ST. LOUIS Long after his team's latest loss, Kellen Clemens slouched in front of his locker and leafed through a stats packet that told a common story. On Dec. 7, the St. Louis Rams claimed the former New York Jets and Houston Texas quarterback off waivers to serve as a backup to Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley after injuries sidelined both players. Clemens flipped through the papers and was quick to analyze what went wrong.
"What were we on third down?" he said to a man nearby.
Clemens scanned a page. The Rams were 2-for-13 in third-down conversions.
"Won't win too many games doing that," Clemens said.
The Rams lost their fifth straight game Sunday, the latest a 20-13 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals at the Edward Jones Dome. Clemens played for the first time since completing 1 of 2 passes for 6 yards as a member of the Jets against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 2. His presence was a sign that what's left of the Rams' season has become about preserving the future.