An amazing throwback week tribute...a must see:
St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 30, 2015
Benoit is definitely worth a follow on Twitter and a read on MMQB, for both his insight and great film breakdowns:
#Rams Film: Donald continued to flash. Quickness, speed, power. He’s easily the best all-around DT in the NFL.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) October 30, 2015
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt:
Uhhhh...not so much :):
The trade deadline is fast-approaching (Tuesday, November 3) and Mr. Brandt spells out the ramifications perfectly (Jared Cook isn't going anywhere):
NFL trade deadline activity same every year: lots of smoke, little fire. Smart GMs ask obvious question: "Why are they trying to move him?"— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) November 1, 2015
Music to my ears:
That's a winner. Rams (4-3) move above .500 in November for first time since 2006 with 27-6 victory over San Francisco.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 1, 2015
Records broken by Gurley will sound like "broken records" by the time his career is over:
Gurley is first rookie in NFL history to rush for 125 yards-plus in four consecutive games.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 1, 2015
Give him a day off due to injury and Long is just killing it on Twitter:
I call him stayvon austin because I hope he stays on the rams for a long long time— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 1, 2015
More Gurley superlatives:
Todd Gurley's 566 rush yards in his first 4 starts are the most since the 1970 merger. (via ELIAS) pic.twitter.com/RdWaKZnDz4— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 2, 2015
Keep the superlatives coming:
49rs averaged just 2.91 yards per play Sunday, which is the lowest allowed by a Rams D since Fisher took over and by any Rams D since '01.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) November 2, 2015
In Search Of Stan Kroenke: KMOV St. Louis
2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell updates his 3-round mock draft. The Rams select WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round, C Max Tuerk and OLB Yannick Ngakoue in the second round and DT Montravius Adams in the third round. Put me down for Treadwell in the first. The rest of the picks are just ok.
Unbeaten and Undressed: Sports Illustrated - The MMQB
Peter King takes us through the week that was in the NFL.
Ranking All 32 NFL Starting Quarterbacks: Sports On Earth
Rams' QB Nick Foles finds himself ranked 28th among starting QB's. The good news? That's 2 spots higher than Sam Bradford and 3 higher than Peyton Manning.
NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Month: Todd Gurley: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Let's relive some of RB Todd Gurley's finest moments in the month of October.
NFL's "League Interests" Clause Could Be Kroenke's Loophole: 101 Sports ESPN
"The League interests being included as a reason to relocate illustrates the insincerity of the process. If the League is ultimately concerned about doing what is truly best for its interests, it would do a market survey for every franchise’s home territory, and move the market with the worst financial profile to the city and region that makes the most sense for everyone in the League."
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: LB/S - Su'a Cravens - USC
Stan Kroenke's partner looking to develop 200 acres in St. Louis: ESPN NFL Nation
This little piece of news led to wild speculation about the purpose of Alan Bornstein buying land in Maryland Heights, nearby the Rams' training facility in Earth City. As Nick Wagoner points out, Kroenke and his partners buy and develop land and buildings all the time. This project is no different.
Todd Gurley Rewards Rams For Taking A Chance: New York Times
When Todd Gurley was selected by the Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft, how many of us were jumping up and down with joy? Not many. Gurley has sure proven all the naysayers wrong.
Love them or hate them, the folks at Pro Football Focus are here to stay. My take? They provide a lot of quality data (even to NFL teams) but they should relegate their gradings of NFL players to the trash bin.
Patriots win Super Bowls with cheap offensive lines: Over The Cap
I'm not sure where OTC was heading with this. The Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl with THIS particular line. Last years OL was quite a bit more expensive. Injuries and player movement have forced the Pats into the unfamiliar position of starting rookies and plenty of youth on the line. It doesn't hurt to have Tom Brady as your QB and Bill Belichick masterminding the whole process.
Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential
|Team||Turnover Differential||Big Play Differential||Toxic Differential|
|4||New York Jets||4||12||16|
|7||St. Louis Rams||4||9||13|
|8||Green Bay Packers||6||6||12|
|10||New England Patriots||7||4||11|
|15||New York Giants||10||-9||1|
|16||San Francisco 49ers||0||-1||-1|
|17||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-2||1||-1|
|19||Kansas City Chiefs||1||-3||-2|
|26||New Orleans Saints||0||-14||-14|
|30||San Diego Chargers||-6||-12||-18|
Through Week 7, the Rams were 7th in the league in Toxic Differential (+13). The other 9 teams in the top ten had a combined 46-12 record heading into Week 8. The Rams will once again move up the rankings after their resounding 27-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
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."
After latest operation, Saffold "done" with shoulders: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Rams will have many tough decisions to make this offseason. Will Rodger Saffold remain a Ram in 2016?
Betting on the Fantasy World: U.S. News & World Report
The Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel. Internet gambling? Or game of skill?
