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  • Rams overpowered by Whiners in 23-13 Loss; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Rams overpowered by Whiners in 23-13 Loss; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The young Rams were overpowered and defeated by a better team on the road today in a 23-13 loss. To win this game with a backup qb, the Rams were going to have to take advantage of every opportunity, play a really clean game, and make plays. Unfortunately, they did not do so and lacked the firepower to stay in the game into the fourth quarter. The Rams fought hard and did some good things today, but this was the kind of game where you could really see the difference between Clemens and Sammy, along with the obvious shortcomings in the Rams receiving corp. The Good The run defense was solid. We allowed 83 yards on 30 carries for an average of 2.8, holding Gore to 15-42. The whiners longest run was 10 yards and our tackling was solid at the point of attack, something we have struggled with for years against the whiners (and against almost everyone else for that matter). Brock...
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  • Gobble, gobble! Nick's 2014 NFL Mock Draft Thanksgiving Edition!

    Gobble, gobble! Nick's 2014 NFL Mock Draft Thanksgiving Edition!

    As always, comments and opinions are appreciated! Happy Thanksgiving, Clan!


    2014 NFL Mock Draft 1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville -Blaine Gabbert is awful, and Chad Henne isn't much better as a long term solution. It will be a shock if the Jaguars don't select a quarterback this year. 2. Houston Texans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon -If the Texans end up with the second overall pick, they'll likely have a new coaching staff which often times signals the arrival of a new quarterback. 3. Atlanta Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina -The Falcons have been inexplicably awful this year. One area where they could improve is in the pass rush department, where they rank 28th in the league with sacks. 4. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA -Chad Greenway is still manning one OLB position, but the other is up for grabs. The Vikings may want a passer, but may not reach for one with Barr on the board. 5. St. Louis Rams (f/WAS): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M -Jake Long's injury history should always be in the back of the Rams'...
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  • Rams run over Bears 42-21; The Good, the Bad and the (amost non-existent) Ugly

    News flash, the Rams have a real football team. Are we ready to contend for the playoffs without Sammy? Highly unlikely. However, are we much, much improved and showing tremendous cause for optimism in the future? Absolutely. Coach Fisher has the Rams playing the kind of mauling physical football that was so successful during his tenure with the Titans. The Rams will back down from no one, will fight for every yard on both sides of the ball, and are going to give some very good teams some brutal fights for the rest of the season. There was an awful lot to like out there on the field today, and very, very little on the ugly side. The Rams featured a pounding relentless run game that didn't skip a beat when Zac didn't return for the second half with some kind of head injury. They played great goal line defense against a very good bears offense, and won the turnover battle plus three, which was a huge difference in the game. The Rams obviously lost no momentum...
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  • RamView, 11/10/2013: Rams 38, Colts 8 (Long)

    RamView, 11/10/2013: Rams 38, Colts 8 (Long)

    RamView, November 10, 2013 From the Couch (Report and opinions on the game.) Game 10: Rams 38, Colts 8 Tavon Austin arrives in a big way, turning Indianapolis into his own personal race track with 310 total yards and 3 TDs, leading the Rams to a shockingly convincing win over the division-leading Colts. * Special teams: Punt returns and kickoff coverage were decisive factors this week. Finally heading upfield on punt returns decisively, this week, Tavon Austin got excellent blocking, and everything came together. Austin set up a near-TD drive and a TD drive with long returns. He brought the first punt he returned back 29 yards, getting a key block from Cody Davis and bouncing off a tackle. Austin nearly got wiped out...
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  • Rams Thrash Colts 38-8; The (very) Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Rams Thrash Colts 38-8; The (very) Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Well, just when you think the Rams are fading into the abyss of a lost season without hope and without their QB, on Isaac Bruce's birthday, Coach Fisher rallies the squad for a thoroughly dominating road performance against a playoff caliber team with an elite qb on the road. The Rams are certainly the Jekyll and Hyde of the NFL at this point, in every aspect of the game. When they are good, they are very very good, flashing the promise of the future for the league's youngest team. We are really two plays away from being 6-4, despite losing Sammy. There is no quit in the Rams, and it goes without saying that if we play defense like we played today, there are more quality wins ahead before the end of the season. Along with the Houston game, this game represents just about peak performance for the...
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  • RamView, 11/3/2013: Titans 28, Rams 21 (Long)

