Wednesday, December 28, 2005

San Francisco Shocks the Rams Again

The St. Louis Rams are facing the Dallas Cowboys in their last game of the season. We haven’t had the best season and that was apparent in our loss to the San Francisco 49ers over the holiday weekend. I had assumed that we would beat the 49ers because they had performed poorly this season. We performed badly on defense missing tackles and allowing Alex Smith too much time in the pocket. This was our fourth loss in a row and our second to the lowly 49ers this season. We are facing the mighty Cowboys next week and very well could finish the season on a five game losing streak if this team doesn’t put forth their best effort all year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Offensive Line of Fire

Now that the dust has cleared after the St. Louis Rams loss to the Philadelphia Eagles we can talk about Coach Vitt. He is angry, to say the least, about his teams performance on Sunday and the 15 penalties they committed. The offensive line has drawn the majority of Vitt’s ire as they racked up eight false starts and played poor pass protection. Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn’t get a passing game going at all and it was due in part to his inexperience. However, he was more hampered by the offensive lines inability to protect him in the pocket than anything else.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Rams Los to Vikings

In our loss to the Vikings on Sunday, the St. Louis Rams failed over and over to convert on third downs. We started the game alright but succumbed to the Vikings defense and allowed too many mistakes and forced turnovers. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a tough game and couldn’t get the ball to his receivers. The Rams running game was shut down almost completely by the Vikings defense. Players like Viking Koren Robinson made key plays that changed the momentum of the game in the Vikings favor. We are going to have to dominate more on offense to beat the Philadelphia Eagles next week.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Rookie Cracks Under Redskins Pressure

The St. Louis Rams 24-9 loss to the Washington Redskins showed Ryan Fitzpatrick’s inexperience in bold living color. He admits to getting confused by some situations on the field and that he failed complete some key passes. He did run for the Rams single touchdown but that is only because he couldn’t get the ball into the hands of any of our receivers. He played poorly against Washington after looking like a pro against the Houston Texans. Fitzpatrick looked nervous at the start of the game and failed to shake the high passes and mistakes of the first quarter all game. Even he admits,
“I felt like a Rookie out there.”

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Wilkins Kicks Some Houston Texans

St. Louis Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins put forth an amazing effort against the Houston Texans on Sunday. It was Wilkins who showed up and led the series of events that won us the victory and brought us back from a deficit in the fourth quarter of the game. After kicking the extra point after a touchdown in the fourth, Wilkins kicked an onside kick and then 47 yard field goal, followed by a squib kick the Texans could not return. Wilkins fine performance under pressure won us this game. His most notable contribution was the onside kick because it got into the hands of a Rams player almost as soon as it bounced on the ground and changed the momentum of the game in favor of the Rams at just the right time to tie the game and send the teams into overtime. Jeff Wilkins is easily the best kicker in the NFL according to Coach Joe Vitt and his fellow players.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Cardinals Stop Steve Jackson

The Arizona Cardinals won the day on Sunday outscoring us 38-28. The St. Louis Rams quarterback, Marc Bulger, was injured in the game and is questionable for next week’s game against the Texans. No one knows if we will see Jamie Martin or Ryan Fitzpatrick but both have the stuff to beat the Texans with their losing record. The Cardinals effectively stopped our running game leaving only the pass. Steven Jackson was held to an abysmal six yards and a fumble. To stop him is quite an achievement and we have to give Arizona credit for adding an extra safety (Wilson) to help the cause. We just weren’t fired up enough to break their defense and the result was their outscoring us. I’ll admit they stopped us but why were we so ineffective against their everyday offense?

Friday, November 18, 2005

Bulger Versus Warner Sunday

Tom Nutten is out for the season with a neck injury and Larry Turner has returned in his place. Kevin Curtis has peaked fan interest with his growing popularity and skill at the wide receiver position. We are ready for this Sunday’s battle with the Arizona Cardinals and Marc Bulger is prepared for their fierce defense. Kurt Warner will be facing us for the first time since 2003 and we can only hope that Marc Bulger has a better game than against the Colts or Giants. We are on a winning streak though so the cards look to be in our favor.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

St. Louis Rams Win Over Tennessee

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 St. Louis defense ready for anything in the first half. Still, there are two halves in a game, not one--if they had quit playing any sooner they would have lost the game.

The St. Louis Rams’ next game will be against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Rams Win Over Kurt Warner & the Cardinals

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 St. Louis Rams could not be any happier about. With the St. Louis Rams having a 1-1 record for this season, they better be ready to step up for the Tennessee Titans, which also have a 1-1 record. This should be a good game because both teams are having the same problems and the same luck.

