Hello again everybody. Back from the second leg of my camp tour _ visited Kansas City and Tennessee last week. If you go to our Sports front on stltoday.com and scroll down to the NFL, click and you can find many of our stories from our Camp Tour. We ended up going to Chiefs, Titans, Browns, Bears, Colts, and Lovie Smith's Illini wrapped around a trip to Canton for Kurt Warner's Hall of Fame induction.
And finally Please take part in our poll on your NFL interest in St. Louis _ if you're from the area. Also, I'm looking for more input on this for a story I'm working on. Are you still watching the Rams? Have you given up on the NFL? Are you watching another team? Please email me your thoughts to me: email@example.com.
And now, on to your questions. . . .
Well, it's still in the works. But it's going to happen. I've said this many times, as long as the NFL owners keep making more money, Goodell will keep making lots of money.
I can give you an example that's much more recent, and much closer to home. In 2011 under Steve Spagnuolo, with QB Sam Bradford coming back from a rookie of the year campaign, the Rams went 4-0 in the preseason. defeating two division champions from the previous year. They went 2-14 that regular season.
Nice, I knew about the Martz comments only because I was sent an advance copy of the book. The author Thomas George sent me one because he wanted me to write a brief endorsement of the book for the liner notes.
Thx. I assume then, that you're keeping your fingers crossed that Luck returns sooner rather than later.
They're a little worked up on the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, aren't they?
Very interesting. We thought about that as an option for the poll, but unfortunately didn't include it. If you have the inclination, please send your thoughts to me via email. Against at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To my recollection, years ago, the National Anthem was played before the players even came out the second time for the game. I guess they could go back to that if it was really a problem to the league.
Martz has always been a straight shooter. So while he may still have some hard feelings towards the Rams, I'm sure it's nothing personal against McVay. I don't think he even knows McVay.
You have indeed to come the right place. We're here for you.
I do think the buzz is real. The Titans had a great offseason, they've got a lot of young talent, and I think Marcus Mariota is the real deal. Now it would be nice if rookie WR Corey Davis had been healthy all camp, but I see the Titans as a 10 or 11-win team.
Shirley, good to hear from you. Mike Faulk, our intrepid cityside reporter, has taken over the lead in handling that story. But I'll still be involved from time to time. It should be an interesting fall in terms of development, particularly by late fall. You know these lawsuits take forever to play out. Right now, I think the St. Louis attorneys are in the process of responding to motions made by the Rams/NFL attorneys.
Mike doesn't talk about the current Rams all that much really. He was interviewed for the book months ago, and those were his thoughts. Mike has never been a wallflower when it comes to his opinions.
A lot of times, holdout players report after the third preseason game, giving them a week and half of practice to get ready for the opener. That's what running back Steven Jackson, the last Rams holdout, did in 2008. If Donald isn't back in camp by then, you have to wonder if he's considering sitting out the season.
Yeah, I think the Chiefs may be the second choice to the Rams (both Rams-haters and Rams fans) in terms of interest among St. Louis NFL fans. Under Andy Reid, they are an organization that has a plan, and knows how to execute it. Thanks for you input.
With teams resting most of their starters and key reserves in the fourth preseason game, it made little sense to have 15 fewer players available for that final game (with the original cutdown to 75).
Aaron Donald deserves to be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. I don't know how you can dispute that.
Because of my camp tour, I've been zeroed in on a limited amount of teams. One, I need to caution that what happens in preseason often has little bearing on what transpires in the regular season. And even so, the third preseason game _ the one in which the regulars play the most _ will be more revealing. But you've got to like what you've seen so far from Seattle, Kansas City, Tennessee. I think Cleveland will be better _ especially on defense _ although better may mean 5-11. Not sure what to make of the Rams so far, although the early offensive signs are encouraging.
That's an interesting thought. If I'm the Rams, I think you'd want Watkins, Woods, Kupp, and Austin this year. And beyond this year, Watkins may be gone since he's entering the final year of his original contract. Austin's cap number goes down dramatically in 2018 _ from $15 million to #8 million.