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Random Ramsdom: January 12: St. Louis Rams - The Calm Before The Storm

Brian Schottenheimer moves on. Stan Kroenke's building in Los Angeles. St. Louis unveils a stadium plan to keep the Rams in town. A huge news week. Things should calm down for at least this week. Free agency, roster decisions, and a new OC loom on the horizon.

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Twitter Talk

No matter which side of the debate you're on, that's some funny stuff right there:

ICYMI...Janoris Jenkins isn't keen on playing football in the great outdoors:

JJ came under a little bit of criticism after his remarks were made. He's standing his ground!!!:

Conrath was the only practice squad player not signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Rams:

Cross Greg Roman off the list of potential Rams OC's:

The current Rams could sure use a couple of OL with that kind of take-no-prisoners attitude:

Two common threads for elite eight: ESPN

Heading into the weekend, eight teams remained as playoff teams. What did they have in common? Head coaching stability and proven quarterbacks.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Charlie Campbell unveils his latest 3-round mock draft. The Rams select OT Brandon Scherff, QB Brett Hundley, and WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

St. Louis Rams 2015 Free Agency: Three Top Targets: Ramblin' Fan

Landing G Mike Iupati, C Rodney Hudson, and WR Torrey Smith would be a major coup for the Rams. The only stumbling block could be the lack of available salary cap space.

Rams about average on point-of-emphasis penalties: ESPN NFL Nation

"In their 16 games, the Rams were flagged 10 times for defensive holding and five for illegal contact. Those numbers include penalties accepted, declined and offsetting.
That wasn't the best performance in the league in that area, but only 11 teams had fewer combined flags in those two areas."

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: QB - Kevin Hogan - Stanford

GM Les Snead reflects on Rams season: ESPN NFL Nation

Rams GM Les Snead looks back on a season filled with missed opportunities...and what could have been.

Losing Rams would be blow to St. Louis' pride, not economy: USA Today

The possibility of a Rams move to Los Angeles is mostly talked about in terms of economics and money. In actuality, a potential move elicits many reactions that reach far deeper than the pocketbook.

5 things the Rams must improve over the offseason: Rant Sports

Most of the things the Rams need to figure out this offseason revolve around the offense, particularly the offensive line.

Prioritizing Rams free agents: ESPN NFL Nation

Kenny Britt and Joe Barksdale head the list of Rams players eligible for free agency. I'd like to see the Rams re-sign both players.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Scoreability

Rank Team Yds. Pts. SCOR.
1 New England 5846 468 12.49
2 Green Bay 6178 486 12.71
3 Dallas 6138 467 13.14
4 Denver 6446 482 13.37
5 Philadelphia 6348 474 13.39
6 Indianapolis 6496 458 14.18
7 Baltimore 5838 409 14.27
8 Miami 5601 388 14.44
9 Kansas City 5100 353 14.45
10 Houston 5513 372 14.82
11 Buffalo 5096 343 14.86
12 Pittsburgh 6577 436 15.08
13 Cincinnati 5568 365 15.25
14 Seattle 6012 394 15.26
15 N.Y. Giants 5874 380 15.46
16 St. Louis 5032 324 15.53
17 Minnesota 5048 325 15.53
18 San Diego 5468 348 15.71
19 Atlanta 6051 381 15.88
20 Chicago 4955 304 16.30
21 Carolina 5544 339 16.35
22 Arizona 5116 310 16.50
23 New Orleans 6139 370 16.59
24 Tampa Bay 4672 277 16.87
25 Detroit 5442 321 16.95
26 San Francisco 5241 306 17.13
27 Cleveland 5193 299 17.37
28 Oakland 4515 253 17.85
29 N.Y. Jets 5225 283 18.46
30 Jacksonville 4633 249 18.61
31 Washington 5738 301 19.06
32 Tennessee 4859 254 19.13

Scoreability = Offensive Yards/Total Points Scored = Yards Per Point Scored (YPPS). The lower the number, the more efficiently a team scores points. 6 of the 8 remaining teams who played this past weekend were ranked in the top 7 in Scoreability. The Rams finished the season ranked 16th in this statistic. The chart is courtesy of ColdHardFootballFacts.

The Real Issue: Whether Kroenke Follows The Rules Or Not: Pro Football Spot

"Stan Kroenke has already made it clear: he is moving the Rams to Los Angeles, rules and other owners approval be damned. Is Roger Goodell really going to let Kroenke do what he wants and ignore the club rules?"

2014 PFF All-Pro Special Teams: Pro Football Focus

John Hekker, Cory Harkey, and Chase Reynolds all merit positions on PFF's All-Pro Special Teams units.

