"Multiple sources" suggest Howard Balzer can't make up his mind as to whether he's a Rams fan or not. He sure as hell created a big enough stink last week with his accusations regarding Michael Sam, the Rams, Hard Knocks and the NFL (as an unbiased reporter of course). Watch the interview Balzer did in January, then check out his contradictory comments to me on Twitter:
@HBalzer721 I suspect you won't be cheering for the Rams anymore, right Howard?— Frank Dubs Dobozy (@Bozy1313) March 25, 2016
@HBalzer721 You sure sounded like a Rams fan when speaking with Rich Gould on KPLR in January, just after the move was announced.— Frank Dubs Dobozy (@Bozy1313) March 26, 2016
He sure is...
As a follow up to my article published last week:
On 5th-year options for Ogletree/T. Austin, Fisher said Rams want to keep both for "long time." Said all but certain to use option on AO.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) March 23, 2016
Now when you step off a plane in Los Angeles, the Rams are front and center:
Very classy words from Rodger Saffold:
Had my last workout at Rams Park today.... definitely left with a heavy heart— Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) March 23, 2016
Rams prepare for LA reality: Los Angeles Daily News
Moving, traffic, multiple facilities are all part of the relocation from St. Louis to Los Angeles. But as Coach Jeff Fisher surmises:
"Our approach is that the rest of the league doesn’t care what we’re doing. There’s 31 other teams getting ready for the offseason program and training camp and the regular season. We’ve got to do the same thing. The sooner we get set up and ready to go, the better off we’ll be. I’m not looking at this as a distraction or an excuse."
2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football
Walter updates his five round mock. The Rams select WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round, TE Hunter Henry and LB/S Su'a Cravens in the second round, QB Christian Hackenberg in the third round and CB Kevin Seymour in the fourth round. The first three picks are the highlights of this Rams mock draft.
The three players I'm particularly high on from Gil Brandt's list: DT Vernon Butler, S Keanu Neal and LB Deion Jones. I believe all three will be prominently featured on the Rams' draft board.
Are Rams in position to move up for a top quarterback: ESPN NFL Nation
As Nick Wagoner notes (and I agree):
"In reality, moving from 15 to 1 is probably too steep of a cost for the Rams, especially for a quarterback that doesn't come with the pedigree of other recent No. 1 overall picks at the position. The move to six would seem more plausible, especially if both Goff and Wentz are on the board at that spot."
Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: WR - Sterling Shepard - Oklahoma
Free Agency grades for NFC West teams: Pro Football Focus
PFF doesn't like the Rams' moves this offseason, giving them a mediocre "C+" for their efforts thus far. My grade? A solid "B".
The reason why Keenum is uninspiring: ESPN Radio Los Angeles 710
Rodgers and Markazi share their thoughts on all things Rams-related.
Is the Rams' offseason stance regarding the quarterback position just a smokescreen leading up to the draft?
"Fisher and Snead are pretty good at their jobs and nice human beings. But let’s not pretend they’re not willing to lie to the media about the idea of where they sit on the quarterback. Any half-decent GM or coach should be willing to spin up some half-truths, and the Rams front office is no different."
NFL's brain trust drops the ball: Sports On Earth
As respected writer Mike Lupica so perfectly opines:
"Clearly Roger Goodell now pays, in a lot of ways, for the institutional ignorance about head injuries that existed for generations in his sport, ignorance that later became willful neglect. You don't think it was willful neglect? Of course it was, or the league wouldn't have written a $765 million check to settle concussion-related lawsuits brought by nearly 5,000 former players, some of that money from the settlement funding medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research."
NFL's flawed concussion research and ties to tobacco industry: New York Times
The NFL was put on the defensive because of this article last week, rushing to deliver a statement on the piece, a statement contradicting much of what was written by the Times. Yet again, another bad PR week for the NFL.
Peter King takes us through the week that was in the NFL.
