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In each of the last four years, the Rams began the season as the youngest team in the NFL. After the release of Chris Long and James Laurinaitis, it appears likely the Rams will begin the 2016 season as, once again, the youngest team in the NFL. Will youth finally translate into more wins this year?

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Twitter Talk

Class through and through...

In my estimation, a pretty normal reaction to getting released:

Quite the compliment from the Rams Hall of Famer:

I like the idea of drafting MLB Reggie Ragland a lot better, keeping Ogletree and Barron on the outside (and/or returning Barron to safety):

"Rams want to extend younger players": Los Angeles Rams Official Website

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport shares his thoughts on the Rams' roster moves involving James Laurinaitis, Jared Cook and Chris Long.

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Walt updates his four round mock draft. The Rams select WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round, TE Hunter Henry and LB Su'a Cravens in the second round, QB Connor Cook in the third round and CB Kevon Seymour in the fourth round. Love the Treadwell and Henry picks.

2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: CBS Sports

Pete Prisco unleashes his first mock draft of the year. With the top three QB's gone (and WR Laquon Treadwell still available) the Rams select CB Eli Apple from Ohio State. Prisco predicates this pick on the possibility of the Rams losing both Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins in Free Agency. My feeling is the Rams will re-sign both of them.

Go Long: QB Outlooks For The Future: Sports On Earth

If you think the Rams' QB situation looks questionable for the coming season, imagine what it could look like in 2018.

Rams cleared cap space in order to keep their own: ESPN NFL Nation

Reminds me of the song "The Circle Of Life" from the movie "The Lion King".

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: ILB - Reggie Ragland - Alabama

Free agency buyer's guide: Finding value on offense: NFL.com

TE Dwayne Allen, C Stefen Wisniewski and WR Reuben Randle top my list of reasonably priced Free Agents who would significantly improve the Rams' offense.

Rams CEO Kevin Demoff updates Free Agency, move to Los Angeles: The NFL In L.A.

Vincent Bonsignore spoke with Rams CEO Kevin Demoff on his radio show The Beast 980 Friday.

Rams vs. Seahawks: For A Few Dollars More: Turf Show Times

Why were James Laurinaitis, Chris Long and Jared Cook released by the Rams? I explored the reasons why in a late December article for Turf Show Times and cited the three players as potential cap casualties. When all is said and done, the production just didn't match up very well with the large salary cap hits of those three players. In my estimation, the Rams made some tough decisions here...and the correct ones.

Did the Rams just clear cap space to sign RG3 or Peyton Manning?: USA Today

Let's hope the answer is no to both. The Rams could definitely spend their money better elsewhere.

Rams still working to finalize Los Angeles plans: ESPN NFL Nation

It seems like only just yesterday that the NFL owners voted to allow the Rams to re-locate to Los Angeles. In a little more than a month, the Rams will pack up and head out west.

On This Day In Sports History

1980 - The USA defeat the USSR in Olympic Hockey by a score of 4-3, in a game commonly referred to as "The Miracle On Ice"

1967 - The sling-shot goal post and 6 foot-wide border around the field become standard in the NFL.

Stat Facts Of The Week: 2015 Failed Completions

Rk Quarterback Passes Comp. Failed FC% FC %ATT Rk ALEX Rk
1 Cam Newton 494 296 44 14.9% 8.9% 1 1.4 3
2 Carson Palmer 532 342 52 15.2% 9.8% 2 2.1 1
3 Jameis Winston 533 312 60 19.2% 11.3% 3 0.5 6
4 Blake Bortles 603 355 69 19.4% 11.4% 4 0.3 8
5 Brian Hoyer 369 224 45 20.1% 12.2% 5 0.5 7
6 Andy Dalton 386 255 52 20.4% 13.5% 9 -0.2 13
7 Brock Osweiler 275 170 35 20.6% 12.7% 7 0.0 12
8 Marcus Mariota 368 230 49 21.3% 13.3% 8 0.1 11
9 Russell Wilson 481 329 71 21.6% 14.8% 12 -0.5 17
10 Ben Roethlisberger 469 320 70 21.9% 14.9% 14 1.5 2
11 Matt Ryan 614 407 90 22.1% 14.7% 11 -1.2 24
12 Andrew Luck 291 162 36 22.2% 12.4% 6 0.6 5
13 Matthew Stafford 592 398 90 22.6% 15.2% 15 -2.4 35
14 Tom Brady 621 402 96 23.9% 15.5% 18 -1.2 27
15 Philip Rivers 661 438 105 24.0% 15.9% 21 -2.0 33
16 Jay Cutler 482 311 75 24.1% 15.6% 19 -0.3 15
17 Ryan Fitzpatrick 562 335 81 24.2% 14.4% 10 0.3 9
18 Matt Hasselbeck 257 157 38 24.2% 14.8% 13 -1.2 26
19 Eli Manning 617 387 98 25.3% 15.9% 20 -0.8 18
Rk Quarterback Passes Comp. Failed FC% FC %ATT Rk ALEX Rk
20 Derek Carr 572 350 91 26.0% 15.9% 22 -1.1 22
21 Drew Brees 626 429 113 26.3% 18.1% 27 -1.3 28
22 Johnny Manziel 222 129 34 26.4% 15.3% 17 -1.1 23
23 Kirk Cousins 543 379 100 26.4% 18.4% 29 -0.8 20
24 Ryan Mallett 242 136 37 27.2% 15.3% 16 -0.2 14
25 Aaron Rodgers 571 347 96 27.7% 16.8% 23 -0.8 19
26 Alex Smith 471 308 86 27.9% 18.3% 28 -2.4 36
27 Joe Flacco 409 266 76 28.6% 18.6% 30 -1.4 30
28 Ryan Tannehill 585 364 105 28.8% 17.9% 26 -0.5 16
29 Sam Bradford 531 346 100 28.9% 18.8% 31 -2.0 34
30 Josh McCown 292 186 55 29.6% 18.8% 32 -1.4 29
31 Tyrod Taylor 380 242 72 29.8% 18.9% 33 1.0 4
32 Peyton Manning 330 198 59 29.8% 17.9% 25 0.3 10
33 Colin Kaepernick 244 144 43 29.9% 17.6% 24 -0.8 21
34 Teddy Bridgewater 447 292 95 32.5% 21.3% 35 -1.6 32
35 Matt Cassel 202 119 39 32.8% 19.3% 34 -1.2 25
36 Blaine Gabbert 282 178 63 35.4% 22.3% 36 -2.6 37
37 Nick Foles 335 190 78 41.1% 23.3% 37 -1.5 31
- 2015 NFL Totals 18258 11534 2893 25.1% 15.8% - -0.6 -

