Hello again everybody. I'm on the road for a trip to Canton, Ohio, for Kurt Warner's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, plus a training camp tour. I've stopped at a Subway in Greencastle, Ind., to answer some questions. We'lll keep it brief today, about an hour, and then I'll hit the road again.
I think the youngest player in the study was 23. But most were well past retirement years. So, I'm sure nearly all players in the study played long before the new CBA and the recent safety measures. Some of the individuals were identified in the study, such as Ken Stabler, the Hall of Fame quarterback. Many were not, at the request of the families donating the brain. Keep in mind this is far from a random sample. All of the donated brains for the study were players who had brain trauma symptoms while they were alive. Even so, 110 out of 111 is startling _ I think we'd all agree. All position were represented. I think there were 44 linemen in the study, but there was even a kicker or two.
First off, that's like four years down the road (when the CBA expires). That's a lifetime in the NFL. Probably half of the players in the league won't even be around by then. We'll see what the resolve of the players is. It's one thing for a player who's making millions a year to strike _ he should have a financial cushion. It's another thing for a minimum wage player, who's fighting to make a final roster ever year.
Yes, I do. Some team will have a quarterback injury and need a capable player immediately, and won't have the luxury of time to think about any ramifications.
Was he courteous? Was he a good bagger?
Back when the Rams were in StL, the local media would love the twice-a-year conference calls with Arians whenever the Rams were playing Arizona. He was always honest, insightful, and usually very entertaining. Some of us jokingly wished he could do the San Francisco conference calls too since Jim Harbaugh was so bad on those things. And Michael Bidwill has helped turn around that franchise around. And he hasn't forgotten his St. Louis ties _ as evidenced by his donation to the local chapter of the National Football Foundation for their scholarship banquet. But I haven't seen the All or Nothing. I'm sure it was very entertaining.
I like it. I like it a lot. Maybe Michael has a sense of humor. I'm very happy for Jim Hart, as I'm sure we all are. He has long deserved the honor.
Nice. I believe one of our columnists, Ben Hochman, is going to visit that Hy-Vee in Iowa on induction Saturday and write a column. If you still live in the area, you should drop by and say hello.
There are tons of story lines with the Chiefs. The growth and development of rookie QB Patrick Mahomes. Life after Jamaal Charles (although KC should be used to that by now). Tambi Hali _ what happens if he's not playing much once the regular season starts. Tyreek Hill seems to be off to a great start in camp. Can he help make up for the departure of Jeremy Maclin. And in terms of the general "state of the union" is everything OK in KC after a tumultuous late offseason, with the firing of Dorsey, the complaints by Hali, and the release of Maclin? I plan to visit Chiefs camp for a day or two in mid August _ after my current jaunt is completed. More and more teams seem to be training at their regular facilities during camp. So we'll see what happens if the Chiefs decide not to return to St. Joe. Team president Mark Donovan has told me the Chiefs have thought about a lot of possible initiatives in St. Louis, including a preseason game, or perhaps splitting the distance with another team and holding joint practices in St. Louis. But he said any such moves would have to be made with the best interests of the team in mind.
Yeah, his career has taken a downward turn, for sure, since he had a pretty good rookie season for Tennessee in 2015. I would think at some point some wide receiver-needy team would take a look in his direction. I know in Tennessee, he had trouble grasping the offense right away, and Coach Mularkey thought he should be working even harder than he was.
Well, if you talk to them they'll tell you they have an elite QB in Goff. (Obviously, Eric Dickerson feels otherwise!) They're off to a bit of a rocky start this year in camp from what I can tell. Aaron Donald holding out, and Trumaine Johnson letting it be known that he doesn't think the team wants to re-sign him. I wonder if there are moments already when Sean McVay wonders what he's gotten into.
If Carson Palmer returns to anything like his form of a couple of years ago, the Cardinals could be back in the think of the NFC West race and overall playoff race. It's as simple as that. I think their offensive line has steadily improved. They've got that Johnson & Johnson backfield thing going again. I'm a little uncertain about what the receiving corps will look like _ Larry Fitzgerald needs help. On defense, how much will they miss Calais Campbell? Can the Honey Badger stay healthy? So there are questions, but certainly a lot of talent on this roster.
Yeah, I think Mularkey' line in Tennessee _ and I'm paraphrasing here _ is that DGB thinks he's working hard, but needs to work even harder.
Yeah, I guess getting football-related state funds to help your hometown area is OK, huh?
Well, I haven't followed them all that closely. But when Tyrod Taylor is on his game he's a dynamic talent. It just doesn't always seem to be there. Obviously a healthy Sammy Watkins would help. But overall they just seem to be stuck in this perpetual 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 limbo of mediocrity. It's hard to see that changing anytime soon.
As I mentioned, I'm at a Subway in Indiana as I type this, but I think the decision just came down today. In essence the Supreme Court reversed an "Administration Hearing Commission" ruling that the Rams were entitled to a sales tax refund, plus statutory interest from Feb. 1, 2007 through Jan. 31, 2010. And also ruled that the Rams weren't liable for sales tax and revenue assessed by the director of revenue (I presume the state director of revenue) from Feb. 1, 2010, through Jan. 31, 2010. Again, those earlier rulings were overturned today by the state supreme court.
It's my sense that the hate-watching will continue by my wife. That's my reference point.
At the end of the day it's a Kevin Demoff decision.
Not familiar with who you're talking about.
Have you been to the Cardinals stadium? It took 20 years (after the move) for it to materialize, but it's a great place to watch a game. One of my favorite venues in the league.
I bet you did Malibu Stan. I bet you did.
Chicken and bacon ranch melt on wheat. Sun chips. Diet coke. Very tasty.
As I've mentioned previously on this chat, I never knew she felt that way until last season.
OK, I've got to get back out on the highway. I feel like I've only been on the chat for 10 minutes. But I'm headed to Cleveland Browns camp, then Canton, then Chicago, followed by a pit stop to see Lovie and Illinois, and then the Colts. Please check out our Hall of Fame coverage already on line and this weekend in Canton. As always, thanks for playing. . . .
P.S. --We'll probably start the chat earlier next Tuesday as we try to work around camp schedules. (Probably a noon Central time kickoff.)