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Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 5:46 pm
Finally, the St. Louis Rams have done what they should have done in the offseason -- get Sam Bradford an effective pass receiver.

Only I don't know that Brandon Lloyd is all that effective anymore. He was for Denver a year ago. But that was when he set career marks in everything from catches to yards to touchdowns to yards per reception. Take away that season, and the guy's pretty ordinary.

Plus, I don't know why you make the move now. Lloyd becomes a free agent after the season, so why give up a draft pick for someone who might leave after this year anyway?

"Too little, too late," is how one NFL exec put it.

But the Rams can't afford to be picky. They need something, anything, to perk up a disappointing passing attack that features receivers who are downright ordinary. Bradford is a franchise quarterback, but he doesn't have a franchise receiver. The Rams hope he may now.

It's a gamble, but it's one the Rams almost had to take. They're desperate to improve, and desperate teams take desperate actions. Brandon Lloyd has had a reputation as being difficult to work with, but the Rams need someone to catch Bradford's passes -- and so his addition makes sense.

But here's why it really makes sense. The offensive coordinator in St. Louis was the head coach in Denver under whom Lloyd had so much success. That would be Josh McDaniels, and having him behind Lloyd again increases the chances that maybe, just maybe, he becomes the guy he was last season.

Plus, there is this. The Rams believe it's a no-risk move, and here's why. If Lloyd becomes the receiver he was last year they have a head-start on re-signing him prior to free agency. If he doesn't and leaves as a free agent, they gain a compensatory pick from the club that signs him.

So the Rams give up a sixth-rounder in 2012. They gain a sixth-rounder in 2013.

"The compensatory pick was the driving force behind this," said a league source.

All I know is that Brandon Lloyd is an upgrade for the Rams at wide receiver, and that's good. Now, what happens from here, who knows? The Rams hope he's the receiver who had a breakout season in 2010, but there weren't many signs of it this year. Of course, McDaniels wasn't calling the plays in Denver, either.

I don't know why the Broncos were so eager to be rid of the guy, other than they're not going nowhere, but it almost surely has to do with his contract expiring and the club moving in a different direction with a new coaching staff. On the other hand, it makes no difference to St. Louis. The Rams are trying to salvage a disappointing season that threatens to get worse if something isn't done.

Well, something just was. Maybe it's too late. Maybe it doesn't make a difference. I don't care. At least the Rams addressed an area of need.

It's about time.

Category: NFL

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:51 pm

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

To a point, draft picks are way over-valued in the NFL. Even if Lloyd regresses, you can't honestly say that the risk of a sixth-round pick isn't worth it. Unless you're dealing with a first-, second-, or third-rounder, it is almost always worth it to trade a pick for a proven commodity. Of course there are exceptions and this may well prove one of them. But even for a crummy team that isn't going anywhere, giving up a sixth rounder to shore up a position they're clearly terrible at is well worth it, compensatory pick or not.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:02 pm

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

Lloyd and Orton were not getting anything accomplished in Denver this year. Denver's year is toast and trading Lloyd will enhance their chances of getting a top pick in next year's Draft. Luck better pack his snow skis. Hello Denver!! Tebow will be traded after this disasterous year comes to an end. Luck better hope one of the other receivers is #1 receiver quality or Denver trades for a top notch receiver or he will be in for a rough year next year! The only problem is can Denver beat out Indy for the top pick?

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:07 am

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

The QB's completion percentage also has something to do with dropped passes.  The Rams receivers have been doing this with regularity.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:04 am

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

The Broncos top brass is effectively starting "Operation Sabotage Tebow"

Let the BS excuse-making begin. This isn't really a good first entry, though. The Broncos took Brandon Marshall away from Orton, and he just turned around and made Lloyd a star. If Tebow doesn't turn Royal, Thomas, or Decker into a league-leading receiver, then we'll know at least one thing about Denver...

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:56 am

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

I don't see where this helps the Rams.  They're down to an 11 game season, and still have major problems on their offensive line.  It would be better for them to play out the season, and be in position to draft Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, then address the offensive line with a very high second round pick in the 2012 draft.

But then again, that's just me.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:19 am

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

great post, thank you.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:13 am

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

The Rams have the foundation for a damn good team so if they make a few moves here or there, good for them. They dont need Andrew Luck and arent winning right now, so why not tinker. Some of the smallest moves can make a big difference and right now I only see this as a good thing for the Rams.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:07 am

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

Trading a pick for Lloyd is risky because he becomes a free agent after the season?  I don't think so.  Didn't they just get him for a 6th rounder?  If the Rams want to keep Lloyd, he won't be that expensive.  If he has a meaningful impact over the rest of this season, then the Rams will be willing to give him a decent contract....and few other teams will as he has not been particularly successful except when teamed with Josh McDaniels.  If he does little, then he has virtually no value as a free agent and can be signed cheaply or ignored.  In the McDaniels offense he might be a solid #1 or #2 receiver.  If it doesn't work out, they didn't give that much.

I don't see this as a season saving move.  They are 5 games back in the division already, and the 49ers appear to be for real this year.    This is an attempt to try to get something in place for next year and beyond.  This way, they get to try Lloyd out and see if he is someone they want to feature going forward.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:50 pm

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

Does it really matter who the WR's are when you have a QB that only completes 40% of his passes.  Maybe they should get rid of all the WR's and replace them with TE's so they can block downfield.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:18 pm

Meet me in St. Louis: Lloyd, McDaniels reunited

Just one more reason to eventually say:  we'll see you in Los Angeles!!   Let's go Rams-let the midwest have KC, MIZZOU football and Cardinals' baseball.  It's time to stop renting that lousy, pathetic dome and move back to where we not only belong, but should NEVER, EVER, have left.  Oh, and let's get our '70-'80s unis back.   We're not the Notre Dump Rams, although we sure look and play like it.

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