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3/25/15: It may well be the final year for the Rams in St. Louis, but they have put together one heck of a defensive front. The Rams let Kendall Langford walk in free agency, but no matter, they signed Nick Fairely. Along with Chris Long, Aaron Donaldson and Quinn, this is among the best in NFL history. Now, the hope has to be that Nick Foles returns to his 2013 form and can connect with the stable of wide receivers the team has drafted highly over the past several years, including Tavon Austin. If the Rams can figure out how to score, then they may well be playoff bound.
3/18/15: It looks like the St. Louis Rams had enough of QB Sam Bradford's injuries and inability to progress. Even after spending the last few months praising Bradford and making known their intentions to keep him, the Rams traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Foles and a second round pick. The Rams are also throwing in a conditional fifth round pick in the deal. This is a good move for the Rams as they now have a (hopefully) healthy starting QB and will not have to rely on second or third string players to carry the team. If all goes well, the Rams may be able to move into the playoffs this season.
3/11/15: Not that the Rams really needed any more help on the defensive line, but they reportedly had an interest in Darnell Dockett after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals. Dockett ended up signing with San Francisco. The Rams also released defensive tackle Kendall Langford. Langford is a starter on most teams, but his salary and the emergence of Aaron Donald made him expendable. The Rams could still use an upgrade in the secondary and may target safeties and cornerbacks in the draft in May. Of course, the offense needs the most help and many mock drafts have the Rams taking Amare Cooper with the 10th overall pick.
3/4/15: There are a lot of major issues swirling around the St. Louis Rams right now, but the two biggest are where they will be playing football in the future and who will be under center next season and beyond. The QB issue is intriguing because there has been plenty of speculation that teams like the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills are trying to trade for Sam Bradford. When healthy, Bradford has been a good, though not elite quarterback. Admittedly he has not had much help though. But everyone knows Bradford's injury history and he is trying to comeback again from a torn ACL.
2/25/15: There may still be hope that the Rams or another team will be playing football in St. Louis in 2016 or beyond. It is well-known that Rams owner Stan Kroenke plans to build a new stadium in the L.A. area, likely to move the Rams there. But the big news this week was that the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are partnering with the intention of building their own stadium in the area to share. The NFL likely does not want three teams in Los Angeles, and that may force Kroenke to stay in St. Louis or maybe a new deal opens up where the Raiders find themselves in the Gateway to the West.
2/18/15: The Race to Los Angeles is clearly underway, with the St. Louis Rams as the clubhouse leader for the team most likely to relocate. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has broken ground on a new stadium in the L.A. area. Meanwhile, the NFL issued a memo reminding teams that they need approval from 75% of team owners to authorize a move. The NFL also formed a committee to oversee relocation to Los Angeles. Finally, the city of St. Louis and the State of Missouri have reached non-binding agreements with infrastructure owners on the site of a potential new stadium in St. Louis.
2/11/15: The Rams had to replace offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer after he moved over to the University of Georgia for big money. The Rams then were rebuffed at every turn as they tried to find his replacement. Now a replacement has been named and he was with the Rams all along. Quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti was promoted to the OC job over tight ends coach Rob Boras. Do not expect any major changes though. The physical rushing style that head coach Jeff Fisher has employed for years will still be scheme. Boras was promoted to assistant head coach in a separate move.
2/5/15: The St. Louis Rams are still looking for an offensive coordinator for next season and simply cannot seem to find one. Both Rob Chudzinsky and Bo Van Pelt were not allowed by their teams to interview for the job, while Nathaniel Hackett 'removed himself from consideration' and took the QB coach job in Jacksonville. So the speculation is running high in St. Louis. There is a thought that the Rams may promote from within, and candidates include Frank Cignetti or Rob Boras. Of course, the Rams could think outside the box and bring back Mike Martz, the architect of the Greatest Show on Turf.
1/28/15: It was announced two weeks ago that the Rams were interested in speaking with Rob Chudzinski and Bo Van Pelt for their open offensive coordinator position. Oddly, the Rams were rebuffed by both the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers for interviews. The Colts refusal is particularly odd since Chud's contract is about to expire. The Rams are now set to interview Nathaniel Hacket, who spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. It is not a particularly exciting proposition as the Bills were not an offensive juggernaut, and a long way from Greatest Show on Turf days.
1/21/15: The St. Louis Rams and the City of St. Louis continue to be at an impasse about a new stadium. Team owner Stan Kroenke has made his intentions known that he wants to move the team to Los Angeles. The City, finally, provided a plan for a new stadium. The Rams did not bother to show up for the press conference unveiling the new stadium. What is interesting is how this may affect free agency. There is the possibility that an apparent move to Los Angeles may entice some players that want to be in the big city, though the though of moving a franchise may turn others off.
1/14/15: Things are really heating up in St. Louis, but it is not the Rams play or the weather. Owner Stan Kroenke has made his intentions known that he wants to move the team to Los Angeles, presumably for the 2016 season. He says he will build the stadium himself, as well. The Rams play in a dome that is only 20 years old, but was outdated when it was built. The City of St. Louis offered plans for a $900 million stadium on the riverfront last week. Unfortunately for the St. Louis fans, it may be a case of too little, too late, as the team most likely will be in Southern California before too long.
1/7/15: While other teams are in the playoffs, the Rams are on the scouting trail, having finished with a 6-10 record in the 2014 season. From a 'wins' standpoint, it was a step back from 7-8-1 and 7-9 over the previous two season. That being said, it was a step in the right direction from a talent standpoint. The defense took a bit to get going, but were dominant when they did. The team was also very good at home and beat Seattle, San Francisco and Denver in the Dome. Of course, the big question now is at quarterback. Sam Bradford is expected to be back, but the team plans on bringing in some competition as well.
12/3/14: For one day, at least, it seemed like the Greatest Show on Turf was back in action. Well, minus the 500 yards of offense. But the Rams did put up points against the visiting Oakland Raiders. A lot of points. St. Louis routed the Raiders 52-0. Shaun Hill threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Running back Tre Mason put in two more and the defense came up with a pick-six. St. Louis improved to 5-7 on the season and gets to head east to face a reeling and seemingly disorganized Washington team this Sunday.
11/19/14: The Rams may not be considered one of the top teams in the NFL, but they are proving to be quite formidable against elite teams, especially at home. St. Louis stunned the Denver Broncos last Sunday 22-7. It was the lowest point total of the Peyton Manning Era in Denver. It also means the Rams have beaten the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos this season - three of the final four teams in the NFL last season. The Rams physicall beat up on the Broncos, as several of Denver's starters left wtih injuries. St. Louis improved to 4-5 on the season and head to San Diego this Sunday.
