The first play in Stan Kroenke’s tenure as majority owner of the Rams was a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown by the Patriots’ Brandon Tate. At that moment, Kroenke’s phone rang.
“I said, ‘Welcome to the NFL,’” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, relaying the story to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Kraft did later congratulate Kroenke with a message on the team’s jumbotron, and Kroenke got the last laugh with a preseason road win and a terrific performance by rookie Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
Now all Kroenke has to do is turn his franchise around, like Kraft did 16 years in New England.
Let’s be honest: Kroenke can’t be much worse than the Rams’ ownership since they arrived in St. Louis. The Greatest Show on Turf happened despite the ownership, and no team has looked more rudderless over the last 5-8 years.
Coach Steve Spagnuolo, running back Steven Jackson, and others all sounded hopeful that the Kroenke regime will provide more stability.
“Just his presence at the end of the game meant a great deal to
me, and I know it meant a great deal to the players,” Spagnuolo