Saturday, February 15, 2014
Morning Ram-blings: The catbird seat?
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The NFL offseason is still about three weeks from really kicking into high gear, but before we get there, it's worth looking at the many possibilities that await.
Along with that, now is the time to assess what each team is even capable of accomplishing before looking at what they might actually do. Over at SI.com, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar took the opportunity to not only begin looking at what teams can do, but also formulate a grading scale to determine which teams sit in the best position heading into the offseason.
In the breakdown, they looked at four categories -- pending free agents, cap space, amount of draft picks, track record of GM/management -- and assigned a score of one to five with five being the best. They then tallied the scores and ranked all the teams in terms of who sits in the best spot.
By their estimation, the St. Louis Rams are tied for the fifth best position of anyone going into the offseason. Although they are up against it in terms of salary cap, the Rams have a good situation in terms of pending free agents and in the draft.
Aside from that, the part about the Rams discusses specifics of a so-called pending decision on quarterback Sam Bradford. Although the Rams continue to insist that Bradford is the guy, and general manager Les Snead has made it clear he has no intention of drafting a quarterback early, the speculation elsewhere continues.
A roundup of Friday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we started the morning with a look at a great conversation between columnist Jason Whitlock and Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams. ... Next, we did our best to piece together a Rams Mount Rushmore. ... Next, we looked at how Rams coach Jeff Fisher wants defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to spend his time focused on the scheme rather than evaluating talent. ... Finally, we discussed all things Rams for about two hours in our weekly chat.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas offers comments from the Rams on Michael Sam's NFL future.
Thomas also provided his take on Fisher and Williams working together again.
It's only tangentially related to the Rams, but this is worth a read on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel from the Houston Chronicle.
NFL.com put together a team of their best players under 25, and two Rams made the cut.
At Bleacher Report, Dan Pompei has a look inside the reunion of Fisher and Williams.