1) What Will Stan Do?
Minnesota, Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, and St. Louis.
These 5 teams make for some strange bed fellows but not according to AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) billionaire owner Philip Anschutz. Â Word from the OC (Orange County) is he’s in the hunt to become the next majority owner of an NFL franchise.
It hasn’t been very long since he bought the Rams but as a businessman would he be willing to flip the club to make a few hundred million? Â Or does he want to keep the Rams as the NFL trophy on his sports empire display mantle? Â I’m hoping the latter scenario.
Really, how invested is Kroenke in the Rams – and I’m not talking about his money. Â I think this is where his “Silent Stan” reputation does him a disservice. Â Most things we know about him come second hand. Â Last week Rams EVP – Football Ops, Kevin Demoff said Kroenke was present and engaged during the NFL owners’ meeting. Â Sounds like the standard company line, if you ask me.
How about engaging the fans directly, Mr. Kroenke? Â He’s such the anti-Jerry Jones, isn’t he?
Kroenke still has until the December 2014 to finalize the transfer of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche to his son, Josh, or his wife, Ann, to comply with NFL ownership rules. Â The Rams have the option to leave the lease at Edward Jones Dome at the end of the 2014 season.
Curious timing… Â Chew on that one for a bit.
2) Not looking good for Spags’ sleep away camp
The longer this lockout lingers the greater chance the Rams will have to hold their training camp at Rams Park. Â Sounds like the likelihood of going to Rolla or SIU – Carbondale is losing steam. Â This is all right with me. Â It would make my life a lot easier if it stays in Earth City. Â I’d bet money the players wouldn’t mind sleeping in their own beds instead of tiny dorm rooms with their gigantic feet dangling over the mattress.
Spags hasn’t been shy about his feelings towards some “away camp” bonding for his players. Â Or maybe that’s just his micro-managing talking. Â It’s a lot easier to control what the players do when you have them all under the same
watchful eye dorm roof.
Hey, I hear the new OC does video recordings on the side.
3) Rams defense needs an identity
When you ask about the Rams offense, people reply it’s either Steven Jackson or Sam Bradford’s team. Â But when you think of the Rams defense it’s Coach Spags, NOT a player, that comes to mind. Â This needs to change.
I think someone from the defense needs to take command and make it his own. Â I think that someone could be LB James Laurinaitis. Â He needs to become what Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis are to their respective teams.
Despite this only having two years under his belt, Laurinaitis has already shown leadership off the field by being an active part of player organized workouts this summer. Â But he also has to take it to the next level on the field. Â I’m thinking with the addition of Robert Quinn at DE, this should help free up Laurinaitis take his team leading 114 tackles to another level.
4) The hourglass is almost empty
Is it day 91 or day 92? Â It’s 91 or 92 days too many!
C’mon men! Â I’m thrilled to hear Goodell and De Smith are playing nice at the dinner table. Â Did one onlooker call it “jovial?” Â Am I the only one who thinks they should have just settled the matter in the octagon barefoot (insert foot jokes here) in their suits. Â No holds barred.
This mess could have been settled weeks ago. Â As so many NFL players like to tweet, “Who you got?”
In all seriousness, if this goes on any longer than the end of June we’re in trouble. Â See what the lockout has already caused:
- Players having to take on other jobs to make ends meet. See Dolphins draftee Charles Clay.
- Players getting injured during the voluntary workouts and camps. Â So far, I haven’t heard of any major injuries resulting from these player organized activities.
- Players getting themselves into trouble with the law. Â There’s LOTS of this happening.
- All of those free agents (and their families) who live in limbo.
- Players taking reality shows to new heights (Hines Ward winning DWTS) or depths unimaginable by growing out their hair and attempting to show rhythm at Carnival.Â Sorry, this just doesn’t get old.
They may be able to start the season as scheduled but the quality of the product on the field will not be anywhere close to where it should be. Â We may be paying big bucks to watch something not much better than the UFL.
Good news isÂ multiple reports are saying we are 2-3 weeks away from getting a basic CBA cranked out. Â It’s about time we saw some urgency from both sides.