Rams 2014 Roster By Position

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The Rams have made their final cuts for the 2014 season (I’m a little surprised by all the defensive ends, but very excited about all the running back talent.).  I’ve grouped them by position.

Pos. Name
C Barnes, Tim
C Wells, Scott
CB Gaines, E.J.
CB Jenkins, Janoris
CB Johnson, Trumaine
CB Roberson, Marcus
DB Joyner, Lamarcus
DB McGee, Brandon
DE Carrington, Alex
DE Hayes, William
DE Langford, Kendall
DE Long, Chris
DE Quinn, Robert
DE Sims, Eugene
DT Brockers, Michael
DT Donald, Aaron
DT Westbrooks, Ethan
G Joseph, Davin
G/C Jones, Barrett
K Zuerlein, Greg
LB Armstrong, Ray-Ray
LB Bates, Daren
LB Dunbar, Jo-Lonn
LB Laurinaitis, James
LB Ogletree, Alec
LS McQuaide, Jake
OT Robinson, Greg
P Hekker, Johnny
QB Davis, Austin
QB Hill, Shaun
RB Cunningham, Benny
RB Mason, Tre
RB Reynolds, Chase
RB Stacy, Zac
RB Watts, Trey
S Alexander, Maurice
S Davis, Cody
S McDonald, T.J.
S McLeod, Rodney
T Barksdale, Joe
T Long, Jake
T Person, Mike
T Saffold, Rodger
TE Bayer, Alex
TE Cook, Jared
TE Cunningham, Justice
TE Harkey, Cory
TE Kendricks, Lance
WR Austin, Tavon
WR Britt, Kenny
WR Givens, Chris
WR Pettis, Austin
WR Quick, Brian
Grand Total 53

The season opener is next Sunday 9/7/14.  Very exciting to see the Rams take on the Vikings at the Edward Jones Dome.  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Go Rams!!!

Quarterback Talk

With the sudden injury departure of Sam Bradford there has been a lot of conversation regarding who the next Rams QB should be. The Rams picked up veteran bench QB Shaun Hill during the offseason who is now slated to be the Rams 2014 starter, but many are tossing out possible acquisition names such as Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. It’s easy to like (or to hate) either one of the latter players because they were both media darlings at one time, but this is not American Idol; it’s pro football. How I ‘feel’ about players is secondary to what they can do on the field. So, let’s take a general look at all three.

Shaun Hill

  • Played 2 years of Jr College football and then transferred to the University of Maryland. Hill played in the Orange Bowl, but had little college notoriety
  • Shaun went undrafted in 2002, but was picked up by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent. He saw no playing time in 2002
  • In 2003 Hill played QB in NFL Europe and had a strong season
  • In 2006 he signed with SF 49ers as 3rd string QB
  • Saw first real playing time in 2007 replacing the injured Trent Dilfer
  • Hill doesn’t have a lot of on the field experience
  • Didn’t start for 49ers in 2008 until game 10
  • Started 2009 season, but benched week 7, traded to Detroit in 2010
  • Hill has had a few sidelining injuries
  • 61.9 career pass completion %

Mark Sanchez

  • Big name college player out of USC
  • Signed by NY Jets in 2009 Draft and was given large rookie contract (sound familiar?)
  • Sanchez has some good post season victories
  • Mark is not a good passer
  • Sanchez has had a few sidelining injuries
  • Released by Jets 3/14 and picked up by the Eagles
  • Sanchez has engineered ten fourth quarter comebacks and twelve game winning drives
  • Analyst and former QB Jaworski commented that Sanchez had lost his confidence which contributed to his decline
  • 55.1 career pass completion %

Tim Tebow

  • 2 time BCS Football Champion, holds 5 NCAA records, and is the 2008 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • Tebow was drafted 25th overall in 2010 by the Broncos
  • Tebow saw little action in 2010, but took the reins mid season 2011
  • Tim engineered multiple miraculous comeback victories
  • He does not have a lot of on the field experience
  • Tim, like Mark Sanchez has some solid playoff experience
  • In 2011 Tebow held ownership to the lowest passing completion rate in the NFL
  • Traded to NY Jets in 2012 were he struggled to fit in.  Tim was briefly signed by the Patriots in 2013, but then released.
  • 47.9 career pass completion %

Now, is it just me…? Or is there no one on this list that really stands out as someone you’d want to lead your team as its QB? Sanchez and Tebow have both done a few good things in the NFL, but neither is a good passer and neither has ever been able to earn the confidence of their coaches (or fans) as a long term solution for the QB position. I’m not saying Hill is the greatest, but of the 3 he’d probably be on the top of my list.

