Welcome to Friday's St. Louis Rams "News and Notes at Noon," the one-stop destination for all major Rams headlines and updates with brief analysis and commentary for Rams Nation.
"The Bell Now Tolls" for Sam Bradford
Longtime NFL coach Rick Venturi produced a terrific piece at 101sports.com on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
As you can read here, Venturi assesses the first two seasons of the former Heisman Trophy winner's career, and asserts that last year's offense was not ideal for St. Louis when considering Bradford's background or the overall skill set of the offensive line.
Venturi also suggests that, in regard to his supporting cast, Sammy B. has been playing with half a deck, which allowed teams to focus their collective efforts on the central areas of the field.
I find it appropriate that Venturi accurately points out that Sam has been lacking in pocket awareness to this point in his career. That aspect of his game is far behind the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees, and absolutely must be enhanced.
Finally, Venturi reviews the talents and intangibles of the former No. 1 pick, and asks a great question about Bradford that will impact his future and the future of the franchise.
Please click the link above for much more of the analysis of Bradford from the former NFL defensive coordinator and head coach.
St. Louis Rams Training Camp Outlook from the Sporting News
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared a terrific St. Louis training camp preview at aol.sporting news.com, as you can read here.
Thomas took a look at what is new with the offense and defense, the team's camp goals, his breakout-player prediction, his bottom line and his pick for where he feels the Rams will finish in the NFC West.
When reading the aforementioned above-linked report, you will discover that Thomas is not as bullish on the Rams' 2012 prospects as many other media members across the nation have been of late.
Robert Quinn Reportedly Arrested for DWI
As first reported by ksdk.com of St. Louis, Rams second-year defensive end Robert Quinn, a 2011 first-round draft pick, was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the early-morning hours of July 10.
According to the above-linked report, Quinn was also charged with two additional unnamed traffic charges, but was, however, completely cooperative with police.
The St. Louis Rams, in response to the public report of Quinn's recent arrest, released the following statement:
We take such matters very seriously, and we will act accordingly once the legal process plays out.
This was not the first time Quinn had been in trouble.
The talented defensive end from the University of North Carolina, an almost-certain starter for the Rams this fall, was suspended by the NCAA for the 2010 football season after accepting benefits from an agent.
Quinn, since arriving in St. Louis, has been one of the most active of all Rams players in regard to community-service work, seemingly being involved in every charity or Rams-related event that has taken place, often working to positively impact the youth.
Hopefully, this will be an isolated incident for Quinn and something that will never be repeated, not just for his and the Rams' sake, but for all those who could come into contact with the potential danger someone driving under the influence brings.
There has been no word, to this point, if Quinn will face any type of team of league suspension/punishment.
For commentary on the Quinn situation from former Rams defensive tackle D'Marco Farr and Steve Savard of kmov.com, please click this.
Savard, in a separate print piece, believes the arrest should serve as a wake-up call for Quinn. Hopefully, of course, it will.
As Savard astutely points out, the tragic incident regarding another former Rams defensive end, Leonard Little, brings more attention to Quinn's arrest than it might in other cities.
Both Savard and Farr, by the way, work for the Rams radio team.
Rams Reportedly Pushing for Safeguards Within a Janoris Jenkins Contract
According to a report by Jason Cole of yahoo.com, the Rams are looking to place safeguards in the contract of rookie Janoris Jenkins.
The crux of the report is this: The Rams want to spread out the payment of the signing bonus in four equal parts rather than in one lump sum, and are willing to pay the final three installments with interest tacked on.
Jenkins, a second-round pick of the 2012 NFL draft, has a troubled past, one that, among other things, includes drug charges that led to him being kicked off the University of Florida football team.
As for the Cole report on the Jenkins contract dispute, the Rams apparently desire to protect themselves if Jenkins were to get in more trouble and, perhaps just as much, protect Jenkins.
From Cole's above-linked report on Jenkins, an unnamed Rams source supposedly said the following:
Do you really think the kid is going to go back in the draft over this? After all he has been through? Look, we want to pay him and we want to pay him fairly. We're not trying to cut the money way down or anything like that. We just want to keep him focused and this seems like a good way to do it.
This report is the latest from Cole regarding the ongoing contract stalemate between the Rams and the rookie corner.
A few weeks ago, Cole reported that the Rams and Jenkins were at odds over who would manage Jenkins' finances when both parties eventually agree to a contract.
The key thing for St. Louis fans to remember is this: A contract will eventually be agreed to, and Jenkins will be on the field for the Rams this fall.
Athletes Slow to Learn From the Trouble of Their Peers
In this piece, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell asserts that some athletes are not quick to learn from the arrests of others.
Among other things, Burwell asserts that the behavior shown by the likes of Robert Quinn and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, who has reportedly had multiple drinking-related incidents, is inexcusable.
As we all know too well, drunk driving has contributed to far too many accidents and deaths over the past few decades in America and around much of the world.
Burwell mentions the names of many St. Louis and Missouri athletes and coaches who have had too much to drink, and then, to make it worse, chosen to drive.
Some of the names mentioned include former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, former Rams defensive end Leonard Little, University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, former Blues player Joe Murphy and the late Josh Hancock of the Cardinals.
Additionally, Burwell looks at the NFL as a whole and some of the players who have been involved in similar circumstances as those named above.
The piece is interesting and thought-provoking, one that I would suggest reading via the link above.
St. Louis Has Quite a Crowd at Tight End
Finally, in a piece by Pro Football Weekly, the Rams situation at tight end is discussed and analyzed. Dan Arkush suggests that St. Louis has quite a crowd at tight end (with nine tight ends currently on the roster.)
Arkush asserts that second-year man Lance Kendricks is a virtual lock for the final roster. That is of little surprise considering his talent level and his standing as a 2011 second-round pick.
The interesting aspect of the article is the belief shared by Arkush that blocking tight end Matthew Mulligan, formerly of the New York Jets, is the second-most-likely to earn a roster spot among the large aforementioned group of players competing for three, or at most, four roster spots.
Have a great day as always, STL Rams Nation.