A classy gesture by John Hekker:
Not proud of costing my team 15 yards yesterday. The hit on @cliffavril was unnecessary and I want to apologize to him for that personally.— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) December 28, 2015
Eric Berry is an inspiration to me. There IS hope. God bless him.
Eric Berry has made his fourth Pro Bowl a year after being diagnosed with lymphoma. A remarkable story.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) December 23, 2015
What a great feeling it is to be home & away from the hospital. I need to put a Bow on my head and lay under the Christmas tree!— STEDMAN BAILEY SR (@iamSB3) December 23, 2015
I wonder what that was all about?
Tight end Joseph Fauria visited the Rams— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 25, 2015
An exchange between a fan and Chris Long:
@JOEL9ONE enjoy your offseason loser— phkna (@phkna) December 28, 2015
Your whole life is an offseason https://t.co/WV8fgCU8z3— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) December 28, 2015
Technically. Just pointing that out. Doesn't make it bad.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) December 28, 2015
Seattle Seahawks Versus St. Louis Rams: For A Few Dollars More: Rams In Perspective
What do the Rams, Seahawks, spaghetti westerns and Clint Eastwood all have in common? I take an in-depth look at the two teams' top players and salary cap utilization.
Complete History Of The NFL: FiveThirtyEight
How do the Rams rate as an NFL team since their inception in 1937? A mediocre record overall and three NFL Championships.
2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Charlie Campbell updates his three round mock draft. The Rams select WR Michael Thomas in the first round, QB Carson Wentz and DT Vernon Butler in the second round and C Max Tuerk in the third round. Wentz and Thomas are outstanding choices.
2016 NFL Draft underclassmen tracker: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft
Which college players are going pro? MTD's Dan Kadar will keep us updated on declarations as the deadline date (January 18) approaches.
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: QB - Carson Wentz - North Dakota St.
Jim Thomas on the Rams: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Highlights and hot topics from Thomas' weekly chat.
Stedman Bailey spends Christmas at home; vows to play again: ESPN NFL Nation
Bailey is making a remarkable recovery, after being shot twice in the head on November 24. Here's hoping he's back on the field in 2016.
1995. When Michael Irvin, Herman Moore, Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and the Reverend Isaac Bruce dominated the NFL.
John Hekker's second Pro Bowl bid just the beginning: ESPN NFL Nation
Hekker was a man on a mission this season:
"Last year off was, was, maybe motivation, just recognizing I’ve got to do a little bit more and step my game up. And make sure that I leave no doubt. That’s what I tried to do this year."
Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential
|Team||Turnover Differential||Big Play Differential||Toxic Differential|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs||15||5||20|
|9||New York Jets||8||11||19|
|10||New England Patriots||7||9||16|
|11||Green Bay Packers||5||4||9|
|12||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-4||12||8|
|13||St. Louis Rams||4||4||8|
|19||San Francisco 49ers||-4||-5||-9|
|20||New York Giants||6||-15||-9|
|24||New Orleans Saints||1||-20||-19|
|32||San Diego Chargers||-8||-25||-33|
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."
When trash talk goes too far: Sports On Earth
There may be more to the Josh Norman-Odell Beckham Jr. confrontation in last weeks game than meets the eye.
2016 NFL Draft Order & Team Needs: NFL.com
Lance Zierlein updates the draft order (Rams select 18th) and each teams' needs. He's nailed it for the most part.
"Another year, another draft in which the Rams need to find a wide receiver they can build their passing game around because that guy doesn't appear to be on the roster -- still. Even if the Rams finally find a true WR1, do they have a quarterback they trust to build around? That's becoming extremely doubtful. The Rams could use more talent at center, and with both starting CBs set for free agency, the Rams might decide to make that position an early round priority."
A tongue-in-cheek look at the much-ballyhooed relationship between Tom Brady and Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Rams Sweep Seattle, Move To 4-1 In The NFC West: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Rams Insider Myles Simmons recaps the Rams' fantastic win over the Seattle Seahawks.
On This Day In Sports History
1905 - The NCAA was founded.
William Hayes, Akeem Ayers up; Greg Zuerlein down: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner takes us through the "ups" and "downs" of Sunday's big win against the Seattle Seahawks.
