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  • Rams bombed 27-3 by Cardinals; The Ugly, The Bad and the Good

    Rams bombed 27-3 by Cardinals; The Ugly, The Bad and the Good

    For the second consecutive week the Rams faced a legitimate super bowl contender and for the second consecutive week the Rams were not even remotely competitive getting blown out of a near empty Dome by the score of 27-3 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. The Rams dropped to an abysmal 4-8 and have nothing that is the same area code of an NFL caliber offense and its hard to win when one side of the ball is completely, hopelessly and utterly disfunctional. The defense put forth a valiant effort for a period of time, but ultimately got worn down after failing to score on their own or take advantage of a couple of turnover opportunities. The season is down to what is highly likely to be the last four games of the Fisher era and quite probably the final four games for NFL football in St. Louis. It...
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  • RamView, 11/29/2015: Bengals 31, Rams 7 (Long)

    RamView, 11/29/2015: Bengals 31, Rams 7 (Long)

    RamView, November 29, 2015 Game #11: Bengals 31, Rams 7 It's Thanksgiving time in Cincinnati, and somewhere Jeff Fisher is saying, as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly. In this week's spiritless, feckless, hapless, worthless blowout loss to the Bengals, his team soared like turkeys and looked every bit like a team just playing out the string. Pass the gravy. Position by position: * QB: Nick Foles' (30-46-228, 3 INT, PR 49.9) toughness this season has been admirable, and he made a couple of good plays this week, but those were tiny flowers poking out of the massive heap of, um, compost that is the Ram offense and Nick's game. After the offense started the game with an ugly 3-and-out, Foles threw ugly passes behind Jared Cook...
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  • Rams blown out by Bengals 31-7; The Ugly, bad and good

    Rams blown out by Bengals 31-7; The Ugly, bad and good

    The Rams lost their fourth game in a row today getting blown out on the road by the Bungholes in an ugly 31-7 loss that was really not as close as the score indicated. Remember when the Rams were 4-3 with the manageable part of the schedule ahead and 10-6 and a playoff spot seemed like at least a realistic possibility? Nothing more than a distant memory from a galaxy long ago and far, far away. I can guarantee everyone that Coach Fisher had no plans to throw 53 passes in a game this season, but thats what happens when you have absolutely no ability to block inside, completely eliminating the usefulness of your superstar running back. Throw in no functional pass rush, a playoff quality opponent, and qb play that is a travesty of a sham of a mockery, and you have a good description of the Rams performance today. I think most of us realized at the start of the season...
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  • RamView, 11/22/2015: Ravens 16, Rams 13 (Long)

    RamView, 11/22/2015: Ravens 16, Rams 13 (Long)

    RamView, November 22, 2015 Game #10: Ravens 16, Rams 13 Stick a fork in the Rams, who found every way to lose they possibly could and lost the worst-played football game of the season against the worst team they'll see this season until they get home and look in the mirror. This season does not look salvageable at this point, and this coaching regime shouldn't be. Position by position: * QB: Typical fan I am, I was calling for Nick Foles to be removed at halftime last week, and this week, I wanted to pull Case Keenum (12-26-136, 75.2 PR) in the 3rd quarter. Keenum got off to a decent start, hitting Kenny Britt for 16, the kind of downfield timing pass that has fled from Foles' repertoire. Keenum made the most of his mobility, also an e...
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  • Rams collapse and lose 16-13 to Ravens; The Ugly, the Bad and The Good

    Rams collapse and lose 16-13 to Ravens; The Ugly, the Bad and The Good

    The season effectively ended in Baltimore today with a 16-13 loss to the previously 2-7 Ravens. The Ravens looked like a terrible team today with 2 interceptions, 2 missed field goals, a generally lousy performance by their 20 million per year qb (who tore his acl and is now out for the year) and 10 penalties for 137 yards. Fortunately for Baltimore, the Rams went into full blown self destruct mode after heading into the fourth quarter with a 13-3 lead. How many NFL games do you think you are going to win when you fumble away the ball four times, convert 3-13 on 3rd down, manage a total of 213 yards of offense, get an extra point blocked, and miss a critical field goal with the game on the line? The answer is clearly not many, if any. Just so there is no confusion, the Rams are as bad on offense as i have seen in the NFL in many years and Case Keenum did nothing today that made him look like the answer to our...
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  • Rams beat Cleveland 24-6; The Good, Bad and Ugly

    Rams beat Cleveland 24-6; The Good, Bad and Ugly

    The Rams used a strong defensive effort and some terrific running by rookie Todd Gurley to defeat the Cleveland Browns today 24-6 in front of a nearly half empty stadium in St. Louis. Despite a pathetic start on offense (3 first quarter yards), a putrid 1-9 performance on third down for the game, and getting beat convincingly on time of possession (35-25 minutes), the Rams stayed with the running game, ultimately managed to spring Gurley for 128 yards, completed just enough passes, forced four turnovers and scored on defense to secure the victory in what was probably the easiest game on the schedule and certainly a must win. There is a ton of room for improvement, especially with respect to continued problems on the offensive line, but let's hope that this win represents a building block as we head into the manageable part of the schedule, and...
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  • RamView, 10/25/2015: Rams 24, Browns 6 (Long)

