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  • r8rh8rmike
    10 Quick Takes On Hard Knocks Episode 3
    r8rh8rmike
    Overall, another pretty good episode. I can do without the silly stuff involving Hayes, but once things got past that, it was very interesting and entertaining.

    I'm not sure why, but Fisher has a surfboard in his office. Maybe it's an HBO prop.

    When Fisher was lecturing about correcting things, I couldn't help but think about the fact that after that lecture, the team went on to commit 9 penalties against KC, up from 2 in the first preseason game.

    How impressive was Sims making all those one handed catches from the jugs machine?

    Looks like the tank top narrative is here to stay.

    Goff may still have some work to do, but he's impressing his teammates with his throwing ability.

    Austin Hill's relationship with his daughter was well presented, and touching.

    I love how upset Ogletree got after the opening TD. Love his leadership as well.

    Case Keenum's wife sounds pretty football savvy, especially when calling out plays from the playbook.

    Next week could have some high drama with big time cuts coming.
    1 hour ago
  • RamFanEsq
    Is Waufle awful... or is it me?
    RamFanEsq
    When I watch Hard Knocks, I cringe every time that Mike Waufle is featured. They guy comes across as a foul-mouthed, borderline abusive, wanna-be drill sergeant. He alone gives the show its TV-MA rating.

    As a 48 year old who has spent his adult life working in professional offices, I don't get this method of motivating people. I would never use such a method, and if it were ever used with me, my only reaction would be to update my resume and start looking for a new job.

    That said... I'm not sure I'm qualified to evaluate whether this method might be effective. I've never played organized football, and I certainly don't claim know what makes 20something professional athletes tick. Perhaps Waufle's fear/intimidation approach is what these guys need after growing up on a pedestal. Perhaps the biggest impediment to success on the field is complacency, and Waufle's method is on point.

    Ultimately, as a fan, I'd have to say that this part of Hard Knocks does not resonate with me. I like having insight into the team's preparations, but maybe this is too "inside" for my taste. I'd liken it to a Food Network show displaying the slaughtering of a cow in addition to the cooking of the steak.

    I'm curious how others react to this part of the show. Maybe I'm on an island on this one. Maybe not....
    4 hours ago
  • ram3057
    Rams rookie receiver Pharoh Cooper garnering attention in camp
    ram3057
    By Rich Hammond, rhammond@scng.com,, @Hammond_OCR on Twitter

    POSTED: 08/22/16, 9:53 PM PDT | UPDATED: 5 HRS AGO

    RVINE >> Pharoh Cooper was 5 years old when Andre Reed played his final NFL game, so the Rams’ rookie receiver grinned Monday and admitted to a lack of first-hand knowledge of Reed’s career.

    “I was a little young,” said Cooper, who certainly knew Reed, the Hall of Fame receiver, by reputation and highlight videos, and had the good sense to listen when Reed offered some on-field advice.

    Reed, who played most of his Hall of Fame career with the Buffalo Bills and retired in 2000, attended Rams practice Monday at UC Irvine. Reed briefly addressed the group of receivers at the start of practice and then, after a drill, gave Cooper some individual advice.

    “He just called me by my name, pulled me to the side and said, ‘When you run your route, stay low,’ Cooper said. “He saw me run a route and raise up a little, so he said, ‘Stay low all the way through your route, so it gives the (defensive back) no time to guess and it helps your quarterback a lot more.’”

    Kenny Britt, the Rams’ most veteran receiver, walked by during Cooper’s re-telling of the Reed exchange, laughed and said, “He’s learning, he’s learning.”

    So far, so good. Cooper, one of the Rams’ fourth-round picks in this year’s draft, has enjoyed a strong training camp and put himself in position to be a regular contributor once the season starts.

    In two preseason games, Cooper only has one catch for 11 yards — albeit for a touchdown — but he has been targeted only four times. That, and solid practice work, apparently was enough for Coach Jeff Fisher last week, who referred to Britt, Tavon Austin and Cooper as “our top guys” at receiver.

    That’s solid praise for a rookie fourth-round pick, and Cooper said that while he didn’t make too much of Fisher’s words, he also took some motivation from them.

    “Of course,” Cooper said. “You always come in here to compete and win a starting job, so when I heard that in the media, it was great to hear that. But I still have to come out here and compete. It’s easy to get a job, but you have to keep the job. I’m just going to keep competing and working hard every day.”

    Cooper pulled in a nice 25-yard reception over the middle from quarterback Case Keenum on Monday. Part of the knock on Cooper, coming out of South Carolina, was that he wasn’t big enough — he’s listed at 5-foot-11 -- or physical enough to make tough plays in the NFL.

    That remains to be seen, but in Saturday’s preseason victory over Kansas City, Cooper showed why the Rams used a draft pick on him.

    Early in the second quarter, Cooper went in motion, lined up in the slot then ran a short route. He turned and caught a Keenum pass, then sprinted and dove for the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown. It was only one play, but a...
    1 day ago

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