Looks like Sam Bradford may be in the Rams' plans for 2015:
Perhaps the biggest steal in the 2014 NFL Draft:
Think this E.J. Gaines kid has a chance to stick around for a while.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) November 30, 2014
Times like this are to be savored:
Rams' 38-point lead is second largest lead at the half for a team this year. Green Bay's 42-point edge against CHI in week 10 is biggest.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) November 30, 2014
Good to see Chris Long back on the field:
Thanks for all the tweets. Lot of love in the building today and it meant the world. Great team win!— Christopher Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 30, 2014
Truly sorry for their losses, and a nice gesture on Jeff Fisher's part:
Fisher gives game ball to William Hayes and Eugene Sims afterwards. Both had family members pass away this week. Hayes in tears after game.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 30, 2014
Plenty of good statistics arising from the Raiders game:
Rams' 1st shutout win since 2006...6 TDs from scrimmage, most in Fisher's 3 seasons here... only 4th shutout by Rams since move to STL.— Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) November 30, 2014
Rodger will have off-season surgery on his labrum...but until then...:
Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) November 30, 2014
Bill Barnwell suggests the Rams may be the best fit for RG3, if Washington parts ways with him after this season.
Rams have made slow progress: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Although the Rams' talent level has risen during the tenure of Jeff Fisher and Les Snead, the wins haven't risen proportionately. Bernie Miklasz believes it's due to an offense that just can't generate enough points to be competitive in the NFL.
2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell updates his three round mock draft. The Rams select CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the first round, QB Garrett Grayson in the second round, and G Tre' Jackson in the third round.
Still Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Sports Illustrated - MMQB
Judge Barbara Jones' decision to lift Ray Rice's indefinite suspension is the latest setback for Commissioner Roger Goodell. Will her decision lead to changes in how the league handles personal conduct matters?
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: WR - Dorial Green-Beckham - Oklahoma
Skeptical Football: FiveThirtyEight
A statistical, historical look at how NFL teams generate wins, including a brief comparative study of the Rams' GSOT in relation to the San Francisco 49ers.
What happened in Ferguson?: New York Times
An examination of the facts surrounding the death of Michael Brown, in the wake of a grand jury deciding against indicting police officer Darren Wilson.
2015 NFL Draft guard rankings: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft
2015 NFL Draft center rankings: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft
2015 NFL Draft offensive tackle rankings: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft
The Rams will enter the off-season with many concerns related to their offensive line. Jake Long and Scott Wells could become salary cap casualties. 5 offensive linemen, including Joe Barksdale, are eligible for free agency in 2015. MTD's Dan Kadar released his first set of positional rankings this past week, including those for the offensive line.
Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential
|Team||Turnover Differential||Big Play Differential||Toxic Differential|
|3||Green Bay Packers||15||13||28|
|6||San Francisco 49ers||5||14||19|
|14||St. Louis Rams||2||0||2|
|16||New England Patriots||11||-10||1|
|17||New York Jets||-12||12||0|
|24||San Diego Chargers||-1||-10||-11|
|26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-6||-12||-18|
|27||New Orleans Saints||-7||-14||-21|
|30||Kansas City Chiefs||-3||-25||-28|
|32||New York Giants||-7||-35||-42|
There was nothing "toxic" about the Rams' performance against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Tre Mason ran off a couple of big plays for touchdowns. In addition, the Rams created 5 Oakland turnovers, with zero giveaways of their own.
The expression "toxic differential" was coined by former NFL coach Brian Billick. Billick was head coach of the Baltimore Ravens for 9 seasons, and led them to a Super Bowl victory in the 2000 season.
From an article by Brian Billick for NFL.com in November, 2011:
"People are constantly looking for the right combination of stats to indicate the probable success of a team. What are the key factors to winning? Is it sacks, third-down conversions, first-down efficiency, the ability to run the ball and stop the run, total passing yards? All are important, but none are a precise indicator of success."
