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Random Ramsdom, 12/15: Little makes it official

It's Wednesday and that means the St. Louis Rams return to the practice field to start preparing for this week's game against the Chiefs. We'll have more insight on the Rams' pressing injury concerns this afternoon. Now, here's a whole bunch of news and commentary to dig into this a.m.

Leonard Little is officially retired
Just in case you hadn't already assumed, Leonard Little is retired. He says that he was willing to come back if the Rams needed him, but his body is worn down from 12 years of playing.

Explaining DX's quiet day
Fans were clamoring for more throws to Daranio Alexander last week and were shocked when he finished the game with just one target and no catches. It wasn't for lack of trying. The pass protection was just never good enough to get him the ball.

More on the case of the missing blitz and some draft talk below the fold.

Where's the blitz?
Lots of fans were asking Jim Thomas in his weekly chat at the PD why the Rams blitz was MIA against the Saints. He never got much in the way of answers from the Rams, but did mention this:

...he [Spagnuolo] indicated that the Saints had too many third-and-manageables (shorter distances to convert) and that the Rams checked out of several blitzes becuase of the protections that the Saints presented with their offensive front.

Rams on CBS this week
The Rams week 15 game against the Chiefs will be on CBS this week, a nice break after having to listen to Jim Mora last week.

Calling all Turf Show Tailgaters
A fellow TSTer needs some help. Also, while I'm on the the subject, how many 'round these parts would be interested in an official Turf Show Tailgate at a select Rams game next season?

Interview with RB Steven Jackson
Rams Gab has a video featuring Steven Jackson talking about his season and the Rams' season.

Slow starts for the Rams

Did you know that the Rams have been outscored 30-0 in the first quarter of their last three games? It's great to see a team's ability to erase a deficit, but at some point it catches up to you, see week 14.

USC DT Jurrell Casey to go pro

USC's Jurrell Casey, a junior, will forego his senior season for a shot at the NFL. Kiper's hair has Casey ranked as the 4th highest defensive tackle...among underclassmen. The All-PAC-10 player had 4.5 sacks and 11 tackles for losses this year.