Nick Fairley leaves Detroit Lions for St. Louis Rams

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The Rams are expecting big things out of their newest big man on the defensive line, Nick Fairley, and hoping that he can only add to a defense that at times was flat out dominant last season. Discover the 2015 Draft Moves That Could Have Huge Impact on NFL Lines at Mybookie.ag.

How good was the Rams defense in 2014? Don’t forget they recorded back-to-back shutouts in the second half of the season, and also recorded division wins over each of their three NFC West opponents – two of which made the postseason.

The team believes so much in Fairley that they are going to give him a shot to earn more than the $5.5 million that the Lions would have paid him had they exercised their 2015 option on his contract.

How is that? He simply needs to stay healthy and in shape in addition to productive on the field.

Fairley has per-game roster bonuses that make up $500,000 of his base salary and he has another $500,000 tied to a workout bonus.

Reports from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch say that it very well could be the largest workout bonus that the Rams have ever given to one player.

The newest Rams D-lineman says that he weighs in about 280 pounds and is looking to put on muscle between now and the start of the regular season.

It’s a good idea on paper, now it will be up to Fairley to put his money where his mouth is – because it’s rather apparent that if he puts too much food in that mouth he’s not going to see that bonus that he’s out to try and earn for his new team.

Fairley was the 13th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, and with a ton of potential, he’s yet to be that dominant force on the field that he could be.

Now he’s got a one-year deal with the Rams worth $5 million but also includes another possible (though unlikely) $2.5 million that can be attained.

Here’s the overall list of money that Fairley can attain this season.

Base salary: $2.5 million

Roster bonus: $1.5 million (paid March 15)

Additional bonuses: $31,250 per game active, up to a maximum of $500,000, and a $500,000 workout bonus

Cap charge: $5 million

Cash charge: $5 million

The Rams come into their offseason already with a good defensive line with Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers at tackle in addition to Robert Quinn and Chris Long at end.

Adding Fairley, who needs to stay motivated and in shape, and overall the Rame can have the best defensive line in the NFL.

Bradford Said He Knew Going to Philadelphia was a Possibility

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Sam Bradford said he knew coming to the Eagles was a possibility “3-4 weeks ago,” another indication of Chip Kelly’s interest in acquiring the former St. Louis Rams quarterback, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“This has been in the works for awhile, so it didn’t catch me by surprise when it happened yesterday,” Bradford said Wednesday at his introductory news conference. “I think any quarterback in this league would love to play for Chip and his offense. It’s extremely quarterback-friendly. In the tape that I’ve watched, it’s a lot of fun to play in. It’s similar to what I did in college at Oklahoma.”

He said he only had a brief conversation with Kelly and is still processing the trade, which he learned about 24 hours ago.

Report: Foles Said to Be Happy To Finally Be Done with Eagles and with Rams

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Quarterback Nick Foles is reportedly glad to be out of Philadelphia according to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.

Commenting on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly, Paolantonio said, “I just talked to a member of Nick Foles’s family. He is absolutely pumped, overjoyed he’s out of Philly.” There were no direct reports of friction between Foles and Eagles head coach Chip Kelly but it has become increasingly obvious that Kelly was not sold on any of his offensive skills players.

“He jettisoned deep threat wideout DeSean Jackson last summer and shed the team of Foles, leading rusher LeSean McCoy, and top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in just the past week. Foles likely will also not miss the frantic no-huddle offense in Philly.

It is easy to see why Foles is overjoyed to go to St. Louis, despite the team’s 6-10 record in 2014. He is walking into a situation where he knows he will be the starter barring a catastrophe and to a team with one of the most dominating young defenses in the NFL. After Kelly’s purge of the Eagles roster, it could also be argued that the Rams have better offensive skill players.

Rams Looking To Build Off 2014; But Challenges Lie Ahead This Offseason

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The 2014 season was not an easy one for the St.Louis Rams, as the team wasn’t able to build on their 7-9 record in 2013, and actually record-wise went backwards in 2014, going 6-10.

The team suffered injuries at the QB season which seemed to set them back all season. They got an early blow with Sam Bradford again going down, and were forced to use backups like Austin Davis and Shaun Hill.

On a positive note, the defense played lights out at points during the season, recording back-to-back shutouts in weeks 13 and 14. The team demolished the Oakland Raiders 52-0 in week 13 at the Edward Jones Dome, and in week 14 they went to the Nation’s Capital and shutout the Washington Redskins 24-0.

Tre Mason was the teams best running back, going for 764 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, it was Kenny Britt leading the way with 84 grabs for 748 yards and three scores.

The team though needs to keep building through their defense, and in 2015 they will need another big season from DE Robert Quinn, who in 2014 had 10.5 sacks.

They also need to figure out the future of injured QB Sam Bradford, who was unable to play a down in the regular season due to injury. If the team keeps Bradford, they need to be assured he can stay healthy, which is no easy task.

The Rams also still play in a tough division with the NFC Champion Seahawks (who the Rams beat in 2014), and 49’ers, who will have a new look with a new coach, and the Cardinals, who made the postseason as well as a wild card in 2014.

The offseason should bring some interesting changes to the Rams, as they decide the future of their franchise. Currently Amreican football odds at WilliamHill Canada have the Rams listed at 45/1 to win the Super Bowl next season.

It won’t be easy for this team to overcome those odds, but this offseason should set the course for the Rams as far as if they have it in them to be a true contender for their second Super Bowl title.

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!!!