A shout out to DT Aaron Donald, and his performance as a rookie:
Rams rookie DT Aaron Donald has earned an expanded role. It looks like it's coming Monday night. ... http://t.co/XCTiXoiLNF— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) October 11, 2014
A true leader, even when wounded:
Can't wait to be healthy and do what I can to help us win. We can + will be so good. Don't need you to believe me. If you do, thank you.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) October 6, 2014
Looks like Chris Long is progressing well in many different areas:
.@JOEL9ONE staying on top of the fashion game in this month's GQ but took a hit when he shed his walking boot recently. Making progress.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) October 10, 2014
ESPN's Louis Riddick was on a roll these past few days. I have to agree with all three of his assertions:
Would love to hear a logical explanation as to how #Rams rookie Greg Robinson is not worthy of more than 9 offensive snaps on that OL.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) October 10, 2014
The writing is on the wall with Jake Long. Just watch him play. It tells you all you need to know.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) October 10, 2014
Practice Report - October 11: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Rams Insider Myles Simmons shares his thoughts on the Rams' Saturday afternoon practise, in preparation for Monday night's contest against the San Francisco 49ers.
Austin Davis set for toughest test yet: ESPN NFL Nation
The game against the 49ers should be a big challenge for Austin Davis. San Francisco's highly-ranked defense is physical and talented, and a much sterner test than the mediocre defenses Davis has faced so far this season.
So the Rams aren't the only team refraining from giving snaps to their high 2014 draft picks:
"What we are seeing with the rest of the league is teams that drafted at the top of the first round have been hesitant to give their fresh blood regular roles."
Key Matchups in Rams vs. 49ers: 101 Sports ESPN
D'Marco Farr takes an in-depth look at some of the key matchups in Monday night's contest between the Rams and 49ers. How will the Rams handle Ian Williams. Justin Smith, and Ray McDonald?
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: QB - Dak Prescott - Mississippi State
5 NFL Quarterbacks Most Likely To Have A New Home In 2015: Football Nation
Sam Bradford makes the list, which also includes Nick Foles, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer, and Ryan Tannehill.
Offensive Line Rankings: Pro Football Focus
In what will be a surprise to many, the Rams' offensive line grades out 11'th overall in the latest PFF rankings.
2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell updates his three-round 2015 NFL Mock Draft. The Rams select QB Connor Cook in the first round, followed by S Karl Joseph, and G Arie Kouandjio in the second and third rounds, respectively.
49ers At Rams Preview: CBS Sports
Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 6 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams.
Stat Facts Of The Week: Team Turnover Differential
|2||San Diego Chargers||8||2||6|
|3||New England Patriots||11||5||6|
|4||Green Bay Packers||10||4||6|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||10||5||5|
|16||New York Giants||10||10||0|
|21||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||11||-2|
|25||Kansas City Chiefs||3||6||-3|
|26||St. Louis Rams||6||9||-3|
|31||New York Jets||3||10||-7|
|32||New Orleans Saints||2||10||-8|
It's a widely held belief that winning the turnover battle is important to a teams success on the field. The Rams finished with 7 wins in 2013. The team had a positive turnover differential in 6 of those wins, and a zero differential in the other victory. Overall, the Rams finished 9'th in Turnover Differential (plus +8) last season. In 2013, the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks led the NFL in this key statistic. This season, the Rams are tied for 25'th in the league in Team Turnover Differential (minus -3). Turnovers have played a significant role in all three of the Rams losses to-date.
First-Round Rookie Rankings: Sports On Earth
Aaron Donald ranks 18'th among the rookie draft crop. Greg Robinson ranks dead last among the 2014 rookie class.
Torry Holt looks back at the Greatest Show On Turf: ESPN NFL Nation
The Rams are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their only Super Bowl championship. Torry Holt answers five questions about that special season.
When it comes to fines in the NFL, does the league have its priorities in order? Depends on ones perspective I suppose.
Even 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been impressed with the emergence of Rams QB Austin Davis:
"It was one of the rare times where I’ve watched coaches’ tape and been excited about the game. This was a quarterback that was making throws, an offense that was making plays. And then the last drive, they had a chance to win the game and I’m like, 'Maybe they got the score wrong. Maybe the Rams really won this game."
On This Day In Sports History
1996 - New York Jets kicker Nick Lowery breaks Jan Stenerud's NFL field goal record at 374.
1903 - The Boston Americans defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 games to 3 - in a best of 9 series - to win the first modern World Series.
Rams Legends: DE - Fred Dryer
Fred Dryer was the complete package at defensive end, equally adept at rushing the passer and defending the run. Dryer was a colorful, personable player, who went on to an acting career after an illustrious 13 years in the NFL (10 with the Rams). A two-time All-Pro and one-time Pro Bowler, Dryer ended his career with 104 career sacks, although since he played prior to 1982 when sacks became an official statistic, they are not credited in the NFL record books. Dryer played on a tough Los Angeles Ram defense that during the decade of the 1970s, allowed fewer points, fewer total yards, fewer rushing yards, and sacked more quarterbacks than any other defense during that time-frame.
The following video is a tribute to one of the best defensive linemen in Rams history:
Former NFL GM Jerry Angelo made a startling admission this past week, one that paints the NFL in a very poor light for at least the past three decades.
A Different NFL For Now: Sports Illustrated - MMQB
Peter King takes an in-depth look at the ramifications of the fall owners meeting, the hiring of former New York sex-crimes prosecutor Lisa Friel, and the embattled commissioner Roger Goodell.
