He's made plenty of money over the years. It's now time to go after the ring:
The #Patriots deal for DE Chris Long is 1-year, about $2M, source said. When he said he only cared about winning, he meant it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2016
Here's to a healthy and productive 2016 for Rodger Saffold:
Rise n Grind— Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) March 18, 2016
We can only hope that Quinton Coples is one very hungry man:
Thankful and truly blessed to be apart of @RamsNFL Thank you all for the love and support shown. @RQuinn94 get back healthy and lets eat bra— Quinton Coples (@QueCeasar) March 16, 2016
Higher taxes will impact Rams employees in move to Los Angeles: Sports Illustrated
Moving the Rams to Los Angeles is one thing. The higher state taxes and increased cost of living expenses are quite another. The impact will be felt throughout the Rams organization.
2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Walt updates his 5 round mock draft. The Rams take WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round, TE Hunter Henry and LB/SS Su'a Cravens in the second round, QB Christian Hackenberg in the third round and CB Kevon Seymour in the fourth round. Notwithstanding the QB pick, I like this draft for the Rams.
Rams still must address needs on offense: ESPN NFL Nation
Will the Rams go into the 2016 regular season with the three-headed monster at the QB position? Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Stedman Bailey (if he doesn't retire) are all Free Agents after the 2016 season. The Rams would do well to double-down on the position in the upcoming draft. Notwithstanding the re-signing of Cory Harkey, the Rams still have a glaring hole on the depth chart at Tight End. Are Tim Barnes and Demetrius Rhaney truly the answer at center? Make no mistake, there's plenty to sort out with this Rams offense.
PFF Draft Board 2.0: Pro Football Focus
PFF updates their top 100 NFL prospects draft board. More and more this draft is looking very strong on the defensive side of the ball and so-so on the offensive side. Not a good thing when most of the Rams' needs center on the offense.
Stedman Bailey seen working out at Rams Park: USA Today
I admire Bailey's courage and tenacity in working towards returning to the football field. Is it really in his long-term interests (health-wise) to do so? I'd hate to see him suffer a terrible concussion in a game and jeopardize his overall health as a result.
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: LB/SS - Su'a Cravens - USC
2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings 2.0: NFL.com
Respected analyst Mike Mayock releases his updated positional rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Rams aim to be out of St. Louis by end of next week: ESPN NFL Nation
It will take 30 tractor trailers to get Rams to LA: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
660,000 pounds of furniture, equipment, files, weights, footballs etc....plus one Lombardi trophy, are being loaded up and we will be headed out west by the end of next week.
Free Agency Grades: NFC West: NFL.com
Chris Wesseling doesn't think too highly of the Rams' moves in Free Agency to-date. In my estimation, he's being a little too harsh and doesn't know the team.
Can Sean Mannion be "next guy up" for the Rams?: Cover 32 Rams
Mannion is a bit of the mystery man on the Rams' depth chart. How does the team feel about Mannion's abilities heading into his second season in the league? Could he challenge for the starting role in 2016? Will the Rams draft another quarterback, muddying the picture even further?
Stat Facts Of The Week: Big Play Differential
|Rank||Team||Plays||Big Plays||Rush||Pass||Big Play %||BPA||+/-|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1,017||76||50||26||7.47%||64||12|
|6||Kansas City Chiefs||955||85||53||32||8.9%||74||11|
|12||New York Jets||1,074||85||56||29||7.91%||74||11|
|15||New England Patriots||1,050||79||40||39||7.52%||73||6|
|7||Green Bay Packers||1,056||92||53||39||8.71%||88||4|
|8||St. Louis Rams||920||79||56||23||8.59%||78||1|
|11||San Francisco 49ers||969||79||42||37||8.15%||81||-2|
|21||New York Giants||1,053||73||39||34||6.93%||86||-13|
|19||New Orleans Saints||1,096||80||43||37||7.3%||104||-24|
|32||San Diego Chargers||1,100||58||28||30||5.27%||90||-32|
Big Play Differential is the difference between the number of big plays - running plays of 10+ yards plus passing plays of 25+ yards - an offense creates, and the number of big plays a defense allows. How important are big plays to a teams offense/defense? Last season, NFL teams averaged 0.8 points per drive without a big play, and 3.9 points per drive with at least one of them. The higher the big play +/- the better, as this shows the team more often generates big plays than gives them up.
For the 2015 regular season, the Rams ranked 16th in the league in Big Play Differential (+1), mostly thanks to the efforts of RB Todd Gurley, WR Tavon Austin and a stingy defense. The Rams were 7-2 in games with a positive Big Play Differential and 0-7 in games with a negative or even Big Play Differential. The Rams ran the fewest offensive plays in the NFL (920) and ranked 8th in the league in Big Play percentage (8.59%).
Rams lease office space in Agoura Hills: USA Today - Ramswire
The Rams have decided to temporarily set up headquarters in Agoura Hills, an hour plus drive from downtown Los Angeles. The logistics of the move are staggering, with over 25,000 items ticketed and on computerized lists.
