I think at some point Bradford has to redo his deal. The backfield the running backs? I don't think the Rams are willing to spend big money on SJ if that's what you are saying? Pead, DR and Terrance Ganaway are on the roster already, if they draft another one that's not going to cost too much. The only playmaker that's going to cost a ton is a big time WR.Quote:
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You have to consider that, even with Amendola, this offense lacks enough playmakers to really be effective week in and week out, and those playmakers are going to cost money as well. That doesn't even begin to talk about the offensive line and backfield as well.
KD said last week we have about 10-11 million in cap space after signing Long and JL. He said they could free up about 20 mil if they wanted too but will most likely stay pat. Having two first round picks over the next two years they will need money for that. He said they could sign one maybe two impact FA this year. He mentioned DA as one of them and SJ was not mentioned at all.
Either way, veteran contracts are more expensive, and while we aren't talking about big money contracts, that price tag has to be factored in as well when you're talking about having enough room for a franchise tag contract under the cap. Every little bit counts.
Danny is a very good player, but we've seen the problems the offense has been having even with him on the field. Obviously more is needed, and if his contract - either the franchise tag or a long term deal - is going to be so expensive that it prevents the Rams from adding those needed offensive pieces, then I would understand if they opted to let him walk so that they could pursue others with more potential for impact play, be it at skill positions or along the offensive line.
Football is many things to many different folks. To the owners, it is a business plain and simple. I certainly hope the Rams lock up DA for years to come but not at a cost that handcuffs us in pursuing much needed talent to fill some of our many holes. Business means you have to make tough decisions that are not always viewed positively by the fans. If it makes the team better then so be it. Tired of losing
If the Rams sign one of the big time WR early in FA next year and then can't afford or unwilling to overpay for Amendola. I can live with that.
If the Rams fail to sign a big time WR and then let Amendola walk that's going to be scary. Then what do we do? Draft a WR and wait two, three years for him to develop?
Amenodla is the only elite receiver we have, not saying Givens and Quick won't be better next year. My hope is we lock up DA and land a WR in FA. If not we better draft some elite defensive players and get ready to grind out some wins.
Amendola is the best receiver that the Rams have, and it would be painful to lose him. But more painful, IMO, would be a situation where the Rams lock him up to an extension so large that they're unable to make other important improvements to this offense, forcing the team to continue to field the kind of unit we've seen for much of this season - one that is average at best, maddening at worst.
Try for a second to think about what this offense has been like when he does not play, It's beyond bad. Thae being said you are right he is not enough.
I have to believe that the future playmakers for this team, at least most of them are here now and will come in the draft at a much lower cost then FA. FA now with the new CBA is going to be at an all time high, while the draft cost has been reduced.
Add in two more drafts with four first round picks coming in the next two years. I think we will be building through the draft more then FA. IMO.
I guess I would rather have Amendola at a higher price and hope Givens and Quick develop into elite playmakers along with the players still to be drafted. Then to let him go and try and find playmakers to replace him in FA.
Maybe I'm starting to realize if he gets a big deal then we can't get a WR in FA to go with him...
just want to add, i really hope saalim hakim gets good enough for a call up, or at least be a return man
i WANT to see his speed work
Now, obviously the draft is a marathon rather than a sprint, and it would be unfair to expect these guys to step onto the field as a rookie and turn it on immediately. But at the same time, I think we can all agree that we were hoping to see something more positive so far from guys like Quick, Pead, and Kendricks this season. So do we just continue to wait, or do you supplement when veteran options present themselves while allowing those young players more time to develop?
The draft is a long-term solution and this team needs short-term answers as well if they're going to fix some of these issues. Do you really want to sit around and wait another couple of years for Quick and any other rookie WR the Rams may take in the next draft or two to possibly become legitimate weapons? If you're willing to pay Danny Amendola "impact player" type of money, then let's go get a real impact receiver for Sam and ask Givens or Pettis or a rookie to fill that slot role (or if we're lucky, sign Danny to a modest deal to do it himself).
Building through the draft is preferable to spending big free agent money, absolutely. But you also have to balance it with the time you're spending waiting for these guys to come around (if they ever do).
This list is just the start but this is it, this is the meal. Fisher took Pead, Quick he's not worried what they do their first year. If he was he would be playing them more. He wants them to play when they are ready and needed.
Ganaway is part of the long term plan, I will go on record now. IMO SJ will not be a Ram next year.
Why would the Rams carry 4 running backs? Why? He will be playing next year with Pead and DR.Quote:
Terrance Ganaway at Running Back 4 yr/$2,178,000 2015 2016
I agree... but you just did.Quote:
Now, obviously the draft is a marathon rather than a sprint, and it would be unfair to expect these guys to step onto the field as a rookie and turn it on immediately.
