Talking about the Ram move back east.
Fred said this.
"I hate these people for what they did - taking the Rams logo with them when they moved to St. Louis," says Dryer angrily. "It was bad enough they took the team from Southern California, but it was even worse that they took the Rams logo with them."
"That logo belonged to Southern California. I honestly think if we were able to keep it, it would have speeded up the process for us getting another team. "It's an outrage that she (owner Georgia Frontiere) was able to get away with it. For her to arbitrarily and capriciously take the Rams' logo with her to St. Louis was a heinous crime. The NFL is just as culpable in failing to stop her."
As you might determine, Fred Dryer isn't exactly a passionate advocate of Georgia Frontiere, whom he feuded with in his well-publicized departure from the Los Angeles Rams early in the 1981 season.
Fred Dryer has bittersweet memories of that Super Bowl XIV appearance he made against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 20, 1980, at the Rose Bowl in a match the Rams wound up losing, 31-19, after entering the final quarter holding a 19-17 advantage.
"Of all the Ram playoff teams I was on - and I think I was on seven of them - it's so ironic that our 1979 one that made it to the Super Bowl probably was the weakest," says Dryer. "But we were experienced, and our coach, Ray Malavasi, realized you had to pass the ball to beat the Steelers."
"I still think to this day that we could have gone to at least three, even four more Super Bowls with the Rams during our Western Division-winning runs during the 1970s had Chuck Knox not put a governor on our offense, a restrictor plate on our carburetor.
Chuck was a terrific organizer and terrific judge of talent. His philosophy was to play mistake-free football on offense and win it on defense.
"And that would work for us during the regular season. But in the playoffs you have to open it up a little because the competition is always top-flight.
His biggest failing was his offensive vision - or rather lack of one. It was a bad thing, and the frustration it engendered among the players would permeate the entire team.
"Well, Ray Malavasi, who was our Super Bowl coach, realized that we were going to have to pass to stand any chance of winning. And that's what we did. Vince Ferragamo had a big game, and our defense was terrific against the Steelers.
"I remember at the end of the third quarter when the teams were switching sides, and I happened to walk by Terry Bradshaw, who said to me, 'I don't know what to do. We can't run against you, and we can't pass against you.'
"We felt the only way we'd lose that game was to make some stupid blunders or allow some big plays.
Well, unfortunately, we allowed a couple of big passing plays. Terry Bradshaw just threw the ball up, and John Stallworth made two incredible catches, one for a 73-yard touchdown and another for a 45-yard gain.
Those catches beat us. Afterward, Bradshaw came up to me and said, 'We were lucky to win this one.' And I have to agree with him. We outplayed the Steelers for three quarters, and then lost on a couple of big plays."