Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke Says Big Trade Was Made To Get Better On Field

Sept. 8, 2013: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams talks with team owner Stan Kroenke prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (Getty Images via Zimbio0

Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Los Angeles Rams, told the NFL Network Friday that the trade to move up to the No. 1 pick was not about selling tickets, but about getting better on the field.

“The only reason we did it was purely football,” Kroenke said. “That sort of comes from the top. I’ve been around this business too long. You don’t win football games in the fall by headlines in the spring. Jeff (Fisher) and Les (Snead) have done a great job in each of the last two years, they’ve drafted a rookie of the year — defensive rookie of the year out of the 13th spot, offensive rookie of the year out of the 10th spot. This year we’ve got the first pick. We gave up some assets, but they believe the value is there, so here we are.”

The Rams are likely to choose a quarterback with the No. 1 pick — either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. The decision to mortgage some of their future to get a quarterback that might not work out is surely going to be scrutinized for years to come. But it did bring one think that Kroenke said it didn’t, it drew buzz.

Everyone is looking forward to see who the Rams are going to draft Thursday and stay focused on the team all the way to the first week of the season.

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