Just read an interesting article regarding the over haul of Rams player personnel at the end of 2011. Between the 53 players on the active roster and 16 more who were on injured reserve, only 21 players remained on the team (Rams). At the end of 2012, 28 of the released Rams were not on another team and did not play a single down in 2012. The remaining subset of 20 players found jobs on other teams and were still on their roster at season’s end. Most of these guys were brought in as replacements for injuries, but hey… a job is a job. Although these numbers seem a bit dramatic; at 2-14 it’s pretty obvious you had guys on the team who shouldn’t have been there. On the flip side, there were also a few of guys who left the Rams and went to better situations. The following 2011 Rams moved to 2012 playoff teams:
• TE Billy Bajema, Baltimore
Blocking specialist signed in early August; eight games, one start.
• DT Justin Bannon, Denver
Run-stuffer started 15 games, with 42 tackles, one forced fumble.
• PK Josh Brown, Cincinnati
Signed in early December, made 11 of 12 FGs in four games.
• CB Josh Gordy, Indianapolis
Had 19 tackles, one sack in 15 games, including one start.
• TE Michael Hoomanawanui, New England
Signed off Redskins practice squad; 14 games, six starts, five catches.
• P Donnie Jones, Houston
Finished 11th in NFL in punting (47.2) and 13th in net (40.5).
• LB Bryan Kehl, Washington
Eight games, no starts, six tackles in stints with KC, Redskins. ‘
• WR Brandon Lloyd, New England
Caught 74 passes for 911 yards; two of his four TDs came vs. Rams.
• CB Jerome Murphy, Washington
Eight games, no starts, five tackles with Saints, Lions, Redskins.*
With a 2011 turnover ratio of nearly 70%, we are sure to see much lower ‘don’t let the door hit you on the way out’ numbers for 2012. It will be interesting to see what current Rams players make the 2013 roster. We definitely need to make some upgrades on offense.
* St Louis Post Dispatch, Jim Thomas, What Happened to the 2011 Rams?