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Rams provide a look at how they learned their schedule

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NFL fans learn their teams’ schedules by watching TV or checking them out online, but how do the teams themselves find out?

The Rams answered that question by posting a video that shows exactly how they found out their schedule: NFL Senior Director of Broadcast Michael North called the team facility and was put on speaker phone to read the schedule to the Rams’ key decision-makers.

The video provides a glimpse at the reactions of Rams G.M. Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay, both of whom feel strongly that West Coast teams shouldn’t be required to play early on Sundays on the East Coast.

“You’re on the road at the Jacksonville Jaguars,” North told the Rams. “We were able to get you out later, get you out of a 10 a.m. body clock, so it will be 4:05 p.m. Eastern time in Jacksonville, 1:05 Pacific time.”

“That should be a rule, that should be required,” Snead told North.

“We are well aware of the Western teams’ preference for later starts when they travel east,” North replied.

The Rams were also interested in finding out how their London “home” game would fit within the schedule, noting that it comes at a time when they’ll have four road or neutral site games in five weeks. That’s not ideal, but no NFL schedule ever is — North and his colleagues in the league office can’t make everyone happy, but the Rams seemed to think they got a decent draw.

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8 Responses to “Rams provide a look at how they learned their schedule”
  1. 3yardsndust says: Apr 21, 2017 12:59 PM

    Yes, God forbid these millionaires have to get up and play before noon. Sheesh.

  2. picaroon45 says: Apr 21, 2017 1:27 PM

    Two West Coast team late starts at Tampa Bay were halted during the game for T-storm lighting delays last season. T-Storms forming after 4:00PM are common in Florida during September.

  3. kane337 says: Apr 21, 2017 1:54 PM

    Don’t most people have to work around 8:30am local time?
    OMG 10:00am is soooooo early!!!!!

  4. Bob says: Apr 21, 2017 1:56 PM

    “The video provides a glimpse at the reactions of Rams G.M. Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay, both of whom feel strongly that West Coast teams shouldn’t be required to play early on Sundays on the East Coast”

    So the West Coast teams then should always play at 1 p.m. on their body clock, even when they’re East? That would force the Eastern time zone teams to play at 4 p.m. so that upsets their body clocks. So everyone is supposed to just accommodate the West Coast teams?

    Suck it up and quit complaining when you have to play at 1. Your franchise has been garbage for years so what difference does it make?

  5. jjackwagon says: Apr 21, 2017 2:33 PM

    We are well aware of the Western teams’ preference for later starts when they travel east,”
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    So if Western teams prefer later starts when they travel east…then Eastern teams should demand earlier starts when they travel west.

    Except you don’t hear them complaining.

  6. kmossg says: Apr 21, 2017 2:51 PM

    ^IMO it is harder for shorter trips to go east than it is to come west. The issue here is the players are not “fully awake” for their game. Not as much of a problem when you travel east and have more time instead of less before the game.

  7. elyasm says: Apr 21, 2017 3:13 PM

    Crappy teams don’t get late afternoon time slots; there’s your rule. Want to start later? Play better.

  8. champs794 says: Apr 21, 2017 3:13 PM

    The most contagious Seahawks fan conspiracy theory strikes again. Winning early games is a challenge, but so is *any* road game. It’s what separates good teams from bad ones, though that’s harder to tell when you play three road games against the rest of the West.

    This isn’t some cross-country back-to-back like in basketball or baseball (where west coast teams seem to win all the time, I’d add). Traveling NFL teams have a week to prepare. Their failures are not the fault of the schedule.

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