Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
“I felt like a Rookie out there.”
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
The St. Louis Rams beat the Titans by 4 points, making it a 31-27 victory for the Rams. Marc Bulger threw for 292 yards and three touchdown passes. Adam Archuleta had a big interception for the Rams, intercepting the ball and running it back 85 yards for a touchdown, which made the
The St. Louis Rams’ next game will be against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Our St. Louis Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals with a 17-12 victory in the Cardinals’ stadium. Even though Kurt Warner threw a good game, they just could not finish them off: Kurt completed 29 of his 42 of his passes but not one was a touchdown. Which the
Which team do you think will have the worst record for the season?
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
It was a bit scary earlier when Bruce had some type of abnormality in his heart, but he was cleared by the doctors to start doing regular football activities and will join his team for training camp for probably his final year as a Ram.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Go out and support your Rams in their fight against epilepsy.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Adam Archuleta’s back was in such bad shape last season that he couldn’t do simple, everyday tasks. Simple activities such as touching his toes were every bit as difficult as making an open field tackle on a running back.
Those struggles led to one of the most difficult years of Archuleta’s young career. In spite of the herniated disc in his back, Archuleta still played in all 16 games, finishing with 123 tackles, a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Still, it was clear that he wasn’t at his best for most of last year.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was drafted out of Harvard, faces an uphill struggle to make the 53-man roster in September. He will have to unseat either the veteran Martin or second-year man Smoker for a roster spot. But there's no doubt Fitzpatrick has Martz's attention. Prior to the minicamp, Fitzpatrick impressed Martz on tape with his mobility, accuracy, arm strength and awareness of blitzes. At the minicamp, Fitzpatrick impressed Martz with his intelligence and ability to quickly grasp changes in technique and footwork. Martz rarely was more than 10 feet away from Fitzpatrick during the minicamp. But Fitzpatrick never got flustered, and he seemed more than willing to do things the Rams' way. For a Mike Martz quarterback, that's half the battle.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Thursday, April 21, 2005
DE Leonard Little spent the entire 2004 season with the weight of a drunken-driving charge on his shoulders. The uncertainty affected his play as much as the constant double teams and chip blocking he received for the first time in his career. His acquittal gives him a chance for a fresh start, and that should lead to improved play from his left end position in '05. Little remains one of the game's premier edge rushers, with an excellent burst complemented by good use of hands to ward off blockers. His leverage and underrated strength make him surprisingly effective against the run despite weighing only 261 pounds. But a breakthrough year by Anthony Hargrove at right end might have as much to do with an increased sack total by Little in '05 as anything.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
“I just know that I was always taught to not let anybody get near your quarterback, so that’s what I did. It’s a personal thing because you don’t want those guys just to beat you and all of the fingers will be pointing at you. So, I just make sure that no one comes close to him.”
- Jammal Brown
The Rams are looking towards the draft at possibly acquiring Brown. He recently visited the Rams. Brown would be a good fit to empower an offense that already is very resilient.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
The team now knows it will have LE Leonard Little, who faced possible jail time before being acquitted of a drunken-driving charge, so it won't be forced to take an end in the first or second round. With 12 picks overall, look for some predraft or draft-day maneuvering. The team might send a sixth- or seventh-round pick to Miami for DT Jeff Zgonina, a former Ram who would provide leadership on the line and improve the depth. The team needs to get bigger in the front seven, so a wide-bodied defensive tackle could be selected.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
"People do crazy things just for the chance, the promise, of maybe having a better team. You say to yourself, 'Oh, if I make this move, sign this guy, I've got a chance to win.' And more often than not, you convince yourself to do it.”
- Arizona coach Dennis Green
Seattle made an effort to rule the NFC West and failed under the might of St. Louis. Can the Cards do it?
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Perhaps searching for some of that magic from the 1999 Super Bowl championship season or maybe just looking to make more work for the jersey makers, the Rams have added another Williams from the title-winning team to the fold.
