Sunday, Bloody Sunday...
Rams QB Sam Bradford tore his ACL. He's out for year...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013
Was Mitchell trying to hurt Sam Bradford?
Chris Long delivers this shot to the Carolina fans...
Thanks Carolina fans 4 the flipped birds+few bottles to the head. Sticks n stones may break my bones but aluminum zimas will never hurt me.
Thanks Carolina fans 4 the flipped birds+few bottles to the head. Sticks n stones may break my bones but aluminum zimas will never hurt me.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) October 20, 2013
Then apologizes to the Rams faithful...
Apologies 2 fans 4 losing my cool. Hard 2 watch from the locker room. Will always defend a tmmate + play w emotion but I need 2 reel it in.
Apologies 2 fans 4 losing my cool. Hard 2 watch from the locker room. Will always defend a tmmate + play w emotion but I need 2 reel it in.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) October 20, 2013
My post-game reaction:
"Here is what really should happen….regardless of the extent of Sam’s injury, let’s let these young players play and grow. Draft?? Build the OLine, pickup Seastrunk?, OLB and FS…and we let next season rip…11-5 next year…year three of the four year plan to get to the Super Bowl….no one said it would be easy!
And we cheer our damn team on through the bad times, just as we would during the good times!!!"
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Rams safety Cody Davis [via his own blog], describes the experience of returning to his home state to play the Houston Texans last week.
Bradford's injury creates future uncertainty: ESPN NFC West - Nick Wagoner
Nick Wagoner speculates about the possible fallout and implications from Sam Bradford's torn ACL injury:
"The immediate implications of the injury could well mean a lost 2013 season in which the Rams will struggle to find wins in their final nine games.The bigger issue is Bradford's long-term future with the team."
2014 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell presents his latest 3 round 2014 mock draft. The Rams take OT Taylor Lewan, RB Lache Seastrunk, S Dion Bailey, and DT Tim Jernigan. Trading down one of the first round picks looks pretty appealing at this point in time, as does adding a guard in the second round [Gabe Jackson], and a backup quarterback in the third round [yes, we are keeping Sam Bradford].
Self-inflicted Wounds Doom Rams: Cover 32
Rookie Highlight Reel - Tavon Austin
Bargains and Busts - Ranking Team Offensive Lines: Over The Cap
OTC looks at salary cap values for offensive line players, and compares those values to grades from Pro Football Focus. The Rams' offensive line ranks near the middle of the league.
It wasn't long ago that the Rams announced their desire to extend Sam Bradford's contract. Has Bradford's season-ending injury put the extension into doubt?
3 Players Rams Should Consider Signing: Ramblin' Fan
In the aftermath of Sam Bradford's season-ending injury, there is rampant speculation as to who the Rams should sign as a backup quarterback to Kellen Clemens. RF suggests: Vince Young, Tim Tebow, and Austin Davis. Davis is the easy choice from those three.
Of immediate concern to the Rams is where to go from here, and how to navigate the remaining 9 games of the season. Looking into the future?:
"And if the Rams do go down the drain? They’ll have to take advantage of what appears to be a deep quarterback draft and develop at the very least a backup, and perhaps an heir to Bradford as their starter."
Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential
|Team||Turnover Differential||Big Play Differential||Toxic Differential|
|3||San Francisco 49ers||4||14||18|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs||11||5||16|
|5||Green Bay Packers||-2||15||13|
|7||New Orleans Saints||5||4||9|
|11||New York Jets||-11||15||4|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0|
|18||New England Patriots||5||-7||-2|
|22||St. Louis Rams||3||-9||-6|
|26||San Diego Chargers||-6||-1||-7|
|31||New York Giants||-16||-6||-22|
On August 19, I wrote about the importance of the "toxic differential", in an article for Turf Show Times (link). The Rams, after 7 games, rank 22nd in the league in this vital statistic. It's evident there is a correlation between the "toxic differential", and an NFL teams success on the field. The chart is courtesy of "Sporting Charts".
Upon Further Review
St. Louis Rams - Week 7: ESPN NFC West
San Francisco 49ers - Week 7: ESPN NFC West
Seattle Seahawks - Week 7: ESPN NFC West
Arizona Cardinals - Week 7: ESPN NFC West
The correspondents at ESPN take their weekly, in-depth, look at each of the four NFC West teams.
Breaking Down Sam Bradford's Knee Injury And Road To Recovery: Bleacher Report/Dr. David Siebert
BR presents a possible timeline for the return of Sam Bradford from his ACL tear. 9-10 months is a reasonable time-frame, Bradford might be ready for training camp. A more more conservative estimate would put his return closer to opening day in 2014.
New Ideas From A Wise Source: S.I. MMQB
Peter King and legendary coach Bud Grant discuss how the game of football can become even greater.
Jeff Fisher In Pink: Deadspin
Jeff Fisher looks like a country club denizen in this photo from "a bar in Florida this summer". The comment section is as risque as it gets, and worth a few laughs.
Chris Long Apologizes To Rams Fans: CBS Sports
Long apologized to Rams fans for getting thrown out of the Carolina game. CBS' Sports' Will Brinson then apologized to Chris Long - for suggesting he had given Carolina fans the middle finger while exiting the playing field.
On This Day In Sports History
1950 - The LA Rams beat the Baltimore Colts 70-27. The 1950 Rams hold the highest offensive points-per-game average in NFL history.
