Sometimes it's about more than just football:
I sat on the edge of my seat watching NFL football yesterday...praying that NFL stadiums weren't possible targets:
Paris stadium security prevented suicide bomber from entering soccer match: https://t.co/ojHAXXA4wS— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 14, 2015
The Rams are lucky to have him!:
Been a lot of good storylines so far but Todd Gurley might be the best thing going in the NFL. Unbelievably fun to watch.— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) November 15, 2015
A classy gesture by the NFL. Puts it all into perspective:
Across the NFL, there was a moment of silence prior to kickoff today in support of those in Paris. https://t.co/iL1d1e5BTY— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2015
Todd Gurley reminding us he was once a world-class hurdler:
Oh so true...
Success is so fleeting in the NFL. Unless you have a generational talent at QB and an awesome coach and GM and continuity and luck— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) November 16, 2015
NFL increases security inside and outside of stadiums after Paris attack: Yahoo Sports - Shutdown Corner
In the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, the NFL acted quickly in beefing up security in and around its stadiums for Sunday's games.
The Late Show: Sports Illustrated - MMQB
Peter King takes us through the week that was in the NFL.
A very quick recovery and a humble young man:
"I feel like it's normal. I just looked at it as I'm not the first person to tear their ACL and I'm not going to be the last," Gurley said. "There's people who came back before I did. With mine it was a clean ACL so it kind of helped me out."
Rams Uniform History: St. Louis Rams Official Website
A nostalgic look back at Rams uniforms throughout their history (1937-present). The blue and white's are still my favorite.
2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell updates his three round mock draft. The Rams select DL Robert Nkemdiche in the first round, C Max Tuerk and WR Josh Doctson in the second round and OLB Eric Striker in the third round. This is the type of draft I could see happening under Jeff Fisher.
2016 NFL Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams - 6 Rounds: Rams In Perspective
The Rams currently have 6 selections in the upcoming draft. I believe one of those selections should be WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round if at all possible.
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: CB - Vernon Hargreaves III - Florida
Why Bruce Arians' Ideas Have The Cardinals' Offense Rolling: Sports Illustrated
Could the Rams' coaches/play-callers learn a thing or two from one of the best? What makes Bruce Arians so good at getting offenses to fire on all cylinders?
A Valuable Draft Lesson Everyone Must Learn: NFL Mocks - Fansided - S.I.
The mock drafts will be coming at us full-bore before the end of the NFL regular season. The vast majority of them will address a teams' needs. The reality? For a team like the Rams, selecting an Aaron Donald took precedence over any type of need.
Manning is the new all-time passing yards leader. He passed Brett Favre's record (71,838) during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rams Game Takes Moment Of Silence: St. Louis Rams Official Website
A moment of silence was observed to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, before the game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams.
Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential
|Team||Turnover Differential||Big Play Differential||Toxic Differential|
|7||St. Louis Rams||4||12||16|
|8||New England Patriots||7||9||16|
|11||Green Bay Packers||6||2||8|
|12||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||5||6|
|14||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||3|
|15||New York Jets||3||0||3|
|18||San Francisco 49ers||-1||-1||-2|
|19||New York Giants||12||-16||-4|
|24||New Orleans Saints||-2||-9||-11|
|29||San Diego Chargers||-5||-15||-20|
Through Week 9, the Rams were tied for 5th in the league in Toxic Differential (+16). The other 9 teams in the top ten had a combined 54-20 record heading into Week 10. In the win against Chicago...
The expression "toxic differential" was coined by former NFL coach Brian Billick. Billick was head coach of the Baltimore Ravens for 9 seasons, and led them to a Super Bowl victory in the 2000 season.
"People are constantly looking for the right combination of stats to indicate the probable success of a team. What are the key factors to winning? Is it sacks, third-down conversions, first-down efficiency, the ability to run the ball and stop the run, total passing yards? All are important, but none are a precise indicator of success."
"Beginning in 1998, when I was the Vikings' offensive coordinator, I used a formula that I called the "toxic differential" as the best barometer for our team's success. Simply stated, the toxic differential is the correlation between turnovers and explosive plays."
Foles is putting up some fairly pedestrian numbers this season. How much of that is on him? The offensive line? The wide receivers? The Coaches? The answer is likely a little bit of all of them combined.
"Foles was 17 for 36 for 200 yards with no TDs and an interception Sunday. On the year, he has completed 52.7 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns with six interceptions."
Rams Fall To Bears 37-13: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Rams Insider Myles Simmons recaps the Rams' loss to the Bears.
Bears vs. Rams: St. Louis Grades, Note And Quotes: Bleacher Report
Steven Gerwel recaps and grades the game between the Bears and Rams.
Agressive Bears defense stifles Rams: Chicago Bears Official Website
Stifling the Rams' offense as a whole is not that impressive a feat. Holding Todd Gurley to 45 yards rushing and negating explosive plays from Tavon Austin is much more impressive.