After signing tight end Roland Williams to a one-year deal on March 9, St. Louis has brought back another member of that team. This one makes his home on the other side of the ball.
The signing of Williams comes as no surprise to a team that has spent most of the offseason searching for depth, toughness and leadership. After the loss of end Bryce Fisher, the team’s leading sack artist last season, to a four-year deal with Seattle, the need for another defensive end materialized.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Despite Coach Mike Martz's penchant for the forward pass, there's no doubt he would like to give RB Steven Jackson a steady load next season as the feature back. That's one reason why the team signed TE Roland Williams instead of attempting to re-sign Cameron Cleeland as No. 2 tight end. Williams is a better point of attack blocker. Now, Martz can line up two mammoth tight ends on the line of scrimmage in Williams (275 pounds) and starter Brandon Manumaleuna (290) to move bodies on running plays. Don't expect the Rams to quit throwing the ball, either. Martz enters this season knowing his has four viable receiver options, something that was unclear one year ago. But the addition of Williams gives the Rams more flexibility to muscle up when necessary.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
In comes Kennard McGuire who in the span of a couple hours solved all the deconstructive work the previous management had applied. McGuire, well known around the scene for getting the money a player is pursuing, ironed out the deal that will most likely keep Pace with the Rams up into retirement.
Pace is content with the deal even though he was offered a slightly better one after being wined and dined in Houston. He is glad to stay in St. Louis and have all his previous drama ironed out with Jay Zygmunt (Rams President of Football Operations).
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Now Williams is finally coming home and hopefully will be as great of an asset to the team as he was back in 1999.
“It’s great to come back home to where I started my career, had a chance to win a Super Bowl and make some great friends. I will have a big smile on my face all the way to the airport and home. In free agency, you never know what is going to happen. I have had some success and I have had some rough times, but this is a chance for me to come to a place I know and get back to the winning that we had when I left.”
- Roland Williams
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
“We are just trying to improve our football team. It (linebacker) is the area that we had a chance to get started with and I’m sure we are still looking to improve.”
- Defensive Coordinator Larry Marmie
After eight seasons with Dallas, Coakley moved to the Rams right after he was released. The deal is five-years, worth $14.15 million with a signing bonus of $3 million.
Claiborne’s contract is for three years and worth approximately $10.5 million with a signing bonus of $3.6 million.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
This is a major blow to Faulk fans on account of him being a very classic player. He has an extreme history. Faulk helped take them to the Super Bowl and has also been an NFL MVP. But, the Rams are in the mood for testing out new blood. Jackson is a great player and it would be a waste not to check his potential for the game.
So, Marshall Faulk will move to second teams and we’ll wait to see if Steven Jackson can handle the pressure.
Last Season Stats:
Marshall Faulk 195 Att / 774 Yds / 4.0 Avg / 3 TDs
Steven Jackson 134 Att / 673 Yds / 5.0 Avg / 4 TDs
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Last season, when Rams were falling one by one to the AstroTurf monster at the Edward Jones Dome, the outcry grew louder for a new surface. At least then, the rug at the Dome wasn’t the worst in the league.
Starting this season, St. Louis won’t be able to make that claim anymore. The Indianapolis Colts, another team known for its high-octane offense and shoddy playing surface have made the move that many players, coaches and staff in the Rams organization have pleaded for: a new synthetic surface.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Now the Rams have a season to look back over. Which players are going to stay and who will be coming in? As of now, the Rams have 14 unrestricted free agents during this offseason. They’re trying to get as much of a jump start as possible.
"We've come a long ways and yet there's a long ways to go. When we started the season we felt like we could develop into a pretty good team. With all of the things that happened to us, obviously we fell short of where we thought we'd be."
–Mike Martz, head coach
Sunday, January 23, 2005
The St. Louis Rams fired special teams coach Mike Stock on Friday and replaced him with Bob Ligashesky, who becomes the fourth man to try and turn around a unit that has struggled since Mike Martz took over as head coach in 2000.
