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Random Ramsdom: November 30: St. Louis Rams - Time To Clip The Cardinals

Todd Gurley echoed my sentiments (on many levels) regarding the remainder of 2015: "gotta stay positive and keep fighting strong. We might not be a playoff team, but hey, we're still undefeated in the division. So we definitely look towards those games."

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When I think about the Paris attacks, cancer and what happened to Stedman Bailey last week, combined it sure puts the game of football (and the Rams) into perspective:

Clearly the strain of this season is taking its toll on Coach Fisher:

A pretty honest self-assessment by Jeff Fisher:

The Rams' Official Website edited out the the less savory parts of Fisher's post-game press conference...the "kiss my ass" the end of the presser:

Who the hell knows WHAT to do regarding the QB position...not looking pretty:

Seems like a good way to blow off steam after the loss to the Bengals:

Rams' season spins off the rails in blowout loss to Bengals: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner pulls no punches in his blunt initial reaction to the Rams' 31-7 loss to the Bengals, going so far as to suggest the team/franchise needs "sweeping changes".

London, Denver may be contingencies for Kroenke if LA falls through: CBS Sports

London and Denver as contingencies for Kroenke if L.A. falls through? Closer to long-shots than contingencies in my estimation.

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Charlie Campbell updates his three round mock draft. The Rams select QB Connor Cook in the first round, WR Josh Doctson and C Max Tuerk in the second round and OLB Jordan Jenkins in the third round. Given the Rams' troubles at the QB position, should they consider drafting a QB in the first round?

St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals:

Highlights, pressers and analysis from the game between the Rams and Bengals.

League: Keenum case not closed, but there will be no discipline: Pro Football Talk

Nobody's fault? Or everybody's fault? The NFL will continue to review concussion protocols in their usual Byzantine manner.

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: QB - Paxton Lynch - Memphis

Shula, Cable among potential coaching candidates:

If the Rams do in fact decide to go in a different direction with their coaching staff (ie. Jeff Fisher), there's no shortage of viable, quality candidates for the position.

Quick hits on the latest embarrassment: 101 Sports ESPN

Bernie Miklasz shares his observations, swipes and factoids after the game between St. Louis and Cincinnati.

Broncos Are Reborn As One More Perfect Season Ends: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Peter King takes us through the week that was in the NFL.

NFL owners remain torn on LA options: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Owners will meet again this week to discuss their options for LA, although nobody is expecting a resolution to emerge from this meeting. Commissioner Roger Goodell is striving for a brokered peace to avoid a showdown vote."

Tavon Austin up, Rams defense down in loss to Bengals: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner takes us through the ups and downs of Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential

Toxic Differential Leaders
Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential
1 Carolina Panthers 16 32 48
2 Seattle Seahawks 5 28 33
3 Cincinnati Bengals 6 22 28
4 Minnesota Vikings 3 23 26
5 Buffalo Bills 3 18 21
6 Kansas City Chiefs 12 8 20
7 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 18 19
8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 8 10
9 New England Patriots 6 4 10
10 Green Bay Packers 6 4 10
11 St. Louis Rams 0 6 6
12 New York Jets 4 2 6
13 Philadelphia Eagles 0 6 6
14 Arizona Cardinals 2 2 4
15 Jacksonville Jaguars -6 10 4
16 Denver Broncos 0 1 1
17 Atlanta Falcons -3 2 -1
18 Baltimore Ravens -8 5 -3
19 Houston Texans 0 -4 -4
20 San Francisco 49ers -3 -3 -6
21 New York Giants 10 -16 -6
22 Oakland Raiders -1 -11 -12
23 Chicago Bears -1 -11 -12
24 Dallas Cowboys -12 -4 -16
25 Indianapolis Colts -5 -12 -17
26 New Orleans Saints -4 -19 -23
27 Tennessee Titans -7 -16 -23
28 Detroit Lions -9 -14 -23
29 Miami Dolphins -4 -20 -24
30 Washington Redskins -2 -25 -27
31 Cleveland Browns -5 -22 -27
32 San Diego Chargers -6 -22 -28

Through Week 12, the Rams are tied for 11th in the league in Toxic Differential (+6). The Rams have dropped from plus +15 to plus +6 in the last three games (all losses). The top ten teams in Toxic Differential sport a combined 73-37 record after Week 12.