This article was written on Saturday, the day before the game between the Rams and the Seahawks. I bet they'd like to take that back now. The funniest part of this link/article? Just above the main title to this article is the following on Sunday night:
Breaking: "Seahawks' offense derailed by Rams in 23-17 loss"
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson gets hit 13 times in loss to Rams: Seattle Times
I have a lot of respect for both the Seahawks and Russell Wilson. But Mr. Wilson is going to be one sore man after the beating he took on Sunday.
Highlights: Rams at Seahawks - Week 16: St. Louis Rams Official Website
The top plays from Sunday's big victory against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Case Keenum Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Chris Long Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Tim Barnes Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
One-On-One With Akeem Ayers Post-Game: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Jeff Fisher on the Rams' win over Seattle: This was our best effort.
Russ Lande explores the Rams' options at QB in 2016:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Post-Game Coverage
Jeff Gordon hands out his weekly unit grades. Great marks across the board/in all three phases of the game.
Joe Lyons takes us through the Rams' big win in Seattle, quarter by quarter.
Ben Hochman believes the Rams will be stuck in mediocrity until they find a new starting quarterback.
Jim Thomas shares his thoughts on the game between the Rams and Seahawks.
CBS Sports Game Grades & Recap
|Rams 23, Seahawks 17|
|A||Thanks to a defense that forced three turnovers, the Rams pulled off their first season-sweep against the Seahawks since 2004. One of those turnovers came in the first quarter when Akeem Ayers returned a fumble 45-yards for a touchdown. The Rams' defense suffocated the Seahawks in this game. Besides the turnovers, the Rams also sacked Russell Wilson four times with three of those coming from William Hayes.|
Russell Wilson better give Marshawn Lynch some of the recovery water because the Seahawks need Beast Mode back ASAP. The Seahawks' ability to run well is part of the reason their offense so effective, something that was pretty clear on Sunday. The Seahawks only ran for 60 yards in the game, marking just the ninth time in the Pete Carroll-era that the Seahawks have rushed for 60 or fewer yards in a game. The Seahawks are 2-7 in those games.
This game was just like most Rams-Seahawks affairs:
"This was a hard-hitting game, with at least a half-dozen players undergoing concussion evaluations."
Tim Barnes at the center of Rams' upset win in Seattle: ESPN NFL Nation
Center Tim Barnes was an unlikely hero in Sunday's game, recovering a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter.
Upsetting Developments: Sports Illustrated - MMQB
Peter King takes us through the week that was in the NFL.
Rams take Seahawks down: Sports On Earth
An excellent take on the game between the Rams and Seahawks by Kenneth Arthur.
Quote Of The Week
From Coach Jeff Fisher after the Rams' win over Seattle:
"It's nice to win three straight against good teams. We have a chance to go 5-1 in the division and finish on a winning note. That's what our focus is going to be."
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams have $2,309,338 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, December 27 (the 7th lowest total in the league). Please check here and here at Rams In Perspective for my regular salary cap updates throughout the year.
St. Louis Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart
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 P John Hekker LS Jake McQuaide DT Aaron Donald Nick Fairley Louis Trinca-Pasat DT Michael Brockers Ethan Westbrooks Doug Worthington DE Chris Long Eugene Sims DE William Hayes Matt Longacre MLB James Laurinaitis Bryce Hager OLB Mark Barron Daren Bates OLB Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson Eric Patterson CB Trumaine Johnson Lamarcus Joyner SS Maurice Alexander Christian Bryant FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Practice Squad Injured Reserve IR/Designated To Return LB Zack Hodges CB E.J. Gaines OLB Alec Ogletree LB Matthew Wells OG Rodger Saffold CB Melvin White WR Isiah Ferguson Reserve/Suspended RB Malcolm Brown OT Darrell Williams FB Zach Laskey OG Jamon Brown RB Trey Watts TE Justice Cunningham SS Tim McDonald Jr. WR Nick Toon DE Robert Quinn Reserve/NFI WR J.J. Worton WR Deon Long WR Stedman Bailey OG David Arkin 73 Players Total