Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brooks Can't Address Issue of Rams' Home

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brooks Can't Address Issue of Rams' Home

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Rich Brooks got a call the other day from San Diego coach Bobby Ross. Ross wanted to know if Brooks' Rams would be interested in scrimmaging the Chargers during the preseason.

Uh, Bobby. We're not sure where we're going to be this summer.

At the moment, the only thing Brooks knows for certain is that his club will hold minicamp April 4-7 and May 5-7 at Rams Park in Anaheim, Calif.

Speculating on the team's whereabouts beyond that only defies logic and invites headache. Since being hired Feb. 10 to replace Chuck Knox, Brooks and most of his coaching staff have been living out of a suitcase in Orange County.

"Residence Inn," Brooks said. "My home away from home."

And there is no hurry to establish roots.

"I don't think I need three houses right now," Brooks said, laughing.

The Brooks family had barely settled into a new home in Eugene, where he spent the last 18 seasons as University of Oregon head coach, when he got the Rams job. His old home had yet to sell.

Last week's "no" vote by National Football League club owners against the Rams' move to St. Louis hardly settled matters.

Pending potential lawsuits or future negotiations or both, the Rams could:

* Still make it to St. Louis this season.

* Play this season in Anaheim, and move to St. Louis in time for the '96 season.

* Remain in Anaheim indefinitely.

At the moment, nobody knows for sure. Certainly not the players.

"I really don't have too much of a clue," said linebacker Roman Phifer, who re-signed with the Rams on Wednesday. "I know there's a possibility we may be here for another year depending on what happens. I'm not really sure, and I don't want to act like I know."

Phifer said the uncertainty was tough, but added, "I'm happy. Whatever happens, I feel good about the team, the players and the new staff that's coming in. We're all going to go through it together, so it's not like we're alone."

Despite Phifer's sentiments, the Rams' status as Franchise in Limbo hasn't helped during the current free agency period.

"It just makes it tough," general manager Steve Ortmayer said. "You have the Rams to sell. You have the team. You have the organization. …

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