A well-deserved honor for Tavon Austin:
Rams WR/return man Tavon Austin voted Pepsi Next NFL rookie of the week.
Rams WR/return man Tavon Austin voted Pepsi Next NFL rookie of the week.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 15, 2013
Another well-deserved honor for Austin after his play in the Colts game:
Chris Long's reaction to his first NFL touchdown:
2 da crib 😂😂😂
2 da crib 😂😂😂— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 10, 2013
One more time for Tavon:
Rodger Saffold connecting the dots:
Morning Ram-blings: Cutler or McCown?: ESPN NFC West
Nick Wagoner asks who the Rams should prefer to face: Jay Cutler or Josh McCown.
Benny Cunningham - via teammate Cody Davis' own blog - recounts his path to the NFL.
Clemens Gives Rams Chance To Win, Grow: ESPN NFC West
"Clemens presents the rare backup option who can actively make his teammates better while they’re working to win on his behalf."
Rams at the bye: Looking ahead: ESPN NFC West
Nick Wagoner examines the Rams' remaining games and offers a prediction for each one. Wagoner predicts the Rams will go 3-3 in their remaining 6 games and finish with a 7-9 record.
2014 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings By Position: Walter Football
Walter Football offers their ongoing positional rankings of players eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Rookie Highlight Reel - Tavon Austin
Tavon Austin vs. Colts 2013: A Game To Remember (via dougitydog)
Are the Rams better off with Kellen Clemens at quarterback? Anthony Blake offers his opinion. Needless to say, it differs wildly from mine.
2014 NFL Mock Draft: Mocking The Draft - SB Nation
Matthew Fairburn presents his first mock draft of the year. The Rams select safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and offensive tackle Jake Matthews. I'm down for these selections. My own mock draft selects both of these players.
Updated Draft Order: Over The Cap
OTC presents its weekly 2014 NFL Draft Order. Currently, the Rams are picking 6th (from the Redskins) and 13th with their own pick.
The Rams are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, and aren't as far back as one might surmise.
Much To Gain From A T.J. McDonald Return: ESPN NFC West
When will T.J. McDonald return to the line-up?
"He’s coming along," Fisher said. "He did a lot of work last week outside and inside. It’s a confidence factor now, but we’ll continue to give him reps."
On This Day In Sports History
1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of distinguishing baseball as a "sport" and not a "business".
Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential
|Team||Turnover Differential||Big Play Differential||Toxic Differential|
|3||San Francisco 49ers||6||23||29|
|4||New Orleans Saints||3||12||15|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||15|
|8||Green Bay Packers||-6||13||7|
|10||New England Patriots||9||-3||6|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||-2||3|
|19||New York Jets||-14||16||2|
|20||St. Louis Rams||5||-6||-1|
|26||New York Giants||-11||-3||-14|
|28||San Diego Chargers||-6||-12||-18|
On August 19, I wrote about the importance of the "toxic differential", in an article for Turf Show Times (link). The Rams, after 10 games, rank 20th 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".
Rams Punter Johnny Hekker Having A Pro Bowl Year: Cover 32 Rams
Robert Quinn is not the only Rams having a Pro Bowl-type season. Punter John Hekker has been outstanding all season, and is well-deserving of post season accolades.
Rams Highs And Lows At The Bye: Fox Sports Midwest
The Rams have had their share of highs and lows this season. It's to be expected from a young team whose roster has endured a 75% turnover since January of 2012.
St. Louis Rams Have Questions This Off Season: Rant Sports NFL
This will be an interesting off season for the Rams, who will have many decisions to make in many areas. Re-signing and signing free agents, the 2014 NFL Draft, and potential cap casualties, all will play a huge role after the season ends.
The emergence of Joe Barksdale, the importance of guard play in the NFL, and the potential for Saffold to become a better guard than tackle are all cited as reasons for him re-signing with the Rams as a guard.
The Rams Must Utilize Zac Stacy Against The Chicago Bears: Rant Sports NFL
This is a forgone conclusion for me, especially given the Bears' 31st ranked rushing defense. Expect Stacy to go over 100 yards in this game.
Rams Should Be Held More Accountable: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bernie Miklasz takes an in-depth look at the Rams after 10 games. A must read.
Looking Ahead To The Rams' Biggest Off Season Decisions: Bleacher Report
Quarterback, the offensive line, and the secondary highlight the biggest off season concerns for the Rams.
Steve Smith takes on Aqib Talib: Deadspin
Cortland Finnegan's got nothing on this guy, the irrepressible Steve Smith, WR for the Carolina Panthers.
Quick trying to make the most of his opportunities: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Brian Quick is making his presence felt, if only in small ways at times. He is learning and growing as a football player:
"Every week, he does things that show the work that he’s doing off the field," Clemens said. "He’s a guy that’s spent a lot of time in his playbook and is spending a lot of time on his technique. He’s doing a lot of things that maybe don’t make the headlines but are helping us win."
Laurinaitis Remains Defensive Centerpiece For Rams: St. Louis Rams Official Website
"Win, lose, whatever, you keep studying hard, you keep taking notes the way you always have, and you never take anything for granted. There are always guys out there working hard who want to take your job. I love the game too much to ever take a day off."
A bit of nostalgia. A look back at the Rams' 1999 season:
A Lookback at the 1999 Rams Season (via KurtWarnerFTF)
All press conferences are courtesy of the St. Louis Rams Official Website
Can "Game Managers" win Super Bowls? With Jim Fassel:
Les Snead talks about Kellen Clemens and Tavon Austin:
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams' available cap space remains at $103,482, lowest in the league. That figure is unchanged since the signings of QB's Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.
Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Tuesday: The Rolling Stones - Monkey Man
The Rolling Stones - Monkey Man (Live) - OFFICIAL (via The Rolling Stones)
Have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week!! Hope to see you in a week or so!!