Rams players hear plans for first transition year

AP

Yes, the Rams have moved to Los Angeles. But they won’t really arrive there until their stadium opens in 2019. For the next three seasons, they’ll bounce around Southern California, from Oxnard for offseason workouts to UC Irvine for training camp to Thousand Oaks for in-season practices to the Coliseum for home games.

On Friday, the team held its first meeting, something they received special permission to do given the strict rules regarding offseason communications and interactions with players.

According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, coach Jeff Fisher said roughly 80 percent of the team’s roster attended the meeting.

“We’ve all been in the dark, kind of, to this point, but this meeting helped clear up a lot of stuff,” punter Johnny Hekker (pictured) said after the meeting.

Only one thing has been clear from the outset: The Rams will have an unusual existence for the next three years, before opening their new stadium in Inglewood. By then, the roster will surely look a lot different. But that didn’t stop the current members of the roster from getting excited when they saw a video of the new building.

“They were hooting and hollering,” executive V.P. of football operations Kevin Demoff said. “They were excited, which I think makes us excited.”

Excitement remains the operative word regarding the Rams, for now. That surely will change when the players have to pick a place to live and will be crawling through snarled traffic from place to place as the Rams slide around the area for the 36 months until they finally have a new home.

19 responses to “Rams players hear plans for first transition year

  1. Whatever, its L.A., these guys are rich and famous and are about to become even moreso as they get to play a kids game for inhuman amounts of money, all under the sun, in paradise.

    Let me put it this way, they won’t exactly have any issues when it comes to luring free agents.

  2. The Rams have a lot of work to do.

    They have to improve the Coliseum up to NFL standards, such as improved lighting.

    They have to pick a radio station to broadcast Ram games, including finding commentators.

    They have to find a training camp facility.

    They have to have to come up with a new cheerleading squad.

    They have to come up with singers for the national anthem.

    In addition to all these issues, there are the normal duties/decisions of free agency and the draft. It sickens me that a home game will be wasted in London playing the Giants. They can take these international games and flush them!!!!!!!!

    I cannot wait for the schedule to come out. With the Rams back in Los Angeles, even the preseason will be cool!!!!

  3. Modern Day Einstein says:

    Whatever, its L.A., these guys are rich and famous and are about to become even moreso as they get to play a kids game for inhuman amounts of money, all under the sun, in paradise.
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    LA is paradise? I guess Haiti is as well. I mean they have beaches, too.

  4. “Let me put it this way, they won’t exactly have any issues when it comes to luring free agents.”

    Other than Cali’s high state income tax. And given the variety of locations around SoCal where they will be training, they’ll be spending a lot of that sunshine-paradise time commuting.

  5. When the owner of your team is willing to move the team out of his home state, a state willing to build 2 stadiums in 20 years, and trash the city to make more money, then your owner is a sleaze. Kroenke is worth 7 billion dollars, he doesn’t need more money, but he puts money before anything else including winning.

    Also Demoff is a liar. LA fans do not trust that man. He lied to us for 6 years.

  6. I don’t blame St. Louis fans for being upset. However, it would be smarter to put you energy into lobbying for an expansion team rather than hating on the Rams. St. Louis Stallions has a nice ring to it. They could play in the Edward Jones Dome until the new stadium is ready.

    Imagine the emotion in the stadium when the Rams return to St. Louis to play the Stallions? There will be some serious anti-Kroenke signs in the stands. The fans will be jacked up for that game!!!!!!!!!

  7. sportsbastard says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:56 PM
    I hope they lose every game for the rest of their existence.

    *************************************

    HAHAHAHA
    You mad bro?

    Get over it. The Rams were NEVER St. Louis’ team. They were Los Angeles before them, and they will always belong to L.A.

    St. Louis couldn’t even keep the Cardinals
    Face it, the Kansas City Chiefs OWN Missouri. st. Louis is a baseball town, but lets be real………..the Kansas City Royals are Missouri’s favorite team

  8. Some of you are delusional to think free agents would prefer to sign in a city like St. Louis or whatever other Midwestern city over Los Angeles because of “traffic and taxes”? Are you kidding me? It’s the entertainment Mecca of the world. The top 1% of the most beautiful women in the world reside there, and advertising opportunities are everywhere. Los Angeles will have ZERO problems attracting free agents when their new stadium gets built and shouldn’t have much trouble now….

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