Chris Long shared his thoughts this past week on stats and analytics:
You may not like my opinion on this...Analytics, to me and many other players, seems like a substitute for real understanding.Hit and miss.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 12, 2015
I could beat a tackle like an absolute dog and in a timing passing game, never sniff the QB. All the sudden I have a bad PFF grade. OT aces.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 12, 2015
Was there ever any real doubt?:
Both Fisher and Cignetti talked repeatedly about Sam Bradford in the offense for next year. There is little doubt he'll be in STL in '15.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) February 13, 2015
They can phrase it any way they like. When all is said and done, the Rams need to have a quality veteran backup, and at some point in the next couple of drafts find an outstanding developmental prospect:
Asked about finding a QB to challenge Bradford, Fisher said (paraphrasing) it's not so much about challenging Sam as having options.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) February 13, 2015
Can Cignetti make a difference for the Rams?: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bernie Miklasz is curious to see what Frank Cignetti can do...and what he'll be allowed to do under a "Born to Run" head coach.
Could Kroenke sell Rams, buy and move Raiders?: Pro Football Talk
There are some crazy scenarios being put out there regarding a team in L.A. in the near future. This is one of the crazier scenarios.
Fisher, Cignetti support Bradford: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
On Friday, the Rams conducted an introductory press conference for new OC Frank Cignetti. Both Cignetti and Coach Fisher showed strong support for QB Sam Bradford.
Kevin Seifert takes a look at the very strong 2015 free agent class. My top FA targets are all interior offensive linemen: Mike Iupati, Orlando Franklin, Stefen Wisniewski, Clint Boling and Rodney Hudson.
For those who aren't fond of individual statistics, PFF grades and the like, you've found yourself an ally in Rams DE Chris Long.
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: C/T - Cameron Erving - Florida State
Fisher and Cignetti Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website
Jeff Fisher introduced new OC Frank Cignetti in last Friday's press conference.
Big free agent spending rarely yields more wins: ESPN NFL Nation
A cautionary tale about the pratfalls of spending huge amounts of money in the Free Agent market, which opens with the new league year on March 10.
The St. Louis Rams win the NFC West. Bold prediction indeed.
Offseason to-do list: NBC Sports
Mike Florio presents his 5-point plan and discusses what the Rams need to do in the offseason to improve their record in 2015.
Stat Facts Of The Week: Total Turnovers
Rams mailbag: Offensive line solutions: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner responds to queries from Twitter in his weekly mailbag.
Cap Casualties: Sports Illustrated
Sam Bradford and Jake Long make the list of possible big-name salary cap casualties. Bradford won't be a salary cap casualty. Jake Long? Likely, unless he takes a pay cut to move to RT or LG.
5 Opponents The Rams Need To Beat In 2015: Rant Sports NFL
The Ravens, Steelers, Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks are the 5 teams the Rams need to defeat in 2015. That's a pretty tall order to fill. Beating all 5 may mean the difference between 11-5 and 8-8.
RT Joe Barksdale is eligible for Free Agency and makes Pete Prisco's list. On the flip side, C Rodney Hudson should be on the Rams' radar when Free Agency opens on March 10.
Rodger Saffold talks about why the Rams can succeed with a healthy Sam Bradford: 101 Sports
Little doubt of Rams' plan for Sam Bradford: ESPN NFL Nation
"Jeff Fisher offered a further affirmation of some other news: That the Rams have every intention of bringing quarterback Sam Bradford back in 2015. And, so long as Bradford is healthy, he'll almost certainly be the starter."
Is it possible for Sam Bradford to come back?: Ramblin' Fan
Can Bradford overcome the physical and mental hurdles that come with tearing the same ACL twice? The Rams are counting on him to do just that.
2015 NFL Scouting Combine: NFL.com
Follow all the Combine action, results and commentary, for what's shaping up as an exciting week for both draft prospects and football fans.
Sig Stats: YPCS, Cornerbacks: Pro Football Focus
Yards Per Cover Snap. E.J. Gaines merits special consideration throughout the article, and ranks as one of the top 15 CB's in the league.
On This Day In Sports History
1900 - The Montreal Shamrocks defeat the Winnipeg Victorias 3 games to one, winning the Stanley Cup.
1992 - The Los Angeles Lakers retire Magic Johnson's uniform #32.
Pat Kirwan takes us through some of the questions teams will be attempting to answer during Combine week.
Should the Rams consider a QB during free agency?: Cover 32 Rams
Of course they should. One little problem. It's an incredibly weak Free Agent class for QB's.
2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Walter updates his 4 round mock draft. The Rams select OT Andrus Peat in the first round, followed by WR Dorial Green-Beckham and C Hroniss Grasu.
It's a thin crop of available free agent QB's: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Finding a top-flight backup QB for Sam Bradford is going to be quite the challenge. Not much to choose from, let alone attempt to sign.
A look back at the 2012 NFL Draft: National Football Post
The 2012 NFL draft's first round is shaping up to be one of the poorest in recent memory. Fortunately for the Rams, they managed to get it right, selecting Michael Brockers 14th overall.
It's no fantasy for STL, LA to both win: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If Peacock and Blitz get this done and turn a stadium plan into a reality — after being pushed to do so by the NFL’s second-most powerful executive — then how could the league abandon St. Louis?"
NFL Draft analyst Russ Lande talks Rams' draft: 101 ESPN
Is Brett Hundley a draft option for the Rams?: 101 Sports ESPN
St. Louis Rams' Eligible Free Agents
Position Player FA Status C Tim Barnes RFA G Davin Joseph UFA RT Joe Barksdale UFA OL Brandon Washington ERFA OL Mike Person UFA WR Kenny Britt UFA TE Lance Kendricks UFA TE Cory Harkey ERFA RB Chase Reynolds ERFA QB Shaun Hill UFA QB Austin Davis RFA LB Will Herring UFA DT Alex Carrington UFA S Rodney McLeod RFA
St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart
|C||Scott Wells||Barrett Jones||Tim Barnes||Demetrius Rhaney|
|RG||Davin Joseph||Brandon Washington|
|LG||Rodger Saffold||Travis Bond|
|RT||Joe Barksdale||Mike Person||Steven Baker|
|LT||Greg Robinson||Jake Long|
|TE||Lance Kendricks||Cory Harkey||Justice Cunningham||Brad Smelley|
|TE||Jared Cook||Alex Bayer||Mason Brodine|
|WR||Kenny Britt||Brian Quick||Chris Givens||Damian Williams|
|WR||Tavon Austin||Stedman Bailey||Emory Blake||Devon Wylie|
|RB||Tre Mason||Chase Reynolds||Trey Watts|
|RB||Benny Cunningham||Zac Stacy||Isaiah Pead|
|QB||Sam Bradford||Shaun Hill||Austin Davis|
|P||John Hekker||Michael Palardy|
|DT||Aaron Donald||Kendall Langford||Doug Worthington|
|DT||Michael Brockers||Alex Carrington|
|DE||Chris Long||William Hayes|
|DE||Robert Quinn||Eugene Sims||Ethan Westbrooks|
|MLB||James Laurinaitis||Daren Bates||Marshall McFadden|
|OLB||Alec Ogletree||Korey Toomer|
|OLB||Jo-Lonn Dunbar||Will Herring|
|CB||Janoris Jenkins||Marcus Roberson||Brandon McGee|
|CB||Trumaine Johnson||E.J. Gaines||Lamarcus Joyner|
|SS||T.J. McDonald||Mark Barron||Maurice Alexander|
|FS||Rodney McLeod||Cody Davis||Christian Bryant|
Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Monday: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!! Thanks for reading!