Morning Ram-blings: Enjoying greatness

ST. LOUIS -- With the Super Bowl coming up, there will be plenty of time to discuss and re-hash all the many story lines sure to come from the Seattle-Denver matchup.

On Monday, ESPN's Dan Graziano wrote something that I felt was worth leading this space with and is certainly worth your time to read. In the column, Graziano makes the argument that instead of nitpicking every little thing about great players such as Peyton Manning, we should stop and savor his greatness. The same can be said for other great players around the league.

The larger point to the column is that we are often so quick to judge, compare and rank players that we often forget to really enjoy watching legends at work. It's a point I agree wholeheartedly with.

Graziano argues that Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time and doesn't need any more validation to have that crown. I don't necessarily agree with that because I don't believe you can compare players across generations in such simple terms. But that's really not the point.

The column got me to thinking about how it pertains to the Rams. Things have been so bad for the franchise in the past decade that the mere mention of the "Greatest Show on Turf" elicits chills and nostalgia from fans. The further removed from that special team we get, the easier it is to long for those glory days. It's been a long time since Rams fans have had something like that to watch with such wonder and enthusiasm.

It's worth noting now as a means to have greater appreciation for what players like Manning are doing now. Like him, love him, rank him ahead or below of your favorite quarterback but enjoy what he does because you never know when he'll be gone or when something like it will come along again.


A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we looked back at the classic NFC Championship Game waged by NFC West division rivals Seattle and San Francisco and where the Rams have to get to catch up to them. ... Next, we offered a look at this week's Senior Bowl and how the Rams have used it to add talent in the past two drafts. ... Finally, we began our "plays that shaped the season" series with No. 10, end Robert Quinn's franchise record-setting sack.


At stltoday.com, columnist Bernie Miklasz discusses the Rams' need to make big moves despite public comments to the contrary.

In his daily video, Miklasz takes an early peek at the Super Bowl matchup.

Jim Thomas writes about the value of the Senior Bowl for the Rams under coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead.

Another week, another mock draft courtesy of Turf Show Times.