Don’t know about anyone else, but this weekend was a long one. When golf is the headline of the weekend, and the one item dominating sports, you know that it is a down-point in the sporting world. Alas, with the weekend past, the start of training camp is nearly among us. And, as we creep close to opening day, the NFL will finally re-emerge as the headline on news pages around the worldwide web. Until then, Ramblin Fan has you covered on his fine Monday morning. Enjoy!
Over the years, ESPN’s NFC West blogger, Mike Sando, has slowly shifted away from, what used to be, a heavy bias towards his hometown Seattle Seahawks. Sam Bradford, for once, is getting mentioned in the “undervalued” category in the NFL, although it might not in the area you expect…
Statistically, Daryl Richarson was the best “Richardson” running back in the NFL last season, at least relative to attempts. Bleacher Report’s Tyson Langland lists our Richardson as one of this 10 potential breakout underdogs in the upcoming season. While, we might disagree about him being “entrenched” as the starter in the lineup, there is no doubt that he could make headlines as “next” in a long, illustrious line of dominate running backs for the Rams.
Every team has a “most important player,” someone that, if lost, could completely swing the momentum of the organization in a negative direction. NFL.com’s Adam Schein takes on the NFC squads, listing a couple of familiar names as the “top dogs” of their franchise. For the St. Louis Rams, you get a tiny tidbit about James Laurinaitis. For the Atlanta Falcons, a team busting at the Pro Bowl offensive players, you will find the name of someone you might not expect…
If you ignore the fact that these analyst claims “Chris Givens will battle with Brian Quick for a starting role,” NFL.com’s fantasy forecast for the St. Louis Rams is pretty spot on. Sam Bradford, Daryl Richardson, Tavon Austin, and Chris Givens could make anyone’s roster in some capacity. However, I feel like they are leaving someone out… oh yea, maybe Jared Cook!
With concerns about the Rams’ franchise and the St. Louis CVC getting along, questions will inevitably continue to pop-up about the Rams making their way back to the West Coast. According to one not-so-reputable source, Jerry Jones, the NFL might be closer than anyone thinks about moving back to L.A. Outside of Dallas and the business world, I wouldn’t take any bets based solely off Jones’ word. However, that doesn’t mean that fans in St. Louis won’t have to hear about it for the next couple of years.
Since the arrival of Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints have been a perennial Top 5 offensive in the NFL. With the new acquisitions of Jared Cook and Tavon Austin, the Rams’ COO, Kevin Demoff said that the Rams could very well turn into that style of offense. That means more up-tempo play, heavy reliance on the passing game, and four or five players putting up relatively big numbers in the receiving game. Bradford has demonstrated his ability, and willingness, to target the “open man.” If Demoff is right, the St. Louis Rams’ offense could certainly re-emerge as one of the “shows” on turf… possibly even the greatest show (pun).