11/12/14: A week after the Rams stunned the 49ers, and not long after they stunned the Seahawks, St. Louis had to face their final NFC West rival - the Arizona (former St. Louis) Cardinals. The Cardinals were not about to be shocked. And while St. Louis led 14-10 going into the fourth quarter - and the Cardinals losing starting QB Carson Palmer to a torn ACL - Arizona was not going to lose and put up 21 points in the final frame to win 31-14. The Rams are now 3-6 and well behind everyone of note in the NFC. Tough one this Sunday when they host the Denver Broncos.
11/5/14: The Rams may be at the bottom of the NFC West, but they are making life very difficult for the rest of the division. St. Louis squeezed out a 13-10 victory over the host San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, putting the 49ers in serious danger of missing the playoffs. The Rams played their best defensive game of the year, forcing bad throws from Colin Kaepernick and sealing the game by forcing a fumble at the end of regulation. The Rams improved to 3-5 on the season and are showing signs of the team they want to be. Big test this Sunday when they head to Arizona.
10/29/14: The St. Louis Rams are a bit of an enigma. They can play top teams tightly and lose to lesser squads by a big margin. A week after shocking the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams strolled into Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City looking to claim the Governor's Cup. It started nicely with the Rams holding a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. Unfortunately, NFL games are four quarters and the Chiefs caught, surpassed and piled on the undermanned Rams to the tune of 34-7. The Rams dropped to 2-5 on the year and head to San Francisco this Sunday.
10/22/14: The national media continues to doubt the St. Louis Rams, but maybe they should not. True, the Rams gave up bigs leads to the Cowboys and the 49ers this week. The Rams took a lead into the fourth quarter against the Seahawks. The Rams also pulled off the greatest trick play of the year by fooling the Seattle punt unit into following the Tavon Austin while Steadman Baily had the ball on the other side of the field and scored a touchdown. That was the second win of the season for the Rams and indicates they are improving. St. Louis travels across the state to visit the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
10/15/14: The St. Louis Rams had their shot on Monday Night Football earlier this week against the San Francisco 49ers. It was going well until late in the second quarter a very questionable offensive pass interference call canceled a first down which would have put the Rams in field goal range. Instead, 49ers got the ball and one long passing touchdown happened right before the half. That may not have lost the game, but it certainly was the turning point as the Rams could not do much in the second half. St. Louis stays home this Sunday to host the Seattle Seahawks, who are coming off of a home loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
10/8/14: Well, for St. Louis fans, at least the Cardinals are in the playoffs. The Rams fell to 1-3 on the season, losing on the road to the Philadelphia Eagles 34-28. Give the Rams credit for coming back. They were down 34-7 at one point in the third quarter. Actually, they did reasonably well against the Eagles, but a blocked punt for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for another touchdown eventually sealed their fate. Head coach Jeff Fisher finally ceded to his eyes and has Austin Davis as the starting QB. He only threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns on the day. The Rams get their shot at primetime, hosting the 49ers on the Monday Night Game.
10/1/14: The Rams may not be one of the elite teams in the NFL anymore, but at least they can claim to have the same bye week as some of the league's heavyweights like the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. The Rams currently sit at 1-2, though they should have not lost their third game against the Dallas Cowboys. The rest will give the Rams a few extra days to heal, and may give the coaching staff a little more time to evaluate third-string QB turned starter Austin Davis. Davis has played well in his two starts and may be the kind of energy guy the team can rally around.
9/24/14: The Rams lost a heartbreaker to the visiting Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. St. Louis built up an impressive 21-0 lead in the first half, and looked like they were in complete control of the game. But the Rams let the Cowboys back into the game and Dallas rallied for a 34-31 win. Austin Davis got his second start and was pretty effective with 327 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also tossed two interceptions. Head coach Jeff Fisher insists that Sean Hill will be the starter if healthy, and he will have another week to heal as the Rams have a bye this week.
9/17/14: Welcome to the Austin Davis Era in St. Louis. Davis, the Rams' third string QB heading into the regular season got the start against Tampa and played pretty well in leading the team to a 19-17 road win. It was the Rams first win on a road opener in 12 years. Davis threw no touchdowns, but also no interceptions, yet did have 235 yards passing as OC Bryan Schottenheimer actually opened up the playbook a bit. Davis marched the Rams down the field late in the game and Greg Zuerline hit his fourth field goal of the day for the win. St. Louis heads back to the Dome on Sunday to host the 1-1 Dallas Cowboys.
8/28/14: The Rams put on some offensive plays that may get fans excited last Saturday, but it came at a cost. The Rams suffered several injuries to key players - including QB Sam Bradford. Bradford left the game in the first quarter after hurting the same knee that in which he tore his ACL last season. Here is hoping that it is not a repeat. Additionally, starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson suffered a knee injury that looks much more serious. The Rams had been very fortunate until the game to avoid big injuries this preseason. Also, Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel, which almost melted the Internet.
8/21/14: One of the big differences between a good team and great team is the depth available thorough the roster. That is something that can be seen in preseason games when the ones have left the field and twos and threes come out. The Rams starters held their own against the Green Bay Packers in their second preseason game. Sam Bradford threw for over 100 yards and a touchdown in limited action. But the second and third string guys could not keep up with Green Bay, leading to a 21-7 loss. In other news, rookie Michael Sam got his first sack, and it looked pretty good.
8/14/14: Under almost any different circumstances, the Rams first preseason game against the Saints would have featured the storyline of Rams defensive coordinator facing his former team - the team that was at the center of his bounty program two years ago. But that story was overshadowed by the debut of Michael Sam. Sam made one tackle in his first NFL action, but came out of the game convinced that he can play at the NFL level. He has an uphill battle to make the team, but that is because the Rams are loaded on their defensive front seven so there simply may not be a spot for him.
8/7/14: The Rams traded up to the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft to take speedy West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. Everyone knows that. What people may have forgotten is that the team spent a third round pick on Austin's teammate and fellow wide receiver, Stedman Bailey. Bailey is facing a four game suspension for PEDs to start the season, but he has been outstanding in training camp so far. He is in his second year and is learning how to get open. If he can do that on a regular basis, the QB Sam Bradford may have a new dimension in the passing game for the Rams.
7/31/14: Though the Rams will never admit it, this does appear to be a make or break year for QB Sam Bradford. The good news for the Rams is that Bradford has been completely cleared for football activities after suffering an ACL tear last season. What is curious is how 'experts' downgrade Bradford. He was actually having a great season last year before the injury. That seems to be lost among the football experts. But for those in the know, if Bradford picks up where he left off, then the Rams could be a playoff team this season.
