Rams Owners Won’t Return Cities Call Amid Speculation Team Going Back to Los Angeles

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St. Louis City officials said Wednesday that the owner of the Rams isn’t returning their calls, so they plan to work directly with the NFL on efforts to keep a team — any team — in St. Louis amid speculation the Rams are headed back to Los Angeles, Arash Markazi of ESPN reports.

Rams billionaire owner Stan Kroenke is part of a joint venture that announced plans Monday for an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs, a move that could soon return the NFL to the nation’s second-largest market and the home of the Rams from 1946 until they moved to St. Louis in 1995. The move would have to wait at least a year; the NFL has said no team moves would be allowed in 2015.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon isn’t giving up on the Rams.

“St. Louis is an NFL city,” Nixon said Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s too late to keep the Rams.”

But city leaders are hedging their bets, saying the plan now is to work directly with the NFL, not the Rams. The change in philosophy is due in part to the fact that Kroenke won’t take calls from Mayor Francis Slay or other city leaders, said Maggie Crane, Slay’s spokeswoman.

“He hasn’t responded, he hasn’t called back, he hasn’t done anything,” Crane said of Kroenke.

“After a while, you sort of get the hint,” said Jeff Rainford, the mayor’s chief of staff.

Messages left Wednesday at Kroenke’s office were not returned. A Rams spokesman declined comment.

“The NFL can make money in St. Louis,” Rainford said. “It may end up being the Rams with this owner, the Rams with a different owner, a different team with a different owner.”

Rainford said St. Louis can make a compelling argument to remain an NFL city: It is the nation’s 20th-largest market, with a loyal fan base that sold out every game at the Edward Jones Dome from the team’s arrival until a long run of bad play — the Rams haven’t had a winning record since 2003.

If the Rams leave, it isn’t clear which team St. Louis might pursue.

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers also have been reported as teams that could move to Los Angeles.

Does Bradford Make A Difference?

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A lot of Rams news I’m reading surrounds QB Sam Bradford.  Everyone says that if he’d played this year the Rams would have had a much better season.  Some are already saying with Bradford behind the wheel, next year will be that turn around year we’ve been waiting for.  Give it to Rams fans to be faithful to their QB, but I wonder if that optimism is grounded in anything solid?  Since Bradford started playing for the Rams in 2010 he has only played in 49 of 80 games (out injured 31 games).  Of the 49 he’s actually played in his record is 18-30-1 (37% win percentage).  Yes, he had a strong showing in his rookie year, but since then he’s either been injured or has led a losing effort.  (Sounds harsh, but it’s the truth.)

Here are some of Bradford’s situational stats:

(remember these numbers are for the entire year)

2013 TDs
1st qtr td pass 1
td pass final 2 mins of half 2
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 1
td pass outside of opponents 20 1
2012 TDs
1st qtr td pass 4
td pass final 2 mins of half 4
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 5
td pass outside of opponents 20 8
2011 TDs
1st qtr td pass 1
td pass final 2 mins of half 1
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 0
td pass outside of opponents 20 2
2010 TDs
1st qtr td pass 5
td pass final 2 mins of half 2
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 1
td pass outside of opponents 20 6

These are some pretty important stats that were terrible in 2011 and 2013.  The stats are important because they’re about getting off to a quick start, closing out a half strong, and about coming back from behind when the game is close.  On top of that there is no upward trend.  We can’t say he was struggling or had a bad year, but now he’s getting better.  It’s just not the case.

The fact is that Bradford has not been a winning QB for us.  Are there external forces outside of his control contributing to his performance?  Absolutely, but the numbers don’t lie.  In high impact situations Bradford has not come through for us.  Personally, I like the guy (how can you not like that face?), but I think we need someone else if we are going to rip out of the bottom of this 7-9* paper bag that we live in.  I’m looking forward to a lot of changes this off season (new O-Coordinator?).  Go Rams!!!

 

* 6-10 this year…

Rams End Season on a Low Note

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After leading 6-0 going into the half, the Rams give up 20 unanswered points to the Seattle Seahawks.  Exiting the 3rd Qtr it was 6-6 and neither team appeared to have the upper hand.  Next we witnessed an exercise in bad luck, poor performance, and utter futility.  The 4th Qtr had just started and Rams QB Hill, once again under duress, tosses a pass into the turf to avoid a sack, but instead throws it to a Seattle defensive tackle.  Watching live it looked like Hill had momentarily joined the Seattle payroll, but upon further review if was fairly obvious is was an errant attempt at grounding the ball.  A few plays later Seattle RB Lynch runs 9 yards up the middle (completely untouched) for a TD.

The Seahawks other score of the 4th quarter came from a ball in and out of the hands of a Rams receiver, finally caught by Seattle defensive secondary (Irwin) and run in for a pick 6.  If that wasn’t enough disappointment, on a last ditch effort the Rams drove the field (6:05 remaining in the game) to Seattle’s 6 yard line.  Benny Cunningham runs the ball to the 1 yard line where it is knocked out of his hands and out of the end zone.  You got it; touch back and it’s Seattle’s ball back on the 20 yard line.

