After not hearing a word out of Stan Kroenke for over a week since he announced he wanted to buy the entire Rams franchise, the man dubbed “Silent Stanley” broke his silence on Tuesday evening to Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch. What he said is all that St. Louis Rams fans needed to hear and that was that Kroenke is going to “attempt to do everything that I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis.”
There is no reason not to take Stan Kroenke at his word at this point. As he pointed out to Miklasz, “There’s a track record. I have always stepped up for pro football in St. Louis. And I’m stepping up one more time.” As I stated in an article on Monday all that Kroenke ever needed to do since laying claim to the franchise is say that he intends to keep the franchise here in St. Louis. There would have been no red flags raised, there would have been no commotion, and the focus would have been on what it should be and that is who are the Rams going to pick in the NFL Draft.
It makes you wonder who is handling Kroenke’s PR and imaging? All of this could have been avoided with one or two sentences. It is another example of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight at Rams Park. The Rams continue to have huge PR and image problems and can’t ever seem to get that straight. I would hope that when Kroenke or Khan do wind up having control they hire someone who understands the St. Louis market and can strengthen this franchise from an image standpoint because frankly they have not had anyone who understands that during their entire tenure in St. Louis.
Even though Kroenke has stated he wants to keep the team here there is still a group who believes that Los Angeles is still a scenario and they are correct. There is a stadium issue here in St. Louis and it is going to have to be fixed. Khan knew this, Kroenke knows this and I think everyone is in agreement that something is going to have to be done in the next decade. The unfortunate part in this is that the CVC and the Rams, from what I understand, don’t exactly have a great working relationship. That could mean trouble ahead but that does not mean it is all doom and gloom. Kroenke has stated his intention and now the focus can be on if he will acquire the team or not. The future of the franchise in St. Louis will be a fight for another day.
I have always thought that the NFL Draft is kind of like Christmas Day for the teams and their fans. They get a lot of new presents under the tree and that provides hope for the upcoming season. Stan Kroenke gave Rams fans a present a little early this year. Better late then never.
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