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Random Ramsdom, 1/3: All-Pro Rams, Playoff Football, and the Path to a New Stadium

Top of the Saturday morning to you, Rams’ fans! The Rams won’t be participating in the 2014 NFL playoffs - which kickoff this afternoon - but there’s still plenty going on in St. Louis...

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State Money Crucial For New Open-Air Stadium |  STL Mag

The path to a new football stadium in St. Louis has to go through Jefferson City, although before the state takes on new debt for an open-air venue, the plan appears to have the city and county taking over the state’s annual payment on the Edward Jones Dome.

Nine Guys that Could Use New Scenery |

Here are nine folks who need a change of scenery this year, to benefit both them and their current employers.

St. Louis Fans Praised for Supporting Lousy Rams |  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Rams completed their 11th consecutive non-winning season on Sunday, clunking in with a 6-10 record. And they tied for the fifth-worst television rating in their 20 seasons in St. Louis as talk that the team will leave St. Louis kept coming loudly from many mouths, but not from the only one that matters — that of team owner Stan Kroenke.

2014 AP All-Pro Team |  Pro Football Talk

Via USA Today and, here is the first-team All-Pro squad as announced by The Associated Press on Friday. Fifty national media members compose the AP‘s voting panel. Three Rams make the squad...

Closing Evaluations: Wide Receivers |  Arch Authority

The Rams’ corps of wide receivers showed promise in 2014, and that’s something the team hasn’t seen much of since the mid-2000’s.  How does each one grade out for last season’s performance?  Arch Authority covered running backs, as well.

Rams’ Offseason Draft Scouting Guide |  Bleacher Report

This article will serve as an early guide to the upcoming draft by highlighting the team's picks, the top needs and a few key prospects to watch.

Rams, Browns Lead Worst-to-First Candidates for 2015 |

While this season's last-place teams have a tough road ahead, each features some element that provides reason for optimism. Below is my take on 2014's cellar dwellers, ranked according to their chances of pulling off the elusive worst-to-first trick in 2015.

Return Touchdowns Rams Biggest Regret |  ESPN

In assessing his team's performance in 2014, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher ran down a list of things he felt his team did well during the course of the season.

Special Teams Takes a Step Forward for Rams |  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"It was definitely a blessing to be part of something special here,’’ said Will Herring, 31, who spent his first four seasons in Seattle and the next three in New Orleans. "The culture here on special teams was phenomenal. It starts with (head coach Jeff Fisher) and goes from there. ‘Bones’ (special teams coordinator John Fassel) is an unbelievable guy to work for. The guys here, they play super-hard for each other and for ‘Bones,’ and I think that definitely showed up on Sundays.’’

Cunningham Quietly Emerged as Kick Return Whiz |  ESPN

During the final meeting of the 2014 St. Louis Rams on Monday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher went through the usual checklist of things to tell his team before sending it on its way.   Fisher also took a moment to recognize a player that hadn't gotten much recognition for the job he did during the season: running back/kick returner Benny Cunningham.

Whether it be a result declining on-field abilities, or simply a move to free up cap space, the Rams are going to have some difficult decisions to make this offseason in regards to a few of their veteran players.  Here are five who may not be wearing a Rams’ uni in 2015...

10 Worst Referee Calls of 2014 |  Football Nation

It's worth noting that this year there were 13 new officials, including three referees, the most in a non-expansion year ever.  Unfortunately, some veteran referees like Jerome Boger, Bill Leavy and Ed Hochuli were household names all season like the star players.  Let's review the ten (well, let's put fourteen) most prominent bad or controversial calls (in chronological order) of the 2014 NFL season.

Brett Hundley closed out his career at UCLA in grand fashion Friday night as the Bruins raced out to a big lead on Kansas State and held on late to win the Alamo Bowl, 40-35.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Niners are expected to interview former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan this weekend, according to a source informed of the team's plans. Niners officials had already planned to be in Denver this weekend to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Today’s NFL Playoff Slate...