In fact the difference was no big deal to him at all. The big deal though is that Miami simply let him walk, one of the better tight ends in the league. They didn't even try to keep him, just simply let him fall into the hands of an already potent offense. Thanks Miami, we appreciate it, we really do.
With all the hype about McMichael's receiving skills as a tight end everyone seems to forget just how good of a blocker he is as well. And this is something the Rams have been lacking in quite some time, especially at the tight end position.
"The thing he really doesn't get credit for is, he's a very, very good blocker in the run game and in the pass game," said Linehan
Randy on the other hand doesn't mind Linehan admiring his blocking skills but did have this to say with a laugh....
"Being a tight end, you don't want to be known as a great pass-blocker. ... You want get out and run routes."
Even though he would rather run routes he has made it a point to polish his blocking skills.
"Especially that year
Scott was there, I really concentrated more on the blocking aspect of my game," McMichael said. "I think one thing that I can bring to the table is that I can pass-block one-on-one with defensive ends and I can run-block one-on-one with defensive ends. So the offensive linemen can stay inside and worry about the inside guys."
As for Marc Bulger...he's got to be one of the happiest QB's in the league now with the likes of Bruce, Holt, Jackson, Bennett, Hall and McMichael. Lots of decisions for him on the field now on who to get the ball to.
"I'd rather have that problem than trying to find one guy; I'll make them happy," Bulger assured. "We'll definitely have the most talent on our side of the ball since I've been starting."
Needless to say, with that much fire power, if anything it should make for one exciting offensive season for the Rams.