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Random Ramsdom: January 11: St. Louis Rams - Relocation Week?

The clock is ticking. On Tuesday and Wednesday the NFL owners meet to discuss (and vote?) on relocation applications filed by the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. Who'll be going to LA?

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Let's hope they both get in. Kevin Greene as well.

I should dust off and sharpen my darts!

This is the second game of Wentz's that the Rams have turned out for in full force. Could they be looking for a QB in the 2016 NFL Draft? He's Number 2 on my QB Big Board (behind only Jared Goff):

Maybe the Rams should give this a try:

Task force lambastes Kroenke for "cruel attack": St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The content of the Rams' relocation application angered and surprised the stadium task force. They certainly weren't prepared for what transpired earlier in the week:

"We were not prepared," they wrote in the letter released on Friday, "for the cruel attack and false claims made by our local team owner to his League peers, in an attempt to punish and embarrass St. Louis — a city whose residents and businesses have loyally supported the Rams for more than two decades."

Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Year:

Please take a moment and cast your vote for Todd Gurley (one of five finalists) as NFL Rookie Of The Year.

2015 Rams Season In Review: St. Louis Rams Official Website

A quick look back at some of the players and statistics from the Rams' just concluded 2015 season.

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Charlie Campbell updates his three round mock draft. The Rams select WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round, QB Carson Wentz and DT Kenny Clark in the second round and ILB Antonio Morrison in the third round.

"An Absolute Aorta-Smasher": Sports Illustrated - MMQB

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

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: WR - Josh Doctson - TCU

Rams' Gaines eager to get back: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Looks like all systems are go for Gaines' return by OTA's. He suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury last summer.

Notebook: Top QB draft prospects, Kirk Cousins' value and more:

NFL Media's Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his exclusive Inside The NFL Notebook.

Donald, Hekker named All-Pro: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Well-deserved honors for Aaron Donald and John Hekker. Both were named 1st Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Todd Gurley was named to the second team.

2015 All-Pro Team: Wikipedia
2015 All-Pro team analysis:

An in-depth look at the just announced All-Pro teams.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Toxic Differential

Toxic Differential Leaders
Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential
1 Carolina Panthers 20 34 54
2 Seattle Seahawks 7 42 49
3 Cincinnati Bengals 11 25 36
4 Buffalo Bills 6 29 35
5 Kansas City Chiefs 14 11 25
6 Minnesota Vikings 5 19 24
7 Pittsburgh Steelers 2 19 21
8 Arizona Cardinals 9 11 20
9 New York Jets 6 11 17
10 New England Patriots 7 6 13
11 Denver Broncos -4 14 10
12 Green Bay Packers 5 4 9
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -5 12 7
14 St. Louis Rams 5 1 6
15 Houston Texans 5 -2 3
16 New York Giants 7 -13 -6
17 Jacksonville Jaguars -10 3 -7
18 San Francisco 49ers -5 -2 -7
19 Atlanta Falcons -7 0 -7
20 Baltimore Ravens -14 6 -8
21 Oakland Raiders 1 -10 -9
22 Chicago Bears -4 -9 -13
23 Philadelphia Eagles -5 -8 -13
24 New Orleans Saints 2 -24 -22
25 Miami Dolphins -3 -19 -22
26 Washington Redskins 5 -30 -25
27 Detroit Lions -6 -20 -26
28 Indianapolis Colts -5 -23 -28
29 Dallas Cowboys -22 -10 -32
30 Cleveland Browns -9 -24 -33
31 Tennessee Titans -14 -21 -35
32 San Diego Chargers -4 -32 -36

Of the 12 teams that made the playoffs this season, 10 of them were ranked in the top dozen in Toxic Differential. One of the other two teams in the top dozen (New York Jets) won 10 games. The Rams finished 14th in the league in this key statistic (+6).

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."

Looking at key offseason dates for the Rams: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner runs through some of the key dates leading up to the opening of the new league year on March 9.

2015 Rams Report Card: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Gordon grades the Rams players, head coach and general manager for the 2015 season.

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.

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.

On This Day In Sports History

1987 - "The Drive". Trailing the Cleveland Browns 20-13 with only 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game (and the ball on their own two-yard line), Denver quarterback John Elway drove his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie the game, which the Broncos won in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XXI.

1970 - Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans. Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson - Kansas City - QB

Breaking down final steps of NFL move to LA: Los Angeles Daily News

I can tell you this much: I don't have a dog in this fight. The first 26 years of being a Rams fan, they were the Los Angeles Rams. The past 21 years, the St. Louis Rams. No matter where they end up, I'll always be a Rams fan. It's in my blood!