Stat Facts Of The Week: Turnover Differential
|2||Kansas City Chiefs||29||15||14|
|5||New England Patriots||21||14||7|
|6||New York Giants||28||21||7|
|8||New York Jets||30||24||6|
|12||Green Bay Packers||22||17||5|
|13||St. Louis Rams||26||21||5|
|16||New Orleans Saints||22||20||2|
|20||San Diego Chargers||20||24||-4|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||12||17||-5|
|25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28||-5|
It's a widely held belief that winning the turnover battle is important to a teams success on the field. For the 2015 season, the Rams ranked tied for 10th in the league in Turnover Differential (+5). The Rams were 4-3 in games with a positive Turnover Differential and 3-6 in games with an even or negative Turnover Differential.
Rams GM Les Snead is interviewed by Rich Eisen, on The Rich Eisen Show, Thursday, March 24:
Keenum will be starting QB to begin OTA's: Los Angeles Rams Official Website
Yes, THAT's OTA's, not the first game of the regular season, as was mistakenly reported by just about everyone. All because of one incorrect, ill-advised tweet from a reporter who didn't listen correctly to Les Snead's words in this interview.
Rams head out of St. Louis, prepared for Los Angeles beginnings: ESPN NFL Nation
My sincere hope is that all fans of the Rams from the St. Louis area will continue to follow and cheer on the team that was theirs for 20 years.
Are we all wrong? Maybe Case Keenum is the Rams' guy: Cover 32 Rams
I'm going to wait until the NFL draft is over before evaluating the Rams' QB situation. For now, I'll stick with my December prediction of the Rams rolling with the three-headed monster (Keenum, Foles, Mannion) into the 2016 regular season. Any of the three could end up as the starter.
Chase Reynolds hopes to follow Rams to LA: Montana Missoulian
Reynolds is one of three Rams Free Agents (Wes Welker and Greg Zuerlein are the other two) still looking for work this coming season. I expect the Rams to re-sign Reynolds at some point. He's been a core special teams contributor for the last three seasons.
Rams exit could come with $19 million parting gift: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Rams have the right to buy their former practice facility at Rams Park (valued at $19M) for $1 in 2024. The Jones Dome Authority believes otherwise and is suing the Rams to eliminate the purchase option.
"I think it would be bad form and in bad character," said Dave Peacock, co-chairman of the effort to build the riverfront football stadium, along with attorney Bob Blitz. "Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t make it right."
On This Day In Sports History
1899 - August Anheuser Busch Jr. (brewing magnate and sports executive) is born on this day. Mr. Busch passed away in 1989 at the age of 90.
Turning up the heat on NFL coaches: Sports On Earth
What would it take for Jeff Fisher to get fired? Kenneth Arthur believes a 5-11 record (without an extension) would pretty much seal Fisher's fate.
Q&A with Rams coach Jeff Fisher: Los Angeles Daily News
Vincent Bonsignore talks with Rams head coach Jeff Fisher on a range of topics: Case Keenum, the move, Free Agency and the challenges ahead for the Rams' offense.
3 trades the Rams could make in the NFL Draft: Chat Sports
I don't support any of the three trades suggested by the author. If the Rams do trade up, it should be to #6 (Baltimore Ravens). If they trade down, Houston at #22 and Minnesota at #24 are more likely trading partners.
Rams should avoid drafting Laquon Treadwell: Ramblin' Fan
This is very well-reasoned article and a strong counterpoint in the "draft Treadwell if there at 15" argument.
Los Angeles Rams Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2: isportsweb
In this mock, the Rams select WR Josh Doctson in the first round, followed by QB Connor Cook and S Justin Simmons in the second round.
ESPN's Nick Wagoner shares his thoughts on Rams happenings of the past week:
Stedman Bailey was shot twice in the head last year but could make a miraculous return to the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams. Mike Florio says Bailey is a guy we should all be rooting for:
Los Angeles Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams have close to $4.9 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 27. 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|