Rams at Cardinals NFL Week Four Inactives

Rams inactives: DE Eugene Sims, RB Chase Reynolds, S Maurice Alexander, OL Andrew Donnal, OL Damian Williams, QB Sean Mannion

Cardinals inactives: Matt Barkley, J.J. Nelson, Andre Ellington, Shaquille Riddick, Ted Larsen, D.J. Humphries, Xavier Williams

Rams at Cardinals NFL Week Four Capsule



COACHES VS. OPP. Jeff Fisher: 5-5 Bruce Arians: 3-1
LAST WEEK L 12-6 vs. Steelers W 47-7 vs. 49ers
LAST GAME 12/11/14: Cardinals 12 at Rams 6. Arizona K Chandler Catanzaro kicks 4 FGs. Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams rushes 15 times for 75 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/9/14: Cardinals 31, Rams 14. Arizona CB Patrick Peterson has 30-yard INT-TD & CB Antonio Cromartie has 14-yard FR-TD. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has 112 rec. yards.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST FOX (1:25 PM MST): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Tony Siragusa (field reporter). SIRIUS: 81 (StL.), 84 (Ari.). XM: 227 (Ari.).


PASSING Foles: 54-87-644-2-1-87.5 Palmer: 56-88-803 (3C)-9-2-117.8 (2C)
RUSHING Austin (WR): 8-57-7.1-1 C. Johnson: 52-219-4.2-2 (T3C)
RECEIVING Britt: 11-183-16.6-1 Fitzgerald: 23 (2C)-333 (2C)-14.5-5 (1L)
OFFENSE 274.3 391.0 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3 (T3C)
DEFENSE 325.0 299.7 (3C)
SACKS Donald: 3.5 (T2L) Okafor: 2
INTs Johnson, Jenkins: 1 Mathieu: 2 (T1L)
PUNTING Hekker: 46.2 Butler: 38.5
KICKING Zuerlein: 20 (5/5 PAT; 5/5 FG) Catanzaro: 22 (16/17 PAT; 2/2 FG)


RAMS: QB NICK FOLES had 411 pass yards in last game vs. Az. (10/26/14 with Phi.), 1 of 3 career 400-yard games… RB TRE MASON was team’s leading rusher in both meetings last year…WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN has 11 career TDs (4 rec., 4 rush, 3 PR). WR KENNY BRITT had 7 catches for 102 yards last week, his 10th career 100-yard game. TE JARED COOK had 59-yard TD in last game at Az. In 9/8/13 meeting, had 7 catches for 141 yards & 2 TDs…Defense ties for 1st in NFL with 13 sacks led by DT AARON DONALD (3.5) & DE ROBERT QUINN (3). Donald has 0.5+ sack in 9 of past 10. Quinn has 9 sacks & 3 FFs in 8 meetings, incl. 2 games with 3 sacks. In 11/25/12 meeting at Az, CB JANORIS JENKINS had 2 INT-TDs. Since 2012, leads NFL with 5 INT-TDs. In 2 games at Az, LB ALEC OGLETREE has INT, sack & FF. Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player in NFL with 15+ sacks (15.5) & 9+ INTs (9)…CARDINALS: Lead NFL with 126 points, tied for 4th most in NFL history in 1st 3 games… QB CARSON PALMER has won 16 of past 18 starts, incl. 9 in row. Has won 12 of 14 starts at home with Az…RB CHRIS JOHNSON had 150 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 40 rec.) & 2 TDs last week. Rookie RB-KR DAVID JOHNSON is only player in NFL with TD via rush, rec. & return. RB ANDRE ELLINGTON aims for 3rd meeting in row with rush TD…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 173 consecutive games, incl. playoffs. Since entering NFL in 2004, has 103 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs), most in NFL. Leads NFL with 5 rec. TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ yards & 2+ TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD averages 16.1 yards per catch in career vs. StL. WR JOHN BROWN had GW 48-yard TD catch in 4th Q in last meeting at home…Def. had 2 INT-TDs (CB JUSTIN BETHEL & S TYRANN MATHIEU) & safety last week. In 8 career games vs. StL, CB PATRICK PETERSON has 6 INTs & 3 TDs (2 PR, 1 INT). Since 2011, Peterson is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (16) & 5+ return TDs (5). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 6 sacks in past 5 at home vs. StL.

