Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I had been feeling under the weather and had not been online much in the past couple days. It was a great game today. I was actually a little surprised that we did so well 2 weeks in a row. Looking forward to MNF tomorrow. Will you be back in town for anymore games this season?
My notes on game 2 follow:
I really liked what I saw from Isaiah Pead today. I've been saying for a while that he has plenty of talent (more than anybody else), but he needs to drink a beer or something before the game. He plays like he's nervous and has jitters. I do really like what Richardson is doing. He doesn't have the wiggles, but he is very fundamentally sound. He hits the holes hard and has the speed to get through them very quickly.
In the passing game, the only person who really stood out to me was Chris Givens. He is definitely our number one. I would really like to see these receivers get better separation.
The defense looked better than last week. Ogletree and McDonald looked much more comfortable. I thought that Trumaine Johnson and Darian Stewart looked bad. I wouldn't worry too much about Johnson, but Stewart might lose his starting job. He did not play well last week either. Ray Ray Armstrong really stood out. In my opinion, he has already made the team and is vying for a 2nd string spot on the depth chart.
I wrote most of this at halftime, but the game is now over. 19-7... Wow. I know it would be a different story if the starters had been in all game. These 2nd string offensive linemen are horrible. Pray for health on the o-line. If more than one of these guys go down, it's going to be a very long season. Also, I sure hope Bradford stays healthy. Clemens looked really bad and Davis still hasn't impressed me as much as he did last year.
One last thing, it's been two games and they've only thrown to Jared Cook one time. I'm not sure if that's by design or not, but they better target him a whole lot more once the regular season starts. I look forward to your opinion on game 2. When you get a chance to evaluate, please share your views with me. Talk to you later.
Speaking of the Cardinals, I'm watching them lose to the freakin Cubs right now. Sigh... Anyway, the game was pretty exciting. The whole game was really pretty bland because Jeff Fisher didn't want to tip his hand. As far as defense, they didn't really blitz at all. They were in cover 2 almost the entire game. I was most impressed with JoLonn Dunbar. He is a true thumper. In my opinion, he's the hardest hitter on the team. TJ McDonald and Alec Ogletree definitely looked like rookies. They made some good plays, but also got burned a couple times. Everything was correctable.
Now to offense. The biggest concern was that Rodger Saffold dislocated his shoulder. The guy may have talent, but he's made of glass. The offense also played a very bland game (by design). Jared Cook was not targeted at all and Tavon Austin was targeted just once (he was overthrown). Brian Quick is looking really good and Chris Givens is looking like vintage Holt/Bruce. Givens is easily number one on the depth chart and I would say that Quick is second. In the running game, Richardson and Pead both averaged 6 yards per game. Richardson hit the holes quicker, but Pead had quicker feet. Pead also fumbled on his first carry of the game to end a key drive. The depth chart looks like Richardson is first, Pead is second and Stacy is third. Zac Stacy didn't really impress me in the game as much as he has in practices, but it was his first ever NFL game, so I still expect big things from him.
All and all, if they would have not fumbled on the drive into the red zone and not allowed the punt return for a touchdown, we would have won the game. There were plenty of mistakes, but they were all correctable. I would warn the people who are predicting a super bowl win to temper their expectations, but I do think that once Fisher fixes some of the mental errors, the Rams are easily on pace for a 10-6 season. I look forward to your breakdown of the game. Also, feel free to ask any questions about Saint Louis. If you would prefer to e-mail me, my address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Good to hear from you. That game vs the Bears is going to be great. You picked a good one. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about Saint Louis. The Lumiere is very nice and it is very close to the Edward Jones dome. I think the hotel part is actually called the Four Seasons, but it's all the same building. Don't go walking north or west of the dome. The neighborhoods get very bad, very quickly. I can suggest some restaurants, too. What kind of foods do you like? How long will you be here? Let me know any other questions you may have.
Missed you on here the past couple days. Jamal wrote an article that graded the entire draft and I wrote way too much on there, but I gave my opinion for every pick. I can't wait to hear what you think about this draft. All and all, I really like it. Provided is the link to Jamal's article.
Having a great time in Reno although have spent the majority of my time glued to ESPN .Unable to post as well as i would have liked from my phone so i will make this brief. Happy for the most part. Would have preferred Cyprien and Zavier Gooden VS Ogeltree and McDonald but Fish has known McDonald since he was a child.....guess i just have to trust him. We didn't talk alot about Bailey because we were looking for a bigger receiver but he plays big....i like it. Barrett Jones is a phenomenal choice and we needed a corner. I dont' know too much about Mcgee but i like the size speed and attitude. I know in a number of mocks you had us taking Stacy so i will trust that you have more insight into that pick than i. i would expect that we will be signing several undrafted free agents.......safety DT etc....any thoughts.....take care....back on Monday but i will look for your response....oh yeah forgot to mention my delight at TAVON AUSTIN........huge pickup.....ecstatic
Sorry, I didn't see your message on here until the draft was over. I didn't get an email to say that somebody had contacted me like I normally do. Anyway, we do need to pick a thread that hasn't gotten too big for tomorrow. It would probably be a good idea to pick one that's written tomorrow. Let me know what you want to do.
Two days before the draft and the Rams never did meet with Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, Kenny Vaccaro, Jonathan Cyprien, Eric Reid or Matt Elam. Should be assume that they will wait until day 2 to grab their safety and lineman or do you think this could be some kind of smoke screen? We all thought that they would end up talking to these guys. Maybe they're going for a wide receiver on day one. I'd like to see your final mock draft. I'm going to write one here later today.
No Rams articles in 4 days and counting. What's going on here? I need my fix. Lol
You can't go wrong with Warmack and Cyprien in the first. I like how you have us grabbing 3 wide receivers. That would give us some much needed depth. I really like Geathers in the middle, he won't pressure the QB, but he will take up two linemen and give Long, Quinn and Brockers a one-on-one match up.