In my opinion, Sean McVay, who has determined to return as coach of the Rams, moderately than being touted as such an elite coach, needs to be seen as nearer to the underside of the teaching pile.
After dropping one Super Bowl, he and possession determined to purchase their approach to one other. He took a very good younger QB (Jared Goff, who he practically ruined) threw him on what appeared like a trash heap in Detroit, and went out to purchase the most effective workforce cash might.
So they received a Super Bowl. So what? What have they got now? A bunch of ageing vets, no picks from now till eternally, and a coach who doesn’t appear to have a clue easy methods to signal and develop younger gamers.
Look at Doug Pederson in Jacksonville, and what he has accomplished (and is doing) with a bunch of unknowns. An entire lot higher than the pathetic Rams.
Goff is flourishing in Detroit. Let McVay go on his merry approach, leaving the Rams in ruins.
With speak of McVay seemingly leaving, there’ll inevitably be allusions to a “sinking ship,” however perhaps the ship has already sunk, which raises the query: What’s the over/beneath for Ram wins subsequent 12 months? I’m considering 5, similar as this 12 months and actually don’t know which approach to go.
Lots of people thought that at age 30, McVay was too younger to be a head coach within the NFL. At age 36, he’s too younger to take a sabbatical! The problem is larger, and he ought to come again to the Rams subsequent season and present what a very nice head coach can accomplish.
Five phrases for McVay: What would Vince Lombardi do?
Too unhealthy the Rams got here up quick in opposition to Seattle. It would have been good to see Jared Goff and the Lions make the playoffs.
Why is McVay at all times praised as being one of many biggest coaches? Sure, he received a Super Bowl, however so did Don McCafferty. The Rams’ battle cry this 12 months was “Run it back.” They did, to 2016.
Cotton Bowl repeat
How good is it to guess on sports activities? If you took TCU in opposition to somebody prepared to present you 57 factors, you misplaced.
Like any informal fan, I loved watching the entire domination by the Georgia soccer workforce in its nationwide championship overcome Texas Christian University. The turnoff? Postgame cigars throughout. Countless teenage boys this week went looking for smokes, as a result of they noticed the glamorous University of Georgia soccer gamers having fun with their postgame cigars. Many of these will get hooked on tobacco, and someday down the highway will perish as a direct end result. Whose thought was it to roll out the stogies? Whatever occurred to sports activities heroes as position fashions?
Blame it on Grinch
Lincoln Riley’s loyalty to Alex Grinch, whereas admirable, is indefensible. Giving Grinch passes for the Utah regular-season loss and the Pac-12 title-game catastrophe, the Cotton Bowl debacle in Dallas ought to have been his Waterloo. Inexplicably failing to cease Tulane’s mediocre quarterback on two lengthy fourth downs on the ultimate drive, turning Michael Pratt into Vince Young, was merely unforgivable.
Mark S. Roth
Boy, how rapidly followers overlook the irritating tenure of Clay Helton and the empty cabinet of expertise that Lincoln Riley inherited in his first 12 months on the helm. To now complain concerning the defensive shortcomings after the nice turnaround Riley engineered is shortsighted at greatest. Give him time to see if he has realized from the defensive woes of his Oklahoma groups in addition to this primary 12 months at USC. A primary-year report of 11-3 is nothing to sneeze at.
Blue within the face
It is superb to me that Stan Kasten can brag concerning the Dodgers having the very best attendance in baseball after which mainly refuse to signal anybody to keep away from going over the posh tax. The solely luxurious tax shall be paid by the followers paying prime greenback to see a now clearly inferior product.
Corona del Mar
I used to be fallacious. I actually thought the identical administration workforce that took the cash from cable TV and basically blacked out their followers for years would determine they’re already on the hook for one more $22.5 million and nonetheless desperately want pitching. They’d determine followers will forgive if Trevor Bauer produces, proper? Turns out they don’t have braveness to do both.
Love him or hate him, which comes with the job of sports activities columnist, Dylan Hernandez is fairly fearless on the pages of The Times.
Calling Stan Kasten shameless and Mark Walter a coward will definitely not get him particular entry to the Dodgers, and he repeatedly calls it like he sees it.
Keep it up, sir.
Getting pushed round
Is it the NFL or the NRL (National Rugby League)? The NFL ought to disallow letting gamers push a working again/quarterback throughout the road to achieve. The offensive line needs to be liable for shifting the line of defense again sufficient so the working again/quarterback can transfer ahead to make a primary down not 900 kilos of gamers pushing them.
Where’s the golf protection?
Nearly 10% of our inhabitants performs and watches golf. NBC, CBS, TNT, ESPN, Fox and Golf Channel air it. The Times often “devotes” one or two inches to it, hidden in it’s miscellaneous The Day in Sports. Pro tournaments are performed practically each week and but, except it’s a so-called main, you don’t have any commentary, no leaderboard, and solely a fast point out of a few gamers who’re within the lead. Golf followers are mainly being ignored.
Charles White was a warrior, well worth the worth of admission, one powerful character, Mr. Student Body proper/left, Heisman position mannequin, and enshrined eternally on the peristyle finish. My favourite USC soccer participant. R.I.P.
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