Rams Ink Former Saints WR Nick Toon

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Rams have signed former Saints wide receiver Nick Toon according to Ross Jones of Fox Sports.

The Rams are getting close to zero production from their receiver corps outside of Kenny Britt but Toon isn’t going to come in and change anything. He will be a deep reserve who needs to carve out a role on special teams to keep his roster spot. Toon also worked out for the Seattle Seahawks last week.

Not yet addressed is why Rams receiver Brian Quick has been a healthy scratch for the past three games despite the weakness of their receivers. Quick, who the Rams drafted early in the second round (ahead of the Bears’ Alshon Jeffery among otherr) out of Appalachian State in 2012, seemed on his way to a breakout year in 2014 before going down with a serious shoulder injury but for some undisclosed reason appears to have earned a permanent spot in head coach Jeff Fisher’s doghouse.

Granted, Quick doesn’t play special teams as seems to be a requirement in the Fisher regime but it is hard to believe beleaguered Rams QB Nick Foles couldn’t use another big, fast wide receiver.

Rams Lose To Steelers 12-6


Not sure why this one hurts so much (every loss hurts).  I silently anticipated a butt kicking at our expense.  But there’s this little voice running through the back of my mind “the Rams have all the right people”.  “The Rams have an elite d-line.”  “The Rams upgraded the QB position.”  “The Rams actually have plenty of offensive weapons.”  “The Rams have an o-line that should be able to do the job.”  My mind wanders on and on like this.  And yet…  we still look just as bad as we did last year.  And the year before… and the year before…  I don’t get it.

We got off to a slow start which hurt us.  Then we received almost zero output from any of our running backs (not sure if its their fault or if the o-line simply wasn’t opening holes for them).  Now we’re one dimensional.  Throw in a variety of unforeced errors (missed and dropped passes) and it becomes nearly impossible to beat a good team.  Even a good team being led by it’s backup QB.  I hate to say it out loud, but I think Foles (in a single play) cost us the game.  I know I know, no game comes down to a single play, but with 6:26 remaining in the game we were on the Steelers 19 yard line.  We’re down by 6 points and its 3rd and goal.  For a good team; for any team to win a game… you have got to score a TD here.  Foles drops back to pass and all the Rams receivers are covered.  Foles wasn’t under a huge amount of durress and could have… needed to scramble and give one of his receivers a chance to get open.  Instead, he runs right up the middle of the field.  At perhaps the most important moment of the game Foles made the worst possible decision.  We settled for a FG and as a result weren’t technically and unequivocally out of the match, but I think this cost us the game.

I saw a comment on Twitter that went something like “I have never seen such a fundamentally unsound football team.”  We have a lot of talent, but our output and execution is terrible.  Next week we play the Cardinals and the following week we play the Packers.  Things are not going to get better for us Rams fans.

Greg Williams – our defense has to play tough from the first snap; not sometime in the 2nd quarter when we’re already in a whole.  You’re very good at red zone defense, but other teams own you on the rest of the field.  And its not like the Steelers offense was doing anything tricky or sophisticated.

Jeff Fisher – when are you going to learn how to coach your offense?  No matter how much money you toss at your o-line they always seem to under perform.  After what I’ve seen today I’d have to ask if Tavon Austin can throw the ball?  At least Austin showed some heart.  And Austin would have had a chance of making it to the end zone (vs Nick Foles running straight up the middle of the field #Icantfrickinbelieveit).  I don’t feel like I want to blame any of this mess on Frank Cignetti.  He’s shouldn’t be the offensive coordinator to start with.  Previously he was our QB coach and based upon the performance of our QBs over the past 4 years I’d have to ask “why does Frank have a job with the Rams at all”?

Time for some soul searching gentlemen.  When are things going to turn around?

Next week we’re in Arizona against what’s looking like a 3-0 football team.  Let’s do this Rams!


