OK, show of hands. Everybody have their Christmas shopping done? . . . .Didn't think so.
I think when all is said and done Matthews will be a top 5 pick. As for a trade, there's got to be somebody worth trading up for at No. 2 overall. It could be for Clowney, but we'll see.
To be honest, there really hasn't been much of a conversation for defensive rookie of the year. But I think he should be a strong candidate. He has really improved over the second half of the season.
You know, Bernie Miklasz and I were talking about this sitting in the press box during pregame warmups. Neither of us thought very much of the uniforms when the Rams were wearing them in the late '90s, but we like them now. Nostalgia for the Greatest Show? Maybe. I'm just not a fan of the blue pants. I'd like to see a return to the gold.
We'll see. He runs such good routes for a rookie. And his hands remind me of Torry Holt. He just plucks the ball out of the air. But we've got such a small sample size so far.
I'm not ready to say that. Right now, if I had to speculate, I'd say one of the two will be gone. As for Barnes vs. Jones at center, the Rams feel Jones isn't ready to play just yet. We'll see what happens after an offseason to get bigger and stronger for Jones. Jones actually has gotten most of his practice reps at guard this season _ prior to Wells' injury, that is. So he could very well end up at guard.
Not to overhype the guys but I remember in training camp, Torry Holt thought Bailey reminded him of himself. I was very surprised to here that. I don't think Baiey is as fast as Holt, but I guess there are some similarities including some of the stuff you are mentioning.
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Way, way earlier. But my first inclination is yes, he'll be available.
That's a very good question. And I'm sure one the Rams will think long and hard about it before the draft in May. Although the Rams will still be a run-first team next season, I certainly think they'll throw more with Bradford back in the lineup. You need more than just a strong running game when you're playing elite defenses. It looks like Bailey and Austin will be among the top three WRs to open 2014. Do they think Givens will progress or Quick progress enough to take that other spot in the top 3? That's the question.
As we sit here right now, I'd say yes _ the Rams need to draft a QB somewhere in the middle rounds. It seems like Clemens has been around forever, but he's only 30. He should have several playable years _ as you called it _ remaining. But Bradford has only two years left on his contract, and I really think they need to draft and groom a younger QB _ and keep 3 QBs on the 53-man roster.
Potentially he is. But I still give the vote to Laurinaitis at this point.
Keep in mind, I get many more questions than I can answer in one session, so it's nothing personal. As to your question, at least lately, a lot of those open receivers you've seen have come when the Rams have softened up their coverage with a lead. But overall, I'm seeing what you're seeing. I'd like to see more press coverage, and more improved and instinctive play in zone coverage. Too often, I see Rams LBs and DBs in zone reading the quarterback's eyes and not being tuned in enough to what receivers are doing in their area. The Rams need to upgrade their talent in the back end as well _ another starting caliber CB and a free safety with range.
Yeah, I think there are plenty of guys that could be available in that area.
I think the only way Schottenheimer leaves is if someone hires him as a head coach. I don't think Walton goes, either, not after one year. But as one of our chatters pointed out last week, I'm curious to see what happens if Jim Schwartz gets fired as head coach in Detroit. He was a d-coordinator for Fisher in Tennessee.
Maybe if your budget permits it, you bring in Schwartz as senior defensive consultant and keep Walton.
Hah. Things like that aren't under my jurisdiction, but I'll try to bring it up over the offseason.
You know we still have 4 1/2 months to the draft. But even with the Jake Long injury, I'd say the Rams' inclination is to trade down for extra picks.
The suspension obviously slowed him over the first half of the season. You can't miss four games and not feel the effect. There's no doubt he adds some fire to that side of the ball. But keep in mind he doesn't play in the nickel package like he did in 2012. He's playing maybe 30-40 percent of the snaps. So if the Rams re-sign him it won't be for a ton of money. I'd say 50-50. Also Dunbar may want to go somewhere where he can have more of a full-time role.
That's a great way of putting it. Although McLeod has improved over the second half of the season, if you had him as your third safety, you'd be in pretty good shape.
No doubt. Fisher said yesterday afternoon before the MNF game that he was hoping the Seattle game would mean something to the Seahawks (in other words that San Fran would beat Atlanta, as they did). He got his wish.