Could the Rams be looking for pass-catching help?:
Looking forward to having CLong, Quinn, Ogletree and TJ Mac on the field together again:
Hate having to watch but guys fought hard today and I can't wait to come back and help as soon as I can!!— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 9, 2015
I take it Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wasn't too happy about getting QB Teddy Bridgewater knocked out of the game:
"I know we played very clean on our side of the ball." Start of Mike Zimmer’s opening statement.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) November 8, 2015
"If we were on the street, we probably would have had a fight." Zimmer also references the "history" of "their defensive coordinator.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) November 8, 2015
But it appears there was no intent on Lamarcus Joyner's part to hurt Bridgewater:
Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner said he didn't intend to hurt Teddy Bridgewater. Said they've known each other and their families for a long time.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) November 8, 2015
Clearly our man TG3II has a great sense of humour...:
And he can play a little football too...
ICYMI last week. An amazing throwback week tribute...a must see:
St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 30, 2015
Well, that's pretty "crappy". I get it now. Privilege and anti-social behavior carries over to other teams' publicly funded stadiums as well...hmmm:
Well-said Tru. Thanks for keeping it real and in perspective:
Still thank the man upstairs— Trumaine Johnson (@Trujohnson2) November 8, 2015
This is perfect...and gold (and applies even after losing a hard-fought game in Minnesota):
"Here's what fans can do. Stop reading relocation articles and just enjoy some great football. The Rams are 4-3 and aren't slowing down. This Rams defense is relentless and straight up hurting folks. They've knocked out Ben Roethlisberger for weeks and thrown Colin Kaepernick from his starting position this past week. They are top 10 ranked, angry and getting into the grill of other teams every week. They haven't allowed a touchdown in three weeks."
"Todd Gurley is making up for a lukewarm Nick Foles and slippery handed receiving core by running for huge chunks of yards and showing a flash that has been missing for quite some time. It's Gurley and the offensive line all day. Fall in love with that while the stadium politics wager on."
Older Quarterbacks Form A New Story In The NFL: New York Times
Older quarterbacks are enjoying a renaissance in the NFL this season. Through Week 8, half of the passing yards and passing touchdowns have come from quarterbacks over the age of 30.
2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell updates his 3 round mock draft. The Rams select WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round, followed by C Max Tuerk and DT Hassan Ridgeway in the second round and OLB Eric Striker in the third round.
The Rams' secondary has had its share of ups and downs in the last few seasons. Through the first half of 2015, they've quietly emerged as one of the best units in the NFL.
2015 St. Louis Rams: The Toughest Team In The NFL: Rams In Perspective
Retired New England Patriot LB Tedy Bruschi thinks the Rams are the toughest team in the NFL. Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Bradley Marquez, Mark Barron and Todd Gurley might have had something to do with that high ranking.
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: WR - Tyler Boyd - Pittsburgh
Rams hit the jackpot with Barron: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sending 4th and 6th round draft picks to Tampa Bay for Mark Barron is looking more and more like a huge bargain. Let's hope the Rams will be ale to re-sign him in the offseason (Barron is eligible for Free Agency).
Bucky Brooks takes an in-depth look at the Rams' offense, breaks down the All-22 Coaches Film and highlights the electric playmakers Tavon Austin and Todd Gurley.
Complicated and expensive: What recent NFL stadium deals can teach St. Louis: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Complicated, expensive and fraught with peril. What other city would build two stadiums for the NFL within 25 years? You'd be surprised how many actually did just that.
DT Michael Brockers Often Forgotten: NFL Spin Zone - Fansided
In my estimation, Brockers is the most underrated player on the Rams' entire roster.
The lawsuit by Bush worries me less than the potential for a Tavon Austin or Todd Gurley getting hurt on that concrete. Let's get it fixed!
Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential
|Team||Turnover Differential||Big Play Differential||Toxic Differential|
|5||St. Louis Rams||3||12||15|
|6||New York Jets||3||9||12|
|9||New England Patriots||7||4||11|
|11||Green Bay Packers||7||3||10|
|15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||1||3|
|16||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||3|
|17||New York Giants||11||-12||-1|
|20||San Francisco 49ers||1||-4||-3|
|25||New Orleans Saints||-1||-11||-12|
|28||San Diego Chargers||-6||-13||-19|
Through Week 8, the Rams were 5th in the league in Toxic Differential (+15). The other 9 teams in the top ten had a combined 47-19 record heading into Week 9. Despite the loss to Minnesota, the Rams will remain in the top ten in Toxic Differential after Week 9.
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."
Rams Fall To Vikings In Overtime: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Rams Insider Myles Simmons recaps the Rams' 21-18 loss to the Vikings.
