Hello again to one and all. Since we last spoke, checked in on Lovie Smith at the U. of Illinois, made camp stop in Indianapolis, where I wrote on the Andrew Luck situation and caught up with Greg Robinson (kind of _ he didn't want to talk to me) at Colts' joint practices with Detroit. I'm at St. Joseph with the Chiefs today and tomorrow, then heading over to Nashville and the Titans to complete my training camp tour. Watched the Chiefs/49ers and Rams/Cowboys preseason openers. Wrote on the Ezekiel Elliott situation last week
Need to see more of preseason, but I think 8-8 would be optimistic. Right now I'm thinking 5 to 7 wins. There's no doubt Watkins is a talent, but he does have that injury history and the word on him is he doesn't always play through bumps and bruises. I did like what I saw from the defense first time out vs. Cowboys, although you never can read too much into preseason. But the defense looked fundamentally sound and was pretty sure when it came to tackling
Well, if Malibu Stan's shown anything, it's that he's willing to move for a better deal. But with the new stadium, I'd say he's locked in there for at least a couple of decades _ certainly through his lifetime. What I'm wondering about though are the Chargers. Aren't they merely a tenant in Stan's House starting in 2020? Have they signed any kind of long-term lease?.
Pretty amazing isn't it? I guess the soccer team _ the LA Galaxy _ outdrew the Chargers in the same building just a couple of days before the Chargers-Seahawks game. And I saw where the Chargers had slightly better TV ratings for the preseason opener than the Rams-Cowboys.
Don't think that would happen, unless the attendance really fell off in KC, which I don't see happening unless the team starts struggling _ and struggles for years. I wonder if the team would ever hold joint practices in St. Louis against another team for a couple of days and then play a preseason game in the dome. Would that draw at all?
It certainly looks like it will be a jewel of a stadium. But eventually the team enters the building and has to play a game.
I didn't get a chance to see the Bears' preseason opener, but I heard he looked good. Very good. On the day I was in Bourbonnais, Trubisky didn't perform very well. Even so, you could see the mobility, athleticism, and the arm talent. You know, all of these highly-touted rookie QBs are the people's choice in their cities. It's just the way of the world. A similar thing going on here with in St. Joe with Mahomes and Chiefs fans.
So, uh, you're saying he's an alien?
The pregame atmosphere is tremendous at Arrowhead, with that massive parking lot, all that-tailgating, the smell of barbecue in the air. And of course, the scene inside the Sea of Red is amazing as well. One of the loudest stadiums in the league, and always one of my favorite stops in the league.
It could be tough-sledding for the Bears again this year. If they stay healthy, the defense could be pretty good. But I don't know about the other side of the ball. Right now, Kevin White looks like a wasted pick. I don't think there's a coach as much on the hot seat entering this year as John Fox. I think I'll be at Soldier Field on opening day for the Atlanta game.
I think E.J. Gaines, the corner from Mizzou who was part of the trade, is a pretty good player, too. Of course, if Watkins lives up to his big-play potential, it'll be worth it.
With Tannehill out, who's your starting QB for that Jets-Bills-Dolphins conglomerate? That's the issue. Although the J-B-D defense would be pretty good. Got to admit though, I'm a big Adam Gase fan. Bright mind. Lots of injuries already in Miami though, But I get you're overall point. The Patriots have rarely been pushed in their division over the Belichick years.
I'd say right around the last preseason game, which would give him about 10 days to get ready for the regular season opener. Need to see more. Kupp seems to have lots of quickness, but I wonder about yards after catch. .
Have no idea. He just declined the interview request (through Lions PR).
I think the real question is will Austin be willing to play second banana to Watkins?
The injury factor has always been the reason why more NFL contracts aren't guaranteed. There are just many more injuries over the course of an NFL season than there are in any other professional sport. But it's certainly something the NFL Players Association needs to work towards in its next contract. Obviously, the owners will be very reticent to give in on this. As for free agent contracts, to a large degree, you're playing for those first two or three years of the contract _ when there is guaranteed money. And if you're a player, you have to look at the way, especially in terms of financial planning.
I was asked this question a lot last year. I think as long as the TV ratings are good, and the money continues to roll in, Goodell will be fine. But if the ratings continue to drop, as was the case last year, and we have a string of seasons with declining ratings, then he'll be in trouble. And I think Goodell is making a lot more than $7 million a year. I think he's made $30 million plus a year for the past several years.
Man, they've gotta get Gurley going again.
Since moving to LA, the Rams log more travel miles than anyone in the league. Those annual trips to London don't help.
Of course. He has to stay healthy. You do bring up a good point _ that he's a one-year rental at this point. The Rams should have a decent amount of cap money for 2018 and beyond, but as you know, they've got Donald and then Ogletree waiting in line. And it looks very much like Trumaine Johnson's gone after this season.