Hall of Famer Youngblood sacks Rams

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Rams Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood's displeasure with the organization goes beyond the team's 1-15 record last season.

Youngblood, speaking with Bernie Miklasz of 101ESPN St. Louis, took issue with the Rams' recent decision to fire longtime trainer Jim Anderson. He also said the team should tap into its alumni -- Deacon Jones, Larry Brooks and presumably Youngblood himself -- to help tutor young defensive linemen such as Chris Long.

Youngblood might be right, but if anything, his comments suggest the Rams could stand to improve their relationships with Youngblood and some other former players. Teams replace longtime employees sometimes, particularly when a new head coach establishes a program. And it's unrealistic to think Steve Spagnuolo or any other head coach should feel obligated to stock their staffs with players from yesteryear.

I plan to speak with Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney this week. It'll be important to hear from them on these issues.