7/24/14: Rams fans are highly sensitive to speculation that the team may move back to Los Angeles one day, particularly since they are on a year-to-year lease in a stadium that was quickly outdated. So the latest news has perked interest. The NFL is reportedly considering building, owning and operating a stadium in Los Angeles. L.A. has not been able to get a stadium built but the NFL likely could afford to it independently. If that happens, then any team that wanted to move to L.A. would already have a state of the art home. That would be a devastating loss to St. Louis, so hopefully it is simply speculation at this point.
7/17/14: The Rams may have one of the best defenses in the NFL this coming season and have brought in Gregg Williams (again) to serve as the defensive coordinator. The Rams hired him before, but had to fire him in light of the bounty program that he ran in New Orleans. Now, a judge has ruled that a civil case against Washington and an alleged bounty program that Williams ran there may continue. That could mean sworn testimony from Williams and a distraction that the Rams surely do not want. Of course, the team had to know this was a possibility when they brought him back into the fold.
7/10/14: Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher is the embodiment of paradoxes. Many consider him among the best head coaches in the NFL. His critics say that he is merely average and point to his career win-loss record. In his 18 seasons as a head coach, he has finished at 500 or worse in most seasons. But many of those were 8-8 seasons with the small-market Tennessee Titans, and in a division that had Peyton Manning. To be fair, Fisher is a great head coach whose players love playing for him. In his short time in St. Louis, he has revamped the culture and has the Rams competitive in the best division in the league.
7/3/14: The Rams should be a better team this season and they have improved every season under head coach Jeff Fisher. The biggest questions are how will they create scoring opportunities and can QB Sam Bradford rise to his draft status as number one overall a few years ago. Actually, Bradford was having a very good season before he tore his ACL in week 7 last year. He is already doing more than expected and that is good news for the Rams and their loyal fans. With all of the distractions from other NFC West teams, do not be surprised if the Rams make a run for the division crown this season.
6/26/14: The Rams wrapped up OTAs last week and the organization seems to be happy with the direction and progress of the team. QB Sam Bradford is essentially in a make or break year. He has four years of experience now and (finally) consecutive years in the same offensive system. There is a lot of criticism of Bradford for not becoming 'elite' yet. Of course, he has battled injuries, a lack of surrounding talent, and several different offensive schemes. It should also be noted that he was having a great season until tearing his ACL last season, a fact that is constantly overlooked.
6/19/14: And THAT is how you do business. The Rams were the last team to sign any draft picks but wrapped them all up in one fell swoop. That was by design, though. St. Louis, at least in the Jeff Fisher Era, waits to sign their draft picks. That gives them the time to provide some financial training to young men who are about to make a lot of money. They try to show the rookies how much agents and taxes take out of their paychecks and not to spend frivolously. It is a good model and would not be surprising if more teams adopted this approach in the future.
6/12/14: The Rams were the last team to start OTAs and are the last team to sign any draft picks. As of the start of their off season program, the team was the only NFL franchise to not have signed any draft picks. That is by design, though. The Rams have taken the approach of waiting a few weeks to sign any picks and also providing some financial direction. They do not want their picks to get overwhelmed with the vast amount of money they are about to receive. One year, Coach Fisher brought in an armored truck full of money, then proceeded to show how much taxes, agents, and other items take away from what the players actually make.
6/6/14: Should Rams fans that want to keep the team in St. Louis be getting worried? While one report last week suggests that Los Angeles is giving up hope on landing an NFL team, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says a team will be in L.A. within five years. The L.A. Clippers just sold for $2 billion, about three times their estimated worth. Rams owner Stan Kroenke may be looking to move to L.A., and if being in that city can triple the value of the team, then he may just be looking at the possibility even closer now. That, and one of his firms just bought a good deal of property in the area. Here is hoping the team stays in St. Louis, though.
5/29/14: The St. Louis Rams have never been on the popular NFL training camp documentary "Hard Knocks", and if you listen to head coach Jeff Fisher, it is unlikely that they will be forced to be on it this year. The league set up a system to ensure a team on the program if no team volunteers. Since the Rams missed the playoffs last season and do not have a new head coach, then they are one of eight teams eligible to be pressed into service. They would make a compelling subject as Michael Sam tries for a roster spot. However, the Rams likely do not want the extra attention and pressure, especially if they are trying to sneak up on the rest of the NFC West.
5/22/14: The Rams have been getting a lot of praise for their draft, and rightfully so. No one is generating as much attention as Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to ever be drafted. His jersey (#96) is second only to Johnny Manziel for best selling among draft picks. Many teams may have been scared off by the media circus that will follow him and it gets more intense as there will be a reality show on him during training camp. Sam is not assured a spot on the team because the defensive line is already so good, but he has the talent to play in the NFL.
5/15/14: The Rams bucked all the speculation (and maybe their fan's wishes) by bolstering both the offensive and defensive lines in the first round of the draft. The team held the #2 (from Washington) and the #13 picks in the first round, and had always said they were open for a trade. No trade ever materialized, so the Rams took offensive tackle Greg Robinson (Auburn) at #2 and Aaron Donald (Pitt) at #13. There was a lot of speculation that the Rams would take Johnny Manziel, but decided to show their faith in reigning QB Sam Bradford. The Rams also made history by selecting Michael Sam in seventh round, the first openly gay player in the NFL.
5/8/14: There are a lot of rumors surrounding the St. Louis Rams right now. Numerous reports are saying that the Rams want none other than Johnny Football as their next QB. Of course there is one problem. The Rams still have Sam Bradford and his huge contract on the roster. Some are speculating that the Rams are fostering a trade to the Minnesota Vikings for Bradford. None of this has been authenticated, but the Rams may well be a team to watch on Thursday in the draft. If they do not make a trade, then Sammy Watkins could be the pick at #2.
5/1/14: One more week left until the draft and the Rams do not yet have the trade partner they may be seeking. The Rams, of course, own the second overall pick in the draft thanks to the 'RG3' draft pick trade two years ago. The Rams have repeatedly said that they are willing to move down for the right offer. If that offer does not come, then it is anyone's guess who they may take. The team needs help on the offensive line and in the secondary. But to be fair, they may take WR Sammy Watkins, who could be a game changing wide receiver for years to come.
4/24/14: Whether it is a smoke screen or not, the Rams have taken conspicuous notice of former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is considered to be the best WR in the draft this season. The Rams hosted Watkins at their facility in St. Louis and then went to Clemson for a private workout. The Rams have several holes to fill, particularly at offensive line and in the secondary. Of course, the Rams have not had an elite receiver since the Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt days, so it is tough to tell how serious they are about Watkins.
