A nice shout out by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll:
Pete Carroll on Rams' ST's: "Some unbelievable cool things that they were able to do on special teams and it made a big difference."— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) October 19, 2014
I might just start believing this, especially after the Seattle game:
The 2014 #Rams might be the weirdest team ever.— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) October 19, 2014
Well put Mr. Demoff:
The EJD was pink today but could have been orange and black as Halloween came early for Rams fans. Plenty of tricks and the win as a treat— Kevin Demoff (@kdemoff) October 20, 2014
I've seen a lot over the years...but never a play like this:
Watch this 89-yard punt return TD as many times as you want. You still won't figure out how the Rams did it. http://t.co/W96uU4nGkh— NFL (@nfl) October 19, 2014
Congratulations, to one of the greatest players of all time:
And later in the second quarter Manning breaks the all-time record:
I'd almost forgotten what this looked like:
Patience is definitely a virtue:
In 9 of the last 10 years, the Rams have had a losing record in mid-October. That sound you hear is a whole generation of fans saying "Welp"— RamsHerd (@RamsHerd) October 17, 2014
With future LT Greg Robinson waiting in the wings, is it a good time to consider trading incumbent LT Jake Long?
RG3 trade has become lose-lose scenario for Redskins, Rams: Washington Post
In making the deal with Washington, the Rams chose to stockpile draft choices to build around their franchise quarterback. Unfortunately, injuries to Sam Bradford have derailed a once-promising plan.
How much do the Rams miss Chris Long? More than anyone might have imagined. Against Seattle, the Rams finally re-discovered their sackability skills, counting 3 for the contest.
Each Team Ranked By Arrests Since 2000: NFL SpinZone
"...crimes committed by NFL players are nothing new. This unfortunate phenomenon has been going on for years, decades really. It’s just that today people are, thankfully, expressing anger about it. Plus, the internet allows nothing to stay secret for long."
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: G - A.J. Cann - South Carolina
Why The Rams' Pass Rush Has Completely Vanished: Bleacher Report
An inability to stop the run, the absence of Chris Long, and creative offensive schemes are the primary reasons for the dearth of sacks thus far in 2014, in my estimation. Notwithstanding the game against Seattle, of course.
Greg Robinson settling into starting role: ESPN NFL Nation
It took until Week 6 for Robinson to get the starting nod at LG. He's likely earned a starting role for the remainder of the season.
Givens remains odd man out in WR rotation: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Rams have remained committed to Kenny Britt and Brian Quick as their starters, with Tavon Austin in the slot. It's been a long fall for Givens, from his team-leading rookie performance to Number 5 on the depth chart.
Could a move to L.A. truly be in the works?
Stat Facts Of The Week: Team Turnover Differential
|1||New England Patriots||14||5||9|
|2||Green Bay Packers||13||4||9|
|4||San Diego Chargers||9||2||7|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||11||6||5|
|16||New York Giants||12||11||1|
|20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||12||-2|
|22||Kansas City Chiefs||3||6||-3|
|23||St. Louis Rams||7||10||-3|
|29||New Orleans Saints||2||10||-8|
|32||New York Jets||3||12||-9|
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 were tied for 22'nd in the league in Team Turnover Differential (minus -3) before the game with Seattle. The Rams didn't turn the ball over in Sunday's game with the Seahawks, doubtless an important factor in the 28-26 victory.
Rams Legends: OT - Orlando Pace
Orlando Pace was an integral part of the famed GSOT. In 12 seasons with the Rams, Pace earned Pro Bowl honors 7 times, and was a 5-time All-Pro selection. Pace is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2015, and could very well become a first-ballot inductee. The following is a video tribute to one of the greatest players to ever don a Rams uniform:
What the coaches said: Pete Carroll and Jeff Fisher: Seattle Times
Official transcripts of both Pete Carroll's and Jeff Fisher's post-game press conferences.
Rams Report Card: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jeff Gordon grades the Rams performance against the Seattle Seahawks.
The reference is to Tre Mason's fumble - and subsequent recovery by the Rams - in the waning moments of Sunday's game:
"The play was reviewed by NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino in NFL GameDay Central in New York. Because there was no video evidence of a clear recovery by either St. Louis or Seattle, the call on the field of a St. Louis recovery would stand."
2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell updates his three-round mock draft. The Rams select QB Connor Cook in the first round.
On This Day In Sports History
1982 - The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 4 games to 3 in the 79'th World Series.
Rapid Reaction: St. Louis Rams: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner shares his first impressions of the Rams' victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Rams fake punt seals victory: St. Louis Rams Official Website
In case you missed the game, here's the fake punt by John Hekker that might have saved the win for the Rams.
I can't even imagine how much Jeff Fisher would get roasted this week if the fake punt failed and the Rams lost the game. As ballsy a call as one will ever witness.
Austin Davis gets it done when needed most: ESPN NFL Nation
Robert Quinn on Austin Davis:
"You can't ask for more out of a guy who went from third string to now starting quarterback and playing great ball."
Post-Game Locker Room Speech - Jeff Fisher: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Chris Givens Post -Game Interview: St. Louis Rams Official Website
John Hekker Post-Game Interview: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Tre Mason Post-Game Interview: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Coach Jeff Fisher Relives The Rams' 28-26 Victory Over The Seattle Seahawks: 101 ESPN
Special teams deliver Rams upset victory: ESPN NFL Nation
Benny Cunningham might have felt a little pressure catching the fake punt pass from John Hekker:
"Make the catch or I’m probably going to be done; this might be my last play in the NFL if I don’t make this catch," Cunningham said. "Either they’re going to cut me or my teammates are going to kill me."
Dan Hanzus shares his thoughts on the game between Seattle and the Rams.
Jim Basquil and Merril Hoge break down the Rams' 28-26 win over the Seahawks.
Rams hold off Seahawks 28-26: 101 Sports
Pete Carroll, commenting on the Rams' fake punt inside their own 20-yard line:
"If they don’t catch that ball, it’s ours and we kick the field goal and it’s over. A very gutsy play."
Rams pull a fast one on Seattle: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jim Thomas recaps the game between the Rams and the Seattle Seahawks.
Fox 2 Sports Director Martin Kilcoyne talked it over with Rams head coach Jeff Fisher after his club’s win over the defending Super Bowl champs.
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.
St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart
C Scott Wells Tim Barnes Barrett Jones RG Rodger Saffold Davin Joseph LG Greg Robinson RT Joe Barksdale LT Jake Long Mike Person TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer WR Kenny Britt Stedman Bailey WR Brian Quick Tavon Austin 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 Aaron Donald Kendall Langford 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 TE Brad Smelley OC Demetrius Rhaney DT Matt Conrath DE Kourtnei Brown LB Marshall McFadden LB Denicos Allen CB Jemea Thomas FS Christian Bryant
I've updated the roster to reflect the release of WR's Austin Pettis and Emory Blake late Monday afternoon. No corresponding roster move has been made to replace Pettis. DE Kourtnei Brown was re-signed to the PS to replace Blake.
Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Monday: Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You
Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!