    RamView, 10/25/2015: Rams 24, Browns 6 (Long)

    RamView, October 25, 2015 Game #6: Rams 24, Browns 6 The game didn't start out that way, but the Rams came away with a dominating win over Cleveland, riding their defense, Todd Gurley and some way-overdue offensive adjustments. It's been a struggle, but after six weeks, I daresay the arrow is now pointing upward in Rams Nation. Position by position: * RB: The Rams had two games with a 100-yard rusher last season. In three weeks as a starter this year, Todd Gurley (19-128) is already up to three. He was the only good thing about the Ram offense in the 1st half, including a 14-yard toss left where he hurdled a diving tackler. He helped get the Rams in scoring position with a 15-yard run in the 2nd, and got them in what Jeff ...
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  • NFL Draft Day Two Ramblings

    NFL Draft Day Two Ramblings

    WHERE’S THE BEEF? ST. LOUIS! Many fans were concerned about the status of the Rams’ offensive line after the first day of the NFL Draft, noting that St. Louis passed on Andrus Peat in the first round to take what some considered a luxury pick in Todd Gurley. Perhaps now, with Day Two in the books, the Rams’ plan makes a bit more sense. If there was any confusion about what Jeff Fisher wants to do with his offense in 2015, the second and third round offensive line picks of the Rams sure answered those questions. The Rams traded down in the first round, adding another third round pick while still allowing them to stay in position to grab Wisconsin offensive tackle Rob Havenstein, arguably one of the best last names in this draft class while also being among the draft’s biggest b...
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  • Some Round One Reactions

    Some Round One Reactions

    Rams Take Gurley Simply put, few people really expected this. Even those that threw it out there as a possibility were likely just throwing stuff to the wall in an effort to cover bases. The Rams did not have a significant need at the running back position, but don't let that fool you into thinking Gurley is not a great upgrade for this offense. Some have called him the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, and while Tre Mason has shown some solid flashes, he's not in Gurley's league. If Jeff Fisher's goal is to run the football and play great defense, then he just found his workhorse. The obvious next question is making sure there are guys in front of hi...
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  • Nick's 2015 NFL Mock Draft - Three Rounds! v6.0

