There shouldn't be surprise Kroenke was quiet on St. Louis
They call him Silent Stan for a reason.
It’s rare that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke opens up and really opens up on an issue.
And it should not be a surprise that on Tuesday when the Rams introduced Jeff Fisher as their new head coach that Kroenke, a Missourian for who helped lure the franchise to St. Louis nearly 20 years ago, remained mostly quiet on his plans for the future.
Some wonder if Kroenke is eyeing a potential move to Southern California. Kroenke is in a negotiating position right now. He wasn’t going to tip his hand and potentially lose leverage now as the principal owner of the franchise. He could potentially relocate the team after the 2014 season, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Kroenke can move the team is the Edward Jones Dome is not considered a “first-tier” facility and among the top eight stadiums in the NFL.
“I think this is all out there," Kroenke said. "The chronology of what occurs with the lease is public knowledge. I think for me to comment on that process is particularly (un)timely. The city, or the (stadium) authority, they're dealing with their side of it. And they present a proposal to us by Feb. 1.
"So there's a team in place that deals with all that. So we'll see how that process sorts itself out. But it's a thing that takes place over time."
Kroenke defended his track record in the town too. It's obvious he's in a situation where if he is to remain in town, he desires a favorable lease and maybe an upgraded stadium.
"I started in St. Louis — in one year from now, it'll be 20 years," he said.. "So, I've been around here a long time.
"Contrary to a lot of reports, I haven't taken a lot of 'jack' out of the market. I think that's what's reported. I have put a lot of 'jack' into the market."
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