I would much prefer the 8th overall pick to the 11th.
Why?
Because I care about winning in the future, and ASAP.
That's more important to me than the difference between 5-11 and 6-10 or a win over an emotionally flattened Dallas team.

This may turn out to be meaningless; the Rams still may get the draft pick they want. But suppose they miss out on a guy who was an ideal fit at the 8th pick?

That win at Dallas will seem very silly in retrospect.

We've been down this road before.

(See: Kennedy, Jimmie, 12th pick, 2003 draft).

Surprised that memories are so short.

--B

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I think Shaw tried to encourage Martz to dump Marmie after last season to bring in Jim Bates, but Martz wouldn't do it. I didn't know that at the time, or I would have reported it.

Martz apparently was willing to throw Marmie off the side of the ship to keep his job for 2006, but too much damage had been done by then.

--B


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Martz is my friend, but he needed to go.
The pressure of the job consumed him.
He burned way too many bridges -- and he burned himself out.

--B

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Rivera was trained by the right people, and he's got some sizzle to him.
That's why he'll be coveted by several teams.
Definitely near the top, or at the top, of most lists.

--B