Welcome to our last chat of the "season." OTAs underway around the league. NFL relaxes its celebration policy. Jim Hart in Cardinals Ring of Honor. Aeneas Williams on "A Football Life."' Stadium delay in Inglewood.. What's on your minds today?
Yes, you did. Seventeen years after Competition Committee chair Dennis Green spearheaded the move to ban the "Bob 'N Weave" group celebrations will be allowed next season. How about that. Remember, just two months earlier, the Rams had Bobbed 'n Weaved 7 times on Green's Minnesota Vikings in a 49-37 playoff victory.
That's a good question, and I don't really have a good answer for you. There's always an adjustment period for aknew offense. And the pass protection schemes for the O-line can be an entirely different thing from coach to coach. I noticed that Goff said yesterday that he was picking up this system more quickly than the system from the Fisher-Boras staff. Wonder if that's the case throughout the offense?
I don't think there's any mystery to it; Donald wants to get paid. We're looking at $100 million. Otherwise Donald has two years left on his original deal plus the fifth-year option. Although the OTA portion of the spring is technically "voluntary" I can think of very few Rams over the team's tenure in St. Louis who skipped OTAs (or part of training camp). Marshall Faulk did in 1999 after the trade with Indy, and showed up about a week or so into training camp while a new contract was worked out. Steven Jackson held out in training camp in 2008, in effect dooming the Scott Linehan regime. As far back as the NFL Scouting Combine 2 1/2 months ago, Les Snead talked about how Donald was due a big pay day with a new deal. I guess Donald wants Snead and the Rams to put their money where their mouths are.
I talked to him about a month ago. He's been doing a lot of fishing. Even had a trip to Argentina I believe. I think he's hanging out in Nashville these days, he still has a place there. There have been some Fisher sightings at Predators hockey games.
Well, you do have the title of Dr. Mizzou. I thought maybe you had a PhD.
I'm sure it will result in another bump in fan interest. And I don't think it will affect the luxury suite sales and the high-roller sponsorships. What's less certain to me is how it will impact the run-of-the-mill fans who will be asked to buck up for PSLs? The delay also made me wonder how many players that were on the 2016 LA Rams team will still be around for the opening in 2020? Eight? Ten?
The Arsenal fans have long be less forgiving than say, the St. Louis Rams fans. Too early to tell on the LA Rams fans although the growing number of empty seats late in the 2016 season may have provided a hint. Yeah, you're going to lose some revenue with the stadium delay. And construction costs obviously will rise. But it will still be a palace, and I'm sure you'll be proud of yourself when it's complete.
I think the feeling is that dressing all 53 gives an unfair advantage to teams that have more injuries than others. I think it would also put a lot of pressure on teams to play players that are iffy injury-wise. I would at least like to see the game day roster kicked up by a couple of players _ say to 48. That way you still account for five injured players while getting a couple more players in uniform for games.
Since both the Rams and Chargers will be playing in the stadium in 2020, I'm sure Kroenke/Demoff will argue that you're getting two year's worth of dry runs in a year's time. Keep in mind, the league waived its weather (temperature) requirement to have an outdoor Super Bowl in New York a few years back, so there is a precedent for bending these Super Bowl "rules." As is usually the case, regardless of the issue, the league has no qualms about bending its rules or guidelines to do what it wants.
Did that pass today? If so, yeah, it sounds like just one massive cut. Here's the thing about the cut to 75. With most teams resting many or all of their starters for the final preseason games, it doesn't leave a ton of players at their disposal for that game. Why not keep all the players through the final game and get one more look at them before cutdowns.
OK, Remind me about that prediction in December.
Correct. Kroenke has never been a seller. And the bar has always been set pretty high at Arsenal..
Well, the Nuggets almost nabbed that final playoff spot in the West this year.
Gavin, thanks for the kind words. Players under contract are allowed to hold out whenever they want. There are no repercussions for Donald at this point since the OTAs _ the spring practices _ are voluntary. if it was a mandatory minicamp, or training camp, the player can be fined if he's under contract. I will be very surprised if Donald isn't under contract by the start of training camp at the end of July. The Rams have two months to get there. Donald is clearly their top player. They realize they're going to have to pay up, and stated that on more than one occasion. By not showing up for OTAs, Donald has given a pretty clear indication he wants something done now.
In terms of wins and losses, he's in a pretty pronounced slump.
Didn't they try that already with Todd Hewitt?
I do know this: The Rams better hope they don't start their return to LA the way they finished their time in St. Louis _ with 12 straight non-winning seasons. That won't play nearly as well in LA.
Yes, I think sticker shock could be the operative term _ even in LA.
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