Random Ramsdom 12/18: Finishing strong

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams welcome a surging Buccaneers team to the dome this week. Which Rams team will we see this week, the dominant unstoppable young bucks with nothing to lose or the mistake-prone inexperienced squad that has reared it's head several times this year?

Hint: The answer to the question above is... they're the same team. I know hard to believe, right? The Rams have the ability to blowout just about anyone in the NFL, yet at the same time are prone to complete implosion as well. Part of that is youth, part of it is scheme, but all of it can leave fans frustrated. That frustration may not last much longer. All signs in this case would likely point to a team about to turn the corner. If by some miracle the Rams finish 8-8 this year, it will likely serve as a springboard of momentum into 2014, as the Rams will have won 5 of their last 7 games this year.

Rams lose Gerald Rivers to Jacksonville

Nick Wagoner is reporting that Gerald Rivers has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a harsh blow for the Rams, as they had found a diamond in the rough and were grooming him for future use. Unfortunately, injuries forced their hand, and they had to risk leaving him out there for other teams to snatch up. This is likely a good move for Rivers. Jacksonville has a huge deficit of talent on the defensive line, and he may be battling for a  starting job next year.

Was Janoris Jenkins the key to the Rams victory Sunday?

Janoris Jenkins is one the most physically talented young corners in the league. Unfortunately, this year his development has been slow. Sunday, the Rams had him in tight man-coverage and gave him the added tool of an unrelenting pass rush. This gave him the ability to be a shutdown corner. make no mistake, the Rams pass rush makes a big difference, but Jenkins was targeted a few times and his coverage was solid. The word was that Jenkins came in underweight during the offseason, and that may have affected his strength. The Rams need Jenkins to be stronger and more physical on the line to put him tight coverage. It appears we might finally be at that point.


Rams could release Bradford w/ no financial constraints

Wait, what? Welcome to a lightning rod conversation CBS Sports.

The hills are alive with rumors of staff changes

Jeff Fisher says there is nothing to see here. When there is smoke there is usually fire. Who do you think will be on the outs? Honestly I'd be surprised if Schottenhiemer or Snead went anywhere. If either were to exit following this season, it would speak volumes about what Jeff Fisher saw as the key to this seasons failure.

Rams sit at #20 in power rankings

The voters won't be tricked! You tricky Rams with your upsets of top 10 teams. You trick the voters into thinking you might have something going then follow-up those performances with the proverbial 49ers game.

Buccaneers or Rams?

I think its going to be hard to win in the dome this week against the Rams. The Rams have finally been able to return to being a team that is tough to beat at their place. To me that's the game-changing factor.

Happy Holidays Rams fans.

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