Can't give you an exact number. The plan is that I won't do much traveling early in the season while I get my legs under me.. But I will be at most of them.
Geez. I know I'm sounding like a procrastinator, but it may be a couple years away now.
He wants to. He plans to. But I don't think he's interested in getting back in if he's not a head coach. And I don't think that's much of a slam dunk, do you?
It has taken a while, but Stafford has grown on me. That new coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter, has been very good for Stafford. I have no problem with him being the highest paid QB at this point. It's all about timing. When the next QB of any stature is ready for his next deal, Stafford's deal will be surpassed. Stating the obvious here, but it's very, very hard to win in this league without strong QB play.
And Chad, yeah, it would be great to see a market like Detroit reach the Super Bowl.
I believe the plan is to have Jeff Gordon handle the chats. At some point, undetermined at this point. I'll be involved. But the chats will continue. I think Friday is the day
I am told the NFL Forum will continue.
I like the direction the Browns are headed. But don't hold your breath on either team.
That would be great. Shoot me an email when the game gets close: email@example.com.
I like your moxie. Unfortunately, we're not looking for any interns at this point.
I have heard that he's not the most coachable player A little on the stubborn side.
We will still have an NFL presence, although it may be more through wire service stories rather than staff produced. But I'm sure we'll still have some staff-produced NFL stories.
Rich, thank you very much. Much appreciated. At this time, I don't think we'll have an NFL chat going forward.
CS, great to hear from you again. And thanks. I love the 2-point conversion. I love the overtime tweak that gives each team a chance to score (unless the first team w/possession scores a TD). And I wish they'd change that to give each team one possession _ no matter what _ in overtime. I like that it's become more of a passing league _ a trend spurred in part by the success of the Greatest Show. But I'd like to see more downfield throws and less dinking and dunking. I hate that the league has allowed three teams to relocate in little more than a year. Why not just expand. I hate that there are more rules, and more interpretation involved in enforcing those rules. I hate that media access is more limited than ever (although the Rams did a good job with this) _ it's harder to get to know the players.
Fred, thanks for reaching out. Much appreciated..
He will remain a good friend.
I think the Chargers and LA are stuck with each other.
Yeah, but it happened with the Rams in football, and it can happen with the Blues in hockey.
First off, someone had to report on what was happening on the field with the team. We couldn't abandon that at the P-D no matter what else was going on. I tried to keep a hand in the relocation stuff and contribute when I could, but I commend our editors for realizing that no matter what, we needed to maintain a baseline of "traditional" team coverage. As for your initial point, it became obvious Kroenke wanted out of town, when the Inglewood stadium plan was announced. He dropped some pretty strong hints along the way, including the initial Inglewood land purchase a year earlier, his refusal to discuss the potential of moving/the stadium situation even when he was granting interviews to me _ which I think was a coward's stance. And the fact that he was asking Jeff Fisher questions about moving a team during Fisher's job interview in January 2012 (something I reported at the time). But there's a difference between wanting to move and actually moving. Maybe I was naïve, but I've always been guided by logic as a beat writer, and logic told me there was no way Kroenke could meet the relocation guidelines. Little did I know at the time, that the guidelines were a sham (although Grubman started dropping hints to that effect at the Town Hall meeting at Peabody). When influential owner Robert McNair of the Houston Texxas was quoted (by a Houston paper, not the P-D) as saying he thought St Louis was close to having a very good offer to build a new stadium for the Rams, I thought there was a chance the team could stay. That was in early December 2015. It seemed almost from that day forward, the NFL started nuking St. Louis. With Goodell's comments, Kroenke's trashing of the town, etc. When my wife dropped me off at the airport for the trip to Houston in January for the relocation vote, I told her, "You know when I return home, St. Louis won't have a football team."
Don't forget about George Anastasoff at Roosevelt, and just a little later, the legendary Larry Walls at Sumner.
Gavin, always good to hear from you and I appreciate your kind words. I'll get straight to the point on your Rams question. It's hard to win, and win consistently, without strong, engaged, ownership. Stan Kroenke has never talked about winning championships, he's only talked about being competitive.. Players need to see their owner on a somewhat regular basis, know that he cares about the team, about winning, and know that he knows their name. That was never the case with Stan in St. Louis. He was hardly ever around. I'm sure he'll try to win more games now in LA because he has expensive seats to sell in the new stadium. And maybe he's around the team more in LA. But when you're almost exclusively driven by the bottom line, and you're an absentee owner, it's hard to win. Now that doesn't mean they can't get lucky, land a quarterback, or a gifted coach, and have spurts of success. Or maybe as in the case of Michael Bidwill and the Cardinals, bring in a younger ownership figure who has a clue. But right now, I don't see that happening with the Rams.