Folks: Jim will be a little late for the scheduled 1 p.m. kickoff. He had a personal matter to attend to. We'll have him up and running within the hour. Thanks for your patience.
Yeah, I think the Bears are vulnerable, particularly on defense. But on the other side of the ball, I'm not so sure that the Rams wouldn't be better off with Jay Cutler at QB instead of Josh McCown. McCown obviously is playing very well and doesn't seem to be making many mistakes. But I do think it's a winnable game for the Rams particularly coming off a bye week.
McGee and Givens are close for the No. 2 spot. I would put Cook ahead of Ogletree for No. 5.
I do not know if there's any league ruling on this or not. I know if you toss it even a few feet away from the officials you can be subject to a delay of game penalt.y.
When the original delay took place I was told by someone in the know that it was nothing to worry about. It's simply a matter of with different people sometimes it takes longer (or a shorter time) for the swelling to go down and the range of motion to come back.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Richardson, and we'll get a better view of him in practice this week. At face value, I would doubt if Pead had passed Richardson on the depth chart. So if Richardson was active, I'd be surprised if Pead was also active.
I think it might be Rodger Saffold.
Bailey got seven reps against the Colts, and they came at the expense of Austin Pettis. I think Bailey will be worked into the mix again Sunday against the Bears, but it may not be more than 6 to 12 plays.
At this point, no reason to think he won't be back in time.
I don't know Fisher's record when favored coming off the bye when he was with Tennessee. Last year, his Rams definitely were underdogs coming off their bye and playing at San Francisco. That was the game that ended in a 24-24 tie. Overall, Fisher is 9-7-1 coming off the bye week.
No, a good friend of mine passed away over the weekend, and I was coming back from the funeral with led to the delay in getting started today. As for Barrett Jones, I don't think it's going to happen this year unless somebody gets injured.
I know Quick's progress isn't nearly fast enough for many, and I totally understand that. But I'm around him a fair amount in the course of covering the team, and you can see him maturing as a person. Which is always good to see whether he ends up being worthy of his relatively high draft status or not.
There's no doubt it's been a little bit of a trend under Fisher. See the NY Jets and Minnesota games last season. Or the Tennessee game this season. Colleague Bernie Miklasz wrote about a week ago how Fisher and his teams seem to perform and respond better when they're in the underdog role.
No doubt that first game has turned out to be a tease. He still is tied for the team lead in receptions (33), and second in reception yards (428). And let's face it, now that the Rams are throwing less in a run-first scheme there simply aren't going to be that many completions to go around. I can't really speak for the coaches or teammates, but you've got to expect more production for $7 million a year.
Of the five wideouts, the one I'm wondering about in terms of 2014 is Austin Pettis. He will be entering his fourth season, and the Rams may wonder if he's already hit his ceiling or come close to it. But there are six chapters left in this book _ the 2013 season _ and we'll see where it leads us.
I'm not even going to look up the cap hit because the Rams aren't going to cut him. The Rams knew when signing him that blocking wasn't his strength. I will say, he's gotten a little better at it lately.
In theory, offensive tackle and safety look like the top two needs. But a lot depends on who's there when you pick. The worst thing you can do high in the draft is reach for need. In terms of maneuvering in the first round, I'd be surprised if the Rams DIDN'T make some moves in Round 1.
Nothing against the Rams name and logo _ there's a lot of history in those curly horns _ but I wish the Cardinals name and log would've stayed in St. Louis when Bill Bidwill moved to Arizona. But I think it's too late to do anything about it now.
Don't know about all that, but it was eye-opening to see how quickly Austin turned up field and accelerated on that 81-yard catch-and-run in Indy.
No, I think the Rams draft a QB no matter how Clemens plays down the stretch.
Your guess is as good as mine. Every time I think the run defense has turned the corner, they get burned _ like the Chris Johnson breakout game for Tennessee. Johnson, DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore, and Arian Foster all had easily their best games against St. Louis.
Stan Kroenke helped bring back football in St. Louis when he joined Georgia Frontiere as part of the Rams' ownership team in 1995. And every year since becoming controlling owner, he has spent a fair amount of money on free agency. But I'm like you in the sense that Kroenke needs to say something about the future of the Rams or even about the team in general. I don't know if there's another owner in the NFL who speaks less to the Rams than him.
That's a good question and I don't have an answer for you. I do know at the Senior Bowl I talked to some people who had a much lower value on him.