It'd be nice if they were, but of the list you supplied, only two (Givens & Richardson) is either meeting or exceeding expectations. Pead and Quick have been disappointments so far, Kendricks has not developed into a weapon, Pettis hasn't become a consistent target,
Kendricks due to the O line injuries has had to stay in and block more... but he has done a nice job catching the ball, close to 77% of the balls targeted at him he has caught. Would i like to see him do more in that respect sure, but it's the scheme. Just like Sunday I can't fault SJ for not having more yards when the coach does not call his number. IMO Kendricks has played much better.Quote:
But at the same time, I think we can all agree that we were hoping to see something more positive so far from guys like Quick, Pead, and Kendricks this season.
Quick, the one thing the staff could not know was how well HE would pick up the offense. Quick has struggled with the mental side of things. Next year he will need to have a big jump in play and he should having the time to keep working at it. That said I'm more disappointed the 2 Million we gave FA Smith then the rookie with huge upside. Not all FA workout out but they all cost more money upfront. Smith, Mike Sims Walker,Bennett..... Heck as unfair as football is Wells has been a huge bust if you count playing time this year.
Pead the writing is on the wall for SJ, they Rams don't want him and they don't use him anymore. Fourth and one on Sunday. The Rams pull a pissed off SJ and send in Pead. SJ has 6.2 per carry and they get away from him. The Rams have moved on from SJ already IMO. Pead will produce next year... I will bet you he has more yards for the Rams then SJ does.
I think you know the answer to that as far as receiver goes.. I have posted many times I want Jennings yesterday. That said I think Givens and Quick both can be really good players for us. When you are a good team like the 9ers, you draft players for the future and when they are ready they play. Look at their draft this year not many rookies are playing but that does not mean they are not part of the future. When your bad like us, we think a rookie is going to come in and make the team better from day one, when that rarely happens.Quote:
The draft is a long-term solution and this team needs short-term answers as well if they're going to fix some of these issues. Do you really want to sit around and wait another couple of years for Quick and any other rookie WR the Rams may take in the next draft or two to possibly become legitimate weapons?
The good teams build through the draft the bad teams like the Skins try to by a winner every year and we see how that works, not very good.
If they guys that you draft and coach up never become good then the team will always be at the bottom. If Les and Fisher can't draft and coach up the players we will never win.Quote:
But you also have to balance it with the time you're spending waiting for these guys to come around (if they ever do).
You also need to find some nuggets along the way. Amendola , Billy got him off a practice squad. We traded for Marshal. UDFA, you can pay big money for a punter like we have done in the past or you can have an eye for talent and get a Johnny Hekker.
Johnny Hekker at Punter 3 yr/$1,450,000 2014 2015
You can pay big money for a FG in FA we have or you can draft a Greg Zuerlein.
Greg Zuerlein at Kicker 4 yr/$2,275,473 2015 2016
Draft a Michael Brockers or pay a higher price for a Kendall Langford?
Michael Brockers at Defensive Tackle 4 yr/$9,520,000 2015 2016
Kendall Langford at Defensive Tackle 4 yr/$24,000,000 2015 2016
I think the Rams are doing it right, it will take more then one year.
I wouldn't be surprised if Jackson is gone as well - the writing is pretty clearly on the wall for him to leave - but I do believe the Rams will bring in a veteran at least for camp to compete, if only to add some leadership and experience at the position. Because the line-up you named is severely lacking both.
As for Kendricks, according to PFF's breakdown of offensive snaps, Kendricks actually stayed in to block on pass plays on average more last year than this year. So let's throw the "blame the OL" excuse out the window in this case.
While Kendricks is catching more passes on average per game, he's not being used very dynamically. Only three of his receptions have occurred further than 10 yards down the field. And he's playing under a coordinator that knew how to help Dustin Keller get 40-50 yards per game in New York, so it also isn't the scheme either.
Yes, on a good team where there's more talent and fewer holes, rookies don't get as many opportunities. You bring up the *****, which is interesting because not only did the ***** try to help their WR unit by spending a first round pick on a receiver, but they also brought in two veterans as well.
So while they're building long-term through the draft, they also understand the value of veteran personnel to fill immediate holes while those rookies develop.
The Rams were not willing to pony up the dough for any of the top free agent names at receiver this year, and instead got Steve Smith. I've always liked Smith as a player, but as you pointed out, he's been a non-factor. So at least in his case, the "Why pay big money for a top receiver when we could get Steve Smith for cheaper?" didn't exactly translate to success.