Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Morning Ram-blings: Locker room 'code'
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- I wanted to get this into the Ram-blings earlier in the week but wanted to make sure I could get it here in the lead portion so that it would be easily seen.
Much has been written and said about the situation involving Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin and the Miami Dolphins in the weeks following the initial revelations about bullying in the locker room.
Since, we've seen the text message exchanges between Incognito and Martin come to light as well as the recent release of Ted Wells' report in which he investigated the situation and revealed his findings.
Of all that has been written or said, I don't believe you'll find anything more important to read on the subject than this piece from ESPN's Mark Schlereth. Schlereth spent plenty of time in NFL locker rooms and emphasizes the importance of realizing that what went on in Miami is far from the norm. Beyond that, Schlereth also provides the added perspective of someone who has been on the wrong end of bullying in his life.
What follows is a deeply personal, passionate, professional and thoughtful take on what the NFL's "locker room code" is really all about. I don't feel the need to add any more opinion or insight on to what Schlereth has to say. To me, he's done it all beautifully in this piece. If you have Incognito fatigue, I understand but if you only read one piece about the whole situation, I strongly recommend it's this one.
A roundup of Tuesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we took a look at some potential ways the Rams could save salary cap space this offseason and the persistent rumors surrounding quarterback Sam Bradford. ... Next, we continued out combine countdown series with No. 4, a glance at how the quarterback performance in Indy will help shape the Rams' draft plans. ... Then, we responded to the comments from Jeff Fisher that Sam Bradford will remain the team's quarterback in 2014. ... From there, we dived into the team's current salary cap situation and how it can be re-shaped to give the Rams more flexibility. ... Finally, we reached No. 3 in the combine countdown by exploring ways that defensive backs could help themselves this week.
Here's the news with Fisher's comments to Mike and Mike.
At stltoday.com, Bernie Miklasz reminds us that anyone thinking Bradford won't be the starter in 2014 is not facing reality.
Jim Thomas participated in his weekly chat.
NFL.com provides its look at what the Rams' offseason could look like.
Also at NFL.com, Nolan Nawrocki serves up his scouting whispers on a number of top prospects.
The stats doctor, Rick Winer provides some numbers from Seattle's Super Bowl run that could be helpful for the Rams moving forward.
The fine folks at overthecap.com put together a handy list of estimates for what this year's rookie class will cost each team.
CBSSports.com does its best to offer a salary cap picture heading into the offseason.