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Random Ramsdom: September 22: St. Louis Rams - On To The Bye

The Rams head to the bye week with a 1-2 record, following a tough loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at the EJD. After the bye, the team heads into a difficult 8 game stretch. They'll need to work on the mistakes and miscues that keep plaguing them. The game against Dallas was eminently winnable. In the end, it all boils down to execution.

Dilip Vishwanat



Jared Cook shoves Austin Davis in the heat of the moment. (place cursor on GIF image). William Hayes jumps in to stop the fracas. Shaun Hill - for an unknown reason - is gently clapping in the background. Just another game on the Rams' bench...pretty surreal stuff!

Twitter Talk

Great OLine play by Dallas...or not-so-great defensive play by the Rams? Both?:

After signing his new contract, Robert Quinn truly needs his own ATM machine:

Jared Cooks' apology to Austin Davis (for shoving him), his team mates, the Rams, and all the fans:

Questions Unanswered As The Focus Shifts: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

It's been a tough past two weeks for the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. He held a much-anticipated press conference Friday afternoon, which left many players - past and present - reacting with disdain. From former NFL QB Donovan McNabb:

"The majority of players that play in this league right now and former players do not trust the commissioner of this league."

Together We Make Football: Grantland

A scathing indictment of domestic violence, both in the NFL (historically) and in society as a whole.

The real rise of the "offensive weapon" in the NFL: SB Nation

Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin are but two of the players in the NFL blurring the lines between wide receiver and running back.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Walter updates his 2015 mock draft. The Rams pick QB Connor Cook (Michigan St.) with the 16'th overall selection. They then select Guard A.J. Cann (South Carolina) in the 2'nd round, and WR Dorial Green-Beckham in the third round.

Rookie Highlight Reel: RB - Tre Mason

Rice case: purposeful misdirection by team, scant investigation by NFL: ESPN

An excellent, in-depth look at the Ray Rice story, from the first phone call in February, through to Roger Goodell's press conference on Friday.

"Forgotten Four" a powerful emotional journey for viewers: Sporting News

The story of the four players who re-integrated pro football in 1946: Kenny Washington and Woody Strode (both Los Angeles Rams), plus Bill Willis and Marion Motley (both Cleveland Browns).

Locker Room Cam: St. Louis Rams Official Website

A brief look inside the Rams' locker room before the game versus the Dallas Cowboys.

Rams blow 21-0 lead, lose to Dallas 34-31: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jim Thomas shares his thoughts on the Rams' loss to the Cowboys.

Stat Facts Of The Week: NFL Single Game Rushing Yards

The Rams feature prominently in the single game rushing leaders rankings. Eric Dickerson ran for 248 yards in a playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys in January, 1986. Of more recent vintage is the 253 yards Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray reeled off against the Rams in a 2011 regular season game. The chart is courtesy of Pro Football Reference.


Rams Legends: Torry Holt

Torry Holt is one of four former Rams players eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Holt was an integral component of the legendary Greatest Show On Turf. Holt ranks 12'th on the career receiving yards list, with 13,382. The following video is a tribute to one of the Rams' all-time greats:

Rams still haven't found what they're looking for: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Gordon sums up his disappoint with the Rams' loss to Dallas, and their season to-date:

"They go into their bye week knowing they have little chance of contending this season, which was their stated goal. Just as they have the previous two years, the Rams are finding new ways to lose."

"Will the misery ever end out at Rams Park?"

Post-Game Quotes: Rams vs. Cowboys: Rams News Now

Jeff Fisher, Robert Quinn, James Laurinaitis, Austin Davis, and Zac Stacy all talk about the Rams' loss to Dallas.

Highlights of the game between the Rams and Dallas:

Although they lost to the Cowboys, the Rams made some great plays throughout the game.

Rams defense disappoints against Dallas: ESPN NFL Nation

What's happened to the Rams' vaunted pass-rush? DT Michael Brockers sure nailed this much correctly:

"I just feel like you look at the board, you see 31 points and our think about a win,"

On This Day In Sports History

1991 - Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula records his 300'th career NFL victory.

1987 - NFL players go on strike for 24 days.


Rams offensive team makes progress, but falters in games biggest moments: Fox Sports Midwest

The Rams' offensive line continues to improve, but was it enough against the Cowboys?

Blown lead might linger with Rams awhile: Star-Telegram

I thought William Hayes summed up the Rams' efforts against Dallas quite succintly:

"We just didn’t capitalize on the plays we needed to make. We gave that game away. We played good football, but just didn’t finish. You have to finish. It wasn’t anything they did. We lost that game. They didn’t beat us."

Read more here:

Full Report Card Grades For St. Louis: Bleacher Report

Predictably enough, the Rams' offensive units earned high grades for their performances against the Cowboys. The defense and special teams...much lower grades, also well-earned. Especially the D grade for the defensive line.

No QB controversy here: Austin Davis should start for Rams: ESPN NFL Nation

Despite a pair of fine performances by Austin Davis in place of the injured Shaun Hill, Jeff Fisher insists Hill will be the starter upon his return. Nick Wagoner believes coach Fisher should reconsider.

Davis shows he can lead Rams: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bryan Burwell shares his thoughts on the game between the Rams and the Cowboys.

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference

Austin Davis Post-Game Press Conference

One-On-One With Trey Watts: Post-Game

One-On-One With Austin Pettis: Post-Game

All of the above pressers are courtesy of the St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher talks to Charlie Marlow of Fox 2:

Jeff Fisher reviews his teams loss to Dallas: 101 ESPN

Brian Quick's ascendancy in Year 3: 101 ESPN

Jared Cook blames himself for loss: ESPN NFL Nation

Cook had an easy 10-yard TD pass slip through his hands. Then he shoved QB Austin Davis on the sidleines after the play. Not a good day for Mr. Cook.

Rapid Reaction: ESPN

Nick Wagoner shares some quick thoughts on the Rams' loss to the Cowboys.

Rams report card: Bad day for defense: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Gordon rates the Rams performance against the Dallas Cowboys.

Offense, keyed by ground game, is solid, but mistakes lead to another Rams loss: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

From running back Zac Stacy:

"It was just a couple of miscues and some miscommunication that killed us.’’

St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams currently have $4,481,133 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 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 Shaun Hill Austin Davis 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 Ray Ray Armstrong
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
OT Mike Remmers DE Chris Long TE Mason Brodine
OL Brandon Washington RB Isaiah Pead
DE Kourtnei Brown QB Sam Bradford
CB Jemea Thomas OC Demetrius Rhaney
DT Matt Conrath
TE Brad Smelley
QB Garrett Gilbert
FS Christian Bryant
WR Emory Blake
LB Denicos Allen

I've updated the roster to reflect all transactions as of 11.00 pm Sunday, September 21 As noted last week, the return of Stedman Bailey necessitated a few roster transactions. In addition, injuries in the secondary prompted the Rams to add CB depth on the practice squad. On Friday, the Rams signed former 6'th round pick Jemea Thomas, and released WR Justin Veltung from the practice squad.

Blast From The Past: Canadian Classic Rock Monday: Rush - La Villa Strangiato

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!