4/17/14: There is still no telling what the Rams will do with the second overall pick in the draft next month. The team is open to trading down, like they did two years ago (to Washington), which is how they have this pick to begin with. The chances of a trade seem much more likely if the Houston Texans (owners of the first overall pick) do not select Jadeveon Clowney. That would likely spur a few teams to try to trade with St. Louis to get Clowney - a very enviable position to be in. The Rams have an excellent defensive line, but may opt to build upon a strength and take Clowney themselves if he is available.
4/10/14: The Rams made a couple moves at high profile positions over the past couple of weeks. First, St. Louis signed former Florida State cornerback and kick returner Greg Reid. Reid was among the best corners and return men in college football before off field issues and injuries took him off the radar. The team also signed former Titan WR Kenny Britt. Britt is a very talented receiver who has had his own off field issues and injuries. But he is a dynamo when healthy. Both are signed for little money and are low risk, high reward. If one of them can pan out, then consider these moves successful.
4/3/14: The NFL draft is still over a month away and the Rams are playing it close to the chest with what they will do with their two first round draft picks. Head coach Jeff Fisher seems to be shooting down any thoughts that the Rams will take wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Clemson) by claiming that they have a lot of young WR on the team now. The Rams have drafted four wide receivers in the first four round over the past two years, and those guys do need some time to develop. The Rams are also interested in former Titans' WR Kenny Britt. Of course, this may all be a smoke screen to other teams.
3/27/14: Until the Rams decide what they are going to do for a backup quarterback, the questions will continue. The team hosted journeyman Shaun Hill last week, though he left without a contract. The backup job is important in St. Louis as starter Sam Bradford has only made it through two of his four NFL seasons in tact - and last year was not one of those. The Rams may promote third-stringer Austin Davis to the backup role, though he has little experience. Many expect St. Louis to grab a QB in the middle rounds, and that player may be Sam Bradford's successor when his contract expires after the 2015 season.
3/20/14: The Rams are holding their plans on what to do with the number 2 overall pick close to the chest at this point, though it is widely known that they need an offensive lineman, a wide receiver, a cornerback and a safety. They did manage to retain offensive guard Roger Saffold. Big Rog signed a free agent deal with the Oakland Raiders but did not pass his physical. The Rams gladly took him back. It appears the Raiders were worried about his shoulder, which was injured in college. Roger has missed games in his career, but not for his shoulder, so chalk it up to another questionable decision by the Raiders.
3/13/14: The Rams are in an interesting spot this draft season. They do not need a franchise QB (though some may argue against that) and they do not need any help on the defensive line. At the same time they own the number two pick overall. That seems like a perfect storm for a trade, especially since they need help in the secondary, at WR, and on the offensive line. Jadeveon Clowney may be the ace in the hole. If a couple teams covet him, then maybe there is a trade to be made. Of course, head coach Jeff Fisher may believe that one can never have too many defensive linemen, and draft Clowney at the second spot.
3/6/14: The Rams continue to explore options for their two first round picks (No.'s 2 and 13). The team says they are open to dealing the second overall pick in the draft, but no one expects them to get the bounty they received two years ago when they traded No. 2 (Robert Griffin III) to the Redskins. Offensive line, wide receiver and secondary need the most help, so if they keep the picks it could be some combination of those needs. Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robertson is an attractive option, as is Texas A&M's Mathews or Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.
2/27/14: The Rams have had to answer the same question several times at the Combine, but they publicly say that they are sticking with Sam Bradford as their QB. Bradford was the last of the old rookie contracts and carries a big cap and salary number with him for another two years. Since he has not developed into an elite QB yet, there is speculation that the Rams may trade or cut him. Not so, says the team. Bradford played well in 2013 until he was injured for the rest of the season. That also gave the team a chance to develop a very effective running game. If Bradford can continue to develop, the presence of a rush attack will make the Rams a tough team to play against in 2014.
2/20/14: With the combine on the way and the NFL draft not too far off, the faithful Rams fans are getting curious about the team's intentions with their two first round draft picks. St. Louis owns the second pick (via Washington) and the 13th pick (via a 7-9 record). While they are not likely to select a QB with either of those picks, there is interest around the league from teams that may want to move up to take a QB. The Rams need help on the offensive line, secondary, and wide receiver. History tells us that head coach Jeff Fisher never uses a first round pick on OL, but that may change this year. Or they may trade out again for another bevy of future picks.
2/13/14: The Rams are the wild card in the early part of the draft this year. The team owns the number 2 pick thanks to the RG3 rights trade two years ago (and thanks to Washington for completely imploding this past season). That is a valuable asset right now. The Rams could use it on a new left tackle or Jadevian Clowney, or even a new quarterback. Past history indicates that the team will trade out for more picks. In any case, any draft board is a wildshot at this point because the Rams have so many options available. Rams fans should be confident though, the current braintrust has been pretty good about draft picks, so you can't lose either way.
2/6/14: It is February, so that means that the Rams' season has been over for a month now, and it is time for St. Louis to panic about losing the Rams to L.A. Rams' Owner, Stan Kroenke (through his real estate investment firm) bought 60 acres of land just outside Los Angeles. The speculation is that he wants to build a stadium there and move the Rams back to L.A. The NFL says there is nothing to worry about and there are no plans for a stadium that they know of. Here's hoping that is true. In other news, the Rams fired DC Tim Walton and re-hired Greg Williams. The team does need help in the secondary.
1/23/14: Rams fans may not be sure if this is good or bad news. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenhiemer (son of Marty) interviewed for the head coaching position at Vanderbilt. He did not get the job and presumably will be back with the Rams in 2014. It is no secret that Rams' fans are frustrated with the lack of offense the team has produced for the last decade or so, and they have frustration with very conservative play-calling. On the other hand, it does not hurt to let QB Sam Bradford have another year with the same offense, rather than switch yet again to a new system.
1/16/14: Two years ago, the Rams traded the No. 2 overall pick to Washington (so Washington could select Robert Griffin III) for a king's ransom. A year ago, that move was somewhat ridiculed as the Rams missed the playoffs with a 7-8-1 mark, while Washington was in the postseason. The Rams have the No. 2 pick again this year, but it is because Washington disintegrated to 3-13. That trade has netted the Rams at least six starters. Now the Rams are looking to trade down again. Its doubtful they can get the same deal, but who knows. Maybe they should call Washington and see if they want to trade?
1/9/14: For the first time in a decade, the Rams have players selected as first team all-pros. Defensive end Robert Quinn and punter Johnny Heckker earned the honors last week as recognition for their great seasons. Quinn was a dominant force on the defensive line all season and set the St. Louis franchise mark with 18 sacks. He and partner Chris Long formed one of the best DE combos in the league and the entire front four was outstanding. The Rams will have the second and 13th pick in the draft, and may look to upgrade their secondary to front four level.