(Personally, I’d like to get a shot at veteran and Pro Bowler Hasselbeck, but I don’t think the Colts will be giving him up any time soon.)

So let’s see what Shaun Hill can do. Go Rams!!!

Should The Rams Make A Call To Tim Tebow On The QB Spot?

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Sam Bradford is done for the 2014 season, and many think the Rams season is done with it.

If there’s one player that could generate the buzz and excitement that could get the season back on track, it’s that of former Broncos and Jets QB Tim Tebow.

Tebow has been out of the NFL since he was released during training camp by the New England Patriots on August 31st, 2013.

He’s a player that can bring excitement to the team from the start, and while many think that the season is done, the Rams have enough talent to carry on.

Add Tebow – and there’s even more excitement. So what do you think Rams Fans? Should the team call Tebow?

Leave your thoughts on the subject HERE

Sam Bradford Injury Update

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This just in from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen

Rams QB Sam Bradford is out for season after MRI shows he did tear left knee ACL, per sources. Rams will announce later today. @ESPNNFL

 

Bad news for Rams fans.  Starting QB Bradford was injured yesterday early in the Rams/Browns contest and will be out for the rest of the season.  As we wish the best for Sam Bradford, football wise our attention now turns to recent QB pick up Shaun Hill.  Welcome to the first team Shaun.

 

Go Rams!!!

Rams vs Packers – 2014 Preseason Game 2

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It’s halftime at the Edward Jones dome.  The Rams trail the Packers 10-7, but if you only watched the first quarter you would have gone away extremely discouraged.  GB QB Aaron Rodgers was smooth, accurate, and appeared untouchable.  He moved the Packers down the field with ease.  The man to man match ups did not favor the Rams as I watched CB Johnson,  DB McGee, and LB Armstrong all get burned on different plays.  Rodgers played on 2 drives.  Both drives were built out of 12 plays and both resulted in putting points on the board.  The Rams put little pressure on Rodgers and I saw too many missed tackles by Rams linemen and linebackers.  We definitely did not see a return on our investment with the defense that was on the field.

Rams QB Bradford lead a pathetic drive in the first quarter that took me back to 2011.  A variety of short anemic passes, ineffective running by Zac Stacy, and the one pass Bradford threw for more than 20 yards was way off the mark.  It was very tempting to just turn off the TV.  Luckily I held on for the 2nd quarter and Bradford’s second and final drive.  In this march down the field, the Rams offense looked like a real and effective NFL football squad.  We still didn’t get much from the back field, but a couple of great catches were seen from WR Kenny Brit and TE Lance Kendricks.  The final play of the drive was an 11 yard strike to Kendricks right up the middle for a TD.

And that was all she wrote for the starters on both teams.  I have to tell you I was expecting more out of Gregg William’s defense, but its only preseason game #2 and there’s still a lot of time to fine tune (or simply tune in this case) the defensive product.  Except for the guys competing on the field for a possible job, the rest of the game is fairly meaningless.  Hey, no reason not to enjoy the heck out of the second half, but we can definitely put the analytical aside of the brain  on pause, grab a cold beverage, and kick it.

Have a great weekend Rams fans!  Go Rams!

Rams 2014 Season Predictions

 

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The 2014 Rams Cheerleaders have been announced and that means it’s time to to make this season’s predictions.  Before I do, a couple stats I took into consideration:

2012 Away Games 2013 Away Games
W L TTL Win W L TTL Win
3 5 7 2 6 7

I wanted to keep in mind recent away game win/loss numbers.  In the last 2 years we have won 7 games a year.  In 2012 3 of them were on the road and in 2013 we only had 2 road wins.  In 2014 I am forecasting 3 road wins.  My picks are also based upon opponents 2013 records, opponents 2013 off season grades, and Rams culture in general.  And with that said (drum roll please….), here are my 2014 picks:

