NFL Franchise Notes: Rams' Planned Uniform Changes Won't Happen Before '19
In L.A., Vincent Bonsignore notes the "major changes" to the Rams' uniforms representing their move back to L.A. will not happen until '19 and possibly '20 to "coincide with the opening of their new stadium in Inglewood." By NFL rule, uniform changes "require a two-year notification and lock teams into that uniform for five years." The Rams have "begun that process" but have "yet to decide whether to make the switch" in '19 or '20. Change "is coming, which is a positive for those who hate the current color scheme." Those fans "can't help but connect the present jersey and pants color schemes with the years the Rams spent in St. Louis" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 10/19).
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC: In Nashville, Jason Wolf reports the Titans have "heard from fans upset about players' protests." The team in a statement said, "We remain engaged with our season ticket members, returning every call or email that comes in to our season ticket reps about a variety of topics." There were "fewer fans in attendance" at the Titans' Week 6 "MNF" game against the Colts than the team's first two home games. Sales had "always tracked slower for that game, possibly because it was on a week night." Ticket sales for the Titans' next two home games, on Sunday afternoons in November, "already outpace sales for the Colts game." The Titans have also "not noticed a downturn in merchandise sales" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/19).
HARD ROCK LIFE? In Miami, Armando Salguero notes the last time the Dolphins played at Hard Rock Stadium, Oct. 8 against the Titans, the team "was booed" during a game it won. QB Jay Cutler "heard fans basically calling for his benching before the first half was over." WR Jarvis Landry said those fans were "disrespectful." Salguero writes this "crack in the relationship between some fan base and their team must be patched up before it becomes an issue that affects the Dolphins' competitive advantage." Sources said that the Dolphins "don’t consider themselves to have much of a home field advantage right now." Some people within the organization view playing at Hard Rock Stadium as "something only slightly more advantageous than playing on the road" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/19).