Rams Bring Aboard Michael Groh As New Passing Game Coordinator/WR Coach

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Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher has named Michael Groh as the team’s passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach, the Rams announced today. Groh joins the Rams after spending three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2013-2015), and working with quarterback Jay Cutler along with one of the better wide outs in the league in Alshon Jeffrey, who is a free agent this offseason.

“I’m very excited to have Coach Groh join our staff,” Fisher said. “He’s a talented, young coach that has proven himself on the college level as well as in the NFL. We’re looking forward to what he will bring to our offense.”

The Rams could use a boost in the passing game, and it will be interesting to see what direction the Rams go in when it comes to the QB position.

Nick Foles last season wasn’t all that effective, throwing just 7 touchdowns and 10 picks, and he threw just over 2000 yards with a 60.0 QB rating.

It will be up to Groh to infuse some energy into the passing game. Rams fans at least will be able to watch a very good QB in Cam Newton in two weeks in Super Bowl 50 while also taking in 2016 super bowl commercials. Hopefully Groh and the Rams can find a QB like that to lead them into the future if Foles isn’t the long-term answer.

Rams Considering Pat Shurmur for Role of Offensive Coordinator

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As Rams executives plan the logistics of moving an NFL franchise across the country, there are football decisions to be made, including the hiring of a new offensive coordinator, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

Pat Shurmur, who held that job for the Rams in 2009-10, is being considered for a return, according to a report Tuesday. CBS Sports said the Rams would like to interview Shurmur, who spent the past three seasons as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator and served as the Eagles’ interim coach for the final game of 2015, after the firing of Chip Kelly.

The Rams fired first-year coordinator Frank Cignetti in December, before the end of the season and at a time when their total offense ranked 31st in the NFL.

Shurmur, 50, received mostly positive reviews during his two seasons with the Rams, and in January 2011, Cleveland hired him away to be its coach but fired him after two seasons and a 9-23 record.

Shurmur then went to Philadelphia in 2013 and remains on the Eagles’ staff, but Doug Pederson has been hired as the Eagles’ coach. According to reports, he is expected to name former Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich to that position with Philadelphia.

BREAKING NEWS!!!

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BREAKING NEWS: Roger Goodell officially announces will move to Los Angeles for 2016, will move into Inglewood stadium in 2019.

RAMS MOVING TO LOS ANGELES

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BREAKING NEWS:

The St. Louis Rams are headed to Inglewood, California, the result of a vote made by the NFL’s owners on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.

Rams Lose To 49ers

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The game went to OT and we had a real shot at this one.  After some great plays by Rams RB Cunningham the Rams had an opportunity to win the game with a 48 yard field goal attempt.  But, in typical Rams fashion… it was blocked.  Instead it was the Niner’s kicker Phil Dawson who kicked the winning field goal and claimed the prize.

It was a tough season, but the Rams finished up 7-9.  Here are the game stats*:

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First Downs 21 21
Total Yards 364 458
Turnovers 0 1
Time of Possession 38:30:00 33:03:00
First Downs 21 21
Passes for First 11 13
Rushes for First 9 5
Third Down Efficiency 13-Mar 18-Aug
Total Yards 364 458
Total Plays 71 78
Rushes 33 33
Yards Per Rush 4 3.3
Net Yards Passing 231 350
Comp-Att 22-38 28-44
Yards Per Pass 6.1 7.8
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Punts 5 5
Fumbles 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0

Have a great off season Rams fans.  Go Rams!!!

*From Yahoo Sports

Rams vs 49ers – Halftime Report

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If it wasn’t for the last 2 minutes of the half this game would have been a real sleeper.  Rams star RB Todd Gurley is out with a “foot injury” and the Rams even brought in practice squad RB Brown for a few looks.  Yawn…  tough to watch two mediocre teams “battle it out” in this season closer.  But things got more interesting right after the 2 minute warning.  Niner QB Gabbert threw up a pass that was swatted by Arron McDonald.  6-6 270 pound DE Eugene Sims then went rumblin, stumblin and bumblin all the way to the Niners 3 yard line.  Rams RB Tre Mason finished the job with a sweeping run around the right end.  The Rams gave the ball back to the 49ers with plenty of time left on the clock (1:31), but they were unable to do anything with it and gave it right back.  With :29 on the clock, at the Rams own 34 yard line, Keenum hands the ball of to RB Cunningham who busts out a 40 yard run and puts the Rams into field goal range.

At the half the score is Rams 16, 49ers 10.  The Rams need to get more pressure on Gabbert and we’ve got to get some offense going.  It would be great to close the season with a big road win.  But we’ve got to earn it.

Go Rams!!!

Rams Beat Seahawks 23-17

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A big big big BIG win for the Rams today.  The Rams played some tough ball, but just about everything that needed to go our way… did go our way.  We had a number of crazy fumble recoveries, we had some monster hits (most were legal), and we made big defensive stops when we needed them.  The Seahawks really gave us everything they had.  Give them credit because they refused to quit.  The Rams were up 23-10 with just 27 seconds lefts.  The Hawks had started with a short field, Wilson evaded a mirade of Rams would be tacklers and hit Kearse in the in the corner of the end zone.  It wasn’t enough though.  The Hawks botched an onside field and the game was in the bag.

To win this game the Ram’s offense needed to be on the field in the 4th quarter.  For the Rams this is easier said than done, but today they made it happen.  A drive that started at the end of the 3rd quarter saw the Rams traverse the entire length of the field.  Everyone chipped in.  A 6 yard pass to Brian Quick, an 8 yard pass to Benny Cunningham, a couple of runs by Todd Gurley (including a crazy 20 yard dash and Rams fumble recovery), and ultimately a 2 yard TD run by Mr Gurley.  It was a beautiful thing to see the Rams taking care of business.

The Hawks dominated the Rams in passing yards, but it was the Rams defense shutting down the Hawks running game that allowed us to keep our on offense on the field just long enough to snatch the victory.

Next week we take on division rivals SF 49ers.  The 49ers are struggling, but you can’t take any NFL team for granted.  If the Rams can show up with the same level of execution and passion as today… we can close the year at 8-8.  Very exciting Rams fans.

Hope you’re enjoying the holidays.  See you next week RamsNation.  Go Rams!!!

Rams vs Seahawks – Halftime Update

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Things could not go better for the Rams.  No our offense is not firing on all eight cylinders, but overall we’re playing very tough.  The Rams d-line has rocked the Seahawks run game.  Seattle has a net 14 rushing yards.  Our d-line has also been all over Hawks QB Wilson.  Their very highly ranked QB has only passed for 92 yards and has given up an interception.  At the half the score is Rams 16, Seahawks 3.

The Rams only have 102 yards of total offense, but they’ve made them count.  In the middle of the second quarter Rams QB Keenum hit receiver Britt for a diving 28 yard TD strike.  Tack on the recovered fumble in the first quarter that was run back for 45 yards (Ayers) and a TD and you account for most of the Rams scores.

The Hawks look a little frustrated.  Things have definitely gone the Rams way.  To pull this off we will definitely need lady luck to stay on our side.  Other keys of the second half include continued defensive pressure on Wilson, more tough play by our offensive line, no Rams turnovers, and more passionate and tough play by the Rams.  There is a lot of time left, but the Hawks are a good team.  We can win this if we play an entire game; not 30 minutes, but all 60.  LET’S GO RAMS!!!