Reserve the right to change my mind but right now I take Watkins assuming Saffold comes back.
Yeah, if the Rams can finish with another victory or two, they will be right around the victory totals that I think most of us expected. And that would be with a backup quarterback playing the last 9 games.
It's a week to week business, and I think most fans and many sportswriters react accordingly.
I don't think anything has changed. The Rams certainly expect him for the regular season, and possibly for the start of training camp. He's only a few weeks out of surgery.
Yeah, there were some empty seats around the league.
I don't know how the Saints could've looked past the Rams, Not with so much at stake. The Saints could've clinched a playoff berth with a victory and made it very tough for Carolina to catch them. Now, if the Saints lose this week at Carolina, they will risk going from the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye to a No. 5 or No. 6 seed and opening on the road.
It's very hard for RBs to make it through a full 16-game schedule, and Stacy has been getting a heavy load week in, week out. I don't think RB is a high area of need because I think Cunningham could do very well if given the featured role. If either Richardson or Pead is brought back, I think the Rams are fine there.
I don't think Snead is going to draft anyone that Fisher doesn't want. I think Brockers has been a very good first-round pick. And I'd say the same for Tavon Austin. As you mentioned, second round (Quick/Pead) not looking so hot.
It's hard to figure. You never know what team you're going to see when you show up to a game. There are games like last week, when I think that Jenkins and Johnson are the future. And games like San Fran and Arizona where it looks like that's a major area of need. Some of the consistency no doubt is the result of being the youngest team in the league for the second year in a row. But I don't think the youth excuse works next season.
There's no doubt Bradford is more careful with the ball than say Clemens. He had a very low interception percentage before his injury and it's a turnover driven game. Gil Brand had this stat a month or so ago, stating that the team with fewer turnovers wins the game 80 percent of the time since 2008. So being careful with the football does have its advantages. But I think a better running game, like the Rams have had for most of the last 10 weeks, would help open things up as well for Bradford.
Rams have shown they don't like giving up picks via trade. As for free agency, a true No. 1 would cost a ton of money. Especially getting a true No. 1 to St. Louis.
No doubt. But this was Sean Payton's left tackle.
Fascinating question. Right now I'd say it's a push. Let's see what it looks like in a couple more years.
I think it was put in to result in a big gain.
Interesting. Interesting. Interesting.
I'm sorry. I meant to get back to that earlier. I think his play at guard has opened some eyes around Rams Park, although some thought that could be his best position as well. I'm sure the Rams will make some kind of offer. But how do you factor in Saffold's injury history. And how much does he want to play left tackle?
I wouldn't say the Rams are tight against the cap for next year. Right now, I think it looks like they will be in decent shape. Don't think anything's happening with Bradford's contract in the near future. But I do not expect Finnegan back at his current cap number _ $10 million for 2014. It will take a restructure there and that would free up some space.
Not sure how the Rams feel about re-signing Dunbar.
I could see the Rams in the NFC North for example. But who do you shift to the West, barring an expansion team to LA.
For the most part, Rams have had trouble getting the last 10,000 into the stands, from the days _ as recently as 2006 _ when they were drawing 65,000. And management is perplexed by this. But given the 15-65 freefall from 2007-11, the uncertainty of the stadium situation, Kroenke's silence on the subject, the great success of the baseball Cardinals, I'm not sure you could ask for more from Rams fans. I will, however, be curious to see how many show up for the home finale this week vs. Tampa Bay.