For those of you who live in the St. Louis area, you know all about the weather last night. For anyone not lucky enough to live in the Midwest, suffice it to say that thunderstorms and tornadoes significantly limited my ability to post a blog. I actually found myself driving down the interstate on my way back to the newsroom from covering a game when the storms hit, but have no fear, because I made it to a gas station and spent an hour riding out 80 mph winds and a nearby tornado with 60 strangers. Since I didn’t get to post anything last night, I thought I’d hit up two points tonight to make up for it.
First, it looks like my “favorite” receiver Donnie Avery is nearly back to his old self, as he reportedly ran a 4.34 40 a week ago and said he is currently at “a good 92-93 percent” recovered from knee surgery. Avery is saying all the right things, but until he proves to me that he can stay healthy and effective on a consistent basis, I won’t be a believer. I’m rooting for him, because he has the potential to give our offense a new dynamic, but I’m certainly not holding my breath.
Another interesting story came out of Rams Park this week, as head coach Steve Spagnuolo apparently held a “Mock OTA” with members of the organization. Now, you can’t fault the staff for trying to do something during this lockout, because their hands are pretty much tied right now. It doesn’t really mean anything as far as season preparation goes, but much like these team workouts, it’s better than nothing. At least it shows us that the coaching staff is chomping at the bit to get this thing started, and it’s also nice that they can have a little bit of a sense of humor. I just wish I could have been involved in these mock meetings, because it sounds like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ok, maybe not once in a lifetime, because this lockout