1/2/14: The Rams finished up their regular season at 7-9 with a lifeless loss at Seattle to cap the 2013 campaign. That record would contend in other divisions but not the NFC West. St. Louis may not be behind the rest of the division much longer. They hold the #2 and #13 picks in the draft. The team may well trade one or both of those and try to get another haul like they did two years ago. Of course, they may keep the picks and load up on offensive linemen, which is a weak point after left tackle Jake Long tore his ACL. St. Louis is on the upswing though, and it is very easy to see them making a playoff push in 2014.
12/26/13: St. Louis has a lot of momentum as they head into the final week of the season. The Rams hosted the (one-time) rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday and gave them a lesson in old-time football, winning 23-13. St. Louis scored one of the prettiest touchdowns of the year with a DOUBLE reverse that rookie Steadman Bailey took in for the score. Robert Quinn set the St. Louis Rams record for sacks in a season with 18 (three in the game), as Tampa QB Mike Glennon spent much of his day on his back. The Rams have a chance to finish at 8-8 on the season and still own Washington's first round pick, which should be in the top five.
12/19/13: Wait a second, St. Louis is not supposed to beat the mighty Saints. But again, the lowly regarded Rams rose to the challenge to defeat the high flying New Orleans offense. St. Louis jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. Rookie running back Zac Stacy returned to form with over 130 yards on the ground and backup QB Kellen Clemmons tossed two touchdown passes in the 27-16 win. Sure, Drew Brees threw for almost 400 yards, but that is because he had to - and he only had one TD on the day. Maybe its just a moral victory, but the Rams always like beating the Saints. Next week is the Buccaneers.
12/12/13: The Rams slim hopes for the playoffs were torn apart by a 30-10 thrashing at the hands of the team that formerly called St. Louis home, the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams could not mount any offense on the day. They had a nice 56 yard run by rookie Tayvon Austin (who has really come on in the past month), but otherwise could only manage 44 yards on the ground. Shutting down the running game was all that the Cardinals needed. St. Louis goes home this week to face the 10-3 New Orleans Saints and their high flying offense.
12/5/13: The Rams had slim hopes of making the playoffs going into their game against the 49ers last week, and left with slimmer hopes. St. Louis now stands at 5-7 after the 23-13 loss and faces a monumental uphill battle. This game was lost on a botched trick fake punt in the early going, and the Rams could never recover. The good news for Rams fans is that the team is playing hard and has shown they are not afraid of better teams. Also, that trade that sent RG3 to Washington is looking better and better as Washington is stuck on three wins.
11/28/13: The Rams were left for dead a few weeks ago when starting QB Sam Bradford went out for the season, but now there is new life after two impressive victories. St. Louis overwhelmed the Chicago Bears 42-21 with a powerful running game. Zac Stacy had 89 yards and a score before leaving with an injury. Benny Cunningham had well over 100 yards and two touchdowns and Tavon Austin scored on a 65 yard run. The Rams are now 5-6 and have an outside shot at the playoffs. They head to San Francisco this Sunday in a key divisional game for both teams.
11/21/13: The Rams had their bye in Week 11, so it would be a good time to assess the team this season. At 4-6, the Rams probably will not make the playoffs unless they win out. They have to go through the NFC West again, and that is not appetizing on any front. However, the defense has played extremely well as defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn are simply terrorizing quarterbacks these days. The Rams offense needs help, but that probably will not come this season. It will be interesting to see if the Rams draft a QB or stick with Sam Bradford next season and beyond.
11/14/13: St. Louis may have killed a lot of fantasy pools and made the NFL experts look foolish by blowing out the Indianapolis Colts 38-8 in Indy last Sunday. All odds were stacked against the Rams: starting QB Sam Bradford is out for the year, the game was on the road, Indy has beaten Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco already. But the Rams defense continued to be dominant and scored a TD, while rookie WR Tayvon Austin broke on to the scene in a big way with two long receiving TDs and a punt return TD. St. Louis can rest for a week as they enjoy the bye in Week 11.
11/7/13: The Rams started their second game without starting QB Sam Bradford, as Kellen Clemmons again got the nod. Bradford is out for the year and the Rams hope Clemmons can fill in. Clemmons was serviceable with 210 yards passing and one touchdowns in the 28-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans. If there is some good news to take out of the game it is that it looks like the Rams have found a running game. Rookie Zac Stacy carried 27 times for 127 yards and two TDs - the first rushing touchdowns of the year for the Rams. St. Louis now sits at 3-6 and heads to Indy (6-2).
10/31/13: Just moments after the St. Louis Cardinals lost Game 5 of the World Series, many St. Louis fans turned their attention to Rams who were playing on Monday Night Football against division leader Seattle. The Rams defense was outstanding and had seven sacks. The offense, led by Kellen Clemons, was close to non-existent and managed only 9 points. The Rams had a chance to win the game and pull of the huge upset at the end, but were stopped at the goalline by the Seattle defense. The Rams are now 3-5 on the season and host Tennessee this Sunday.
10/24/13: The Rams winning streak (two games) came to a screeching halt against the home Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Carolina's defense was too much for the Rams, even opening up the scoring with a pick-six at the beginning of the game. The 30-15 loss puts the Rams at 3-4 on the season, and looking way up at Seattle and San Francisco. The run game was again a problem with rookie Zac Stacey leading Rams rushers with only 53 yards on 17 carries. No receiver had more than 39 yards on the day and QB Sam Bradford was limited to just 255 passing yards and one TD. St. Louis heads back home for the Monday Night Game against division leading Seattle. Sam Bradford is lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL. Kellen Clemmons will start at quarterback against the Seahawks and the team also signed Austin Davis and Brady Quinn as backups.
10/17/13: The big week in St. Louis continued with the Rams doing their part to bolster city pride. The Cardinals and Blues keep winning, and now the Rams are in on the fun. The Rams visited Houston last Sunday in a game many experts predicted would get the Texans healthy. However, Sam Bradford and company had other plans as they blew out the Texans on the road 38-13. Bradford threw for three touchdowns, the defense scored, and even the special teams added a TD. The upset victory puts St. Louis at 3-3 on the season. The Rams now face Carolina (2-3) on the road.
10/10/13: The Rams played their scariest game of the year last Sunday when they hosted the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags jumped out to an early lead, leading to constant groans from Rams fans. But the Rams came back sparked by a pick-six and a few more turnovers and a lot of sacks. St. Louis actually ran the ball effectively behind fifth round rookie Zac Stacy. Stacy may end up getting the starting running back job because no one else can yet more than a couple of yards at a time. St. Louis travels to Houston to take on the Texans this Sunday.
