Agreed--especially RE guys like Wade Phillips, Matt LaFleur, John Fassel, Aaron Kromer, Greg Olsen, etc....I think Fisher had the final say in personal matters his stubbornness and unwillingness to change with the NFL led to his demise. Also a head coach is only as good as his assistant coaches. I think the Rams did a good job in the off season, the trade of Robinson who I'm sure Fisher pushed for is addition by subtraction. Also I thought they did well in the draft with their limited number of picks, got Goff some weapons and gave Wade some nice pieces.
The Rams definitely hit the bonanza in coaching. Hope they all sync together to form a winning core for years to come. Even if Phillips retires he was the perfect catch to balance out McVay's inexperience. If our weaknesses were QB who needs development and OL we really nailed it.
Agreed--especially RE guys like Wade Phillips, Matt LaFleur, John Fassel, Aaron Kromer, Greg Olsen, etc....
++++!! Exactly!Giving Goff a chance to develop was kind of an emergency situation for any GM; the diff. between Robinson and Whitworth is greater than a guard replacement in terms of that. I don't think any GM would've had the luxury of thinking very long-term about the line as opposed to Goff's development. He had a rough very rookie year, and its hard to say how much of it was the abysmal OL.
Nice post WF. I like seeing a positive outlook here. Having been disappointed over and over the last 12 years I think I'll wait before making any predictions. The definition of insanity seems to fit here regarding being too optimistic before training camp even begins....a chance to make playoffs in 2017. In fact I seem to be the only one willing to go out on a limb and predict they will.
I've been saying this for years. However, the tired reply is that "Fisher had final say on personel." I also argued that... then Snead was being paid to do nothing, but everyone seems to want to see what he can do without Fisher's involvement. The Snisher regime set the Rams back a decade, and nothing will improve until they get some REAL football guys in charge. Snead is not that.If all Snead did these past five season was grow a head of hair and stand by while Fisher screwed the pooch with way too many wasted draft picks, then he needed to be fired. Alternately, if he actively participated along with Fisher in producing five seasons of futility than he should also have been fired. Either way, if the Rams organization were really serious about producing a winner, Snead (and Demoff) should have been ushered out with Fisher.
Instead (and unbelievably), those two proven losers were retained and allowed to select Fisher's successor. Just fricking unreal, and NO OTHER NFL organization except the Rams would have proceeded in such a pathetic fashion.
Personally, I don't see hiring a 32 yr old first-time head coach and moving a few players around as likely to contribute much, if anything to our Rams ever becoming winners. IMO, nothing will change until someone with proven football knowledge and front-office power takes over.
Finally, I'm a die-hard Ram fan since 1955(!) and would love nothing more than to be proven totally wrong about all this.
Fisher also wanted Quick, GRob and Tavon at whatever cost...oh yeah, Jared Goff as well.Fisher has become the teams scapegoat..all decisions were on him...even not drafting Wagner was part of that plan..Fisher really wanted Isaiah Pead all along...and when Fisher had to ask Demoff's premission to draft Mo Alexander in the 4th rd he was only pretending. Fisher only wanted to make Demoff feel important.
yep, Fisher had total control alright
Yeah, and you can feel free to see how in those last 2 years he was playing down in a 4-3, not in a 3-4 where he excels. But don't let facts get in the way of your hate.add another name to the growing list of vet players added by Snead to save his job..the 31(Oct) year old Connor Barwin 2 straight season of declining stats.. feel free to do a sacks search and look at the age of all the productive players. Likely another one and done player
Spot on analysis. If they do not make playoffs in 2017 then it will have been the wrong approach this past off season. If they do Kudos to Snead however will it be sustainable or a one and done run until they rebuild the key positions currently filled with players on the wrong side of 30? To make it sustainable they will have to be active once again in FA next off season and once they sign Donald do they have the cap space to accomplish?add another name to the growing list of vet players added by Snead to save his job..the 31(Oct) year old Connor Barwin 2 straight season of declining stats.. feel free to do a sacks search and look at the age of all the productive players. Likely another one and done player
where's the rebuild? like wildflecken said why pass on Zeitler? Long term solution is to build around top players entering their 2nd contract and draft bpa at need positions
I don't hate anything..just know logic which you avoided,,,Barwin being 31in Oct which you avoided talking about because of your blind fanaticism..sadYeah, and you can feel free to see how in those last 2 years he was playing down in a 4-3, not in a 3-4 where he excels. But don't let facts get in the way of your hate.add another name to the growing list of vet players added by Snead to save his job..the 31(Oct) year old Connor Barwin 2 straight season of declining stats.. feel free to do a sacks search and look at the age of all the productive players. Likely another one and done player
Personally I see it as football fans and fans with interest in the Rams as discussing different scenarios for the offseason strategy and giving their personal or opposing view. Will is change what they did, nope. Highly doubt any offense running a power gap would not want Zeitler on roster.Oh and doubt they could have afforded paying both Zeitler and Groy. Not to mention how do you know they didn't go after, and how do you know if they didn't want to come here or if they did? Many ifs people are ASSUMING in this thread. Clearly they don't think this is a rebuild- and neither do I.
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