Two injuries in this game to Sam Bradford (concussion and non-throwing shoulder). I can't help but feel for the guy. A snake-bitten career.
On This Day In Sports History
1907 - The 12th Iron Bowl: Auburn and Alabama tie 6-6 in Birmingham.
Aaron Donald up, Nick Foles, Greg Robinson down for Rams in loss: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner goes through the ups and downs of Sunday's game against the Bears. Seems to me there were a lot more ups than downs in this one.
Bench Foles? Sure, But That Won't Solve The Problem: 101 Sports ESPN
Bernie Miklasz believes the problems with the Rams' offense run far deeper than just Nick Foles:
"We can make Foles the fall guy, but that doesn’t address the real problem. Jeff Fisher’s offense has been dragging for years. Pick a quarterback; any will do. That quarterback will be working for the same coach, functioning under the same philosophy, and operating the same system. That’s the reality."
Nick Foles again unable to do enough as Rams fall to Bears: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner shares his thoughts on Foles and the Rams loss to the Bears.
Rams- Bears Highlights: NFL.com
Rams' Accountability Begins And Ends With Kroenke: 101 Sports ESPN
Bernie Miklasz believes the Rams' problems all start at the top...with owner Stan Kroenke:
"Winning the Super Bowl should be the source of every NFL owner’s hunger. But based on Kroenke’s actions, I’d have to say his top goal is beating the Chargers-Raiders in the Los Angeles Bowl — a victory that undeniably will bring him a massive financial payoff."
Apparently Mr. Bennett isn't too particularly fond of the Rams:
"I consider St. Louis to be Seattle's little brother," Bennett said on Comcast SportsNet Chicago's postgame show. "So it's a bunch of front-runners. No. 97 [right defensive end Eugene Sims] is a little b----. So overall, I was happy just to go out there and kick their ass."
Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Nick Foles Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
James Laurinaitis Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Aaron Donald Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Wes Welker Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Rams coach Jeff Fisher says his offense’s poor third down conversion and failure to continue drives killed his team in a loss to the Bears at home.
FOX 2's Charlie Marlow catches up with Head Coach Jeff Fisher.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Post-Game Coverage
Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly grades. QB Nick Foles and the coaches both merit poor grades for their lackluster performances.
Todd Gurley had the right words for this mess of a game:
"It was just one of those (butt)-kicking losses that happen sometimes."
Jim Thomas reports on the game from the Edward Jones Dome.
As Jim Thomas notes, injuries to Jamon Brown and Rob Havenstein have put the Rams' offensive line in "shambles".
It wasn't a great game for the Rams defense. I'll give them a pass due to their exploits in the previous 8 games.
Jeff Gordon reminds us of bleaker times since 2012:
"This loss offered nightmarish flashbacks to Fisher’s previous seasons here. Errant passes, dropped passes, drive-killing offensive penalties and massive defensive breakdowns led the Rams down a familiar trail."
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams have $2,982,385 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, November 15 (the 9th lowest total in the league). Please check here and here for my regular salary cap updates throughout the year.
CBS Sports Game Grades
St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart
The big news of the week was the signing of WR Wes Welker to replace WR Stedman Bailey on the roster. Bailey is under suspension (4 games) for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. In addition, the Rams signed LB Matthew Wells to fill the 10th spot on the Practice Squad. Welker was active for the Rams' game against the Bears.
C Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney RG Jamon Brown LG Garrett Reynolds Cody Wichmann RT Rob Havenstein Andrew Donnal LT Greg Robinson Darrell Williams TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey TE Jared Cook Justice Cunningham WR Tavon Austin Wes Welker Bradley Marquez WR Kenny Britt Brian Quick RB Tre Mason Benny Cunningham RB Todd Gurley Chase Reynolds QB Nick Foles Case Keenum Sean Mannion PK Greg Zuerlein P John Hekker LS Jake McQuaide DT Aaron Donald Nick Fairley Doug Worthington DT Michael Brockers Ethan Westbrooks DE Chris Long William Hayes DE Robert Quinn Eugene Sims Matt Longacre MLB James Laurinaitis Bryce Hager OLB Mark Barron Daren Bates OLB Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson CB Trumaine Johnson Lamarcus Joyner SS Tim McDonald Jr. Maurice Alexander FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Christian Bryant Practice Squad Injured Reserve IR-Designated To Return DE Gerald Rivers CB E.J. Gaines OLB Alec Ogletree DT Louis Trinca-Pasat OG Rodger Saffold LB Zack Hodges WR Isiah Ferguson LB Matthew Wells Reserve/Suspended CB Melvin White CB Eric Patterson RB Trey Watts RB Malcolm Brown WR Stedman Bailey FB Zach Laskey WR Nick Toon OT Isaiah Battle