The Rams ranked at or near the bottom of the NFL in all special teams categories this season. In a season-ending 47-17 playoff loss at Atlanta last Saturday, the Falcons' Allen Rossum had an NFL playoff record 152 punt return yards, including a 68-yard touchdown return.
The Rams also allowed an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in a loss at Buffalo on Nov. 21 and a 94-yard kickoff return in a season-ending 32-29 overtime win over the New York Jets.
Stock was in St. Louis just one season. He replaced Bobby April, who was fired in 2003 after three seasons. April had replaced Larry Pasquale, who was let go after one season in 2000.
Ligashesky has coached just one year in the NFL, serving as assistant special teams coach at Jacksonville last season. Before that, he was an assistant coach in college for 19 years.
The Jaguars ranked 10th in the NFL in three special teams categories: punt return average (9.6 yards), gross punting average (42.8 yards) and net punting average allowed. They were sixth in kickoff return average defense, allowing only 19.9 yards per return.
``He's what I'm looking for in an assistant coach, with the passion for what he does, the high energy level,'' Martz said. ``He's a terrific teacher. He knows the details and the fundamentals of the kicking game.''
Our team improvement for next year, starts with a new special teams coach. We still have a long way to go to become the team we want to eventually become, but its a start to a better Rams team. GO RAMS!
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
The confounding St. Louis Rams are suddenly on a roll. They became the first .500 team to win a playoff game with a 27-20 win in Seattle that capped a three-game winning streak.
``The last three weeks this is a different team than the previous 14 weeks,'' coach Mike Martz said. ``This is kind of who I think we are.''
The Rams were among the NFC's preseason favorites but just squeezed into the postseason at 8-8.
They were hurt by injuries and infighting, including Martz' confrontation with the entire team after an 18-point loss to New England. Then there was the yearlong struggle to grasp the scheme of new defensive coordinator Larry Marmie and the woeful special teams.
``We have had a lot of turmoil,'' said tight end Cam Cleeland, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 2:11 left. ``A soap opera team.''
Martz thought St. Louis, a 12-4 division champion last year, would be up to speed by midseason. Instead it finally came together in weeks 15 and 16 when the Rams beat the Eagles and the Jets. But there's an asterisk -- Philadelphia had already clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs and rested most of their key performers for the playoffs.
``Here we are,'' Martz said. ``At this point, only the strong survive.''
Better late than never for the Rams, who will play at either Atlanta or Philadelphia next week in the divisional round after completing a three-game sweep of the NFC West champion Seahawks.
``Every week now for three weeks it's been do or die,'' quarterback Marc Bulger said. ``With the way that everyone is playing it's fun again. It wasn't there for a while.''
The confidence is growing although the Rams have won only three times on the road -- twice at Seattle and once at San Francisco, the NFL's worst team.
In Seattle, Marc Bulger threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, the fast-improving defense held Shaun Alexander to 40 yards on 15 carries and special teams were no longer a liability.
``You are going to see an even better team next week,'' Cleeland said. ``This was a complete and utter team victory.''
Bulger puts little stock in his first career playoff victory, partly because of what lies ahead.
``This isn't the end of the season,'' Bulger said. ``We're just to the point where we were last year. Whoever we play is going to be tough but it's nice that we're playing our best football.''
Second-year player Kevin Curtis caught four passes for 107 yards, his first career 100-yard game, and he and Sean McDonald are becoming effective complements to the team's established duo of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.
Bulger noted that the Rams that went to two Super Bowls from 1999-2001 had this kind of diversity with the likes of Az-Zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl diverting attention.
``You can't double everyone,'' Bulger said. ``I think we're starting to get that matchup with the third and fourth guy on safeties and linebackers.''
These next couple of games will be, by no means a walk in the park. Lets pick up the intensity, and show them that your record loses all credibility when a shiny ring is at stake. Keep up the good work guys, We are going all the way!