EARTH CITY, Mo. -- This morning, we're going to start with something a little different in these here Ram-blings. We've spent plenty of time discussing the draft, free agency, Michael Sam, Gregg Williams and so much more.
We're going to step away from that for right now and go in a different direction. When former St. Louis Rams safety Aeneas Williams made the cut for the Pro Football Hall of Fame a couple weeks ago, I wrote about how Williams was one of the classiest and most insightful players I've been around in my decade covering the NFL.
On Thursday afternoon, ESPN columnist Jason Whitlock welcomed Williams into his "Real Talk" podcast for a 35-plus minute conversation spanning a variety of topics. What ensued from there is a discussion that I can't recommend enough. As usual, Williams' passion shines through and Whitlock drives the chat in a compelling way.
I won't add much here other than to again offer a hearty endorsement of taking about a half hour out of your day to give it a listen.
A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we talked about the possibilities of the Rams drafting an offensive lineman early in this year's draft. ... Next, we offered a tidbit on the Rams keeping season ticket prices the same in 2014. ... From there, we were all over the Gregg Williams news conference with a news story breaking down the timeline of his hire and a reaction piece on the way winning can cure all. ... Finally, we offered the takes and opinions of coach Jeff Fisher and linebacker James Laurinaitis on how Sam would fit in with the Rams and the NFL.
Chat: Have questions about the Rams? I'll be chatting today at 1 p.m. ET and you can submit questions here now. Hope to see you there.
Meant to get to this earlier in the week but anytime Elizabeth Merrill writes, it's worth reading. This piece on how Missouri handled the Michael Sam situation.
Likewise on this piece from Seth Wickersham on the final season of Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.
At stltoday.com, the discussion of Gregg Williams was plentiful:
Columnist Bernie Miklasz writes that NFC West opponents will have a long memory when it comes to the bounty scandal.
Miklasz also says that Williams is needed for the Rams to take the next step.
Jeff Gordon writes that Williams is back to finish what he started.
At FoxSportsMidwest.com, Nate Latsch says Williams' return was all about winning.