From the February 18 Football Outsiders article "Failed Completions 2015":

"The Super Bowl is over, which means it is time to start cranking out stat studies from the previous season. One of the quickest categories we can analyze from the play-by-play data is failed completions. These are any complete passes that fail to gain 45 percent of needed yards on first down; 60 percent on second down; or 100 percent on third or fourth down."

Rams cut ties with mainstays Long, Laurinaitis: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As James Laurinaitis told the Post-Dispatch in a phone interview Friday night:

"I didn’t see this one coming."

Round-by-round ranking of 2016's best NFL QB prospects: Pro Football Focus

For those who believe the Rams should draft a QB in the first round, PFF grades only 2 QB's (Jared Goff and Carson Wentz) for first round consideration.

Could Sam Bradford be an option for the Rams?: insidesocal.com

RG3? Sam Bradford? If the Rams sign either (not likely) the irony involved would be for the ages.

From Rotoworld, on what could happen with Trumaine Johnson this offseason:

"The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas "heard earlier this offseason" the Rams might place the transition tag on free agent LCB Trumaine Johnson."

"The Rams' goal is a long-term deal with Johnson, but the transition tag could be a way for Los Angeles to secure Johnson's 2016 rights if a longer agreement can't be reached. Only 26, Johnson is coming off a monster season in which he recorded 17 pass breakups and seven interceptions while earning a top-20 cornerback grade among 118 qualifiers from Pro Football Focus."

LA Rams gain cap space at expense of popular players: Los Angeles Daily News

It's always a shock to see players released who us as fans have followed and cheered on for many years. The salary cap forces teams to make many difficult decisions each offseason. The business side of the NFL will always take precedence in personnel matters.

Prioritizing the Rams' many Free Agents: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner has the priority list nailed in my estimation. His top five? Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Mark Barron, William Hayes and Rodney McLeod. The Rams will likely pull out all the stops to keep their defense intact.

Five Free Agent Targets For The Los Angeles Rams: Fansided - NFL Spin Zone

I would personally love to see the Rams sign C Stefen Wisniewski, TE Ladarius Green and WR Reuben Randle. None of the 5 would break the bank and all three would improve the Rams' offense.

Why did the Rams release Long, Laurinaitis and Cook?: NBC Sports

Mike Florio and Chris Canty explain why the Rams decided to cut ties with the three veterans.

Why The NFL Should Give Picks Back To Pats: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

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

More shocked by the release of Cook than Long and Laurinaitis??: 101 Sports ESPN

Los Angeles Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

Later this week, I'll be publishing my first 2016 Complete Rams Salary Cap Update of the year. It will include my estimation of how much salary cap space the Rams will have when the new league year (and Free Agency) opens on March 9. Stay tuned!

Los Angeles Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart

The updated roster reflects the recent addition of QB Kain Colter and the release of James Laurinaitis, Chris Long and Jared Cook on Friday. All players on the current roster are under contract until March 9, 2016.

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 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 Kain Colter
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 William Hayes Eugene Sims
DE Robert Quinn Matt Longacre
MLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates Bryce Hager
OLB Mark Barron Zack Hodges
OLB Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch Matthew Wells
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
70 Players Total

Classic Rock Monday: Steely Dan - Black Friday

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!