INDIANAPOLIS - New Rams head coach Jeff Fisher just concluded his "15 minutes of Combine fame" (the allotted time that podium speakers get here at Lucas Oil). He left us a with a couple of items of relevance to Patriots fans.
First, Brandon Lloyd. The free agent wide receiver, who played most recently for St. Louis before Fisher arrived, has been outspoken about his desire to play from now on wherever Josh McDaniels is. And now that McDaniels is back as offensive coordinator in New England, speculation is Lloyd will seek to join the Patriots this spring.
Fisher, though, when Lloyd's name came up, adding to the intrigue by saying, "There are a number of UFA's we're interested in keeping. He would be one of them."
So, stay tuned...
Meanwhile, Fisher's Rams will face the Patriots (with or without Lloyd) this October 28 at Wembley Stadium in London. Our friend/colleague Brian Lowe from Patriots Today asked Fisher for his thoughts on the contest.
"When it was announced, we were very excited," Fisher responded with genuine enthusiasm. "We think it's a great opportunity."
Fisher then paused, perhaps for effect, as he hit us with his punchline.
"If you're going to play the Patriots, it's best not to play them in North America," he laughed, drawing chuckles from the media as well.
He then added, all kidding aside, "I think it's a great opportunity for us. There were a number of clubs that were disappointed that they didn't get the opportunity. We're in the early stages of evaluating that [trip] and talking to some of the clubs [who've been before] and how they did it and what's most convenient for the players."