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Jeff Fisher and Stan Kroenke Have Turned the Rams Into a Clown Show

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After the Rams had conned the city of St. Louis into believing that it was going to get a perennial winning football team that was there to stay, Week 1 showed that people were possibly conned again. The Rams have tried to convince you that they have their franchise quarterback, will pound the rock for three yards in a cloud of dust, are stacked on defense, and will let you know what a real football team is all about. Most regrettably, they are still promising to be the hottest ticket in the town.

Sadly, like all serial con artists and their deceitful attempts, Monday night’s catastrophe against the San Francisco 49ers only gave us a visual consequence of how the con artistry acts of owner Stan Kroenke could catch up to him.

The face of the franchise stayed on the bench behind a second-stringer, and the offense got pounded into literally creating three yards in thin air. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald made better contact with an official than with 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and with 28 points allowed from the NFC’s least talented team, the Rams produced a clown show.

In a country where not being treated as stupid and high results matter, seeing the Rams lose like failures made people outside of SoCal, and even St. Louis, thrilled. We have always been told how close the Rams are and that they are one “this” or “that” away from being contenders, even though they have not been a .500 team since 2006 and a winner since 2003. Worst of all, we have always been pushed into believing in head coach Jeff Fisher’s capabilities. But when he cannot coach quarterbacks like Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, or even Chan Gailey, and has more losing seasons than winning, basking in the Rams misery was more than appropriate as we cannot tolerate their bluster anymore.

Photo by The Los Angeles Times

Photo by The Los Angeles Times

Bluster will happen when an absentee owner like Kroenke will enable Fisher to do whatever he wants and let the son of his agent Marvin Demoff, Kevin, run the team. Tragically, it is not as if great improvements will come for the Rams as their owner has blatantly made relatability a greater priority than merit.

Kroenke and the Rams have continued the NFL’s longest streak of never hiring a minority head coach or general manager, a “feat” that has gone on for 80 straight years since the team’s existence. When minorities have to pay their dues and earn less in comparison to Fisher and his eighty-four cats’ lives since becoming a head coach at age 36, hiring a minority or the pay-your-dues type would be eighteen times better than any further due payments to Fisher.

But the odds say that Kroenke will abate that from happening as his legal ownership history with two other teams, the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, shows that he will make an administration whiter than his mustache.

We know about the Avalanche as NHL owners and minorities mutually have little to no interest in increased diversity among coaches and executives. But as Nuggets owner from 2000 till 2010, he may have looked fair-minded by at least making African-Americans just interim head coaches. However, since interims just earn their assistant coaching salaries and cannot make seven figures until employed in the full-time position, the Nuggets African-American coaches still got screwed.

Photo by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Photo by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Most unfortunate was when his first of two hires, Mike Evans, replaced Dan Issel amidst an incident where Issel screamed at a Hispanic fan “Go drink your beer you f***ing Mexican” in December 2001 and left as a 9-17 coach. Injuries to star Antonio McDyess already derailed the team from the beginning, and the roster worsened further after starters Nick Van Exel and Raef LaFrentz were traded. Evans ultimately finished the season 18-38. But even after winning a similar percentage of games to Issel, Kroenke made Jeff Bzdelik, a man that was 25-31 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, the Nuggets full-time head coach.

Guess what color he was?

Sure, Bzdelik had one winning season in 2004 as a rookie named Carmelo Anthony led the team to the playoffs, except with a 17-65 season in 2003, a 13-15 record leading to his firing in 2005, and a 160–179 record with four men’s college basketball teams, Kroenke most certainly made merit irrelevant.

We all agree that meritocracy should matter when someone is being hired for a job, but with Fisher, neither meritocratic nor social progress has been made. For far too long, the Rams have given the lead position to a guy that is relatable to their ownership or barks down a bunch of players’ necks. They have lost for so long that they failed to realize that the winning coaches whom players want to play for are ones that either relate to or accept the players for who they are, like Pete Carroll or Mike Tomlin. So hiring a player-friendly or black pay-your-dues coach after not doing so for 80 years may not be bad after all.

Unfortunately, based on Kroenke’s history, we will likely see the lack of diversity continue and organizational poorness for a while. There are no draft picks, offensive players outside of Todd Gurley, and offensive coaches that perform as well as their defensive counterparts. Besides, Kroenke only won championships when the sport had no salary cap, the NHL. So until the NFL or NBA decides to get rid of its own, the odds of him not making a Super Bowl or NBA Finals will be as high as him making his front offices and head coaches whiter than the Avalanche ice.

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Former NFL Head Coach Dies at age 86

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On April 27, 1932, Robert Charles Knox Sr, AKA Chuck Knox was born in a small town in Pensylvania. Knox started his coaching career from 1969 to 1972 he worked with various teams as an offensive coordinator.

Then, in 1973 he got his first head coaching gig with the Los Angeles Rams. From 1974-1976 he leads the Los Angeles Rams to the NFC Championship game. Unfortunately, they would lose all three games falling short of the Super Bowl.

In 1978, Knox would resign as the Rams head coach and then take over the Buffalo Bills Head coaching job. As the Bills head guy, he took them to the AFC Divisional round falling two games short of the Super Bowl. In 1983 he took over as the Seattle Seahawks coach where he took the Seahawks to their first AFC Championship game in 1983. Knox would coach the Seattle Seahawks until the end of the 1991 season.

From 1992-1994, Chuck Knox came back to the Los Angeles Rams where in three seasons with the Rams, finished last in the NFC West.

As a head coach, Knox has an impressive overall record of 186-147 in the regular season and 7-11 when it came to the postseason just falling short of the Super Bowl.

On May 12, 2018, after a very long battle with dementia, he passed away at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Shirley, and his children Chris, Kathy, Colleen and Chuck Jr., and six grandchildren.

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Rams’ New Inglewood Stadium Exceeding $4 Billion

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The Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium in Inglewood, California, which is slated to open in 2020, is currently projected to exceed $4 billion.

According to Daniel Kaplan and of the Sports Business Journal, the investment by Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his wife Ann, is more than double the next highest amount paid for an American athletic venue.

So why is the estimated cost skyrocketing? Reasons include access roads, utilities and making sure the stadium could withstand an earthquake, per the report.

When the new NFL Network building is factored in, it boosts the projected total to close to $5 billion.

The fancy new stadium, which is expected to hold a 70,240 capacity expandable to over 100,000 for major events, is also expected to be the new home of the Los Angeles Chargers, but the Rams are the primary equity partner.

 

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2018 Opponents Set For Each NFL Team

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Now that the 2017 regular season in the books, it’s time to look forward to the 2018 season right?

Just like eating at some of the top restaurants in the nation, it’s good to know what’s on your plate next, regardless of how far away you are from your next dish.

Here is the rundown of the opponents for each NFL team in 2018:

AFC EAST

 

New England Patriots
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

Buffalo Bills
Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins
Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans
Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

 

Pittsburgh Steelers
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baltimore Ravens
Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Cleveland Browns
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH

 

Jacksonville Jaguars
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Tennessee Titans
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts
Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Houston Texans
Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

AFC WEST

 

Kansas City Chiefs
Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Denver Broncos
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

NFC EAST

 

Philadelphia Eagles
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

New York Giants
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

NFC NORTH

 

Minnesota Vikings
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Detroit Lions
Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears
Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

NFC SOUTH

 

New Orleans Saints
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Carolina Panthers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons
Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

NFC WEST

 

Los Angeles Rams
Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

Arizona Cardinals
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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