Sorting Through Rams' Quarterback Options: Nick Wagoner - ESPN NFC West
In my thinking, Austin Davis is the best option for a backup QB to Kellen Clemens. The Rams have very little cap space to work with, are loathe to give up draft picks in a trade, and would prefer someone familiar with the offensive system. Davis fits the bill on all counts.
2013 NFL Grades - Week 7: CBS Sports
Will Brinson presents his weekly grades, for games played in Week 7. The Rams get a "D+" for the game against Carolina. The negatives far outweighed the positives in this game.
NFL Week 7 Winners And Losers: The Onion
The Onion takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the highs and lows from NFL games in Week 7.
Officials' Performance In Rams Game Should Be Reviewed: Howard Balzer - KSDK
Howard levels some serious criticism at the officiating in the Rams - Panthers game. The Rams players must take some of the blame for what transpired:
"The Rams certainly allowed their emotions to get out of hand during the 30-15 loss to Carolina. However, it seems evident that was the Panthers' game plan, and in that they succeeded."
Morning Ram-blings: ESPN NFC West
Turnovers played a critical role in the Rams victories against Jacksonville and Houston. They played just as critical a role in the loss to Carolina on the weekend.
"Four personal fouls and an ejection of a team captain?That’s just unacceptable. And the responsibility for it falls on the coaches."
Another Roster Gap Exposed: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The injury exposed the Rams' lack of depth at the QB position, which will now be severely tested for the remainder of the season. Jeff Gordon highlights several issues related to the loss of Sam Bradford going forward.
Full Roster Report Card Grades For St. Louis: Bleacher Report
As expected, the Rams did not grade out very well in their loss to Carolina. Sam Bradford and James Laurinaitis rate special mention for their performances on Sunday.
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams currently have $257,903 in Available Cap Space, the lowest in the league. The injury to Sam Bradford will necessitate adding a QB (or two) to the roster. Bradford's full salary will count against the cap. This presents a difficult situation for the Rams regarding the cap. The Rams released WR CJ Akins from IR on Monday, which will create approximately $270,000 in cap space. This should be enough (along with another minor move) for the Rams to sign a veteran QB using the Minimum Salary Benefits provisions of the CBA. The MSB provisions allow a veteran to be signed and have a cap hit of $555,000, the league minimum for a player with two years experience.
What Lies Ahead For Rams QB Sam Bradford: Over The Cap
OTC details the possible financial and salary cap implications of the injury to Sam Bradford.
CBS Sports' NFL Insider Jason La Canfora discusses the injury to Sam Bradford.
Rams Rookie Review - Week 7: Nick Wagoner ESPN
Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree were bright lights for the Rams in the game against Carolina.
Refo: Rams at Panthers, Week 7: Pro Football Focus
How do the Rams move forward without Sam Bradford?
Rams Try To Regroup Following Loss Of Bradford: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Rams will have a tough task ahead of them for the remainder of the season. Jeff Fisher has taken it all in stride:
"It’s a difficult day for us," coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. "But we’ll move forward. ... We met with the team this morning, explained to them the situation. The challenge is obvious in this world where you have an impact player go down with a season-ending injury. Everybody else just has to step up, coaches included. Everybody in the building has to pick it up."
"The Rams are in the enviable position of having two first round draft choices this year, thanks to the Redskins' generosity. With this draft teeming with quarterback prospects, it's a no-brainer that they use one of those picks to draft at least an insurance policy against Sam Bradford's recovery."
Sam Bradford Done For Rest Of Season: ESPN NFC West
"Fisher said that when Bradford is healthy, his job will be waiting for him. "I'm especially disappointed for Sam just because of the work and the effort and the progress he's made," Fisher said. "He was off to a great start so it was unfortunate but he'll be back. He's our quarterback."
Ten Takeaways From Sunday's Loss In Carolina: 101 Sports ESPN
Randy Karraker gives his take on Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Will Rams Draft A Quarterback In 2014: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bryan Burwell explores the notion of drafting a QB in 2014, after Sam Bradford's season-ending injury on Sunday.
Sports Illustrated presents a series of articles this week asking if football can change, particularly in regard to head trauma.
Audibles At The Line - Week 7: Football Outsiders
FO gives their take on the events of Sunday's game with the Panthers.
Bradford's Future Hangs In The Balance - Video: Pro Football Talk
Scott Pioli discusses how Sam Bradford's injury will impact his future.
2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Sports illustrated
Chris Burke delivers his second big board of the year. Many risers and fallers. The Rams will be in fine shape come draft time.
Rams Can't Get Caught Like This Again: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bryan Burwell shares his thoughts on the Rams' QB situation, emphasizing that the Rams should always have quality backup help at the QB position.
Rex Ryan Just Saved The NFL: Wall Street Journal
"As of this weekend, Ryan's bone-shattering defense—which is something of a family heirloom—was back atop the football world, having stopped the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday. But what's really amazing is what's happened to the Saints and the Chiefs: Rex Ryan has somehow saved them, too."
Harvey Dahl goes After Mike Mitchell - Video: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Good on Harvey Dahl for showing leadership!
Call me crazy but I love Harvey Dahl. Wish he did what he really wanted to do on the Bradford injury celebration.
Call me crazy but I love Harvey Dahl. Wish he did what he really wanted to do on the Bradford injury celebration.— Jeff Hamill (@jehamill) October 20, 2013
The Rams have signed a pair of quarterbacks:
Rams have signed Austin Davis to active roster. Brady Quinn has agreed to terms.
Rams have signed Austin Davis to active roster. Brady Quinn has agreed to terms.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 22, 2013
Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Tuesday: Cinderella
Cinderella - Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) (via CinderellaVEVO)
Have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week.