Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: A tough 24 hours
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher and his team did their best to hide their emotions and look ahead after receiving word that quarterback Sam Bradford would miss the rest of the 2013 season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.
For Fisher and Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan, the bad news didn't stop there Monday afternoon. On a far more serious note than Bradford's injury, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, 90, died Monday at his home in Houston. Fisher and the Rams sent out a statement expressing condolences Monday afternoon.
“I’m extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bud Adams," Fisher said. "Mr. Adams gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL, and I’m eternally grateful to him for that. We enjoyed a great deal of success together during my 17 seasons with the organization, and I’ll cherish those memories for the rest of my life. My respect for Mr. Adams goes well beyond the owner/coach relationship that we shared for many years. He was a pioneer in the football business. He played a key role in creating and sustaining the American Football League, which helped push the popularity of our game to where it is today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Adams family during this difficult time.”
Fisher took some time out of a busy day to speak about Adams on Nashville radio, as documented by ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky here.
Of course, Fisher isn't the only prominent member of the Rams organization with connections to Adams. Finnegan got his start in the league with the Titans and he checked in with his condolences via Twitter..
It can't be easy for any of the involved parties to focus on the next game with so much going on.
Tuesday's roundup of all the Rams-related stories running here on ESPN.com on Monday: It was almost all quarterbacks all the time after the Ram-blings got the day started. Actually, with news of Bradford's injury breaking in the wee hours of the morning, we started the day earlier than usual with a look at what the injury could mean for Bradford's long-term future with the team. ... The Ram-blings came next but then we veered off of quarterback stuff with the weekly rookie review, breaking down snaps counts and production for the Rams' drafted and undrafted rookies. ... Next was this week's version of Upon Further Review with an examination of four hot issues coming out of the Rams' loss to Carolina. ... Then we did our best to cut through the rhetoric and rumors to get down to realistic names for possible additions to the quarterback spot on the depth chart. ... Finally, we offered a final news story with quotes from Fisher on Bradford and the quarterback situation.
Eric Allen, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith discuss how far is too far when it comes to trash talk after the incident between Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins and Panthers receiver Steve Smith.
Panthers reporter David Newton writes that Carolina coach Ron Rivera found a silver lining in the play where Bradford was injured. Rivera was impressed with Mike Mitchell's composure in running away from a potentially ugly situation with Harvey Dahl. Wonder if he was equally impressed with Mitchell's preening on the Rams' sideline after doing pretty much nothing?
At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon writes that Bradford's injury exposes another remaining gap in the Rams roster.
Columnist Bryan Burwell explores the idea of the Rams drafting a quarterback in May in this video.
Bernie Miklasz ponders Bradford's future in his video segment.
At SI.com, Doug Farrar offers his look at Bradford and his future with the Rams.