Managing third down a major issue for the Rams in 2014: ESPN NFL Nation

The Rams all too often left themselves in poor shape on third downs this season:

"That's because the Rams' average distance to moving the chains on third down attempts this year was a whopping 7.86 yards. That's tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the longest distance to gain in the NFL."

The Men Who Protect The Man: Grantland

A blueprint for the Rams (courtesy of the Green Bay Packers) on how to build their offensive line into an impenetrable unit.

Dave Peacock on Stadium Plan and the fight to keep the Rams - 101 ESPN

Fisher, not Schotty, is the problem: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Brian Schottenheimer has left for Georgia. The Rams are looking for a new OC. Will a new OC achieve better results, given coach Fisher's ultimate control over the offense?

2015 NFL Draft underclassmen tracker: SB Nation - Mocking the Draft

Underclassmen have until Thursday to declare their intent to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. MTD is tracking the declarations as they occur.

The real value of rushing yards in the NFL: SB Nation NFL

Balance and creativity are keys to a successful NFL offense. Can the Rams put the right pieces in place during the offseason to bolster their offense?

Key bullet points from St. Louis stadium plan: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner summarizes the key points of the stadium proposal. It's just the beginning, but one has to start somewhere.

On This Day In Sports History

1946 - The NFL champion Cleveland Rams are given permission to move the team to Los Angeles.

1969 - Super Bowl III. The New York Jets defeat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Miami. QB Joe Namath is named the games MVP.

1952 - The National Conference defeats the American Conference 30-13 in the NFL Pro Bowl.

Support, timing key to Rams plan: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Two points may turn out to be key to the stadium proposal put forth on Friday to keep the Rams in St. Louis:

"if the situation reaches the level where the Rams are lobbying with the league to move to Los Angeles, two areas are almost certain to be discussed:

• Is the St. Louis effort to address its stadium situation a case of too little, too late?

• Is there sufficient support in the business community and corporate sector to keep the Rams profitable and viable in St. Louis?"

Rams seek interviews with Kyle Shanahan, Greg Roman: ESPN NFL Nation

The search is on for the Rams' next offensive coordinator. Shanahan and Roman may only be the first two of many prospective candidates for the position.

Progress is relative for Rams: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Is a 6-10 record considered to be progress, in the third year of the Snead/Fisher regime?

NFL Free Agency 2015: Grading The Strength Of Each Positional Class: Bleacher Report

This could be the strongest free agent class in many a year. Will the Rams dip into the free agent market to bolster the offensive line, and add a quality veteran quarterback?

Hall of Fame Finalist: Orlando Pace

Hall of Fame Finalist: Kevin Greene

Hall of Fame Finalist: Kurt Warner

ESPN's Nick Wagoner takes a look at three former Rams players who are among the 15 finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

5 Free Agents The Rams Should Sign In 2015: Rant Sports NFL

G Mike Iupati and QB Brian Hoyer head the list of players the Rams should consider signing in 2015.

Seahawks to make Russell Wilson highest-paid QB:

The salary cap playing field in the NFC West is close to being levelled off. First Colin Kaepernick. And now Russell Wilson. Big contracts at QB are nothing new for the Rams. Now other teams in the NFC West are about to feel the pinch. It's about time.

Should Fisher be willing to change his offensive philosophy in hiring a new OC? - 101 Sports

St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart

C Scott Wells Barrett Jones Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney
RG Davin Joseph Brandon Washington
LG Rodger Saffold Travis Bond
RT Joe Barksdale Mike Person Steven Baker
LT Greg Robinson Jake Long
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey Justice Cunningham Brad Smelley
TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer Mason Brodine
WR Kenny Britt Brian Quick Chris Givens Damian Williams
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey Emory Blake Devon Wylie
RB Tre Mason Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Benny Cunningham Zac Stacy Isaiah Pead
QB Sam Bradford Shaun Hill Austin Davis
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker Michael Palardy
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Kendall Langford Doug Worthington
DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington
DE Chris Long William Hayes
DE Robert Quinn Eugene Sims Ethan Westbrooks
MLB James Laurinaitis Daren Bates Marshall McFadden
OLB Alec Ogletree Korey Toomer
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Will Herring
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson Brandon McGee
CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Lamarcus Joyner
SS T.J. McDonald Mark Barron Maurice Alexander
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Christian Bryant

St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

I'll be publishing a complete salary cap update on Tuesday. The Rams enter the off-season in a familiar position...with very little salary cap space.

Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Monday: Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin'

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!