this week _ I think Friday. Bakken, especially, would be good to catch up with.
I guess the theory is with 18 million people or so in the LA metro region, there should be enough sports dollars to go around.
It'll be interesting to see how much pure 3-4 we actually see. Most defensive schemes are hybrids these days, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see Robert Quinn lining up with his hand in the dirt, like a defensive end, in passing situations.
The Colts still scored a lot of points last season, I think they were eighth in the league. The defense needs to be better, and the new regime has taken steps at remedying that. Keep in mind also that he's had shoulder issues the past two season (And underwent surgery this offseason to correct that.) But I did watch enough of Luck, either live or on television, to know there were times last year where he wasn't that effective. His decision-making wasn't great. While certainly not a make or break year for him, I do believe it's a key year.
If only St. Louis hadn't botched the expansion process in 1993, we wouldn't be in this predicament.
Have not heard. Couidn't have been that good. Didn't sense much of a draft buzz here.
Do you mean, a shorter leash on Goff? I would think McVay and the Rams are all in on Goff at this point. Right now the only alternative is Mannion.
That's a tough one. It could be that he waited a year too late to trade up for a QB. in 2015, why not trade up for Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? Taking Greg Robinson in a year in which Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, and Zack Martin were available would also rank up there. And the inability to land a top receiver surely is up there despite taking Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Brian Quick, etc.
I guess. But they've kept the TV ratings up (last season notwithstanding) and keep the money rolling in. That's all the owners seem to care about.
Pork Chop, what was that college-only experience like?
He's playing up, but I believe it's on an installment basis. He doesn't have to pay it all at once.
Yeah, I think I would've gone the Zay Jones route.
Overall, they didn't exactly go Power 5, taking players from places like Eastern Washington (two), Tulane, South Alabama.
A part of me thinks it goes back up, seeing that we're out of that wild election year. But I also wonder what happens now that there are three top 30 markets without NFL teams in St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland (sort of).
OK, that's all for today. Thanks for participating. We'll have one last chat next Tuesday. Be sure to look for our stories on Jim Hart and on Washington LB Will Compton, and the Compton family of Bonne Terre, Mo. later this week.