Which team do you think will have the worst record for the season?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

St. Louis Rams Get Beat on Opening Day

The San Francisco 49ers beat the St. Louis Rams 28-25, 49ers scoring 3 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, which gave them a pretty big lead going to the half. The Rams look like they need to improve a little bit if they want to compete for the AFC title. Fred Amey running back a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown might be a question for the St. Louis special team. The next game is against the Arizona Cardinals in Arizona at the Sun Devil Stadium--this will be a good game knowing that these two teams might be looking the same for this season. It is a division game so be watching for both teams to play hard.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Bruce Bruce

It is put up or shut up time for Isaac Bruce. He is coming into his last contract year with St. Louis. Bruce is set to receive a large sum of money this year and is expected to produce big numbers for a team that has fallen from grace quickly.

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

Bowl-a-RAM-a Benfitting Epilepsy Research

The St. Louis Rams are sponsoring a Bowl-a-RAM-a event to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of the St. Louis Region. This is the ninth year that this annual bowling event has been setup, where players join together to bowl and raise money for this cause. Each lane runs $1000 and bowling individually runs $100.

Go out and support your Rams in their fight against epilepsy.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Archuleta Hoping to Get Back to Form

- from the official site of the St. Louis Rams

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

Reggie Hodges Starting?

After the release of punter Kevin Stemke, the St. Louis Rams are most likely going to start Reggie Hodges at this position. A sixth round choice, Hodges attended Ball State where he had four of his kicks blocked last year. This doesn’t seem to affect the Rams too greatly and they believe he will improve on getting the ball out quicker. Hodges was the 210th selection overall.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

MINICAMP MAYHEM:

- from FOXSports.com

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

Ronald Bartell Jr.

Ronald Bartell Jr. was the second choice of the St. Louis Rams during this year’s draft. At 6'1 ", 211 pounds, Bartell is a great prospect size-wise for the cornerback position. At the same time, with his speed that everyone’s been raving about, he has the ability to be a very versatile player. Bartell still needs some work on his game itself. He needs to grow in his footwork and under the coaching of the Rams he can develop into a great asset, but just not quite yet.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Alex Barron

Alex Barron was selected by the St. Louis Rams as the 19th overall choice in the first round of picks. An extremely versatile offensive tackle, Barron is equally aggressive in run and pass plays. At 6’7, 320 pounds, Barron was one of the most influential people on the FSU line. On that same note, he was also one of the top choices out of offensive tackles registered for the draft.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

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

Jammal Brown

Jammal Brown began his career as a defensive lineman and always imagined himself on the defensive side of the spectrum. After joining the Oklahoma Sooners, he was quickly changed to an offensive tackle. Brown has been one of the most prolific offensive tackles for the Sooners, only allowing 1 sack throughout the last two years. This thoroughly increased the stats of quarterback Jason White.

“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

DRAFT WHISPERS:

- from FOXSports.com

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

Competition

Last year, the Seattle Seahawks were building themselves up to advance over the St. Louis Rams. They put together a pretty strong team and used a hell of a lot of money in the process. This year it turns to the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards already pulled Chike Okeafor from Seattle and are not stopping there.

"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

Jay Williams back in St. Louis

- from the official site of the St. Louis Rams

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

OFFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS:

- from FOXSports.com

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

Pace Signed

After a lot of discussion and loads of drama, Pace has finally signed on to a deal with the St. Louis Rams. But, this did not come about easily. Apparently, for the last three years, Pace has been dealing with faulty negotiations with his former management. Not to say that they were ripping the guy, but Pace thought it time to separate ways and try something new.

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

The Return of Roland Williams

Roland Williams began his career with the St. Louis Rams as a fourth round draft pick back in 1998 straight out of Syracuse. Williams was with the Rams for a few seasons, where he helped push to the 1999 Super Bowl. Afterwards he moved over to the Oakland Raiders only to be moved again to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa move did not prove to be too beneficial and was full of injuries. Recovering from a torn ACL, Williams moved back to Oakland.

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

Rams and Free Agency

With free agency well in swing, the St. Louis Rams have been looking forward with promise. Their first move has been to rework the line backing staff with a few different additions. Dexter Coakley and Chris Claiborne come into the fold in order to fill these gaps in the line.

“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

Faulk Second to Jackson

During his rookie year, Steven Jackson proved himself as a very good running back. He proved himself so well that the Rams will be putting him on first teams ahead of Marshall Faulk.

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

St. Louis Last Left with AstroTurf

- from the official site of the St. Louis Rams

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

Coming Back with a Vengeance

The Rams ended the season with an 8-8 record. This placed them as a pretty mediocre team, but it was still good enough to advance them to the NFC Divisional Playoffs. It didn’t do too much for them, since Atlanta destroyed St. Louis in the Playoffs by a score of 47-17.

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

We know what we need to fix to improve

From stlouisrams.com:
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

.500 is a meaningless number

From sports.yahoo.com:
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!