Well, hello to one and all. This will be my last NFL chat. . .at least until St. Louis gets that expansion team in 2040! Last Wednesday, I was sending out credential requests for early season NFL games, lining up rental cars, etc., when I got the proverbial tap on the shoulder from executive sports editor Roger Hensley. And here we are. Blues hockey, here we come. These chats have been a labor of love throughout the years, and group therapy after Stan Kroenke took the money and ran. We've had some incredible highs, many lows, some dark days, and some laughs. But I appreciate you one and all. We're on the verge of another NFL season. Basically all of the QB jobs have been decided. Roster cutdowns on Saturday, and then the season. How 'bout that Rams fever in LA? Did you see the attendance at the, cough, gag, "Fight for LA" game between the Rams and Chargers? The full force of the LA area's 18 million population was on display. But I digress. What's on your minds today?
Just a guess here, I'm gonna say a couple of games get cut, and he ends up with a four-game suspension.
Very nice. I really don't have much dirt on Demoff. He only lied to me once directly. I can tell you there are some former Rams coaches that don't have much respect for him. I can tell you how they messed up the Janoris Jenkins-Trumaine Johnson negotiations, and stuff like that. But it's not like I have compromising photos or anything.
Well, Jeff Gordon remains on staff as does BenFred. And I can all but guarantee you, I'll have a thought or two on Mailbu Stan's team from time to time.
Wish I had seen this earlier. Just talked to Jesus about 45 minutes ago on the phone. I can't see the Cowboys in the Super Bowl, but it's not the worst pick in the world.
He was a larger than life figure _ and there were a lot of coaches like that around the mighty PHL in those days. Southwest High was a great melting pot in the late '60s, early '70s. We had 2,800 students back then, Greeks, Italians, "greasers", southside "hoosier", African-Americans _ and we all got along great. It was all about diversity and inclusion _ imagine that. My 45th high school reunion is Sept. 23, but the Blues are playing Dallas that night so I'll be at Scottrade. I was once the slowest running back in the PHL _ well, if not the slowest, one of the slowest. The football was still good. The basketball was fantastic _ hands-down the premier hoops league in the area. I played basketball, too, was seventh man. . .in a six-man rotation.
Well, it's not very complicated on the coaching front. Think about it. Guys like Fisher, McGinnis, Boudreau and other veteran members of the deposed coaching staff. You move across country, then you move a couple times to different locales once you're out West, you play in London, so the team's worn out over the last half of the season. You draft a rookie QB No 1 overall (and probably overdraft him), and then you don't even let the head coach finish out the year? If you thought a change was needed, make a clean break once the move to LA was approved. But Kroenke and Co. wanted Fisher to handle a difficult transition. As for the Demoff lie, I believe I've mentioned it on here before. It came after the initial land purchase in Inglewood. He told me basically that it was just another real estate purchase by Stan, that I shouldn't read too much into it, and that the actual purchase was made public by the Rams _ who leaked it both to us and the LA Times _ to motivate St. Louis to get a stadium deal done.
I think the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey will bring some rain here. I'd go with the umbrella.
I saw that. What would be the American football equivalent _ 42-0?
You know, all of this happened in less than a week. I kind of doubt that someone will pick up the NFL chats, but I'm not certain at this point. We're not going to ignore the NFL. I think BenFred and Joe Lyons could pick up some stuff. But I'd probably be a liar if I said we were going to have the same amount of coverage.
Last year, I covered, I want to say 6 Chiefs games. Made a two-day stop in St. Joe for training camp, And did a variety of other stories by phone, etc. The plan was pretty much the same for this year, but with my new duties that probably won't be the case any more.
I've been to 6 StLFC games this year. And since my oldest son, the former Army captain who did a year in Afghanistan back in town (no longer on active duty; in the reserves), we've been sitting (actually standing) with the Louligans. I don't know all the cheers. Capt Thomas does. It's a great atmosphere. Although the team's play this year overall has been disappointing, the effort by the players is never lacking and there have been some exciting home games recently (the 4-3 comeback against the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the 2-1 win with a goal in the 90th minute over the Tulsa Roughnecks. I was at both those games. Seth Rudolph, ladies and gentlemen!) The atmosphere was electric when they played host to the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup. I was at that game, too. An overflow crowd, standing room only. And I know the FIre didn't play some of their regulars but StLFC played extremely well, although ultimately in defeat. It made me think how great it would be to have MSL in St. Louis. It would be fantastic. Believe it or not, I'm working on an MLS2STL story _ nothing of the bombshell variety _ as one of my last pre-hockey stories.
Thanks for the kind words. I was working an editing shift Saturday night and saw only bits and pieces of Rams-Chargers. I taped the game, but now that my job description has changed, I won't watch the game. A lot of other stuff to do as I make the transition. And you could be right on your other point about the future of football in StL and LA.
That's not a bad idea, either way. Have to think about that.
Opening night? In Foxboro? Can't see it happening. As for the running back situation, not that Ware was the second coming of Walter Payton, but that's a big loss. I haven't seen enough of Hunt to form a strong opinion. (Again, as was the case with the Rams, I watched the first two Chiefs preseason games, but didn't watch the third as my job switch was unfolding.) But I know they like Hunt. Not a burner as you know, but appears to have very good instincts and vision.
There's no doubt CTE could have an impact, and it's impact would be directly related to participation at the little league and high school levels. For some young athletes, the idea _ even if far-fetched _ of playing in the NFL will fuel them to keep playing, so I don't think it'll be an instant impact if it happens. But I think we're already seeing a little bit of a mini-trend of some NFL players retiring early.
Dan--I accidentally deleted your question about whether Patrick Mahomes be starting by the end of the year. Barring injury to Alex Smith, I don't think so. I think Smith will play well, as he always does, Mahomes will sit and learn, and we'll see what next year brings.
I think they max out at 7 wins, the floor is 4 wins. Not much depth on that roster. Still some good to very good frontline talent. As I've said before, intrigued by McVay. I hereby set the 2017 Parade Meter at 6 victories.
Roethlisberger goes first, Rodgers goes last.
Isn't this the last year of his contract? So I say no trade.
Dan, you're reading my mind. See earlier post on the Parade Meter.