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.

From an article by Brian Billick for in November, 2011:

"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 four years of Jeff Fisher, Rams' regression means it's time for a change: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner's take on the Rams' current plight?

"This isn't an effort problem. It's a Fisher problem."

Ten takeaways from the Rams' 31-7 loss to the Bengals: 101 Sports ESPN

Randy Karraker shares his thoughts on the Rams' loss to the Bengals.

On This Day In Sports History

1993 - The NFL announces their 30th franchise: the Jacksonville Jaguars.

1959 - The 1960 NFL Draft was held on November 30, 1959 (odd?). The Los Angeles Rams choose LSU RB Billy Cannon with the Number 1 overall selection.

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
James Laurinaitis Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Nick Foles Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Tavon Austin Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Jeff Fisher Post-Game: Insists Effort Is Still There With The Rams: 101 Sports ESPN

Fox 2 reporter Zac Choate spoke with Jeff Fisher after sunday's game between the Rams and Bengals.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Post-Game Coverage

Rams' free-fall continues

If execution is the Rams' main problem, who's that on? The players, Jeff Fisher or both?

Rams go from bad to worse to awful

Ben Hochman shares his thoughts on the Rams' 31-7 loss to the Bengals.

Regressing Rams stumble to fourth loss in a row

Jim Thomas recaps the 31-7 Rams loss in Cincinnati.

Report Card: Rams at Bengals

Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly grades. The numerous "F"'s should come as no surprise.

St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams have $2,650,096 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, November 29 (the 7th lowest total in the league). Please check here and here for my regular salary cap updates throughout the year.

CBS Sports Game Grades & Recap

Bengals 31, Rams 7
F Nick Foles threw the ball 46 times. Todd Gurley carried the ball nine times. That's a formula for disaster in St. Louis. It's probably safe to say that the Rams will never win a game where Foles is throwing it 36 more times than Gurley is running it.
A The Bengals might struggle in primetime games, but if you put them in an afternoon game, they dominate, which is exactly what they did on Sunday. A.J. Green caught two of Andy Dalton's three touchdown passes and the Bengals defense picked off Foles three times, which actually isn't that surprising because if Foles throws 46 passes, you almost expect him to get picked off at least three times. The biggest news for the Bengals is that they finally ended their two-game losing streak.

St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart

An injury to kicker Greg Zuerlein forced the Rams to make a couple of roster moves this past week. Kicker Zach Hocker was signed to replace Zuerlein. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Rams released TE Justice Cunningham. If GZ is good to go this coming Sunday (and Cunningham clears waivers), the Rams will likely re-sign Cunningham to the 53-man roster later this week.

C Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney Eric Kush
RG Cody Wichmann Brian Folkerts
LG Garrett Reynolds
RT Rob Havenstein Andrew Donnal
LT Greg Robinson Isaiah Battle
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
TE Jared Cook
WR Tavon Austin Wes Welker Bradley Marquez
WR Kenny Britt Brian Quick
RB Tre Mason Benny Cunningham
RB Todd Gurley Chase Reynolds
QB Case Keenum Nick Foles Sean Mannion
PK Greg Zuerlein Zach Hocker
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Nick Fairley
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
DT  Doug Worthington CB  E.J. Gaines OLB Alec Ogletree
DT  Louis Trinca-Pasat OG  Rodger Saffold
LB  Zack Hodges WR  Isiah Ferguson
LB  Matthew Wells OT  Darrell Williams Reserve/Suspended
CB  Melvin White OG  Jamon Brown
CB  Eric Patterson RB  Trey Watts
RB  Malcolm Brown WR Stedman Bailey
FB  Zach Laskey
WR Nick Toon
OG  David Arkin

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Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!