Gruden To St. Louis?


For those of you who are suckers for the rumor mill like me, you have probably already heard this. For anyone who hasn’t heard, a report surfaced Tuesday that if the Chargers fire GM AJ Smith after this season, that Stan Kroenke would bring him in as the next Rams GM and head coach Jon Gruden would come along with Smith and be hired as the next St. Louis head man.

I know that’s a lot to digest. I tend to be skeptical most of the time when these things come out, but I think this might actually be possible. Several sources chimed in saying they thought it was possible, and those sources have also said Gruden fully intends to return to coaching in 2012. By no means am I saying to expect this scenario to play out, but it certainly is something to watch for after the season is over. Plenty of dominoes have to fall for something like this to happen, but just keep it in mind as the offseason begins.

As far as my thoughts on the situation, obviously I would love Gruden to be our next coach. The man is a proven winner and brings instant credibility to this franchise. As far as Smith goes, I can’t say I’m a huge fan. He has had a recent history of butting heads with his players, and his draft record has been less than stellar recently. With that being said, I would still take this deal if it happens. Smith has been a very good GM over his career in the past, and a new landscape here in St. Louis could be just what he needs. Plus, Gruden is likely enough to entice some free agents to town, which would make Smith’s job easier. This is one of those things that’s fun to think about, and that’s exactly what we need here in St. Louis after this awful season.

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  • Rams55

    If I were in st Louis Rams owner I will change Sam Bradford for 2 selections in first round and I will take QB Luck and WR#83 from western Michigan and a RB Richardson from Alabama….
    I appreciate much Steven Jackson career with Rams but I will trade him for a veteran OT Michael Ohr or some good tackle.
    Defense need more pride, they are good and talented, but need play with passion. I will add some good SS from college and a defensive coordinator may be Ken Norton Jr. could be taking the chance.

  • Rams55

    Couch Gruden is good option and also Jeff Fisher….I would chose Couch Gruden…the point here is General Manager, if Rams wants to be more competitive since mini-camps looking for free agents and not drafted guys (as LB London Fletcher 1999)or build a team with drafting future stars, this philosophy depends completely of GM position.
    Couch Gruden loves west coast offense, coach Fisher loves run the ball and throw when is necessary both could be successful in 2-3 seasons. A defensive coordinator is a key for Rams short term success. Play with pride should be the motto of the Rams 2012.
    7-9 season for 2012 would be great for the Rams.

  • Rams55

    If I were in st Louis Rams owner I will change Sam Bradford for 2 selections in first round and I will take QB Luck and WR#83 from western Michigan and a RB Richardson from Alabama….
    I appreciate much Steven Jackson career with Rams but I will trade him for a veteran OT Michael Ohr or some good tackle.
    Defense need more pride, they are good and talented, but need play with passion. I will add some good SS from college and a defensive coordinator may be Ken Norton Jr. could be taking the chance.

  • Rams55

    Couch Gruden is good option and also Jeff Fisher….I would chose Couch Gruden…the point here is General Manager, if Rams wants to be more competitive since mini-camps looking for free agents and not drafted guys (as LB London Fletcher 1999)or build a team with drafting future stars, this philosophy depends completely of GM position.
    Couch Gruden loves west coast offense, coach Fisher loves run the ball and throw when is necessary both could be successful in 2-3 seasons. A defensive coordinator is a key for Rams short term success. Play with pride should be the motto of the Rams 2012.
    7-9 season for 2012 would be great for the Rams.

  • CalvinGSuddeath

    Gruden is a egomanic plain and simple and would be a big mistake and any idiot that thinks we should trade Bradford has no football knowledge.

  • CalvinGSuddeath

    Gruden is a egomanic plain and simple and would be a big mistake and any idiot that thinks we should trade Bradford has no football knowledge.

  • Rams55

    I don’t know if CalvinG is a real Ram fan, but I’m Ram fan since 1983, if you think that it’s a stupid trade a QB with 2 wins and 13 losses, thinking again. If Bradford made pro bowl, I would say, Ok you can be part of St Louis Rams as Steven Jackson did when he made pro bowls.
    I remembered Gino Torreta, Ryan Leaf and recently Russell QB from Raiders, these guys were first selection and after a couple of seasons were a total disappointment….Bradford is walking to that list.
    I hope Rams can be trade now he is worth it, because if Rams wait when this guy has not value as a player could be a bad business.
    Change to Coach Gruden or Fisher does not mean any for me, both guys could be valuable or disaster but the key man is the General Manager. This guy should be the person will change the spirit of the organization. The GM Could be hire a Romeo Cremmel as defensive coordinator and hire Coach Gruden as head coach only if he has a good skills to convince them both work together.
    I love Rams and I will not offend another person who loves Rams as I love.
    If Spagnoulo stay in St Louis Rams and Bradford stay also…I will support my team in any circumstances, I hope next season Rams play with more pride.