The Rams final drive of the game was simply pouring more salt into the wound.  Penalty, sack and loss of 12 yards, and another sack for minus 11 yards.  Its 4th and 35 with just more than 2 minutes remaining on the clock.  Sadly, you have to go for it.  Do me a favor though, if you’ve decided to give up, please don’t take the time to prove it.  But of course the Rams did.  The next play is a 10-15 yard pass in the middle of the field (why not just punt the ball?)  What a heartless effort/ending.

The final score is Rams 6 – Seahawks 20.  The Rams fall to 6-10 for the season.  A season that showed a lot of promise, left us all wondering about the future.  Enjoy the off season Rams fans.  Without some significant changes, we’ll not be seeing it anytime soon.

Rams vs Seahawks – Halftime Update

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It’s halftime in Seattle and the Rams are leading the Seahawks 6-0.  Both scores are via Greg Zuerlein field goals (one from 52 yards out).  Watching this game makes me think that if we had an offense… we could be dangerous.  The defense is firing on all cylinders as they’ve sacked Seattle’s QB Wilson twice, forced 2 turnovers, and have held the Seahawks to zero halftime points for the first time since 2011.

The second half is starting.  Go Rams!!!

Rams vs Seahawks: Injury Report

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Rams Status
E.J. Gaines Doubtful
Jake Long Injured Reserve
Brandon McGee Injured Reserve
Isaiah Pead Injured Reserve
Brian Quick Injured Reserve
Demetrius Rhaney Injured Reserve
Janoris Jenkins Probable
Scott Wells Probable
Seahawks Status
Derrick Coleman Injured Reserve
C.J. Davis Injured Reserve
Heath Farwell Injured Reserve
Lemuel Jeanpierre Injured Reserve
A.J. Jefferson Injured Reserve
Cassius Marsh Injured Reserve
Anthony McCoy Injured Reserve
Brandon Mebane Injured Reserve
Zach Miller Injured Reserve
Kevin Pierre-Louis Injured Reserve
Taylor Price Injured Reserve
Stephen Schilling Injured Reserve
Greg Scruggs Injured Reserve
D’Anthony Smith Injured Reserve
Demarcus Dobbs Out
Jermaine Kearse Out
Eric Pinkins Out
Marshawn Lynch Probable
Tony Moeaki Probable
Russell Okung Probable
Cooper Helfet Questionable
Chris Matthews Questionable
Tharold Simon Questionable
Max Unger Questionable

Rams Lose To Giants 27-37

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The Rams showed some heart in this turbulent contest against the Giants.  The Rams put together a 90 yard drive at the end of the third quarter which ended in a 23 yard TD pass to TE Kendricks. Late in the 4th quarter Rams QB Hill connected with WR Givens for a beautiful 46 yard TD reception.  Even though the Rams gave up over 500 yards of total offense to the Giants for the game, they still had a glimpse of hope with just over 2 minutes remaining.  The Giants had driven to the Rams 11 yard line and in what would normally have been an easy field goal attempt, became a blocked kick and a new Rams possession.

So with 2 minutes left in the game (mathematically) we had a chance.  In what was perhaps symbolic of the entire Rams season, center Scott Wells hiked the ball right over the head of QB Hill (recovered by the Giants deep in our territory).  The glimpse was gone along with the Rams’ chance at finishing the season at .500.  Today, the Rams 2014 record is 6-9.  The game scoring summary is below:

Team/QTR 1 2 3 4 T
NYG 10 10 14 3 37
STL 3 10 7 7 27

Next week we take on the Seahawks in Seattle.  We’ll have to wait and see which direction our rollercoaster is headed.  We’re at the bottom today so no where to go but up?  Either way have a great week Rams fans.

Happy Holidays and Go Rams!!!

 

Giants vs Rams ‘Rollercoaster’ Halftime Report

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Rams fans watched in horror most of the first half.  Two Rams turnovers contributed to two Giants scores (thank you Rams defense for limiting the damage to 2 field goals).  With 5 minutes remaining in the half the Rams were down 20-3.  With 2 minutes remaining in the half the Rams had accumulated under 100 yards of total offense.  So what kept us from derailing and crashing at the bottom of the tracks?  Well, a Giants 36 yard defensive pass interference followed by a 5 yard encroachment penalty brought the Rams to the Giants 10 yards line.  Enter Rams RB Tre Mason who sped around the left corner for a 10 yard TD run.  Then the excitement of it all got to both teams as a huge fight broke out on the Giants sidelines resulting in the ejection of 3 players (2 Giants, 1 Rams).  The Rams got the ball back on their own 40 yard line and were able to drive all the way to the Giants 2 yard line before being forced to settle for 3 points.  The score going in the half is Giants 20 – Rams 13.  I don’t know how, but we’re still in it Rams fans.

Lots of game left to play.  Let’s try and hold onto the ball huh?  Go Rams!!!

Giants vs Rams Wednesday Injury Report

NEW YORK GIANTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), LB Jameel McClain (knee)
  1. LOUIS RAMS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Scott Wells (not injury related)