The scene made me think back to All or Nothing with the Cardinals. You think Bruce Arians would have found this funny? If John Brown and Michael Floyd flipped their moped, something tells me they’d never see it again. “The b—- is mine now,” Brucie may say. (Get well soon, Coach.)
Jared Goff is a total Cali kid. He reminds me a lot of Mark Sanchez (another Cali kid) during his star turn on the Jets’ Hard Knocks season in 2010. Young, cocky, likable and a little bit goofy. Speaking of goofy, defensive tackle William Hayes doesn’t believe in dinosaurs and is confident mermaids exist. We’ll get into that in a bit.
“Gurley could be the No. 1 pick in most fantasy drafts, and I’m not sure anyone in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York has ever seen an interview with him,” Rodgers said. “Donald is a great defensive player, and I don’t know if anyone knows much about him. We want to expose them to fans across America.”
Football fans are familiar with Rams coach Jeff Fisher. The coach always plays the most prominent role in “Hard Knocks.” While he won’t have the bombast of Rex Ryan when “Hard Knocks” covered the Jets, Rodgers expects Fisher will be an interesting character.
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The Rams played their first home game in Southern California in 22 years. Our Adam Rank was there 22 years ago during the Rams final season, so we sent him to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to capture his emotions about the team’s return. Take it away, Adam.
Being a Rams fan was a weird time in the 1990s. To put it in the terms of a television show that perfectly encapsulates the decade and is the show of record of my youth, “Saved By the Bell”; the 49ers were Zack. The Raiders were Slater. We were Screech. The 49ers had the Super Bowl titles and the best quarterback to ever play before Tom Brady. The Raiders had Ice Cube wearing their gear. As for the Rams; well I think I saw Jay Leno on the sidelines of a game once.
This was a Jeff Fisher fever dream from outer space. The Seahawks always have their issues against the Rams. It’s one of the NFL’s stranger trends, and Sunday was no exception. Russell Wilson dropped to 4-5 in his career against the Rams on a day that saw him battered for two sacks and countless hits behind Seattle’s overpowered O-line. The ankle sprain he suffered last week clearly impacted Wilson, whose final numbers — 22-of-35 passing for 254 yards — look better on paper. Fans came close to seeing Wilson do the remarkable on that busted final drive, but the comeback fell short when running back Christine Michael fumbled the ball following an eight-yard catch inside the Rams’ 30-yard line with less than a minute to play. If only Fisher could face Seattle every week.
Coming off a mega-disastrous opener, Case Keenum opened the game with a nine-play, 54-yard drive for a field goal — the first points for the Rams since last season. While Keenum gets credit for testing the ball downfield with completions of 44, 36, 27 and 18 yards, he also failed to dial up a touchdown with Los Angeles sitting first-and-goal at the Seattle four-yard line. Keenum threw for a respectable 8.1 yards per pass, making good use of wideout Kenny Britt and tight end Lance Kendricks. Nobody should mistake Keenum for a bona fide NFL starter, but as long as Fisher dreams of kicking three field goals per game, he’s got his man.
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Fisher recently said that the team had to “do a better job from a personnel standpoint,” but ultimately took responsibility for the club’s win-loss record. The Rams now join the Titans and cheap nfl jerseys and Buccaneers, who also fired their head coaches a season after selecting a quarterback No. 1 or No. 2 overall in the draft.
“Making a decision such as this — especially during the season — is one of the most difficult in sports,” said Rams owner and chairman Stan Kroenke said in a statement released by the team. “I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and friend.
The stadium is half-full three minutes before the scheduled kickoff, but cheers wail as if the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were at capacity. The Rams expected 91,000 fans for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys at the Coliseum. Official attendance stood at 89,140, breaking the NFL’s all-time record for largest U.S. preseason attendance.
The Rams run out to a warm welcome — from the L.A. weather and from pillars spewing fire and popping fireworks at the edge of the tunnel. It is loud. Woo’s echo around the bowl of the stadium, but little clapping can be heard, as most of the fans hold phones to capture the Rams’ first steps onto a Los Angeles home field since 1994, and their first home game back in the Coliseum since 1979.