Hello to everyone. I'm still on the road, in the midst of a camp tour wrapped around the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton. Spent a couple of days in Browns camp, just left Bears camp, and have arrived in Champaign for a college pit stop with Lovie Smith. The Hall of Fame ceremony was great, as always, but speeches were t-o-o long. What did you think of Kurt's speech? And what's in your mind?
I think it had a lot to do with the hand injury, a chronic thumb injury from Kurt's Arena League days that made it difficult for him to grip the ball. After Kurt fumbled, I believe 6 times, in the 2003 season opener against the NY Giants, Martz switched full-time to Bulger _ who had played so well in 2002 when Warner was injured (twice). The Rams went 12-3 with Bulger as a starter in the '03 regular season, and Bulger played very well. How do you bench a guy that's playing so well. That's basically it. Martz didn't like Brenda's meddling, but I think all along he got along fine with Kurt
C'mon now. Let's play nice.
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Obviously, Donald's asking for a lot of money. As he should. As I've said a couple of times, the starting point in negotiations should be Ndamukong Suh, and then go north. Obviously, $100 million plus. There's really no excuse for not having him signed. The Rams are just going to have to swallow hard and pay the man.
Nope. Sorry Doctor, no sale. If Kurt had been playing like Kurt, he would have still been playing.
Yeah, as early as the NFL Scouting Combine, Snead said Donald deserved to be paid. I was there _ heard it with my own ears.
Off the top of my head, certainly in the bottom quarter, very close to the bottom _ until they prove otherwise. And regardless of any potential in Goff or Mannion, the group has next to no NFL experience.
I don't know if I sit him for a year, but I think I go into this expecting Glennon to play at least half the year. Trubisky isn't close to being ready. Although it wasn't the case Monday when I was at Bears camp, Trubisky has had trouble taking snaps under center. It's part of the typical adjustment for college QBs that played in spread offenses. And it takes a while. Now, if Glennon struggles, maybe you try to push up the timetable for Trubisky. If Glennon plays decently, you can afford to be more patient. Trubisky's talents are obvious. His mobility is a big plus. It's a tough situation for John Fox, who's very much on the hot seat.
I think the early line on Kizer is that the Browns like what they see. It seems to me from my own observations (and what I heard from others up in Cleveland)that Kizer has some natural leadership skills. There were some in the Cleveland media pushing for Kizer to start the preseason opener _ it was very surprising to see Hue Jackson go with Osweiler to start that game over Kizer and Kessler.
I love St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.
Well, I've talked to a lot of the Greatest Show Rams lately because of the Warner Hall of Fame induction _ both on the phone and in person. I talk or text Laurinaitis a little bit. Same with Chris Long. Mike "The Tackle" Jones and I have maintained a relationship _ I was at his high school football camp about a month ago _ just visiting _ and to my surprise, he asked me to address the campers after practice. These conversations, for the most part, are football (and work) related. We're not talking about golf, or music, etc. And I'll write about some Rams and ex-Rams as part of my new duties. For example, caught up with Benny Cunningham yesterday at Bears camp and will write a blog about him in the next day or two. I've also kept up with some of the coaches. Talked to Dave McGinnis last week. Had a long talk with Jeff Fisher about 2 months ago. Saw Blake Williams and Al Saunders at Browns camp, Rick Venturi is a good friend. Hope to see him at Colts camp later this week.
None yet. I did one last year. But since I'm not close to the team at all _ I didn't even make a camp visit there this year like I did last year _ I'm going to have to watch the preseason games to get a feel.
Wow. Very interesting question. I would think Jerry long ago copyrighted the name. I'm sure the city of Dallas doesn't mind being affiliated with the Cowboys. It's a great brand and free advertising. I'm sure a lot of people that come to Cowboys games stay in Dallas hotels and eat and drink in Dallas.
Yes, lots of signs of life. There's a little bit of a buzz about the team. From my couple days there, you'd never know that the team finished 1-15 a year ago. It seems like the players really believe in Hue Jackson. And they're not devoid of talent after a productive offseason. You've got Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, Joe Haden, Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins on defense. Offseason moves were made to shore up the o-line. Obviously quarterback and wide receiver are big questions. Kenny Britt, for example, is a pretty good No. 2 wideout, but he finds himself as the No 1 in Cleveland. I believe the Browns will be better. But better could just mean 4-12.
I only saw them personally at the Kurt Warner party on Thursday night. (According to Martin Kilcoyne of Fox2, they also attended Friday's Gold Jacket banquet, but didn't stay for the actual induction Saturday.) The party Thursday was in a relatively small room, but it was very crowded. On my way out the door, Kevin Demoff came up and say hello. We talked for about 5 minutes, just small talk.
I remember it well. And your memory is good. Bulger did start to struggle near the end of that season, and Martz clearly lost confidence in him. That was glaringly so in that Carolina game _ no arguments here on that one.
I didn't notice, to tell you the truth. I thought it was kind of strange that the entire team _ as far as I can tell _ stayed in Canton for two extra days after their preseason game just for Jerry..
He did just a couple of interviews after he was fired, and that was it. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I talked to him a couple of months ago for about 40 minutes. Since it wasn't an on-the-record interview, I'll stay out of giving details. But he plans on coaching next year. Still has his place in Nashville. Has been doing a lot of fishing. I think he's in Montana now, where he has a place.
Please see earlier response.
Hah. As I mentioned Saturday night, I think Jerry thanked everyone but Stan Kroenke.