    RamView, 11/3/2013: Titans 28, Rams 21 (Long)

    RamView, November 3, 2013 From Row HH (Report and opinions on and from the game.) Game 9: Titans 28, Rams 21 The St. Louis Rams the Sisyphus of the NFL, if Sisyphus eternally rolled a boulder over his own foot. With multiple opportunities to put the clash with the Titans away, the Ram run defense regressed badly and the offense could summon no killer instinct, again leaving Rams fans to go home feeling like Prometheus. * QB: Kellen Clemens (20-35-210, 84.2 PR) gave the Rams what you hope to get from a backup QB. He managed the offense, put some drives together, and kept the Rams in the game. He kept the opening drive alive with his feet. He scrambled for 16 on one 3rd down and climbed the pocket to hit Brian Quick...
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  • Rams lose 28-21 to Titans; The Good, the bad and the ugly

    Rams lose 28-21 to Titans; The Good, the bad and the ugly

    Another tough loss in a winnable game for the Rams, featuring blown opportunities and self inflicted wounds. It's getting a little tougher to swallow every week. We sure miss Sammy! The Good Every loss gets us a better draft pick for next year (trying to see the glass half full in a difficult situation!) We have a running back for the future in Zac Stacy (who scored our first two rushing tds of the year, caught 6 balls for 51 yards and ran for 127 yards on 27 carries, including a fantastic 32 yard run towards the end where he broke multiple tackles) First drive of the second half was excellent. Early drive before the benny fumble was also very good. Nice game for Hecker Nice first career catch for Bailey Finnegan INT (Although it was thrown right to him) Two sacks for Lan...
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  • Trick or Treat! Nick's First 2014 Mock Draft

    Trick or Treat! Nick's First 2014 Mock Draft

    It's always difficult to try and put out a mock this early in the process, but it can be a fun challenge as well. I tried to mesh what I perceived as team need along with where I would rank players at this point in the college football season. Forgive name/spelling mistakes if they're present; life with a 9-month old doesn't yield as much research time as I'd probably like. Brief explanations provided, please let me know what you think!


    1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
    -If the Jags end up with the first pick, then there likely won't be much of a mystery as to whom they're selecting. It's time for a fresh face of the franchise in Jacksonville.

    2. Tampa Bay: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    -Tampa has all season to see if Mike Glennon is the answer, and a QB is a possibility here if he isn't. But if he's serviceable, Clowney might be too good to pass up.

    3. New York Giants: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
    -The Giants could be in prime position to trade down with a QB-hungry franchise;...
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  • RamView, 10/6/2013: Rams 34, Jagwires 20 (Long)

    RamView, 10/6/2013: Rams 34, Jagwires 20 (Long)

    RamView, October 6, 2013 From Row HH (Report and opinions on and from the game.) Game #5: Rams 34, Jagwires 20 The Rams don't function like a well-oiled machine, but have more than enough power to accelerate past a poorly-driven Jagwire team hitting on no cylinders. Position by position: * QB: Sam Bradford's 19-34-222 game may not have lapped the field, but he came up strong in the red zone, threw for 3 TDs and for the first time in a couple of weeks, made some plays good enough to encourage "Nice throw, Sam!" calls from the stands or the couch. First, though, he had to withstand getting booed off the field a couple of times while falling a TD behind one of the worst teams in NFL history. Sam had it coming. Second posse...
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  • 20 Random Post Bash-Weekend Thoughts

    20 Random Post Bash-Weekend Thoughts

    1. I've said what I wanted to say about Sam Bradford in another thread, so I'll just leave it at this: yesterday there were flashes of both the Sam that makes me cringe, and the Sam that gives me hope. . 2. Zac Stacy did a nice job between the tackles. I look forward to seeing more of him in the weeks to come. 3. James Laurinaitis had a very good game, and is quietly having a very good year. 4. Right now, I feel a lot more comfortable with Trumaine Johnson starting at CB than Cortland Finnigan. Six weeks ago, I wouldn't have guessed that I would have felt that way. 5. Brian Quick does not make enough plays, but the plays he's made makes me want to see more of him. 6. Austin Pettis is better than I though he woul...
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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. Hes 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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