10/3/13: The Rams do not get on national TV for prime time games often, and the league may keep it that way for a while. Only a year after the Rams were one of the few teams to figure out the 49ers, San Francisco embarrassed St. Louis on their home field in the Thursday night game. The Rams simply could not run the ball, and had almost as many punts as rushing yards. The 49ers were able to defend St. Louis receivers without the threat of a rushing attack and the final was 35-11. The 1-3 Rams can get back in the win column when they host the 0-4 Jaguars on Sunday.
9/26/13: St. Louis did not look like a team that improved at all on Sunday against Dallas. The team was outplayed and outcoached from the onset. It did not help that running back Darryl Richardson lasted only one snap. The Rams only managed one touchdown in the 31-7 loss in Dallas. Sam Bradford and the offense were virtually paralyzed all day. St. Louis does not have much time to dwell on this loss. They return home with a 1-2 record and will host San Francisco (1-2) on Thursday. The Rams were 1-0-1 against the 49ers last season and need to recapture that magic.
9/19/13: The Rams dropped their first road game of the season, losing in Atlanta 31-24. The Rams started off slowly, again, allowing the Falcons to build up a 21-3 lead. The team let loose in the second half, going to a no-huddle offense. The offense, in particular QB Sam Bradford, is far more comfortable in a hurry-up offense and made the game interesting late. The early deficit was too much to overcome, and Atlanta held on for the win. St. Louis continues its tough September, and will face Dallas at Jerry World on Sunday, followed by the 49ers the following week.
9/12/13: The Rams scored a big opening day victory over the Arizona Cardinals, winning 27-24 over the franchise that once called St. Louis home. The new look offense was impressive, especially in the red zone. Quarterback Sam Bradford threw two touchdowns to new tight end Jared Cook, while kicker Greg Zuerline knocked in four field goals. The win keeps them even with the 49ers and Seahawks, who also won on the opening Sunday. The test gets tougher this week when the Rams travel to Atlanta to face off against the Falcons, who lost to New Orleans last Sunday.
9/4/13: The Rams have big expectations this season, even if they are playing in the toughest division in the league. St. Louis went 1-3 in the preseason, but head coach Jeff Fisher has stressed that the team has kept their play calling very bland so far. He does not want to show off the talents and plays for Tavon Austin or anyone else this early. The Rams open up at home against the Arizona Cardinals, and the fans are ready to see some offense after years of misery. St. Louis swept Arizona last season, and all Rams fans want that streak to continue.
8/29/13: To no one in St. Louis' surprise, the Rams named Darryl Richardson the starting running back, essentially the replacement for the departed great Steven Jackson. St. Louis went to Denver for their dress rehearsal game - a great test for the developing team. They led 20-10 after the first half when the starters were in and found out how good rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree is. Ogletree stripped a fumble, which he returned for a touchdown; batted down a Peyton Manning pass in the end zone; and picked off a Manning pass in the two-minute drill. What a find for the Rams.
8/22/13: Rams' fans have been clamoring for offense since the Greatest Show on Turf days, and the hope is that they will get it this year with Sam Bradford entering his fourth year as the starting QB and a slew of new receivers to throw to. That has not been the case in preseason, as the team has kept a bland and predictable offensive scheme. Bradford is hitting multiple receivers, and WR Chris Givens is emerging as a true downfield threat. The running game needs work. Isaiah Pead has been ineffective, so it is likely that this will be Darryl Richardson's job to lose with Zac Stacy as the primary backup.
8/15/13: Rams' offensive tackle Roger Saffold was moved to the right side when the team signed Pro Bowler Jake Long to protect QB Sam Bradford's blind side. Saffold was not particularly happy with the move, but followed the team's orders. They expected the transition to be bumpy, but that road just got more treacherous. Saffold will be out at least a couple of weeks in the preseason due to a dislocated shoulder. The Rams need Saffold to get better in a hurry because they do not have much depth on the offensive line as the season gets closer and closer.
8/8/13: The Rams are trying to make the most fun out of training camp as they can, led by veteran cornerback Cortland Finnigan. The new thing is the "Smack Cam" whereby players smash a plate of whipped cream in the face of other unsuspecting players. The Smack Cam has gone viral with players sneaking up on others during interviews and training sessions. One rule though, do not Smack Cam head coach Jeff Fisher. Apparently everyone is fair game if they are wearing Rams gear - except the head coach. He may have something to say about getting pied in the face.
8/1/13: The Rams are trying to re-establish themselves as a competitive team in both the NFC West and NFL in general. They went a surprising 4-1-1 against the division last season and look to have a more potent offense this season. The Rams defense has been a bit shocked at the aggressive play calling thus far in camp, with Sam Bradford airing it out more than a few times. This is the first time in Bradford's professional career that he has the same offense in consecutive years and finally has some receivers to throw to. Depending on how the offense gels, it could be a fun team to watch this season.
7/25/12: Sadly, the Rams released Terrell Brown - a genuine mountain of a man - from the team this week as they get ready for training camp. Brown was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi. He stands 6'7 and weighed in at over 400 pounds. He played defensive line in college, but the Rams had hoped to make an offensive lineman out of him. He had a pre-existing injury that prevented him from getting on the field. If he can ever get healthy, hopefully he will develop the proper skills and anchor the Rams offensive line one day in the future.
7/18/13: This time of year is good for players to get in their vacations, off-site practices with teammates, get arrested, and make fun video. The Rams' kickers and longsnapper have gotten into the act with a skill video with Dude Perfect. In the video, punter Johnny Heckler punts a ball from the roof of the Rams' practice faculty into a kiddie pool on the field. The longsnapper hikes a ball into a basketball hoop, and Greg Zuerline kicks the football into a basketball hoop from 60 yards. The trick shots are pretty amazing and have been getting national attention for their creativity.
7/11/13: It may be time to worry if you like having the Rams in St. Louis. Despite the fact that the Rams won an arbitration hearing on their proposed $700 million renovation to the Edward Jones Dome (versus the City's version of $125 million), the City says they will not use public funds. That means the Rams can leave St. Louis with no exit fee at the end of the 2014 season. Plenty of cities would like to get the team, and many expect them to return to L.A. (problem is there is no stadium). It does not mean they will leave. They may go to a year-to-year lease with St. Louis or build their own stadium in the area.
