It's another scorching hot day in the Midwest and the St. Louis Rams take the field twice today for practice. My hat's off to these guys. I can barely stand to be outside on this lovely 85 degree morning. Let's stay cool with some Random Ramsdom though, shall we?
The last Rams coach to win a Super Bowl was at camp yesterday for an inspirational visit. Dick Vermeil is in town to promote his new win and stopped by to remind the boys in Golden Horns that it wasn't always 3-, 2- and 1-win seasons here.
Speaking of Dickie V, he was not only impressed with QB Sam Bradford, he had an interesting take on the first round pick's six-year, $78 million contract:
I think if you give the money to the right kind of people, it doesn't change anything. It adds a sense of responsibility to meet that commitment that the organization has made to him.
Danario Alexander was at Rams Park yesterday. He passed a physical given by the Rams, stay to watch practice then caught a flight for a visit with the Seattle Seahawks. You saw his hopeful tweet yesterday after the visit.
Rams fan on the scene, @21bird, had some reports from practice yesterday. He had good things to say about Jerome Murphy's hitting, Justin King's coverage, Burton and Gibon's ability on display and more. Of particular interest was a nice rollout from Bradford to Fendi Onobun.
This NFL.com report makes it sound as though Rodger Saffold has leapfrogged Jason Smith for the LT spot. I think that's a bit of a leap itself. Smith's recovering from a broken toe and has dealt with three notable injuries through his first season and second preseason in the league now. The Rams want to make sure they have an acceptable sub on the left side should Smith be out of action. Maybe. Maybe I'm just giving too much benefit of the doubt to Smith.