Following the bye, the room gets perhaps the most anticipated matchup — at least for the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year: Week 10, at Pittsburgh.
“That’s homecoming,” Snead says to Donald. Then he jokes, “Hey, coach McVay, are you going to let him stay back for the homecoming dance?”
“…no,” McVay replies, eliciting laughter.
That was the funniest moment of the morning.
Monday Night Football in Week 12 against the Ravens is “The Weddle Bowl,” as Bose continues through the next few weeks unencumbered through Week 17.
“There it is, boys,” Weddle says.
“Three Sunday night games,” McVay says. “OK.”
“Three Sunday night — Al Michaels is jacked,” Snead says, referring to the legendary NBC broadcaster.
“Good luck this season,” Bose says as he ends his Rams call likely to begin another with one of the other 32 teams.
At that point, those in the room pull out their phones to take pictures of the full schedule. It can’t go public until 5 o’clock PT, but those in the organization can at least start planning for the year.
“My big worries were Pittsburgh and Cleveland late,” Hekker says, “because it’s going to be cold—“
“Man, it ain’t gonna be cold, man,” Donald says with a chuckle, cutting off his punter.
“Kickers don’t like the cold.”
“With that strong leg you’ve got, you’ll be fine.”
The players and coaches then remove their mics to get back to work. After all, there’s a season to prepare for.