With the Rams coming to New England this week for some pre-season action, I thought it would be a good idea to continue the trend of Q&A Sessions with bloggers who cover our opponents. Up this week, is StLouisRamFan.com. As I know all too well from my own coverage of the Minnesota Timberwolves, it takes some true dedication to maintain a quality blog when your team is continually bottom-feeding. Vinnie, the site's lead blogger does a great job keeping his readers up to date with all things Rams. He's been gracious enough to share his knowledge with us Patriots fans today by answering a series of questions about the Rams. He, in turn, asked me a few about the Pats, which I'll link to at the end. His responses are below.
1. I ask this question only because Patriots fans experienced an even bigger stomach punch during Super Bowl XLII, and I always think it's interesting to hear the other side's point of view. Since our two teams were intimately involved, what are your thoughts on Super Bowl XXXVI?
Wow starting with the big one. Our point of view will never change the Rams were robbed, the Patriots mugged the Rams receivers, and the NFL wanted the Patriots to win because of 9-11. Rams fans will never believe they were fairly beaten by the Patriots that day. As I take my tongue from my cheek for a minute I will tell you what the problem was on the field. Two words, Mike Martz. From the very first pass of the game from Kurt Warner to Torry Holt Martz allowed the Patriots in their head. The Rams still dominated the game getting into Patriots territory eight times while coming back to tie the game at 17 with 1:30 to play. Many blame Martz for the play calling and lack of touches for Faulk but the biggest fault was the last drive and change of philosophy. The Rams had their foot on the Patriots throat and just needed the ball back. Martz a fan of Max-Q should have been ready to pounce on the Patriots to get the ball back. Total yards at the time were 427-214 in favor of the Rams every fan thought the Rams had the game in the bag. Inexplicably the Rams played soft and let the Patriots march down the field on 5 dump off passes on route to their game winning field goal from Adam Vinatieri. We will never say the Patriots won that game, nor will we ever get that moment back.
2. Sam Bradford just cashed in on a rather hefty contract. Are you comfortable with your team investing that much money on a player who's yet to take a snap?
Well most fans will say it is not their money so who cares, however the huge cost is the salary cap issues you can have in the upcoming seasons. Teams in the bottom half of the first round are landing great talent for less than 10 million guaranteed. A rookie salary cap is needed to keep the NFL parity in place. I am old school so in theory it is wrong to give Sam Bradford $50 million dollars without playing a down, but we live in America and that is what the market allowed him to make so I am fine with it and glad to have him on the St. Louis Rams.