"Nevada's Gaming Control Board banned fantasy sites like DraftKings and FanDuel from offering their products in the state without a gaming license, equating the contests with betting on sports."
In midst of #ClampSeason, Rams' Janoris Jenkins bets on himself: ESPN NFL Nation
Jenkins is eligible for Free Agency in 2016. Sticking to his self-imposed bye week deadline, Jenkins will not enter into any further discussions about a new contract until the season has ended. Jenkins made his intentions abundantly clear this past week:
"It's over for the season. After football [season], I'd be glad to sign back with them but as far as the season, I just want to focus on football. I gave them up until bye week. They knew what was going on. I told them anything after the bye week, I ain't listening, I don't want to hear it. I want to focus on football. The bye week is gone, so I just want to play football."
Grantland was shut down this past week by the powers that be at ESPN. Pity. It was the best thing ESPN had going for it. Their in-depth, well-written articles (especially the long-form pieces) were much admired by many (me included). They will be sorely missed.
On This Day In Sports History
2002 - 14th College Football Holy War: Boston College defeats Notre Dame 14-7 in South Bend.
The Rams Need More From Their Passing Game: 101 Sports ESPN
Bernie Miklasz delivers his take on the Rams' victory over the 49ers. For the Rams to be thought of as serious playoff contenders, the offense needs to become less one-dimensional.
Winning Ugly? For The Rams, Any Victory Is Beautiful: 101 Sports ESPN
The St. Louis defense sure has been tough at the Dome. Visiting teams now have a total of two offensive touchdowns in 46 possessions.
Rams Defeat 49ers, Improve To 3-0 In NFC West: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Myles Simmons shares his thoughts on the Rams big win over San Francisco.
Picking over the 49ers' totality of wreckage: The San Jose Mercury News
49ers star LB NaVorro Bowman summed it up best:
"When I signed up, I signed up to play through wins, losses or whatever. This is the type of team we have. There's no genie that's coming through the door."
Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Coach Fisher's Post-Game Speech: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Nick Foles Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Todd Gurley Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Jared Cook Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Tim McDonald Jr. Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Robert Quinn Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
One-On-One With Tavon Austin: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Jeff Fisher praises the defense and notes there is room to improve.
NFL Week 8: Mike Tanier - Bleacher Report
An absolute must read, as Tanier props Todd Gurley via revised lyrics to the song "The Weight" by The Band. Simply awesome stuff!!
One of the most amazing football plays you will ever see. Well worth the look, trust me. You will look on in amazement.
Is Todd Gurley already the NFL's best running back: Yahoo Sports
Is ANYONE now questioning the Rams' selection of Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft? I didn't think so...
St. Louis Grades, Notes & Quotes: Bleacher Report
Steven Gerwel shares his thoughts and observations about the game between the Rams and 49ers.
Rams can contend in the NFC West: ESPN NFL Nation
They sure can compete!!
Tavon Austin up, first quarter offense down for Rams: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner takes us through the ups and downs of Sunday's game between the Rams and 49ers.
Highlights - 49ers at Rams - Week 8: St. Louis Rams Official Website
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Post-Game Coverage
Jim Thomas recaps the Rams' convincing win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly unit grades for the game between the Rams and 49ers. Straight "A's" for the defense and Todd Gurley.
Jim Thomas takes a deeper look at the game against the 49ers, praising the efforts of the Rams defense, Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin.
And guess who had a good game? Let Tavon Austin tell us about Jared Cook and his blocking:
"Cook did a good job of making the block for me, and I was able to stretch out and find the end zone,’’
As Jim Thomas notes, the game could have been much closer:
"As dominant as the Rams were for much of Sunday’s 27-6 victory, there was a moment in the third quarter when San Francisco threatened to make a game of it."
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams have $3,836,671 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, November 1 (the 12th lowest total in the league). Please check here and here for my regular salary cap updates throughout the year.
A new stadium in St. Louis? Financing and corporate involvement
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s stadium task force has released an updated video presentation that highlights the new National Car Rental Field naming rights partnership, various areas for fan amenities and the incorporation of trails, natural habitat and park space surrounding the St. Louis riverfront venue designed by HOK.
All information provided is courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart
The accompanying roster and depth chart reflects all transactions as of 11:00 pm. Sunday. November 1. As I reported in an article for Turf Show Times, the Rams conducted six roster transactions this past week, which involved the following players: Alec Ogletree, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Doug Worthington, Christian Bryant, Zack Hodges and Gerald Rivers.
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 Brian Quick Bradley Marquez WR Kenny Britt Stedman Bailey RB Tre Mason Benny Cunningham Trey Watts 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 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 Matt Longacre CB E.J. Gaines OLB Alec Ogletree DE Gerald Rivers OG Rodger Saffold DT Louis Trinca-Pasat WR Isiah Ferguson LB Zack Hodges CB Melvin White CB Eric Patterson RB Malcolm Brown FB Zach Laskey WR Nick Toon OT Isaiah Battle