7/4/13: There is a running back at the offseason activities that is starting to turn heads. It is not Isaiah Pead or Darryl Richardson, it is 5th round pick Zac Stacy. It looks like head coach Jeff Fisher is departing from his traditional methods of having one dominant feature back for a pounding running game. This time, it looks like Pead and Richardson will split time as speed backs, while Stacy will be the north-south bulldog that can catch passes out of the backfield. Stacy is a short and powerful runner - in the Ray Rice and Doug Martin mold. If Stacy can emerge like Rice and Martin, then Rams may have hit the jackpot with a late round starter.
6/27/13: The Rams offense looks much improved according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. This is the first time in QB Sam Bradford's pro career that he has been able to operate in the same offensive in consecutive years. He has gone through the one year schemes of both Pat Shurmer and Josh McDaniels, with varying degrees of success and failure. The Rams are expecting their young receivers to step up this year. Danny Amendola and Brian Gibson are both gone, so it is up to Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, and Austin Petty to carry the load. They should benefit from an improved offensive line that includes free agent signee Jake Long.
6/20/13: It was noted among a few outlets that the Rams were the only team to not sign any of their draft picks. It turns out that this was by design. The Rams wanted to hold on to their rookies' money for an extra month to teach them about their personal financial management. It was not like the rookies were suffering. The team had them put up in a nice hotel, fed them regularly, and provided them access to the finest medical resources. It is unorthodox, but if it allows these players to keep their money, then more teams may adopt this process. All the rookies were signed this past week.
6/13/13: Once again, several Rams skill players will be going to 'Camp Bradford' this summer. Like last year, Bradford will host offensive players at his home in Oklahoma for several days of workouts. Bradford pays for their expenses and puts them up in a Sooner-themed hotel (which even has a Sam Bradford Room). It is good to see Bradford displaying this type of leadership to get his team ready to win in the regular season, especially since the team has a lot of new talent like former West Virginia Moutaineers Tayvon Austin and Steadman Bailey at wide receiver.
6/6/13: It could be another rough year for 2012 second round draft pick Isaiah Pead. Pead was selected as the heir apparent to running back Steven Jackson, but was passed up on the roster chart by fellow rookie Daryl Richardson. Pead is now suspended for the first game of the season, reportedly for a substance abuse violation. It is the second such suspension for the Rams in the past few weeks as offensive lineman Rokovious Watson was dealt the same punishment. Pead can still practice and play in preseasons games with the team, but is out for opening weekend.
5/30/13: The Rams are sneaking up on no one this year. A lot of experts are pegging the team as a dark horse in the NFC West. The division is headlined by the 49ers and Seahawks, but most people like what head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead have done in a couple of years. A lot is also being made about this being a make or break year for QB Sam Bradford. Bradford has improved a lot, though does not get that recognition. This will also be the first time he has worked in the same offense in consecutive years since he was in college. His cap hit escalates next year, but him improvement and the lack of a suitable replacement will likely keep him on the Rams regardless.
5/23/13: The Rams offseason moves were mostly focused on the offense - either protecting QB Sam Bradford and giving him time to throw and stay upright, or providing playmakers to get the ball to. The biggest change is the speed. Austin Tavon and Jared Cook provide more speed on the outside to stretch the field. With the new guardians and new toys, many are suggesting that this is a do or die year for Bradford. While he certainly must have a good showing, this is by no means all or nothing. There are not suitable replacements available and the team can restructure his contract to spread out the cap hit in the future.
5/16/13: With the start of rookie mini-camps, the big name draftees are getting a rude awakening to life in the NFL. For new Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin, that means that people are already hitting him up for money. As Austin tells it, he now has a lot of cousins that he did not know about who want a bit of his paycheck. The thing is, Austin has not made a paycheck yet. Instead, he wants to stay away from the bad influences and let his family deal with the hangers-on. He has a long-time friend in fellow West Virginia wide receiver Steadman Bailey, who was also drafted by the Rams.
5/9/13: The Rams, lest anyone forget, was the only team to contain Colin Kaepernick and have a winning record against the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers last season (until the Super Bowl). The Rams went 1-0-1 against the 49ers and 1-1 against the Seahawks. They have stability in coaching and offensive scheme, and just added weapons and protection for QB Sam Bradford. Las Vegas, though, is not impressed. The Rams are listed at 60-1 longshots to win the Super Bowl. Only eight teams have higher odds, with Jacksonville and Oakland with the longest odds at 200-1 for the 2013 season.
5/2/13: The Rams young General Manager Les Snead is showing he knows how to work a draft board. Last year, Snead traded the number two overall pick to Washington and got their 2013 and 2014 first rounders in return. That left the Rams with the numbers 16 and 22 selection. They traded away the 16th pick to Buffalo and selected West Virginia WR Tavon Austin at No. 8. Then they traded down (recouping the picks they gave up in the first trade) and selected nasty Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree, who will likely start right away for the Rams.
4/25/13: St. Louis is not tipping their hand with their first pick at number 16. Head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead did a good job in their first season in turning over the roster and stockpiling draft picks to build from within. The Rams single biggest need is a break away, true number one wide receiver – so there has been a lot of speculation that the Rams will select Tavon Austin out of West Virginia if he is available. They also need a replacement for running back Steven Jackson, and Eddie Lacy from Alabama would fit that mold.
4/18/13: The Rams have the number 16 and 22 picks in the upcoming draft. Everyone and their mother knows that they need a playmaking wide receiver. The only problem is that no one knows if that exists in this years draft class. The 16th pick was earned by record, and the 22nd pick is courtesy of the Washington Redskins for the RG3 trade last year. St. Louis and their fans are hoping that Washington tanks next season, where they still have the Redskins' pick (and hopefully in the top five). In any case, expect the Rams to take the best WR on the board with their first pick.
4/11/13: Rams head coach Jeff Fisher complemented QB Sam Bradford on his leadership development in the second half of the season. Now that Steven Jackson is gone, this is truly Bradford's team. The Rams hope to pick up some long term starters in the draft. They have two first round picks (No. 16 and No. 22). The second pick is compensation from Washington for trading the No. 2 pick overall last year, which turned out to be RG3. In total, the Rams turned that second overall pick into six picks by trading down again on draft day with the Dallas Cowboys.
4/4/13: Rams fans are getting anxious. Rams Nation may not have the right for high expectations, especially after winning just 15 games in 5 years, but last year's 7-8-1 record, combined with the development of the rival San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks as not just playoff teams, but Super Bowl contenders, leaves Rams fans wondering how they will keep up. The defense is pretty solid, and will only improve. But aside from signing OT Jake Long and TE Jared Cook, the offense is still lacking. Rams fans want to see a play making wide receiver and running back join the team.
