Random Ramsdom 1/21: No Progress with Rob Ryan

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The Rams seemingly made progress this weekend in filling their void at defensive coordinator, but highly touted candidate, Rob Ryan was not offered a contract. Players such as Chris Long may better benefit from a designated play caller and Ryan would appear to be a good fit.

Good morning, Rams fans. In only two weeks, football season will come to an end, but the news will continue to roll.

For now, as the Batlimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers prepare for what is sure to be a family friendly event, there is plenty of speculation to obsess over in the minds of fans. The St. Louis Rams are already well on their way to building their draft boards and offseason plans, while the void at defensive coordinator continues to loom.

To get a leg up on all of the rumors, check out some Rams links...

Rams meet with Rob Ryan - Saturday, the St. Louis Rams (finally) formally sat down with recently unemployed defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The same afternoon, both sides stood up without a contract. As of Sunday, all signs point to the team eventually reaching a deal with Ryan, who is the only known potential candidate.

Retirement remains possible for Jackson - Friday afternoon, the Rams' all-time leading rusher, Steven Jackson, made a guest appearance on NFL Network's Total Access. Along with the San Francisco 49ers and coach Jeff Fisher's immediate impact, Jackson discussed his future as a player. Although under contract through next season, both he and the Rams may opt out without penalty. Losing Jackson to either free agency or retirement are strong possibilities

2013 fantasy football: Daryl Richardson - For the first time in nearly a decade, the St. Louis Rams fielded a viable backup running back 2012. Daryl Richardson, a Division II prospect who barely escaped being named "Mr. Irrelevant," made decent strides in his rookie campaign, and did enough to earn himself a prominent role next season. With long-time starter, Steven Jackson's future in question, Richardson could be in for a big year.

Offseason suggestions - Typically, come January, the Rams are composing a shopping list which stretches to the floor. In Jeff Fisher's second offseason with the team, the needs don't seem so plentiful; however, there are several holes to fill. St. Louis still must upgrade along the offensive line, while the safety situation is hardly adequate. Have the Rams finally found the answers in their wide receiver corp?

Updated Draft Countdown mock draft - In the latest of what will surely soon become another outdated and improbable mock draft, the Rams use their two first round selections to address obvious needs. One's name continues to surface a lot, while the other may seem like a bit of a reach. Will the draft's big name quarterbacks all fall out of the top 5?

The Harbaugh Bowl - Get to know the two teams who, in just two weeks from now, will battle for the 47th Lombardi Trophy. In his second season as the San Francisco 49ers' head coach, Jim Harbaugh will meet his older brother John and the Baltimore Ravens from the opposing sideline. This game will surely make for some awkward dinner table conversations in the future.

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