  • CalvinGSuddeath

    News flash Rams 55,I have been a Rams fan since 1976.I have been watching football since 1971 so I understand the game very well.I have watched the quarterback carousel of James Harris,Pat Haden and Ron Jaworski.It is simply foolish to blame the poor play of the offensive line on Bradford and the lack of quality receivers.His first year was fine.There are too many people who ignore the fact that it is a team sport.Since you’ve been a Rams fan since 1983, maybe you should consider what happened when the Ram’s panicked and let Warner go and watch him take Arizona to Super Bowl.It is also stupid to not consider the cap ramifications.Have you ever considered that the same can happen to next quarterback if you don’t fix the supporting cast?

  • Rams55

    I don’t know if CalvinG is a real Ram fan, but I’m Ram fan since 1983, if you think that it’s a stupid trade a QB with 2 wins and 13 losses, thinking again. If Bradford made pro bowl, I would say, Ok you can be part of St Louis Rams as Steven Jackson did when he made pro bowls.
    I remembered Gino Torreta, Ryan Leaf and recently Russell QB from Raiders, these guys were first selection and after a couple of seasons were a total disappointment….Bradford is walking to that list.
    I hope Rams can be trade now he is worth it, because if Rams wait when this guy has not value as a player could be a bad business.
    Change to Coach Gruden or Fisher does not mean any for me, both guys could be valuable or disaster but the key man is the General Manager. This guy should be the person will change the spirit of the organization. The GM Could be hire a Romeo Cremmel as defensive coordinator and hire Coach Gruden as head coach only if he has a good skills to convince them both work together.
    I love Rams and I will not offend another person who loves Rams as I love.
    If Spagnoulo stay in St Louis Rams and Bradford stay also…I will support my team in any circumstances, I hope next season Rams play with more pride.

  • CalvinGSuddeath

    News flash Rams 55,I have been a Rams fan since 1976.I have been watching football since 1971 so I understand the game very well.I have watched the quarterback carousel of James Harris,Pat Haden and Ron Jaworski.It is simply foolish to blame the poor play of the offensive line on Bradford and the lack of quality receivers.His first year was fine.There are too many people who ignore the fact that it is a team sport.Since you’ve been a Rams fan since 1983, maybe you should consider what happened when the Ram’s panicked and let Warner go and watch him take Arizona to Super Bowl.It is also stupid to not consider the cap ramifications.Have you ever considered that the same can happen to next quarterback if you don’t fix the supporting cast?

  • Rams55

    Of course I understand that it’s a team sport. I also played football. I understand its necessary have good WR’s to explode skills of good QB, and also is necessary run the ball in order to throw the ball.
    But the Key for the offense is the big guys on front. A good left OT could help much as you and I could figure it.
    That reasons is because I’m thinking Bradford its overpaid, too much money for him does not belong to pay a good WR. I’m not saying Bradford is bad QB, but it’s overpaid. If Rams cannot trade him, must be restructuring his contract in order to have or select a good WR’s and also a good RB. Steven Jackson is not same RB as last 4 years.
    For me this 2011 season Rams did not play with pride. I missed those Rams for the 80’s with a great defense and excellent RB as Erik Dickerson was, they play with pride without a good QB and they could make play off. Kurt Warner had good luck with Marshall Faulk as RB, Tory Holt and Bruce as WR’s and of course I feel pride when they were champions and lost with Pats. But as you said Warner in Arizona had Fitzgerald.
    I think the first step is change of GM and head coach then changes will come over QB. May be we can have fortune hiring a good coach could help Bradford to be successful as coach Harbough did with former first selection Alex Smith with 49ers.
    Good luck to you and Go Rams!!

  • Rams55

    Of course I understand that it’s a team sport. I also played football. I understand its necessary have good WR’s to explode skills of good QB, and also is necessary run the ball in order to throw the ball.
    But the Key for the offense is the big guys on front. A good left OT could help much as you and I could figure it.
    That reasons is because I’m thinking Bradford its overpaid, too much money for him does not belong to pay a good WR. I’m not saying Bradford is bad QB, but it’s overpaid. If Rams cannot trade him, must be restructuring his contract in order to have or select a good WR’s and also a good RB. Steven Jackson is not same RB as last 4 years.
    For me this 2011 season Rams did not play with pride. I missed those Rams for the 80’s with a great defense and excellent RB as Erik Dickerson was, they play with pride without a good QB and they could make play off. Kurt Warner had good luck with Marshall Faulk as RB, Tory Holt and Bruce as WR’s and of course I feel pride when they were champions and lost with Pats. But as you said Warner in Arizona had Fitzgerald.
    I think the first step is change of GM and head coach then changes will come over QB. May be we can have fortune hiring a good coach could help Bradford to be successful as coach Harbough did with former first selection Alex Smith with 49ers.
    Good luck to you and Go Rams!!

  • CalvinGSuddeath

    I understand your concerns about his pay but that was before the rookie salary cap.I’m not sure why they ignored the need for a premier receiver or a good left tackle.I watch these games with so much pain because I miss the days for Youngblood and Dryer.

  • CalvinGSuddeath

    I understand your concerns about his pay but that was before the rookie salary cap.I’m not sure why they ignored the need for a premier receiver or a good left tackle.I watch these games with so much pain because I miss the days for Youngblood and Dryer.