3/28/13: The Rams understand that building a championship team does not happen overnight - unless you happen to be the 1999 Rams, but that is a different story. This time, Jeff Fisher is taking the more traditional route to building a competitive football team. He bolstered the defense last season and secured his long term left tackle as well as a dynamic tight end this offseason. With the draft approaching, it seems pretty obvious that the team needs a breakout wide receiver to open up the field for the next few years and make Sam Bradford live up to his number one draft pick rating.
3/21/13: It took some time, but the Rams finally landed their primary free agent target. Jake Long, the left tackle taken number one in the 2008 draft by Miami, agreed to a four year, $36 million deal. Long dominated the offensive line in Miami since he was drafted, and has made several Pro Bowls. He has been hampered for the past two years with injuries, but checked out fine physically by the Rams. Miami wanted to keep him at a reduced rate, but Long was impressed by the Rams vision of the future. Sam Bradford finally will have a special talent protecting his blind side, which may open up the passing game.
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3/14/13: The Rams are staring at losing both Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola, their top two wide receivers. The receiving corps is already among the worst in the league, despite several draft picks spent on receivers over the past few years. But there may be a glimmer of hope. The Rams signed Jared Cook, the top rated tight end, in free agency. Cook has wide out speed and should be able to be a factor in the end zone. He rejoins head coach Jeff Fisher, who coached the Titans and originally drafted him a few years ago.
3/7/13: Last season the Rams made the unusual move of allowing star running back Steven Jackson to opt out of the final year of his contract. Call it professional courtesy, or call it a shrewd business move to save $7 million in salary, but it looks like SJ39 will test the free agent waters. The Rams, meanwhile, are busy trying to re-sign wide receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola has been the most productive receiver for the Rams for most of the past few years, but he keeps getting hurt badly. Sam Bradford would like to have him back, as the two have become the NFC West's version of Brady to Welker.
2/28/13: It is coming down to crunch time for the Rams and longtime running back Steven Jackson. Jackson has the option to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Some might consider this a professional courtesy to a long-time Ram who has been through the dredges, but the Rams would also free up some much needed salary cap space if SJ39 decides to finish his career elsewhere. If he does leave, then St. Louis will have to find his replacement, which could be Eddie Lacey from Alabama or a free agent fill in for a year or two.
2/21/13: It did not take the Rams long to right their mistake. Nine days after claiming former Lions wide receiver Titus Young of waivers (they were the only team to submit a claim), the Rams cut Young. Young had been at the training facility meeting with coaches. The team has not given any specific reason for promptly dismissing the mercurial WR, but he must have rubbed some people the wrong way pretty quickly. His football talent is obvious, but his attitude and behavior within the team is getting in the way of Young having a respectable NFL career.
2/14/13: The Rams passed on hiring Rob Ryan as the new defensive coordinator, then brought in Dick Jauron, former DC of the Cleveland Browns for an interview. But the Rams then threw a curve ball by also bringing in Mike Singletary, special assistant of the Minnesota Vikings and now have Detroit assistant coach Tim Walton in for a test drive. The Rams are the last team without a DC at this point, but do not seem to be in any rush to fill the position. In other news, a panel of arbitrators sided with the team and their $700 million renovation plan over the city. Chances are that the discussion will move from renovating to building a new stadium either in downtown or somewhere in St. Louis County.
2/7/13: After flirting with former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the Rams announced via Twitter that the two sides were not signing a contract. Though no official explanation has been provided, there may have been a significant difference in defensive philosophies. Head coach Jeff Fisher has run a very effective 4-3 scheme for years, while Ryan runs a 3-4. The Rams defense was much better than expected last year and has the personnel for four defensive linemen and strong cornerbacks. Most recently, Dick Jauron has been mentioned as a possible candidate to fill the defensive coordinator role.
1/31/13: It was reported a few weeks ago that Rob Ryan had interviewed for the defensive coordinator job in St. Louis. That will not happen. The Rams formally released Greg Williams, the DC by name only, a few weeks earlier. Williams is still technically suspended by the NFL for his part in the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program, though Saints head coach Sean Payton has been reinstated and Williams was the only person that actually testified about the activities. Rob Ryan is the twin brother of Jets HC Rex Ryan and son of Buddy Ryan. He has a different scheme than the Rams currently run, but it could make the defense even better.
1/24/13: There is a lot of speculation in St. Louis on who the next defensive coordinator will be. When the Rams hired Jeff Fisher, he promptly hired his old buddy Greg Williams as DC. Then came the New Orleans Saints Bounty Scandal and Williams was suspended by the NFL indefinitely. The Rams terminated Williams' contract following the season and are said to be interested in former Cowboys DC Rob Ryan - brother of NY Jets coach Rex Ryan. It may not be a good fit, though. Ryan runs a 3-4 defense and the Rams showed they can play under Fisher's 4-3. Aside from that, Fisher and Dave McGinnis did a fine job on their own this year.
1/17/13: The Rams officially cut ties with suspended defensive coordinator Greg Williams. Head coach Jeff Fisher hired Williams before the New Orleans Saints Bounty Scandal punishments were installed, and Williams never coached a game for the Rams. St. Louis went through the regular season without a true DC, and greatly improved on defense. Neil Brockers and Janoris Jenkins were both named to the All-Rookie team, though no Rams were selected for the Pro Bowl. The Rams are said to have interest in Rob Ryan, the twin brother of Jets HC Rex Ryan, who was fired by the Dallas Cowboys last week.
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|Dec 28, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Seattle Seahawks||6 - 20|
|Dec 7, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Washington Redskins||24 - 0|
|Nov 30, 2014||Oakland Raiders - St. Louis Rams||0 - 52|
|Nov 16, 2014||Denver Broncos - St. Louis Rams||7 - 22|
|Nov 9, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Arizona Cardinals||14 - 31|
|Nov 2, 2014||St. Louis Rams - San Francisco 49ers||13 - 10|
|Oct 26, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Kansas City Chiefs||7 - 34|
|Oct 19, 2014||Seattle Seahawks - St. Louis Rams||26 - 28|
|Oct 13, 2014||San Francisco 49ers - St. Louis Rams||31 - 17|
|Oct 5, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Philadelphia Eagles||28 - 34|
|Sep 21, 2014||Dallas Cowboys - St. Louis Rams||34 - 31|
|Sep 14, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19 - 17|
|Sep 7, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - St. Louis Rams||34 - 6|
|Aug 23, 2014||Preseason: St. Louis Rams - Cleveland Browns||33 - 14|
|Aug 16, 2014||Preseason: Green Bay Packers - St. Louis Rams||21 - 7|
|Aug 8, 2014||Preseason: New Orleans Saints - St. Louis Rams||26 - 24|