Funny, I was just talking about this Monday with our assistant sports editor/online Mike Smith. I think they both have Pro Bowl potential. Ray could shine this year in Denver now that DeMarcus Ware has retired. But I like Golden better. I was at Mizzou's pro day when both players came out, and it was hard not to walk away from that thing impressed by Golden. Just his energy and passion for the game _ as Dick Vermeil would say, it was glaring. I saw leadership potential in him. Dave McGinnis, then the Rams assistant head coach, was at that pro day and I remember him being very impressed with Golden. And that's taking nothing away from Ray, who should be a fine NFL player for years to come.
Don't know if it was merely a coincidence, but almost all of Saffold's injuries seemed to occur while playing left tackle. The Rams' thought Saffold's strength and mobility could be best used at guard. The Rams' now-former line coach, Paul Boudreau, once told me they liked Saffold best at guard, followed by left tackle, and then right tackle third.
Have no idea. Obviously, Fisher had a lot of say in the personnel decisions _ basically the final say at least in his St. Louis years as head coach. But Snead was far from an innocent bystander.
That won't happen in the short run. Demoff is riding high at the moment - and has never been more powerful in the organization - after helping to steer the team out of St. Louis and into the land of milk & honey, and greater profits.
Yeah, but if it ended up happening _ and I doubt it does _ wouldn't it be great theater to see Kroenke, Demoff, Goodell on the witness stand?
Actually, it was a league spokesman who made the "fair and honest" statement. But I get your point. The Rams and the league would've been better served had they just said something to this effect to St. Louis: "We have a chance to make a lot of money and build a palace of a stadium in LA, so you better wow us with a proposal are we're leaving St. Louis." Instead, we got this charade of focus groups, town hall meetings, relocation guidelines.
Obviously, he apparently was very close in physical proximity to the fracas. But that doesn't mean he threw the punch. Crowded bar, people drinking, some probably drunk. How many people really saw what happened?
You mean, people trying to act big time, who really weren't?
I'm sure that's the prevailing opinion in these parts.
I have an idea of what Bernie might have been talking about, but I don't think you're recalling exactly what he might have said. I will say there's a bit of an "urban legend" as to the circumstances that led to Demoff's hiring. I'll leave it at that.
It's more about branding, it seems, than even the won-loss record. And Jerry Jones is an expert at branding.
Haven't really heard anything lately rumor-wise about MLS2STL. Yes, I would recommend going. Parking is $10 bucks. Tickets, I think are like $12 for the bleacher seats. You're right on top of the action. I always enjoy sitting close to the St. Louligans cheering section. (Even sat in their section once.) They're in Section 8. But you'd be right next to them in Section 9 or 10. The team hasn't been all that entertaining so far this year, but I like the game of soccer. Get there early and you can tailgate with the Louligans. Get there even 20 minutes early and you can watch the Louligans parade into the stands, chanting, waving flags, etc. There's a craft beer concession stand by the Louiligans' section. At the opposite end of the field is a stand that sells pretzel brats _ one of my all-time favorite stadium snacks. On the way into the game, you can listen to 550-AMs pregame show to get a feel for the team and the opponent.
I'm sure it bothers Goodell, but I don't think he has that kind of pull to prevent anyone from hiring Patricia.
I think the NFL could make this go away if they simply wrote a check for say $20 million. That would cover the $17 million that the St. Louis people say they lost in their failed stadium bid, and then some. It's a drop in the bucket for the NFL, but maybe they don't want to set that precedent.
When you've had three teams switch venues for $$$ _ basically one-10th of the league in little more than a year _ I think just about everyone realizes how greedy this league is. And there are plenty of other cities who currently have teams that know what it's like to lose one, such as Houston, LA, Baltimore, and Cleveland. So yeah, I think there's a fair amount of empathy out there.
I put him in that Flacco, Smith area. Good to very good, but not quite elite. You certainly could do worse but is he that transformational quarterback? Probably not. But there's probably only a half-dozen true franchise style QBs in the league at any one time. It's one thing to say you can do better. But then you actually have to go out and find someone who's better. Not so easy. I think that's where Washington is at with Cousins.
Justin, so glad you brought this up. I've wondered if the situation has changed any for St. Louis fans in a year in terms of NFL rooting interest. Thinking of doing another story exploring this issue this year, like we did at the start of the 2016 season. Will fans still hate-watch the Rams? Do some still root for the Rams? Avoid the NFL entirely? Chiefs? Titans? Bears? Saying all that, I don't know what to tell you if you're the kind of person who needs to root for just one team.
Like the Dorsey situation in Kansas City, the timing was strange. Very strange. His record speaks for itself _ pretty darn good. Although many of the Panthers' core players were there before Gettleman came in. His handling of the Josh Norman situation was far from ideal. But again, what an awkward time to make a change, right on the cusp of a season.
I appreciate the persistence.
See earlier answer. But it seems clear that owner Jerry Richardson is healthier these days and perhaps exerting more of an active hand in the organization again.