NFC West: James Trapp
October, 3, 2009
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Aric from Tempe writes: This is a multi-part question. One, does the NFL have a minimum average occupancy/ticket sales that a team must be below for a new owner to move a team? Two, if son, the Rams' offseason seems like the movie "Major League" where the owner signed a bunch of nobodies and did everthing he could to make them fail. Maybe I'm wrong, but why havent the Rams made any attempt to get at least one decent receiver? Three, are they tight on cap room? Why cut Torry Holt instead of trading him? I am a huge Rams fan, I have been a season-ticket holder since they came to St. Louis and I keep my season tickets even though I live in Arizona. Please help me understand what is oing on.
Mike Sando: I see the Rams as a rebuilding team that decided to go young at most positions when feasible. Saving money might have been partly behind some moves. However, the team spent big on free-agent center Jason Brown. The team held onto the second overall choice in the draft and then paid a slight premium to Jason Smith in an effort to get him into camp on time. The Rams re-signed cornerback Ron Bartell and committed more than $6 million to Oshiomogho Atogwe as a franchise player.
To answer your questions, relocation rules require three-fourths of owners to approve a move, but the Raiders succeeded in relocating without such approval. Also, the Rams have been relatively tight on cap room for some time.
Dave from 49er Country writes: Mike, I, like many of my 49er faithful brothers and sisters, are riding quite a 'high' so far this season. We are one very close play from being 3-0 (gotta give Brett Favre his props ... the man can still rip the ball) and now the Rams come to Frisco all banged up and probably expecting, deep down, to lose this game. What are they putting in the water in Santa Clara these days? The roster is not that much different than last year's team. Is Mike 'win or or else' Singletary willing the talent from these guys or was Mike Nolan just a bad head coach?
Mike Sando: Singletary has the 49ers playing more intelligently. The team is no longer trying to run a Kurt Warner offense with J.T. O'Sullivan at quarterback. That is the No. 1 difference on the field. You no longer see the 49ers blowing games. Some are getting a little impatient with the conservative approach, but it's clear to me Singletary wants to prevent losing while this team is learning how to win. Shaun Hill has continued to provide stability at quarterback, also. And then the defense is playing a more straightforward style.
Jason from Morongo Valley, Calif., writes: I predict the Niners going 10-6, winning their division and making the playoffs. I also think that they could be dangerous once in the playoffs because of their motivation and toughness. I know the Niners have been bad for a long time, but do you think this is reasonable to suggest?
Mike Sando: I think it's possible for the 49ers to get to that level. I do not think the team is currently at that level offensively. Most playoff teams would be able to outscore the 49ers, I suspect. The toughness and motivation are helpful, but other playoff teams would possess those traits as well.
Terry from Seattle writes: Did the NFL really contact the Seahawks and openly admit the Matt Forte fumble/review was called wrong by the officiating crew?
Mike Sando: Hugh Millen said so on KJR radio in Seattle. He played with Jim Mora at the University of Washington. The two were roommates. They remain close friends. Just a guess, but Millen would probably be able to verify that information.
I do not think it's a big deal. Teams complain about calls all the time. The league promises to review the plays in question. Sometimes the league acknowledges an error. Sometimes the league says the official made the right call. These sorts of things happen regularly. It's not like the league would have made a special call to the Seahawks, apologizing for horrible misdeeds. They probably said a mistake was made. It's not like it changes anything.