NFL 2014: Looking Forward After Looking Back: The Sports Post
12 teams reached the NFL playoffs in 2013. How are they faring this season? Can the Seahawks and 49ers duplicate their performances of last season?
"We know the NFL is a cold business. One of the reasons Fisher’s players love strapping it on for him is that he tries, possibly harder than anyone in the league, to warm it up a little."
Jeff Fisher Press Conference - October 11: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Gregg Williams Press Conference - October 11: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Jeff Fisher Press Conference - October 10: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Rodger Saffold talks about the Rams game versus the 49ers: 101 ESPN
How much has the Rams' defense been impacted by the loss of Chris Long?: 101 ESPN
Rams Aim To Get Back On Track With Sacks: Scout.com- Gridiron Gateway
It may not show up in the sack totals, but the Rams' defensive line has pressured QB's, caused hits, and been very disruptive.
What to watch for: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner believes the keys for the Rams against the 49ers are minimizing penalties before - and after - the play, communication (especially on coverages), and pressuring QB Colin Kaeperncik.
Gaines continues to enjoy season of "firsts": St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rookie CB E.J. Gaines has played surprisingly well during Trumaine Johnson's absence due to injury. He might very well be the steal of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Keys to Victory: 49ers: St. Louis Rams Official Website
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams currently have $4,556,133 in available salary cap space, lowest in the league. The Rams structured Robert Quinn's recent contract extension to have little additional impact on the Rams' 2014 salary cap. I'll be publishing a complete breakdown of his contract - plus a complete salary cap update - within the next week.
Five Players To Watch Versus The 49ers: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Myles Simmons' five players to keep an eye on Monday night: E.J. Gaines, Benny Cunningham, Alec Ogletree, Aaron Donald, and Austin Davis.
49ers vs. Rams: Top 5 Matchups To Watch: Rant Sports NFL
I'll be looking at a couple of matchups on Monday night: Zac Stacy vs. the 49ers run defense, and Frank Gore vs. the Rams' run defense. The outcome of those two matchups will likely determine the outcome of the game.
"Greatest Show On Turf" Set For Curtain Call: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Almost the entire team and many of the coaches have descended on St. Louis for a variety of events commemorating the 15th anniversary of the ’99 Rams. The highlights are a Greatest Show on Turf celebration at Union Station Hotel on Sunday night, and halftime ceremonies during the Rams’ Monday night game with San Francisco at the Edward Jones Dome."
Rams rookie Donald impressing Williams: St. Louis Post-Disptach
Has Aaron Donald earned a shot at starting on the Rams' defensive line?
49ers @ Rams Week 6 Preview: Pro Football Focus
PFF previews Monday's matchup between the Rams and 49ers.
Vic Fangio: Brian Quick "playing with more confidence": Pro Football Talk
Nice to see Rams' opponents DC's speaking highly of Brian Quick's emergence this season.
Rams vs. 49ers Preview: The first big test: Cover 32 Rams
Spencer Engel previews the matchup between the Rams and 49ers.
Rams' 1999 defense also worthy of respect: ESPN NFL Nation
The Rams' Super Bowl winning team was home to the legendary GSOT. Sometimes forgotten is the top-five defense on that team, an integral part of the Rams' Super Bowl win.
Either way you look at it, a loss is still a loss. But are those losses somewhat mitigated by the Eagles and Cowboys' 5-1 starts?
49ers' Reid ready for Rams' quarterback: USA Today
QB Austin Davis' fearlessness has not been lost on S Eric Reid or on coach Jim Harbaugh:
"He's got a knack of throwing the ball in traffic. He can have guys hanging on him, around him, and he's able to get the ball out at the last second. Playing with no conscious about throwing the ball down the field and deep."
St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart
C Scott Wells Tim Barnes Barrett Jones RG Davin Joseph LG Rodger Saffold Greg Robinson RT Joe Barksdale LT Jake Long Mike Person TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer WR Tavon Austin Austin Pettis Stedman Bailey WR Brian Quick Kenny Britt Chris Givens RB Benny Cunningham Chase Reynolds Trey Watts RB Zac Stacy Tre Mason QB Austin Davis Shaun Hill Case Keenum PK Greg Zuerlein P John Hekker LS Jake McQuaide DT Kendall Langford Aaron Donald DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington DE William Hayes Eugene Sims DE Robert Quinn Ethan Westbrooks MLB James Laurinaitis OLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Will Herring CB Janoris Jenkins Brandon McGee CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Marcus Roberson FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Lamarcus Joyner SS T.J. McDonald Maurice Alexander Practice Squad IR - Des. For Return Injured Reserve QB Garrett Gilbert DE Chris Long QB Sam Bradford OL Brandon Washington RB Isaiah Pead OT Mike Remmers TE Mason Brodine WR Emory Blake OC Demetrius Rhaney TE Brad Smelley DT Matt Conrath LB Marshall McFadden LB Denicos Allen CB Jemea Thomas FS Christian Bryant
The roster has been updated to reflect all transactions as of 11.00 pm Sunday, October 12. In the past week, the Rams released LB Ray Ray Armstrong from the 53-man roster, and WR Justin Veltung from the practise squad. In their place, the Rams signed LB Will Herring to the 53-man roster, and signed LB Marshall McFadden to the practise squad.
Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Monday: Jeff Beck - Freeway Jam
Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!