Morning Ram-blings: On language penalties

Generally, we use this space to focus on a story that involves the St. Louis Rams in a direct way but every once in a while an issue comes along that affects the whole league and includes the Rams.

One such issue has come to the forefront in the past week or so and is an important issue not only for the Rams and the league but society at large. The NFL is considering adding a rule which would penalize players for use of the N-word on the field. It's a rule that might seem difficult to enforce but one that could mean more in the bigger picture of the way people interact with each other on a daily basis.

ESPN columnists Dan Graziano and Jason Whitlock each offered good takes on the subject in the past couple of days. Both are worth reading and both give important perspective to the issue.

Here's Graziano's take where he writes that the NFL should not be precluded from societal norms and discourse.

Whitlock has long been a proponent of removing the N-word from societal vernacular and once again articulates the many reasons why the NFL making this move would be a step in the right direction.


A roundup of Tuesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began with an up close look at Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson's weekend in Indianapolis. ... Next, we examined the impact of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon's Clowney's impressive workout at the combine. ... From there, we focused on the importance of patience in possible trade talks for the Rams this year. ... Finally, we offered thoughts on the possibility of the Rams bringing guard Chris Williams back.


At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas takes a look at how Clowney could be the Rams' ace in the hole.

Thomas also writes that offensive lineman Rodger Saffold has not received a contract offer yet.

Thomas also participated in his weekly chat.

Columnist Bryan Burwell says the Rams can't go wrong with any of the top players in this year's draft.

At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker posits that the Rams should draft a receiver and a safety with their first two picks.