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History Shows that the Rams Will Never Hire a Minority Head Coach

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The 2016 calendar year is likely the worst we have ever seen due to famous deaths, infamous political events, and national crises polluting our horizons, but the year may have ended with a celebration with the overthrow of a national leader whose ways grayed faster than his facial hair did.

Raul Castro? Kim Jong-Un?

Close. It is Jeff Fisher.

To be fair, Fisher never imprisoned fellow natives for disagreeing with him after promising that he would be different than the previous leader.

But the overhyped, gin-belly of bluster decided to show leadership giving us the impression that he always needed more time and the doggy ate his homework. He also tried to show us his “middle school offense” by “just [giving] it to Todd [Gurley]” and what improvements he made in the passing game by throwing Sam Bradford, Nick Foles, and Frank Cignetti under the bus.

Finally, he decided to allegedly end his coaching career with a bang by setting up his offense to give the ball away to the Atlanta Falcons for three touchdowns and the defense to do a similar thing to Matt Ryan without Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu playing.

And they say defensive football is his specialty?

What is not a specialty of the Rams, however, is stability as they have gone fourteen years without a winning record, thirteen years without making the playoffs, and eleven years without an 8-8 record. You know, the Fisher way of doing things?

One man that was once 8-8 as a West Coast coach, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, is speculated to be considered for this job and is thought of as a good choice for a place that is perceived to be a land of opportunity.

But with a terrible offensive line, a defense that allows the third-most big runs (rushes of 20 yards or more); a running back (Gurley) that has declined like past Rams backs (Zac Stacy and Tre Mason), and a quarterback (Jared Goff) that looks more inept than unready, there is no opportunity. Especially as the options for winning have vanished.

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This past spring, the Rams gave up first-round picks (2016 and 2017), two second-round picks (2016), and third-round picks (2016 and 2017). The last time I checked, a dearth of draft picks made the Oakland Raiders go 11-37 from 2012 to 2014, Washington Redskins end up 7-25 from 2013 to 2014, and Mike Ditka finish 3-13 with Ricky Williams in a wedding dress.

Why would McDaniels ever want this job?

In fact, why should the Rams hire McDaniels when they have employed him before?

In 2011, the proclaimed 40-year old genius ran the Rams offense in St. Louis where Sam Bradford was expected to lift the team up and guide it to the playoffs in what was once known as a weak NFC West, and like the genius of McDaniels faded were the Rams’ hopes that season.

They finished 2-14, and when your offensive genius is supposed to take advantage of Steven Jackson’s running ability and transform a quarterback the way he did with Matt Cassel, being near the bottom in significant offensive categories is not acceptable.

Rams’ Offensive Statistics in 2011

  • 31st in yards per game (283.6)
  • 30th in passing yards per game (179.4)
  • 23rd in rushing yards per game (104.2)
  • 32nd (last) in points per game (12.1)

Frankly, if you are the Rams while erasing a 1-15 or 2-14 season of a resume, you might as well re-hire Steve Spagnuolo. He was a last-place coordinator after losing his first head coaching job and works for a reputable organization. Maybe he can do the trick if McDaniels declines to take the job.

Sure, the McDaniels’ 2011 season was affected by the lockout and a high number of injuries, and Jimmy Garropolo and Jacoby Brissett have performed well for him in 2016. But having someone off the Bill Belichick coaching tree is dangerous enough when he may be the greatest coach of all time and a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback like Tom Brady highly contributed to making men like Charlie Weis and Bill O’Brien major college coaches. Let us not forget, Brady’s plays helped New England be a winning team and thus bolster the resumes of Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini, and even with second go-arounds, the latter two men’s careers did not exactly pan out well.

But when you look at Belichick coaching tree and see who would get hired first, based on the Rams administrative history, McDaniels, Mangini, O’Brien, and even defensive coordinator Matt Patricia would be ahead while Crennel would barely get a sniff of the team.

In past columns for SportsRants.com, I, likely, have been the only media personality to point out that the Rams have the NFL’s longest span of never making a minority head coach or general manager hire. This period that has lasted 80 years too long, and with a change being needed since at least 2014, now is the time to speak up when nothing positive is being done.

When you look at the Rams organization and see how it operates, and it almost acts more like a hospital that designates the men to be doctors and the women just to be nurses. The owner, president, general manager, and head coaches (full-time and interim) are white while 81 percent of the roster is black. What is most insulting is Fisher not only received a two-year contract extension for doing a such a lousy job but makes somewhere between 35 to 49 percent more than the average minority head coach.

Based on available salary data via OtherLeague and Boyd’s Bets, the average minority coach makes between $4.7 million to $5.2 million, and if Hue Jackson’s salary had been made available to any of these or other sites, the disparity would widen even more.

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Currently, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers has two Super Bowl appearances, one championship, and no excuses for his team when the quarterback is out. He makes as much as Fisher does, even though his resume is exceptionally better.

Can someone call this a crime in the name of diversity, let alone common sense?

Let us not forget that Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is one step away from making multiple playoff appearances with his second team in another city. If Fisher could not do zilch in comparison, with two teams in five cities (Houston, Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, and Los Angeles), would it not be more fitting if Fisher gave up a quarter or half of his salary to Caldwell?

Now, do not get me wrong. I am a person that believes that merit must matter over minority status. But when Stan Kroenke legally owns a team, history shows that he only thinks that people who fit his culture are worthy of lead administrative positions.

Back in September 2016, I wrote about how Kroenke has only made minorities interim head coaches with the Denver Nuggets, which prevented them from earning full-time head coaching salaries, and likely used one of them (Mike Evans) as a diversity pawn to make up for a racist incident that involved the team.

If you think I am racist for making such a comment, you are wrong. I am a recycler. I just took stuff from my past and passed it off as something new, like Kroenke did when he used Michael Sam as a pro-gayness pawn the same way he used Evans with race.

For the record, he does not legally own the Denver Nuggets or Colorado Avalanche and would be punished by the NFL for violating rules that prohibit him to operate teams outside of the league. Regardless, with the past employment circumstances likely being valid or realistic, it is becoming exceedingly evident that relatability is the highest determinant for him to hire a coach or a general manager.

Well, maybe that is what you tend to do when you elect to be an absentee owner and have someone else to run the team for you. I know I would not want a stranger to run something I own without my knowledge. I might as well get someone who is just like me. My team, like the Rams, could go unsupervised for so long that I risk the chance of internal chaos. But someone will make my millions for me and what better way than to hire my tee-time drinking buddy who loses when I cheat at golf.

If Kroenke wants to win for a change, maybe he should make decisions that fit his personnel. With his roster being predominantly African-American, he should get someone whom they will put their heart on the line for. Usually, it is a man that relates to or understands players and paid his dues to get ahead. More times than not, the minority is that person, and there is no better way to say “change” and “we’re moving in the right direction” than a hire like that.

Assuming that he does not, he should just supervise his team like every business owner. When no one cannot name a team that has won a Super Bowl with its owner not present when the Robert Krafts and Rooneys do, and Al Davis was the only NFL owner to win a Super Bowl with a team in Los Angeles, he will never win anything in the NFL. Sadly, old people never change, and until Kroenke stops inadvertently enabling his drinking business buddies that have no business being left unsupervised or employed, he will leave this earth a loser and finish last in wins and administrative diversity in comparison to a former exiled L.A. owner, Donald Sterling.

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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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