Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Rams Should Think About Stafford or Sanchez
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez met with the St. Louis Rams, who hold the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The consensus is that the Rams are simply doing their due diligence, and that selecting a quarterback with the 2nd pick isn't really an option for the Rams.
Well, why not?
Sure, the Rams have Marc Bulger, who has five years remaining on a $65 million dollar extension he signed in 2007, which runs through the 2013 season.
However, since signing that extension, Bulger has turned from Pro Bowl quarterback, who posted three consecutive seasons (2004-06), where his passer rating was in the low 90s each season, to a quarterback who has struggled, both to stay healthy and to produce when he is on the field.
Over the last two seasons, Bulger has completed just 57.7% of his passes, thrown more interceptions (28) than touchdowns (22) and has a passer rating of 70.9 in his last 27 starters.
With Bulger only starting all 16 games once in his career, turning 32 in less than two weeks, and, after 2009, due to earn base salaries of $8.5M, $9M, $9M and $11.5M, drafting a young quarterback, like a Sanchez or Matthew Stafford, to groom for the future should be something the Rams seriously consider.
NFL News and Notes
Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe recaps New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's interview on Sirius radio on Tuesday.
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com would be happy with the Bills choosing Florida State defensive end Everette Brown with the 11th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Before signing Terrell Owens, Bills head coach Dick Jauron talked to Cowboys consultant Calvin Hill.
The Miami Dolphins are getting bigger, writes Omar Kelly.
Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will continue with a two-back approach in 2009.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan addressed the team's quarterback position during yesterday's meetings with reporters at the NFL Owner's Meetings.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News caught up with former Jets and current Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini on Tuesday morning.
Marvin Lewis touched upon several issues facing the Cincinnati Bengals, including the status of Carson Palmer's elbow and the team's goal of improving their offensive line.
One of the reasons the Bengals need to improve their line was the departure of tackle Stacy Andrews, which isn't sitting well with Lewis.
Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers is working out at the team's complex.
West Virginia quarterback Pat White will be worked out by the Browns on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney said goodbye to his fellow owners this week.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin picked the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North next season.
Houston football fans aren't happy that the Tennessee Titans will be wearing 1960 Houston Oilers' throwbacks this season.
Defensive tackle Shaun Cody hasn't yet signed his three-year deal with the Houston Texans.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak believes Dan Orlovsky has starter ability.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are changing their uniforms for 2009.
Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jovan Haye has come home, writes Gary Estwick in today's Tennessean.
Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels doesn't think Bill Parcells would've traded him Matt Cassel.
McDaniels and Cutler were slated to speak by telephone on Tuesday night, but Gary Myers believes that a team like the Jets could still get Cutler.
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall could be disciplined by the NFL after being arrested last month.
As they switch to a 3-4 defense, the Broncos need a wide-body to play nose tackle.
Kansas City Cheifs tight end Tony Gonzalez is Switzerland.
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley likes Matt Cassel's passion for football.
With two years on the job, San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner is the longest-tenured head coach in the AFC West.
Turner believes expanding Darren Sproles' role will help LaDainian Tomlinson, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle wishes the NFL had paid tribute to the Oakland Senors.
Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable called out quarterback JaMarcus Russell in a kinda/sorta way.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "wouldn't trade Tony Romo for anybody".
New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is ready to go after knee surgery, reports Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.
Giants cornerback Kevin Dockery hasn't signed his one-year tender, but has signed an injury protection agreement.
Giants wide receiver Taye Biddle is nearly 100% after being shot in January.
Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb has plenty of potential, according to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
The Eagles may be interested in acquiring Jason Peters from the Bills.
Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver talked to the Seattle media on Tuesday.
Washington Redskins long-snapper Ethan Albright isn't concerned that the team brought in some competition for his roster spot.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times looks at some round two wide receiver options the Chicago Bears may have in next month's draft, before opening up his mailbag.
There's a limit to what the Detroit Lions can know about Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, writes Tom Kowalski of MLive.com.
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is confident in the roster he's built.
Free agent right tackle Mark Tauscher may not be back with the Packers in 2009.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has passed every milestone in his recovery from heart transplant surgery.
With his Q&A session with readers, Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune writes that the New Orleans Saints expect defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith to be healthy for 2009.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer gave a State of the Bucs address at the owner's meetings.
There's a rumor that the Arizona Cardinals could appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer.
NFL head coaches are getting younger, writes Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Pro Day News and Notes
Clemson running back James Davis ran a 4.39 in the 40 during his Pro Day on Tuesday.
NFL eyes will be in Storrs, Connecticut to check out UCONN prospects Cody Brown, Donald Brown, Will Beatty and Darius Butler, as well as in Iowa State, Jackson State, Nevada, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Texas and Western Kentucky.
So basically, this section will be expanded tomorrow morning.