"Beginning in 1998, when I was the Vikings' offensive coordinator, I used a formula that I called the "toxic differential" as the best barometer for our team's success. Simply stated, the toxic differential is the correlation between turnovers and explosive plays."
Rapid Reaction: St. Louis Rams: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner shares his initial thoughts on the Rams' 52-0 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Rams Rock Raiders With Offense, Defense, And Special Teams: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Myles Simmons recaps the Rams' monstrous performance in the game against the Raiders.
Two is the magic number: NFL.com
Watch as RB Tre Mason rips off a pair of long touchdowns in the Rams' win over the Oakland Raiders.
5 Rams players decided to show their support for Ferguson in the pre-game introductions:
"As the offense was introduced, Rams tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin stopped near the tunnel and raised their hands in a nod to the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9."
On This Day In Sports History
1891 - James Naismith creates the game of basketball.
Young Rams offer production and potential in blowout win: ESPN NFL Nation
Tre Mason and Stedman Bailey are just two of the Rams' young, rising stars on offense. There will be a lot to look forward to heading into the 2015 season.
Rams vs. Raiders Highlights: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Check out all the highlights from the Rams' big win over the Oakland Raiders.
Rare laugher: Rams clobber Raiders 52-0: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jim Thomas shares his thoughts and recaps the Rams' victory over the Raiders.
Rams vs. Raiders Report Card: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly report card grades. As one might expect, there's a lot of very high - and well-earned - marks this week.
Sunday Blitz: ESPN
Jim Basquil and Merril Hoge break down the Rams' 52-0 win over the Raiders.
Not everyone was happy with the pre-game introduction support for Ferguson displayed by 5 Rams players.
"The fact that the Rams have been producing statement wins with second- and third-string quarterbacks should give you an idea of the overall talent that resides on the roster."
Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Shaun Hill Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Post-Game Interview - Tre Mason: St. Louis Rams Official Website
One-on-One With Chris Long: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Rams coach Jeff Fisher talks to Steve Savard and D'Marco Farr following the Rams' 52-0 win over the Oakland Raiders: 101 Sports
Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey talks to Will Witherspoon after the Rams' blowout win over the Raiders: 101 Sports
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams currently have $635,586 in available salary cap space, 2nd lowest in the league. Hopefully the slew of injuries the Rams incurred earlier in the season has run its course. Any further injuries may necessitate the creation of additional salary cap space.
St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart
C Scott Wells Barrett Jones Tim Barnes RG Davin Joseph Brandon Washington LG Rodger Saffold RT Joe Barksdale LT Greg Robinson Mike Person TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey Justice Cunningham TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer WR Kenny Britt Chris Givens WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey RB Tre Mason Chase Reynolds Trey Watts RB Benny Cunningham Zac Stacy QB Shaun Hill Austin Davis PK Greg Zuerlein P John Hekker LS Jake McQuaide DT Aaron Donald Kendall Langford DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington DE Chris Long William Hayes DE Robert Quinn Eugene Sims Ethan Westbrooks MLB James Laurinaitis Korey Toomer OLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Will Herring CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Lamarcus Joyner SS T.J. McDonald Mark Barron Maurice Alexander FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Practice Squad Injured Reserve QB Case Keenum QB Sam Bradford OT Steven Baker RB Isaiah Pead OG Travis Bond TE Mason Brodine TE Brad Smelley OC Demetrius Rhaney WR Emory Blake LT Jake Long WR Devon Wylie WR Brian Quick DT Matt Conrath CB Brandon McGee CB Jemea Thomas FS Christian Bryant LB Marshall McFadden
The roster and depth chart have been updated to reflect all transactions as of 11:00 pm Sunday, November 30. The Rams activated Chris Long from Injured Reserve/ Designated For Return in time for Sunday's game against the Raiders. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Rams released LB Marshall McFadden, who could be added to the practice squad after he clears waivers. I summarized all of last weeks transactions in a weekend article for TST.
Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Monday: Metallica - Enter Sandman
Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!