Hello again everybody, sorry for the delay today. But couldn't be avoided due to Seattle Seahawks media day in Newark. N.J.
It won't be easy. It's stating the obvious but the Rams need a good offseason and another good draft. The Rams need to stay healthy, and take care of business at home. They beat Arizona in the opener and should've beaten Seattle in the Monday night game. And as Fisher has mentioned, they need to find a way to score more points against the division. Other than the season opener, the Rams didn't get out of the teens in any of the other five division games.
Well, it's still a little early, but Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois and Deone Bucannon of Washington State arguable were the best at the Senior Bowl. And there's Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.
I do think they beat Seattle by 10 points in the Monday night game if Bradford is at quarterback. But I can't flat out say that they would have won at Seattle, at Arizona, and at San Francisco with Sam in the lineup.
Sorry Bfulton the order of my answers got mixed up. There were still plenty of inherited scouts on hand in 2013, so while the changes made in the scouting department probably helped I don't think you can definitely say they made a major difference.
I've heard no talk of putting Barksdale at guard. So I don't know. With Jake Long still iffy for the start of the regular season and no clear backup tackle, I think the Rams have to draft one. While Barksdale more than held his own last season, you're always looking to upgrade your depth chart. And I think a combination of say Jake Long at LT (once he's ready) and say Taylor Lewan, the rookie from Michigan at right tackle, with Barksdale as the No. 3 tackle would be pretty formidable.
I think that's possible. (Going to No. 6.) They might still be able to get WR Sammy Watkins, or an OT there (although probably not Jake Matthews.
Agreed. I don't know how high he'll go. A key for him also is the Combine, because I know teams are interested in seeing how fast he runs. His 40 time will be very important _ more important than for most prospects in Indy next month.
Well, we all know Fisher loves defensive ends. Particularly pass-rushing defensive ends. But they would clearly need to fall in love with Clowney. If they think he really is a special player they should probably take him. Keep in mind, however, the Rams basically have the rights to Quinn for at least two more seasons _ the final year of his contract (2014) plus under the new collective bargaining agreement they have the option to keep his rights for a fifth year for much less than he would make on the open market.
Well, there's no doubt you've got to have playmakers, difference makers to win consistently in this league.
I don't think Watkins gets out of the top 10.
Interesting question. Clowney perhaps. Would they go for Watkins that high? I'm not sure how much the Rams like Matthews at this point _ in other words like well enough to take at No. 2.
Well, he earned some respect by playing special teams starting with the Indy game, and playing fairly well on coverage units. (Once you get past that taunting penalty against Indy, that is.) He even started playing a little bit as a third-down back near the end. Part of keeping him might be stubbornness _ an unwillingness to admit it's a busted pick. Part of it may be that even a second-round pick represents cheap labor, and even if he's just contributing on special teams it's not going to break the bank. But I just don't know if Pead has the discipline and mental toughness to stay out of trouble, show up on time, and do his job.
I would say a edge-rusher Dee Ford of Auburn, pass-rushing DT Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh, and mammoth DT Ra'shede Hegeman (sp?) of Minnesota stood out the most.
I never noticed this. Maybe it's because there's more of a difference, at least a perceived difference, in what a left tackle does (gets the opponent's top pass rusher) than right tackle, which historically is more of a muscle-type, run-blocking spot. That isn't the case at LG or RG. But there are so many good pass-rushers in the NFL who line up over the RT these days, I think the LT-RT distinction has become blurred.
I mentioned this in a notebook during the Senior Bowl and maybe I should have played it up more. But someone close to Bradford indicated that there will be no restructuring at this point _ not with 2 years left on the contract. Unless you couple a restructuring with an extension, there's really nothing you can do in terms of a strict restructuring over two years that doesn't involve a pay cut. And I'll say this once again _ I think W-A-Y to much is being made of Bradford's cap situation. I know this much: it's not a concern inside the building at Rams Park.
Off the top of my head, I'd say B to B+ in the draft (and this could change as the years go by; for now, all we can base it on is what we've seen so far.) As far as free agency, I'd say about a C.
Let me put it this way, I'd say it's 90-10 that either Finnegan is back with a pay cut, or not back at all.
I don't think I'd be shocked, especially considering Fisher's defensive background. But I think they have enough draft picks _ especially if they pick up an extra pick or two by trading out of the No. 2 spot _ and will have enough cap room to pick up a free-agent or two. If that turns out to be the case, they should be able to address all of their major needs.
Based on what happened for most of this past season, particularly over the second half of the 2013 season, I'd say Austin Pettis. If for no other reason than because he was the only one of the so-called "big five" that wasn't brought in by the current regime. But keep in mind, most teams keep six WRs; the Rams kept only five most of the season (or until Tavon Austin was injured).
It's nine right now: the Rams' original seven picks, the extra first-round from Washington, and a 7th-rounder from Indy in the cornerback Josh Gordy trade to the Colts.
I don't want to speak for Snead, but I think he'd probably like that deal. And as has been mentioned, the phone lines are open.
I don't think Derek Carr gets out of the first round. I'd say Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois. I didn't watch him much at the Senior Bowl, but I know some of the NFL Network guys like Tajh Boyd of Clemson. And let's throw Aaron Murray of Georgia in the mix. He didn't practice because of his knee surgery, but he undoubtedly made a good impression on NFL scouts, coaches, etc., but attending the Senior Bowl, making himself available for interviews and sitting in on South squad meetings.