Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Around the NFC West: Kroenke's bid
By Mike Sando
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom expects NFL owners to vote on Stan Kroenke's bid during an Aug. 25 meeting. Rosenbloom: "We're optimistic that the transaction will be supported by the owners and the league. Our relationship with Stan has been and continues to be excellent. We're finalizing documents and expect it to be voted on Aug. 25." All signs point to approval for Kroenke, the Rams' current minority owner.
Also from Thomas: Free-agent wide receiver Danario Alexander passed a physical exam with the Rams, but left without a contract. Alexander planned to meet with the Seahawks as well.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says hot conditions are affecting the Rams at training camp. Coach Steve Spagnuolo: "I don't think you want to [practice in the heat] all the time. Then you get a weak team and a team coming out of training camp that's just beat up and burnt. We don't want to do that. But it's early right now, so the heat's good … to get the team acclimated to this particular environment. We're going to play some games in some warm weather, especially early in the season."
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams camp is different with Sam Bradford onboard. Burwell: "That nothing bad or crazy or weird or goofy or tragic or just plain stupid cropped up at the 11th hour to keep Bradford from reporting on time might not seem like a miracle to anyone who doesn't follow the Rams closely. But to long-suffering Rams loyalists who have spent an eternity hoping for the best but always, always expecting the worst, this was a refreshing change of pace."
Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says Bradford offers a start, but nothing more. Gordon: "Aside from Bradford, running back Steven Jackson and perhaps rookie wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, how many skill position Rams would interest other teams? Their most polished receiver, Laurent Robinson, has just 55 career receptions. He runs crisp routes but can’t stay healthy. Speedy Donnie Avery has 100 catches in two seasons, but he looks more like a No. 3 receiver than a true No. 1. The obscure supporting cast behind these two includes Keenan Burton, Brandon Gibson, Danny Amendola, Brooks Foster and Jordan Kent."
Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat quotes former Rams coach Dick Vermeil this way on Bradford's new contract: "I wouldn't advise him to turn it down. I think if you give the money to the right kind of people, it doesn't change anything. It adds a sense of responsibility to meet that commitment that the organization has made to him. Obviously they would have invested that kind of money if they didn't feel he was mature enough to handle it, and keep it in the proper perspective. From what everybody says, he is the kind of guy who will want to prove he is worth every dollar.''
Also from Korte: Linebacker James Laurinaitis is more comfortable in his second NFL season.