2016 St. Louis Rams Complete Salary Cap Update: Turf Show Times

ICYMI. Last week I published a complete breakdown of the Rams' salary cap position heading into the offseason. Currently the Rams have close to $33 million in available salary cap space to sign/re-sign Free Agents.

It's tough to make the playoffs without a QB: 101 Sports ESPN

In his "Memo to the Rams" Bernie Miklasz offers the following regarding the Rams' QB situation:

"For NFL teams that lack continuity and quality at the quarterback position, the message is simple: you’d better find a way to land a franchise-caliber quarterback."

The choice should be clear: Bring the Rams back to Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times

Is the choice really THAT clear?

Top 10 Defensive Lines This Season: Pro Football Focus

The Rams' defensive line is ranked 3rd overall by PFF for the 2015 season. They likely would have challenged for the top spot if Chris Long and Robert Quinn had been healthy throughout the regular season.

Led by Todd Gurley, Rams' rookies offer some hope: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I, too, was sceptical of the Rams' 2015 NFL Draft selections. Todd Gurley, Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown helped ease some of my concerns.

3 Year-Old Roasts Stan Kroenke For Trying To Move The Rams: Deadspin

Out of the mouths of babes...

Rams fall short of "first-tier: status: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jim Thomas hands out his yearly Rams grades.

Wildcard Weekend

Blair Walsh hooks short field goal; Seahawks survive vs. Vikings: Yahoo Sports

Seattle was (and is) my pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. In a defensive struggle, they defeated the Vikings 10-9 in the third coldest game in NFL history (behind the Ice Bowl and Freezer Bowl).

Chiefs get first playoff win in 22 years, say they aren't done: ESPN NFL Nation

The Kansas City Chiefs won their 11th game in a row, defeating the Houston Texans 30-0. The Chiefs move on to face New England in next Saturday's divisional-round playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

Anatomy of a meltdown: 5 plays that sunk the Bengals:

The Cincinnati Bengals lost 18-16 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a last minute field-goal. Two terrible penalties cost the Bengals in the waning moments, penalties which allowed the Steelers an easy attempt to win the game.

Green Bay beats Washington to advance: Yahoo Sports

The Pack is back. A resounding 35-18 victory over the Washington Redskins keeps Green Bay's Super Bowl hopes alive.

The accompanying chart presents my bracket and picks for the playoffs (published on Friday):

Home Away Winner Score
Wildcard Weekend
Houston Kansas City Kansas City 17  14
Cincinnati Pittsburgh Cincinnati 23  20
Minnesota Seattle Seattle 16  13
Washington Green Bay Green Bay 27  24
Divisional Weekend
Denver Kansas City Denver 19  16
New England Cincinnati Cincinnati 31  24
Carolina Seattle Seattle 23  17
Arizona Green Bay Arizona 27  17
Championship Weekend
Denver Cincinnati Denver 20  17
Arizona Seattle Seattle 21  20
Super Bowl 50
Seattle Denver Denver 24  20

More On Relocation

Roger Goodell says NFL stadium proposals are not viable in Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego: Los Angeles Times
Roger Goodell's Anti-St. Louis Report Was No Surprise: 101 Sports ESPN
How Stan Kroenke drove the NFL back to LA: The Orange County Register

"If the NFL’s Road to Back to LA, a meandering and maddening journey covering parts of three decades, in Houston makes a final and irreversible turn west on Interstate 10 it will be largely because of Kroenke’s boldness."

St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams have $2,007,938 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, January 10. 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 Jamon Brown Cody Wichmann Brian Folkerts
LG Rodger Saffold Garrett Reynolds David Arkin
RT Rob Havenstein Andrew Donnal
LT Greg Robinson Darrell Williams Isaiah Battle
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
TE Jared Cook Justice Cunningham
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey Isiah Ferguson
WR Kenny Britt Brian Quick Nick Toon
WR Wes Welker Bradley Marquez Deon Long
RB Tre Mason Benny Cunningham Malcolm Brown Zach Laskey
RB Todd Gurley Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
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 Robert Quinn William Hayes Matt Longacre
MLB James Laurinaitis Bryce Hager Matthew Wells
OLB Mark Barron Daren Bates Zack Hodges
OLB Alec Ogletree Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson Eric Patterson Troy Hill
CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Lamarcus Joyner
SS Tim McDonald Jr. Maurice Alexander
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Christian Bryant
72 Players Total

Classic Rock Monday: Led Zeppelin - The Ocean

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!