As I was saying yesterday the guys over at Turf Show Times arranged a rare opportunity for local Rams fans – a tweet up with the Rams front office. A small group of us were able to pick the brains of Rams Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officier Kevin Demoff and the Rams General Manager Les Snead.
(A shorter but still stylin’ version of @LesSneadHair was also present. See the above photo for visual evidence.)
I had been watching NFL Network’s coverage of other training camps Tuesday morning. I noticed the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints having practices together. The Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs were also conducting a joint practice. One thing I was able to ask Les Snead: Will the Rams think having a joint practice with another team? Snead said he and Coach Fisher have discussed it and are considering it later in the preseason. He did not specify whether he was referring to this year or in the future. Personally, I’d love to see a practice with the Ravens just before the last preseason game on August 30 at the Edward Jones Dome.
Rams’ Camp Notes: Rams Looking to Build Momentum - …After practice on Tuesday, Rams COO Kevin Demoff and GM Les Snead walked across two sun-drenched practice fields to speak to an eager group of Rams fans. Both men were refreshingly open and candid with us, about their hopes for the season and about the challenges the team faces. Demoff made an early comparison to a soapbox derby, saying (and I’m paraphrasing a bit here, since I didn’t record this): “We spent the last six months pushing the cart up the hill, and two weeks ago, we pushed it over the edge. We can steer it a little bit, but it’s going to go where it’s going to go.” That got Snead talking about momentum, and how essential — if unquantifiable — it is to a team’s fortunes. “You can intellectualize the game, but at some point, until you’ve been down there on the field, you don’t know how important momentum is to a season.” … Read more from @Ramsherd at TurfShowTimes.com >>>>
Bradford happy to have position coach - There’s an extra set of eyes on Sam Bradford this season at Rams Park. And with the possible exception of Frank Cignetti himself, no one is happier about this than Bradford. Cignetti was hired by Jeff Fisher to be Rams quarterbacks coach in February. It’s a position that basically went unfilled on Steve Spagnuolo‘s last Rams coaching staff. True, Josh McDaniels tried to both coordinate and coach the quarterbacks — but that didn’t work out too well. ”I think it was just a lot for Josh to handle,” Bradford said after Cignetti was hired. “Sometimes some of the little things such as drops, footwork, throwing mechanics kind of got put aside.” … Read more at St. Louis Post-Dispatch >>>>
Rams’ Pead ready to fill in behind Jackson - Here Isaiah Pead stands, yards behind Steven Jackson as the ninth-year veteran cradles a pass from reserve quarterback Tom Brandstater during drills at Rams Park, the rookie resembling the lightning to Jackson’s thunder. ”Of course, we’re two different types of running backs,” says Pead, all of 5-feet-10, 197 pounds. “But you can always learn.” Here Pead stands, cutting in the backfield late Tuesday afternoon, searching for a sliver of space between defenders whereas Jackson would bull through them. ”Every man is himself,” says Pead, chosen 50th overall to complement the 6-2, 240-pound Jackson, the St. Louis Rams’ all-time leading rusher. “Everybody has their own routine.” Pead is trying to develop his routine while drawing lessons from Jackson’s example. The 22-year-old Cincinnati product is one of the Rams’ most intriguing newcomers: He’s quick, he’s explosive, he can pivot in a pinch, and he can bounce from tackles like a greased pinball. … Read more at FoxSportsMidwest.com >>>>