Mistake Prone Rams Can't Spring Todd Gurley In Loss To Vikings: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner shares his initial thoughts on the game between the Rams and Vikings.
Kenny Britt up, D-Line and Jeff Fisher down in Rams' loss: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner gives us his individual ups and downs for the game between the Rams and Vikings.
Rams-Vikings Highlights: NFL.com
In my estimation, Tavon Austin, Rodney McLeod, Kenny Britt and Greg Zuerlein all had great games for the Rams.
Penalties, missed opportunities doom Rams against Vikings: Belleville News-Democrat
The road to the playoffs just became a lot tougher after Sunday's loss. It's still doable!
On This Day In Sports History
1996 - 8th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 48-21 in Chestnut Hill.
1961 - The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) eliminates the "caucasians only" rule.
Vikings get win over Rams, but are left seething over hit on Bridgewater: Sports Illustrated
Vikings guard Brandon Fusco gave his two cents on the hit taking Teddy Bridgewater out of the game and Lamarcus Joyner's explanation:
"He’s full of crap. I don’t agree with the hit. I think some of those players on that team are pretty cheap, to tell you the truth."
You be the judge:
Midseason Rookie Review: NFL.com
Perhaps my favorite NFL Draft expert Daniel Jeremiah takes a look at how the top 2015 NFL draftees are faring this season. Of course Todd Gurley is front and centre, as he should be.
Lackluster Passing And Penalties Kill Rams In OT Loss To Vikings: 101 Sports ESPN
We all know what the issues are. The question is: How do they get fixed?
Vikings Flip The Script: Sports Illustrated - MMQB
Peter King reports on the week that was in the NFL.
Quote Of The Week
From Andy Benoit - S.I. MMQB:
"I think one of the most overlooked players in the NFL is Rams safety Mark Barron. Or, more accurately, Rams linebacker Mark Barron, as that’s where the ex-Buc has been in the wake of Alec Ogletree’s injury. Barron has excellent quickness in the box and the flexibility to cover running backs and tight ends one-on-one. He’s a great fit in Gregg Williams’ multifaceted system."
Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: 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
Lamarcus Joyner Post-Game Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
One-On-One With Kenny Britt: St. Louis Rams Official Website
One-On-One With Greg Zuerlein: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Fisher Says Rams’ Offense Fell Flat in Loss to Vikings: 101 ESPN
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Post-Game Coverage
Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly unit grades. QB Nick Foles and the offensive line are given the worst grades in the 21-18 loss to the Vikings.
Jim Thomas recaps the game between the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings won the toss in OT...and gave the Rams the ball. That speaks volumes all by itself. Chris Long may have added a little fuel to the fire after Sam Bradford led the Eagles to an overtime win over Dallas with a 41-yard TD pass:
My dude good for him!!— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 9, 2015
Oh and all the media experts that went with the Sammy B afraid to stand in the pocket and take hits narrative... Do you watch these games?— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 9, 2015
JL55's words ring true:
"To lose it that way is rough. It would’ve put us in really good shape. We’ve gotta learn from it in the next 24 hours and really just move on."
It sure looks bad when a player brags about his personal play after a tough loss:
"The cornerback tweeted "Numbers don't lie.. #ClampSeason.." in reference to his ability to clamp down on a receiver. Below was a photo of the Vikings' receiving stats, and Stefon Diggs' numbers were highlighted in bright yellow – three catches for 42 yards on five targets."
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams have $4,040,671 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, November 8 (the 12th lowest total in the league). Please check here and here for my regular salary cap updates throughout the year.
CBS Sports Game Grades
|B||The Rams would probably be slightly better this season on offense if the running game had any help. For the seventh straight game, Nick Foles threw for under 200 yards, which is almost impossible to do in this pass happy era of football. Out of Foles' 168 yards in the game, 55 came on one play. The Rams also struggled on third down, going 2 of 16.|
|B+||The Vikings had to play overtime without Teddy Bridgewater (concussion), but that didn't matter because they have Adrian Peterson. Not only did the veteran running back outrush Todd Gurley (125-89), but Peterson also set up Minnesota's game-winning field goal int OT by rushing for 25 yards on four carries in the extra period.|
St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart
The roster and depth chart is updated to include all transactions as of 11:00 pm. Sunday, November 8. Last week, RB Trey Watts was suspended by the league for what looks like the remainder of the season. DE Matt Longacre was signed from the Practice Squad to replace Watts. The Rams have yet to sign another player to replace Longacre on the Practice Squad.
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 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 CB Melvin White Reserve/Suspended CB Eric Patterson RB Malcolm Brown RB Trey Watts FB Zach Laskey WR Nick Toon OT Isaiah Battle