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Random Ramsdom: September 29: St. Louis Rams - Soaring With The Eagles

When you howl with the owls at night, you've gotta be able to soar with the eagles in the morning. The Rams have had plenty of rest and relaxation, due to an early Week 4 bye. Will they come out firing on all cylinders this week, against Chip Kelly's high-flying Philadelphia Eagles?

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Twitter Talk

I thought it was the ankle Chris Long was having trouble with??:

Speaking of Chris Longs' ankle...some good news:

Jeff Fisher's reply, when asked how to reduce penalties:

JL55 speaks the truth...:

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The Rise and Fall of the 2012 NFL Draft: Grantland

The top ten selections in 2012 look pretty ho-hum thus far. Luckily for the Rams, they get a thumbs up for the selection of Michael Brockers with the Number 14 overall selection. Their second round picks? A mixed bag of Isaiah Pead, Janoris Jenkins, and Brian Quick.

Where is the Rams' pass rush?: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Fisher noted one of the bigger reasons the Rams' pass-rush has been held in check so far this season:

"It’s been our — I don’t want to say inability — but at times difficulty that we’ve had stopping the run. We’re creating an opportunity for teams to pick up significant gains on the ground. And if anybody had their preference, they’d do it that way."

Rams Studs And Duds: CBS Local St. Louis

Cedric Williams takes a look at who has performed - and who hasn't - for the Rams 3 weeks into the season.

It's Time For A Solution: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Perhaps a truly independent "conduct" panel is the solution to the NFL's ongoing misconduct and discipline problems. So far, Roger Goodell all by himself has not been the answer.

Rookie Highlight Reel: CB - E.J. Gaines

Rams Stadium Report: History Of Leverage Use To Build Stadiums Runs Deep In NFL: 101 ESPN

Stan Kroenke wouldn't be the first - nor the last - NFL owner to use leverage in stadium negotiations. Could he pull the trigger and move the team to LA?

"Without a doubt, Rams owner Stan Kroenke – the second-wealthiest owner in the nation’s most prestigious sports league – possesses both the wealth and business acumen to ultimately pull off a move to Los Angeles if necessary steps are not quickly taken by local leadership to ensure the long-term stay of the franchise that brought both a Super Bowl title and the greatest show on turf to the Show-Me State, the St. Louis Rams."

Word of Muth: State of the Rams: Football Outsiders

Ben Muth dissects the performance of the Rams' offensive line in the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

St. Louis Rams Team Report: Inside Slant: Global Post

A snapshot of the Rams during the bye week.

St. Louis Rams Bye Week Reflections: Pro Football Spot

Tim Godfrey insists that Austin Davis is the answer (whether Coach Fisher believes it or not). He goes on to suggest the offense is better than expected, but must still has a way to go. Godfrey concludes by figuring the Rams should forget about "Sack City", and just stop the opposing offense.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Career Rushing Yards Leaders

Former Rams players figure prominently on the Career Rushing Yards Leaders Top-Twenty. Jerome Bettis (1993-1995), Eric Dickerson (1983-1987), Marshall Faulk (1999-2005), and Steven Jackson (2004-2012) all make the list.


Rams Legends: Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen played in the shadow of another revered member of the Fearsome Foursome - David Deacon Jones. Olsen played his entire 15-year career as a defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. A 14-time Pro Bowler, Olsen was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, in his first year of eligibility. The following is a tribute to one of the greatest players to ever don a Rams jersey:

2015 NFL Mock Draft: NFL Mocks

And just like that, the Rams select QB Marcus Mariota with the Number One overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Rams' Quick Finally Fulfilling Lofty Expectations: - Gridiron Gateway

It's taken some time, but Brian Quick is finally showing why Jeff Fisher thought so highly of him at the time of his 2'nd round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft:

"He’s a tall, athletic, talented receiver. He’s got great speed and impressive ball skills. He might not be a big name, but we believe he'll do some big things for us."

Rams looking to rev up pass rush any way possible: ESPN NFL Nation

Teams are devising ways to overcome the Rams' fierce pass rush. Throwing quick passes and running the football are two ways opposing offenses are neutralizing the Rams' pass rush.

Can The Rams Still Make The Playoffs?: Ramblin' Fan

The Rams can still make some noise, and take a run at a playoff berth. If the defense can live up to its preseason billing - and the offense continues to grow - anything can happen.

On This Day In Sports History

1946 - Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play their first NFL Game in LA.

1954 - Willie Mays makes the famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive.


Rams could get Tavon Austin and Shaun Hill back after bye week: Fox Sports Midwest

Will Jeff Fisher stick to his word, and start QB Shaun Hill, if he's ready to go against the Eagles this week?

Rams not looking ahead to tough stretch: ESPN NFL Nation

When a team faces a brutal 8-game stretch in the middle of a season, they prepare for it by taking it one game at a time.

ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for criticism of Roger Goodell: Sports Illustrated

Bill Simmons goes ballistic on Roger Goodell: Business Insider

The popular Editor-in-Chief of Grantland (owned by ESPN) was suspended for three weeks, after a tirade directed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell (sp.). Simmons had the nerve to call Goodell a liar (among other things).

Revisiting the Greatest Show On Turf: FiveThirtyEight

Mike Martz asked one question: "Why does the run have to set up the pass?". In answering the question, Martz and the Rams revolutionized the game of football.


The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - September 25: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - September 24: St.Louis Rams Official Website

Robert Quinn Press Conference - September 24: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Joe Barksdale Press Conference - September 25: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Fisher Up Front: St. Louis Rams Official Website

The Jeff Fisher Show - September 22: 101 ESPN

Jeff Fisher Show 9-22-14 from 101ESPN on Vimeo.

Mike Martz talks about the 1999 St. Louis Rams: 101 ESPN

Torry Holt explains why penalties are an issue for the Rams: 101 ESPN

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.

Where Rams stand statistically at the bye: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner looks at the Rams in a variety of major statistical categories.

Donald off to a promising start: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aaron Donald has shown why he was an early first round draft selection in 2014, and a fine addition to the Rams' defensive line.

Jeff Fisher says running back split will continue: ESPN NFL Nation

From Coach Fisher:

"We’ll continue with that. It’s even, but Zac gets going, gets on a roll he gets five or six straight carries or something like that, then you are going to flip them. We’ve always done that."

Top 5 Ways The Rams Can Win The Bye Week: Cover 32 Rams

The Rams went into the bye week with many issues to iron out. We'll see how much they've learned and grown as a team, when the Rams travel to face the Eagles this weekend.

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
WR Justin Veltung
QB Garrett Gilbert
FS Christian Bryant
WR Emory Blake
LB Denicos Allen

The roster has been updated to reflect all transactions as of 11.00 pm Sunday, September 28. The Rams released TE Brad Smelley from the Practise Squad, replacing him with WR Justin Veltung, who returns after a one-week absence from the PS.

Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Monday: Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!