Steelers vs Rams – Halftime Report


The Steelers ran over the Rams in the first quarter.  Their first offensive drive was filled with short quick-release passes.  In their next possession they spread the field and most passes where in the 20 yard range.  The Steelers pretty much moved the ball at ease for the entire game.  But the Steelers have not been able to capitalize on all the yardage.  The Rams successfully defended the end zone on one TD attempt forcing Pittsburg to settle for a FG.  And, after a Roethlisberger TD pass, the Rams staved off a 2 point conversation.

In the second quarter it felt like te Rams were slowly waking up.  We saw some explosive catch and runs from WR Tavon Austin and our new RB Gurley got his feet wet.  Thank God for Greg the Leg Zuerlein’s 49 yard field goal.  After all is said and done we’re only down by 6 going into the half (Steelers 9, Rams 3).  Here are a few stats.  The 2nd half of the game has just started.  Go Rams!!!

Category PITT STL
First Downs 11 6
Total Yards 187 110
Turnovers 1 0
First Downs 11 6
Total Yards 187 110
Total Plays 31 22
Avg Gain Per Play 6 5
Net Yards Rushing 36 21
Rushes 11 9
Net Yards Passing 151 89
Times Sacked 1 1

Steelers vs Rams NFL Week Three Inactives

San Francisco 49ers v Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers inactives: QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, NT Daniel McCullers, CB Cortez Allen, DE Caushaud Lyons, TE Jesse James, G Chris Hubbard

Rams inactives: Sean Mannion, RB Isaiah Pead, RB Chase Reynolds, OL Andrew Donnal, OL Cody Wichmann, WR Brian Quick, DE Eugene Sims

Steelers vs Rams Injury Report; Gurley Doesn’t Show Up on Report

The Rams are rather healthy as they get set to take on the Steelers Sunday at home. The club only had two players listed on their official injury report, both of which did not participate in practice: RB Chase Reynolds (knee), end Eugene Sims (knee).

What that means is their rookie running back, Todd Gurley, may make his pro debut on Sunday vs the Steelers.

Gurley said he is feeling good and when he was asked by reporters if he would tell coaches he’s ready to play Sunday versus the Steelers he replied “Yeah, I would.”

The rookie back said that he’s working more and more in practice, and that he is really starting to get into true ‘football shape.’

“It’s definitely getting there,” Gurley said. “I know as far as my recovery from being tired, I definitely feel a lot better. I feel like I’ve been doing a great job of that. And getting those reps, it’s helping me a lot.”

As for the official Steelers injury report, here it is:

Practice Report
Wednesday CB William Gay (not injury related), DT Daniel McCullers (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (shoulder)
Wednesday CB Cortez Allen (knee)

Rams Lose To Redskins 10-24


There were 2 main reasons for the Rams 10-24 loss to the Redskins (there are lots of reasons, but let’s try and keep this civil).  The first is that the Rams were just off their game today.  To use a tennis term… there were way to many unforced errors.  Lots of Rams players walking around the field with this stupid Homer Simpson look on their face.  “Was that ball thrown to me?  Doh…”  There were all kinds of dropped passes and I can’t even count the numbers of balls Foles floated 10 feet or more away from the nearest receiver.  Maybe a travel thing?  Not sleeping in their own bed?  Not sure, but the Rams were not 100%.

The 2nd factor is that the Redskins played a much tougher form of football.  They ran over us.  Redskins RBs Morris and Jones ran past, around, and threw every level of the Rams defense.  There were a fair amount of plays were the Rams D-line stuffed their runners behind the line of scrimmage, but exponentially more of them blowing past our first line defenders.  Matt Jones averaged 6.5 yards per carry and the Skins rushed for over 180 yards on the day.  In the 4th quarter Redskin QB Cousins tossed a 29 yard pass to TE Jordan Reed who ran right through 2 Rams defenders before finally being brought down by Rodney McLeod.  The play epitomized the entire game.

The Redskins were fired up and prepared… the Rams were not.  Game over.  It’s that simple.  Next week we’re at home, but we’ll be playing a very tough Steeler team.  Time to get our man cards back gentelemen.  Go Rams!!!