    Nick's 2015 NFL Mock Draft - Three Rounds! v6.0

    As always, feedback, questions, and constructive criticism is welcome! Hopefully I didn't double-pick anyone with my first three rounder. ROUND ONE 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State -Despite the civil lawsuit that was recently announced, I'm not sure the Bucs are going to alter their plans and look poised to still take Winston here. He has seemingly emerged as the top quarterback prospect through this process, displaying pro ready skills and poise with the game on the line. 2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon -This could be the spot for a blockbuster trade, but since I'm not projecting trades in this mock, I'm going to stick with Mariota in the two-spot. The Titans are as good of a team as any, because I just don't think you pass on a potential franchise quarterback due to Zach Mettenberger. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler, DE/LB, Florida -The Fowler to Jacksonville connection remains strong in my mock drafts, though Leonard Williams being on the board might give the Jags some hesitation. Still, Fowler's fit into this scheme is very good and the Jaguars need some pass rush help on their defense. 4. Oakland Raiders: Leonard Williams, DL, USC -The Raiders were second worst in the NFL in sacks, so adding the best defensive player if not the best overall player in the draft would go a long way to helping out. Williams could line up at defensive end on early downs before shifting inside to rush the passer from a tackle position. 5. Washington Redskins: Vic Beasley, DE/LB, Clemson -Brian Orakpo left as a free agent, leaving the Redskins with Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy as starters on the outside. Kerrigan is fine though he's in the final year of his contract, and Murphy could be pushed if not upgraded. Beasley is just the man for the job, having emerged as one of the best pass rushers in this class. 6. New York Jets: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia -Sure, the Jets traded for Brandon Marshall. And they have Eric Decker. But if Geno Smith is going to be successful in New York, they need to surround him with as much talent as possible. Kevin White has skyrocketed into the top spot on some draft boards, so the Jets could be tempted to pull the trigger and add more talent to their offense. 7. Chicago Bears: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama -And then, there's the team that traded Marshall away. Their need at the position is obvious, but since they're switching to the 3-4 defensive scheme, the Bears could elect to go with a defensive front seven player. But I think Cooper is too good of value to pass up here, so he's the pick. 8. Atlanta Falcons: Alvin Dupree, DE/LB, Kentucky -The Falcons have had a need for a pass rusher for a while now, and many believe they're going to try and solve it with this pick. There are 3-4 really good pass rushers at the top of this class, so it's likely the Falcons will be able to find...
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  • Nick's Post-Senior Bowl 2016 NFL First Round Mock Draft (v2.0)
    Nick
    Now that the Senior Bowl is firmly in the rear view mirrior, here's an updated look at how things could shake out in the first round of the NFL Draft this year. As always, feedback and constructive criticism is welcome! ROUND ONE 1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi -Tennessee is second in the league in sacks allowed, and no quarterback when pressured has been sacked at as large of a percentage as Marcus Mariota has been. Tunsil gives the Titans a legitimate left tackle to pair with Taylor Lewan on the offensive line. 2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California -The hype train for Carson Wentz is in full steam, but I'm not ready to put him in the Top 5 as some other people are. I still view Goff as the top QB in the class, meaning he makes a lot of sense for a Cleveland team that is tired of Johnny Manziel's screw ups. 3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State -Brandon Flowers was graded out as one of the worst corners in the league by Pro Football Focus, and Eric Weddle won't be coming back. The Chargers could use help in both areas, and Ramsey is capable of excelling at either at the next level. 4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State -Will the Cowboys flirt with taking a QB here? Maybe, but I also think Jerr...
    -01-31-2016, 04:12 PM
  • RamView, 1/3/2016: ***** 19, Rams 16 (OT) (Long)
    MFranke
    RamView, January 3, 2016 Game #16: ***** 19, Rams 16 (OT) The ever-inconsistent Rams regress back to the mean and end another losing season with another disappointing loss to a team they had no business losing to. The hallmark of Jeff Fisher Rams football isn't the running game or aggressive defense, it's miserable losses like this one. Good riddance to 2015. Position by position: * QB: Case Keenum (23-37-231, PR 77.6) does a lot right for the Rams at QB. He runs the offense with good tempo and gets the ball out quickly on quick-timing plays. He’s smart and tough in the pocket, uses his mobility well and rarely gets sacked. The best example of that was a play he made in the 3rd. He rolled right, deked a free-running Aaron Lynch into pul...
    -01-05-2016, 10:50 PM
  • Rams lose 19-16 in OT to whiners; The Good, Bad and Ugly
    general counsel
    The Todd Gurley-less Rams finished their season 7-9 with a disappointing OT loss to the whiners by the score of 19-16 on the strength of terrible third down play on both sides of the ball, untimely penalties, terrible field goal kicking and some highly suspect play calling with the team poised to win the game in overtime. The Rams shortcomings against a 5-11 couldnt have been more obvious today. At the end of the day, Case Keenum is not an NFL starting qb, albeit a reasonable backup. Way too many missed opportunities, and without todd gurley, and with all of our injuries on defense, we arent close to good enough to simply have a qb who is going to avoid mistakes at all costs, afraid to make throws. Toss in some untimely drops by our receivers and at least one terrible call by the refs that obviously cost us 3 points at the minimum, and you find a way to lose a game that we all know we should have won. No points...
    -01-04-2016, 02:51 AM
  • Rams beat seachickens 23-17; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    general counsel
    In what should be considered their most impressive win in the Fisher era, the Rams won their third game in a row by beating and beating up the seachickens in a tremendous 23-17 win. The Rams capitalized on 3 seachicken turnovers (one of which resulted in a defensive touchdown), didn't turn the ball over themselves, kept the penalties to a minimum, and scrounged out just enough offense to earn their first season sweep of the chickens since 2004. The Rams played their best half of the year jumping out to a 16-3 lead at the break and hung in there to avoid a collapse at the scene of so many painful prior year debacles. Frankly, i am riddled with mixed and incredibly extreme and passionate emotions at this point. On the one hand, i am so thrilled with a tremendous win over a playoff caliber team on the road in which the Rams proved once and for all that they have the talent and capability to win big games, notwithstanding...
    -12-28-2015, 02:40 AM
  • Rams beat seachickens 23-17; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    clarasDK
    Good write up.

    I think it was ugly that we accepted the penalty with the Seagulla on 4 and 10. Giving them a new (long) third down. I am pretty sure they would not have gone for it on 4 and 10.

    Else great game.
    -12-28-2015, 02:39 AM
  • RamView, 12/17/2015: Rams 31, Bucs 23 (Long)
    MFranke
    RamView, December 17, 2015 Game #14: Rams 31, Bucs 23 If this was the Rams' last week in St. Louis, at least they made it a heck of a week. They won for the second time in five days Thursday night and made the Bucs look like the team that could not cut the mustard. Position by position: * QB: Case Keenum (14-17-234, 2 TD, PR 158.0) managed the heck out of this game. He led the Rams to an opening drive TD throwing little but screens and swing passes. But Case did not live on small ball alone, also throwing a perfect 60-yard TD bomb to Kenny Britt later in the 1st. The Ram passing game was in good rhythm much of the game, and Keenum distributed the ball well. On the Rams' TD drive in the 2nd, he hit Tavon Austin for 13, Lance K...
    -12-20-2015, 04:01 AM
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