In my opinion, Sean McVay, who has opted to return as the Rams’ manager rather than be touted as such an elite manager, should be seen as closer to the bottom of the managerial stack.
After losing one Super Bowl, he and his belongings decided to buy their way to another. He took a good young QB (Jared Goff, who he almost ruined), threw him in a Detroit garbage heap and went off to buy the best team money.
So you won a Super Bowl. So what? What do you have now? A bunch of aging vets, no choice from now until forever and a coach who doesn’t seem to have a clue about signing and developing young players.
Check out Doug Pederson in Jacksonville and what he did (and is doing) with a bunch of strangers. Much better than the pathetic Rams.
Goff thrives in Detroit. Let McVay go his merry way and leave the Rams in shambles.
With talk of McVay likely to depart, there will inevitably be references to a “sinking ship,” but perhaps the ship has already sunk, begging the question: what’s the over/under for Ram’s wins next year? I’m thinking of 5 just like this year and honestly don’t know where to go.
Many people thought that at age 30, McVay was too young to be the head coach in the NFL. At 36, he’s too young for a sabbatical! The challenge is bigger, and he should return to the Rams next season and show what a truly great head coach can do.
Five Words for McVay: What Would Vince Lombardi Do?
Too bad the Rams fell short against Seattle. It would have been nice to see Jared Goff and the Lions in the playoffs.
Why is McVay always hailed as one of the greatest coaches? Sure, he won a Super Bowl, but so did Don McCafferty. The Rams’ rallying cry that year was “Run it back.” They did until 2016.
Repeat Cotton Bowl
How smart is it to bet on sports? If you played TCU against someone willing to give you 57 points, you lost.
Like any casual fan, I enjoyed watching the Georgia soccer team’s total dominance in their national championship victory over Texas Christian University. The junction? Postgame cigars all around. Countless teenagers went smoke-hunting this week to see glamorous University of Georgia football players enjoying their post-game cigars. Many of them become addicted to tobacco and will eventually perish as a direct result. Whose idea was it to roll out the Stogies? What happened to sports heroes as role models?
Lincoln Riley’s loyalty to Alex Grinch, while admirable, is unjustifiable. After Grinch gave passes to the regular-season loss in Utah and the Pac-12 debacles in the title game, the Cotton Bowl debacle in Dallas should have been his Waterloo. Unstopping Tulane’s mediocre quarterback on two long fourth downs on the last drive and turning Michael Pratt into Vince Young was just unforgivable.
Mark S Roth
Boy, how quickly are fans forgetting Clay Helton’s frustrating tenure and the empty talent cupboard Lincoln Riley inherited in his first year at the helm. To complain now about the defensive shortcomings after the great turnaround Riley orchestrated is short-sighted at best. Give him time to see if he’s learned from his Oklahoma teams’ defensive struggles as well as from that first year at USC. A first-year record of 11-3 is nothing to scoff at.
blue in the face
I find it amazing that Stan Kasten can boast that the Dodgers get the most viewers in baseball and then basically refuse to sign anyone to avoid exceeding the luxury tax. The only luxury tax is paid by the fans, who pay a maximum amount to see a now significantly inferior product.
Corona del Mar
I was wrong. I honestly thought the same management team that took the money off cable and eclipsed its fans for years would find they’re already on the hook for another $22.5 million and still badly need pitching. You assume the fans will be forgiven if Trevor Bauer produces, right? It turns out they don’t have the guts either.
Love him or hate him, which comes with the job of sports columnist, Dylan Hernandez is quite fearless on the pages of The Times.
Calling Stan Kasten shameless and Mark Walter a coward certainly isn’t going to get him special access to the Dodgers, and he’s regularly calling it what he sees.
Keep it up, sir.
being pushed around
Is it the NFL or the NRL (National Rugby League)? The NFL shouldn’t allow players to push a running back/quarterback over the line to win. The offensive line should be responsible for moving the defensive line back far enough to allow the running back/quarterback to step forward to make a first down, not 900 pounds from players pushing them.
Where’s the golf coverage?
Almost 10% of our population plays and watches golf. NBC, CBS, TNT, ESPN, Fox and Golf Channel broadcast it. The Times usually dedicates an inch or two to her, tucked away in its anthology The Day in Sports. Pro tournaments are played almost every week, and yet there is no commentary, no ranking, and only a brief mention of some of the top players unless it’s a so-called major. Golf fans are basically ignored.
The warrior’s farewell
Charles White was a warrior, worth the price of admission, a tough character, Mr. Student Body right/left, Heisman’s idol and forever anchored at the bottom of the peristyle. My favorite USC football player. REST IN PEACE
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