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Random Ramsdom: January 18: Los Angeles Rams - A New Beginning

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Quarterback instability will be Rams' biggest issue going into 2016 season in LA: Los Angeles Times

Are Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Sean Mannion the answer for the Rams at the quarterback position heading into the 2016 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 Connor Cook and DT Hassan Ridgeway in the second round and OT Joe Dahl in the third round. I like the first round pick an awful lot.

Rams unveil new logo during L.A. news conference: NFL.com

The Rams wasted little time in moving on to their new logo. It was revealed Friday during the teams' introductory news conference at the Forum in Inglewood.

Move still to come, but team is officially Los Angeles Rams: ESPN NFL Nation

It'll take a while to sort out the numerous logistical issues associated with the Rams moving to LA. But as of last Tuesday evening, one thing is for certain:

"NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday the team officially became the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday evening in Houston, when league owners approved the relocation to Southern California."

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: ILB - Reggie Ragland - Alabama

A primer on the Rams (and Chargers?) moving to Los Angeles: CBS Sports

Jason La Canfora poses (and answers) many questions related to last weeks relocation news. One thing is certain:

"Welcome to the NFL, where money is king and your level of power can often be determined by the amount of zeroes attached to your name."

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 they occur. Today is the deadline for declaring intentions regarding the 2016 NFL Draft.

The readers speak on Stan Kroenke, the Rams and the future: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Readers of the Post-Dispatch reminisce about the glory days, express their anger about losing the Rams and look towards the future.

Rams fans revel in team's return to Los Angeles area: Los Angeles Daily News

"Friday’s news conference to announce the arrival of the Rams to Los Angeles after a 20-year stint in St. Louis included owner Stan Kroenke choking back tears while fans simultaneously roared their approval of the return of their franchise."

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 Miami Dolphins -3 -19 -22
25 New Orleans Saints 2 -24 -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 NFL.com 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."


NFL Draft: 10 up, 10 down in January bowls and national title game: Yahoo - Shutdown Corner

WR Laquon Treadwell boosted his draft stock with an outstanding performance in the Sugar Bowl, while QB Connor Cook dropped on many draft boards after the loss to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

NFL player speaks out after Miami Gardens shooting: WSVN Miami

Stedman Bailey spoke to 7News in an exclusive interview, where he talks about the shooting on November 24, gun violence and his recovery.

"At the time, my cousin looked at me and said, 'Yo, cuz, they shot you in the head,'" he said, "and for a while, I couldn't really feel any pain or anything, so I was just like, 'Oh, man.' When I looked down at my shirt and saw that blood was dripping off my face, I felt at that point that things were pretty real."

Inglewood Stadium Renderings: Los Angeles Rams Official Website

A brief look at the future home of the Los Angeles Rams.

LA Rams Throwback Tribute: Los Angeles Rams Official Website

An excellent tribute linking the Rams of the past with the Rams of the present as they head back to Los Angeles.

On This Day In Sports History

1951 - NFL rules that tackles, guards and centers are ineligible for forward passes.

1963 - Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders.

LA Rams owner talks move to LA in rare interview: Rams News Now

Stan Kroenke is interviewed by Fred Roggin for NBC4 News.

Jeff Fisher well aware of challenges of relocation: ESPN NFL Nation

As Jeff Fisher notes about his experience with relocation:

"I’ve been through that experience. It’s not an easy experience, but you can do things right. And you can make mistakes if you’re not careful. Stan and I have discussed this at length, even at the time he hired me four years ago, because I’ve been through that experience. So we have a pretty good idea of how to handle it."

2016 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Pro Football Focus

The folks at PFF have the Rams selecting DE/DT Jonathan Bullard in the first round. Don't be surprised if this type of pick occurs come draft day. The Rams could lose Eugene Sims, William Hayes and Nick Fairley to Free Agency. Chris Long could become a cap casualty. Let alone the fact that the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft is notable for the dearth of offensive playmakers.

Chargers to begin negotiating deal with Rams on Monday: Orange County Register

The Rams could soon have a room mate in their new digs in Inglewood.

Owner Stan Kroenke shows how much moving Rams back to LA means to him: Los Angeles Daily News

Kevin Demoff speaking about Rams owner Stan Kroenke:

"You have to understand how much this means to him," said Rams CEO Kevin Demoff, who helped pilot the Rams back to L.A. "This is his vision. And that quest to return the Rams home and this project to build a world-class venue here in Inglewood is a legacy moment he’s poured his heart and soul into. "

Kroenke: Rams' decision came down to economics: NFL.com

Steve Wyche shares his thoughts on an interview he conducted with Rams owner Stan Kroenke, shortly after the Rams' relocation to LA was announced.

The Pressers

Los Angeles Rams Introductory Press Conference w/ Stan Kroenke: Los Angeles Rams Official Website
Jeff Fisher's First Reaction Post-Introductory Press Conference: Los Angeles Rams Official Website
Les Snead's First Reaction Post-Introductory Press Conference: Los Angeles Rams Official Website
Kevin Demoff Introductory Press Conference: NFL.com
CBS2LA sports director Jim Hill chats with Rams owner Stan Kroenke

The folks at 101 Sports ESPN had some fun and rearranged Stan Kroenke’s press conference audio to make the Rams owner say a few new things about taking his team away from St. Louis and torching the city on the way out.

LA Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer talks Los Angeles Rams and more...

Divisional Round Playoff Weekend

Panthers defeat Seahawks, second-half lethargy for big win: Yahoo Sports - Shutdown Corner

A wild game. Carolina up 31-0 at the half. The Seahawks scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half, only to come up short.

The 5 ridiculous things that made Packers-Cardinals the best NFL playoff ending we can remember: SB Nation

This game was one of the best I've ever seen. Especially the last ten minutes and overtime.

Pass-happy Patriots prove balance is overrated: NFL.com

"In classic New England fashion, the defending Super Bowl champions opened their latest playoff odyssey with 14 consecutive passes in a 27-20 Divisional Round win over the Chiefs."

"The unorthodox approach by play-caller Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady made the Patriots the first team to start a playoff tilt with that many consecutive throws since STATS began tracking those numbers in 1991."

Peyton's late TD drive sends Broncos past Steelers: NFL.com

With the win over Pittsburgh, we can now look forward to another Tom Brady/Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC Championship game next weekend.

Los Angeles Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams have $2,178,544 in available salary cap space as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, January 17. All NFL teams remain under 2015 salary cap rules until the opening of the new league year on March 9, 2016. Please check here and here at Rams In Perspective for my regular salary cap updates throughout the year.

Los Angeles 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 - Going To California

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!