WK DATE vs OPPONENT Location W/L
1 Sun, Sep 7 vs Minnesota Home W
2 Sun, Sep 14 @ Tampa Bay Away L
3 Sun, Sep 21 vs Dallas Home W
4 BYE WEEK
5 Sun, Oct 5 @ Philadelphia Away L
6 Mon, Oct 13 vs San Francisco Home L
7 Sun, Oct 19 vs Seattle Home W
8 Sun, Oct 26 @ Kansas City Away L
9 Sun, Nov 2 @ San Francisco Away W
10 Sun, Nov 9 @ Arizona Away W
11 Sun, Nov 16 vs Denver Home L
12 Sun, Nov 23 @ San Diego Away L
13 Sun, Nov 30 vs Oakland Home W
14 Sun, Dec 7 @ Washington Away W
15 Thu, Dec 11 vs Arizona Home L
16 Sun, Dec 21 vs New York (G) Home W
17 Sun, Dec 28 @ Seattle Away L
Win 8
Loss 8

In most of the analysis I have read 2 common themes usually appear: 1 If the Rams were in a different division they could be a lot more successful and 2 One of the key factors to the Rams having a good season is the performance of Sam Bradford.  There is nothing we can do about being in our division, but Sam Bradford is the true variable.  I think Bradford is an average QB.  I think if he had a full career in the NFL he might have a couple great years.  Personally, I’m not sure he’s the right fit for the Rams and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him replaced half way through the season.

Rams 2014 Season Prediction is 8-8.

Go Rams!

 

Rams Solid in 2014 Preseason Opener

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In relation to this being the first preseason game, the Rams played solid against the NO Saints.  RBs Tre Mason and Chase Reynolds had some success and I really liked the performance of QB Shaun Hill.  Here is the scoring summary:

Team 1 2 3 4 TTL
NO 3 13 10 0 26
STL 7 10 0 7 24

A couple of field goals go our way and we get a win here.  Below are some of the stats from the night:

First Downs 22 22
Total Yards 375 388
Turnovers 2 0
Time of Possession 28:36:00 31:24:00
First Downs 22 22
Third Down Efficiency 5-12 7-17
Avg Gain Per Play 5.9 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 123 150
Rushes 24 32
Yards Per Rush 5.1 4.7
Net Yards Passing 252 238
Comp-Att 27-40 21-34
Yards Per Pass 6.3 6.3
Times Sacked 0 4
Interceptions 2 0
Penalty Yards 104 118

I’ll spare you any kind of analysis since most of the stats are not from the starters, but I’ll say it again… I like QB Shaun Hill’s numbers. For the night he had 2 TDs, 71.4 pass completion percentage, no interceptions, and a QB rating of 151.2.  I think we finally have a go to guy if we decide to pull the plug on Sam Bradford.  Next week we have another home game against the Packers.  It should be a lot of fun and we’ll be a week closer to the beginning of the 2014 season.  Go Rams!!!

 

 

Rams vs Saints – 2014 Preseason Opener

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Welcome back professional football. Oh how we’ve missed you. Although we may not miss Lebron, Bosh, or Wade; we have missed football. Nope, no one man shows around here. We’re talking head-to-head, ‘IN YOUR FACE’, get your sorry butt off the turf football. Now we’re going to have to ease back into it. I know, I know patience doesn’t always seem like a virtue, but tonight we’re only getting a taste. Of course a taste of NFL football is like a taste of Beluga caviar, or a taste of a medium rare Porterhouse steak, or a taste of Speyside 30 year malt scotch. Ok, ok like a taste of Cool Ranch Doritos, crispy fried chicken, and a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Tonight we won’t see much of either team’s starting lineups. (Although it will be nice to see our first round draft pick Glen Robinson playing on the o-line). Tonight is basically a televised and glorified practice. Coach Fisher has already said we won’t be running any schemes or working any strategies or keying off any players. Their going out to run, pass, block, and tackle. That’s about it. And unfortunately Saints QB Drew Brees is out with a slightly strained oblique (It’s unfortunate because we wished we could give it to him.). I think the only match up I’ll be looking at tonight is how the Rams’ defensive secondary fairs against the Saints first round draft pick and up and coming receiving talent Brandin Cooks.

Now here’s what I want you to do… 5 minutes before the game starts… grab a can or bottle of your favorite cold and carbonated beverage, step outside to your front or back porch, shake that bad boy up, let out you’re best primal yell, pop the top, and do a little victory dance because football is back baby.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? GO RAMS!!!!!!