I don’t think the Rams are running a country club over there. And I understand it is the job of NFL Films to show some of the lighter moments from camp life in the service of entertainment. But from my perspective on the couch — things look loose.
Take, for instance, Jeff Fisher addressing wide receivers Kenny Britt and Brian Quick, who damn nearly get themselves killed when their two-seater overturns at a high speed on campus. (This shocking moment was captured brilliantly by an NFL Films camera mounted on the vehicle.)
“The Rams’ arrival in Los Angeles is the overarching storyline of the entire series this year,” Rodgers said. “In my mind, this is the classic story of a Midwestern boy moving west to make his dreams come true. He’s going to discover the bright lights of L.A. Only instead of one boy, it’s a team of young men trying to make it big.”
Indeed, Rodgers joked that in previous editions of “Hard Knocks,” following a player after practice usually meant “a trip to a Chili’s or an electronic store.” With the Rams practicing at UC Irvine, a short trek from the Pacific Ocean, Rodgers said the NFL Films crews will show the players at the beach, touring the sights of Hollywood and cheap jerseys and perhaps even taking a spin on the rides at Disneyland.
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.
The last game I went to was October 2, 1994. The Rams lost 8-5 to the Falcons. I was one of roughly 20,000 people who witnessed Tommy Maddox playing quarterback for the Rams. Though, I won’t be too harsh on Tommy, he did deliver LA’s last pro football championship as the MVP of the XFL champion Los Angeles Xtreme. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a Rams fan in the 1990s, read here.
The development, however, isn’t all bad for the West Virginia product. NFL Media’s Steve Wyche reported on Tuesday that Bailey is expected to rejoin the team in a non-football playing capacity if he clears waivers.
In April, a video surfaced on social media showing the 2013 third-round pick running routes in an attempt to comeback to football.
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.
Seattle’s ground game was a non-starter as the ‘Hawks finished the first half with 14 rushes for 14 yards. Thomas Rawls has the faith of this coaching staff, but was held to minus-seven yards on seven totes before leaving the game with a leg injury. Michael looked like the better runner — not hard to do today — heating up when allowed to roll as the unquestioned lead dog in the second half and plowing for nearly all of his 60 yards at 6.0 yards per rush over the final 30 minutes.
The 58-year-old Fisher has been in charge of the club since 2012 and in that time compiled a 31-45-1 record with zero playoff appearances. He burned through a No. 1 overall pick at quarterback which he inherited (Sam Bradford) and selected Jared Goff with the top selection in this year’s draft.
In a lot of ways, Fisher left the team no choice. The Rams had to decide between staying the course, which has not allowed them to sniff the postseason in this decade, or offer a lifeline to the team’s budding young stars on offense and defense. No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, last year’s Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley, wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt and defensive tackle Aaron Donald would make up an enticing foundation for any head coach on the market. They’re likely gambling on the hope that someone can turn the franchise around before the 2019 opening of their new stadium in Los Angeles.