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!
Great OLine play by Dallas...or not-so-great defensive play by the Rams? Both?:
Dallas O-line vs StL -- 0 sacks, 0 penalties, a 100-yard rusher & a win. It was a performance worthy of those great O-lines of early 1990s.— Rick Gosselin (@RickGosselinDMN) September 22, 2014
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:
My actions from today's game were truly a mistake - unintentional and in the heat of the moment. (continued)— Jared Cook (@JaredCook89) September 22, 2014
There is never an excuse for unsportsmanlike conduct and I apologize to everyone. (continued)— Jared Cook (@JaredCook89) September 22, 2014
I want to thank my teammates again, Austin Davis and William Hayes for their support on the sideline- the Rams organization and (continued)— Jared Cook (@JaredCook89) September 22, 2014
Especially to all of our fans for whom we fight so hard for your love and continued support.— Jared Cook (@JaredCook89) September 22, 2014
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.
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
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.
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.
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 defense...you 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."
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.
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!!