Would Rams brass pick Bradford No. 1 to save jobs? Plus mailbag
Could the St. Louis Rams general manager
Every job in the NFL is highly sought after, so people will do whatever it takes to stay as long as possible. It may come in the form of a position coach playing a particular free agent or draft choice to curry favor with the new regime that brought him in, or a general manager refusing to cut any of his draft picks because to do otherwise would make him look bad. Some of the moves made in the NFL are akin to a politician focusing most of his term on getting re-elected instead of working in the best interests of his constituents.
This theory as it relates to the Rams is pretty simple. The NFL is a win-now league; coaches are fired after two seasons if they are not able to show improvement or have success during that time. Right or wrong, another lackluster season could spell trouble for Devaney and Spagnuolo.
Unless, that is, they take a potential franchise quarterback with the first overall pick this year. In that scenario, new owner
That faith may not be there if St. Louis takes one of the two highly touted defensive tackles,
Some people I know well tell me Spagnuolo and Devaney are going to make the decision based solely on what they feel is in the best interests of the team. I believe them. The fact that a number of franchises over the years have appeared to take quarterbacks high in the draft to appease the fans and media, as opposed to that pick being the right player, is reason to keep an eye on this one.
It's mail time...
First, each team already takes blood from players as part of the annual physical. Second, I absolutely would let them take blood from me even more often if it meant I could guarantee I was on a level playing field with the people I was competing against. This is a serious business that affects lives and families.
There are a lot of subcultures, particularly in terms of hanging out together outside of the team facility. But I think a veteran leader has the potential to have a big impact on the other players in his particular positional meeting room. It is a big reason teams like to have at least one solid core veteran who loves football and puts extra time in in every room. That way that guy can kind of steer the ship and the younger players can follow his lead.
My wife and I loved Buffalo; it was our favorite team and best experience out of the five I played for (Redskins, Cowboys, Browns, Patriots). I guess it depends on what the individual is looking for, but it was really a family atmosphere in which everyone was welcomed with open arms and everybody hung out with one another socially. Other teams were not always like that.
There are several. The Bills signed both