Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The level of competition at the 2013 Pro Bowl rose sharply from years past. Offensive linemen blocked, defenders tackled and St. Louis mascot Rampage was a force for much of the afternoon.
Good Morning, Ram fans. Last night, in what could have been the very last Pro Bowl, the National Fooball Conference proved dominant, putting more points on the scoreboard than in the Nielsen ratings.
In all, 13 touchdowns were scored. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt played on offense, Packers center Jeff Saturday played for the wrong team and the NFC West played a big role in its conference's victory, albeit it was without contribution from both the Rams and 49ers.
Now, as the NFL gears up for Super Bowl week, head on to some randomness from across the league.
Ranking all 46 Super Bowls - While St. Louis will not be playing in Super Bowl XLVII - and are probably still a couple years away from contention for any other - it's always fun to reminisce. Find out where AOL Sporting News ranks each of the Rams' past appearance at Super Bowl. I'm fairly confident in the results.
Video: NFL32 - Rob Ryan - ESPN's Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss Rob Ryan's immediate impact with the St. Louis Rams and the defense. Hearing Mortensen call the Rams' defense "pretty darn good" is a refreshing compliment. Ryan's presence will ideally only enhance such praise.
Alex Smith expected to request release - Less than one year ago, the San Francisco 49ers resigned Alex Smith to a three year, $24 million contract. In only six days, Smith will watch from the bench as a different player leads his team in the Super Bowl. It is now widely believed - one way or another - the 49ers and Smith will part ways soon after.
Dockett wanted Whisenhunt gone - Outspoken Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman and perennial Twitter flirt, Darnell Dockett, will not miss his former head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Just four years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, things in Arizona went south immediately after Kurt Warner's retirement and never seemed to improve. Dockett says that had Whisenhunt not been shown the door, he would have walked through it himself.
Jake Long wants blockbuster contract - As the NFL Draft approached in 2008, a vast majority of St. Louis' fan base had only one name on their wish list - offensive tackle Jake Long. The Rams never had a chance at him as the Miami Dolphins selected him first overall. It now appears that Long's time in South Beach will come to an end as he takes aspirations for a $10 million per year contract to the open market. It won't happen, but the Rams may have their second opportunity at the franchise left tackle.
Don Banks' mock draft - Don Banks of Sports Illustrated rolls out his latest 2013 mock draft. In this case, St. Louis uses both of their first round picks to address the offense. WARNING: Pick No. 22 may upset and/or anger many Rams fans; however, No. 16 has been climbing the ranks.
Speaking of Eric Fisher...
Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo had himself a decent Senior Bowl week and could be a player on the Rams' radar. He projects as a day 2 prospect.