Players who need to step it up: CBS Sports
Rams cornerback E. J. Gaines missed the entire 2015 season with a Lisfranc foot injury. Entering his third season with the Rams, Gaines will be counted on to replace the departed Janoris Jenkins.
Flipping Tables Podcast: Scout.com - LA Rams Report
Turf Show Times' Joe McAtee joins Cam Worrell and Josh Webb to talk about the Rams, the upcoming NFL Draft and the quarterback situation.
What needs to happen to ensure a playoff berth in 2016: isportsweb
The author suggests heavy use of Todd Gurley, playing with more consistency and taking more shots downfield are the keys to a winning season for the 2016 Los Angeles Rams.
L.A. Rams have no big holes on defensive line ahead of the NFL draft: Los Angeles Times
Just a hunch, but I envision the Rams drafting a defensive tackle with one of their top three picks in the upcoming draft.
On This Day In Sports History
1946 - Kenny Washington signs with the Rams, as the 1st African-American player in the NFL since 1933.
1961 - Art Modell purchases the Cleveland Browns for a then-record $3.925 million.
Should Rams truly be sold on Case Keenum: Ramblin' Fan
"While drafting a guy that can truly be the future of the franchise at the quarterback position would be an exciting move, is the decision to "settle" for the status quo in the short-term dooming the Rams to more seasons of mediocrity?"
Quinton Coples should have chance to reach his potential with Rams: ESPN NFL Nation
Nick Wagoner goes through his weekly Twitter mailbag on all things related to the Rams. I like the Coples signing. It's relatively low-risk, with the potential to pay decent dividends for the Rams, much like the Nick Fairley signing did last year.
Los Angeles Rams mock draft update: Ramblin' Fan
Speculation runs rampant at this time of the year in relation to what the Rams will do in the first round of the upcoming draft. The myriad of mock drafts run the gamut of possibilities for the Rams, everything from a MLB (Reggie Ragland) right through to trading up to Number 1 overall (and selecting a QB in the process). I'll be unleashing my 5th Rams mock draft later this week, with the Rams trading down into the early 20's. Stay tuned!
NFL Power Rankings: NFL.com
Elliot Harrison Shares his post-Free Agency Power Rankings. The Rams are way down at Number 27 in the rankings. In my estimation, that's about 7-8 places too low. Let's see how the draft and remainder of the offseason unfold before jumping to definitive conclusions.
NFL takes aim at sportsmanship issue: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"...there were 75 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties this past season league-wide. That’s significantly up from the average of 50 such penalties a year over the previous five NFL seasons."
If the new rule is passed, a player who receives two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game will be automatically ejected.
4 suggestions for the new LA Rams: LA Observed
Going with throwback uniforms is easily the best suggestion of the four. No to Hard Knocks, RG3 and different London opponents.
On Ejections And Receptions: MMQB
Peter King takes us through the week that was (and the week coming up) in the NFL.
Quote Of The Week
From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:
"It's fairly telling that with winning teams like the Jets and Broncos without a starting quarterback right now, there is literally no buzz whatsoever about Nick Foles. It's like his play and that contract have made him toxic. You hear more rumbling about guys like Mike Glennon and Brian Hoyer than you do Foles."
Los Angeles Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
I haven't finalized the figures for the Rams' recent signing of DE Quinton Coples; nonetheless, the Rams have approximately $5.1 million in available salary cap space remaining to spend (with all additional 2016 financial obligations taken into consideration) as of 11:00 pm, Sunday March 20. I'll be publishing a complete salary cap update later in the week.
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||Justice Cunningham|
|WR||Tavon Austin||Stedman Bailey||Kain Colter|
|WR||Kenny Britt||Nick Toon||Isiah Ferguson|
|WR||Brian Quick||Bradley Marquez||Deon Long|
|RB||Tre Mason||Trey Watts||Malcolm Brown|
|RB||Todd Gurley||Benny Cunningham||Zach Laskey|
|QB||Case Keenum||Nick Foles||Sean Mannion|
|DT||Aaron Donald||Doug Worthington||Louis Trinca-Pasat|
|DT||Michael Brockers||Ethan Westbrooks|
|DE||William Hayes||Eugene Sims|
|DE||Robert Quinn||Quinton Coples||Matt Longacre|
|MLB||Alec Ogletree||Bryce Hager|
|OLB||Mark Barron||Zack Hodges||Matthew Wells|
|OLB||Akeem Ayers||Cameron Lynch|
|CB||E.J. Gaines||Coty Sensabaugh||Marcus Roberson|
|CB||Trumaine Johnson||Lamarcus Joyner||Eric Patterson||Troy Hill|
|SS||Tim McDonald Jr.||Maurice Alexander|
|FS||Cody Davis||Christian Bryant|
|65 Players Total|