Three reasons 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season was a colossal failure

Before we move ahead, we need to look back and figure out what happened to the trainwreck that was the 2014 season. We can predict a little better how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will perform next season by first analyzing why things went so horribly wrong last. While it’s easy to just say “Lovie Smith can’t coach anymore the game has passed him by” there is no evidence of...
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July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Is the St. Louis Rams offensive line really the worst in the NFL?

The St. Louis Rams offensive line was nothing to write home about in 2014, so nobody should expect them to be ranked very highly compared to other o-lines around the league. For example, Pro Football Focus ranked the Rams 24th in run blocking and 22nd in pass protection last season. Even still, one football writer went over the top criticizing the unit today. Writing at Bleacher...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Why did the St. Louis Rams let Joe Barksdale leave for practically nothing?

Earlier this week, the San Diego Chargers signed offensive tackle Joe Barksdale to a one-year deal for a little more than a million bucks, with another $1 million to potentially be made in incentives. It was a shocking turn of events for a right tackle who, at the very least, has proven to be an adequate starter in the NFL. I can’t pretend to understand why the 26-year-old Barksdale...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Fascinating summer ahead for St. Louis Rams offensive line

With Draft Day 2015 finally in the rearview, it’s full steam ahead toward mini-camps and OTA’s in the world of NFL punditry. Looking ahead, the Rams figure to have one of the league’s more intriguing summers lined up given the complete overhaul of five major offensive positions. The trade for quarterback Nick Foles lit up headlines early in free agency, and the selection of...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Series: Offensive Lineman- The “Right Side” Joseph & Trueblood

The Bucs had just celebrated winning the NFC South for the first time since the SuperBowl season, and a return to the playoffs. The defense was once again ranked NO.1 (the last time it would be so) and all looked well. No one could predict the disaster that was the 2006 season. It was the end of the Bucs pass rush as we know it, and still to this day the Bucs are struggling to get...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Mailbag: What is the St. Louis Rams’ biggest need going into 2015?

What do you see as the Rams biggest need? – James, St. Louis Entering year four of the Fisher/Snead regime, many thought they would be well on their way to being a contender. After taking the Rams to near .500 seasons in his first two years, Jeff Fisher’s team backtracked in year three and slumped to a disappointing 6-10 season. Entering 2015, many are calling for Sam Bradford’s...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Quotable Thursday: St. Louis Rams have options at offensive line

The St. Louis Rams’ offensive line limped into the offseason this year with former starting left tackle Jake Long, nursing his second consecutive ACL tear, new starting left tackle Greg Robinson needing surgery on his toe, Roger Saffold nursing a sore shoulder and Scott Wells and Davin Joseph coming off of their worst seasons as pros. “It’s already a given the Rams will need...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

If Sam Bradford comes back, the St. Louis Rams must fortify the offensive line

As the dust settles from all of the excitement caused by the Frank Cignetti promotion to offensive coordinator, one thing is crystal clear: Jeff Fisher is hell bent on going forward with Sam Bradford as his starting quarterback. The Rams’ offensive line was the worst position group on the team last year, and if the plan is to move forward with a man coming off back-to-back left...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Latest mock draft has the St. Louis Rams taking…a wide receiver?

With the Pro Bowl done and the Super Bowl a week out, anybody and everybody are coming out with mock drafts and the latest, mired in mediocrity at quarterback and offensive line have the Rams taking a wide receiver of all things. The Rams have Sam Bradford coming back (maybe) after two ACL tears, Shaun Hill and Austin Davis to choose from along with offensive tackle Jake Long coming...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Mailbag: What is the St. Louis Rams’ biggest need going into 2015?

What is the Rams’ biggest need going into 2015? – Bobby The Rams were optimistic heading into the 2014 season as they looked like they had the pieces to make a post season run. Those pieces didn’t hold up, however, and the Rams had to pull out the duct tape to try to solidify their absence. Well, that didn’t work. The veteran Jake Long’s knee didn’t hold up and now looks...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag: What do the St. Louis Rams have to do to beat the Giants?

What do the Rams have to do to beat the Giants and salvage a possible 8-8 season? – Ben The Rams are coming off a bitter loss against their divisional foes, the Arizona Cardinals. In a defensive shootout, the Rams lost a 12-6 game as well as their slim chances of making the playoffs. But all is not lost for 2014. The Rams have a chance to go 8-8 on the year (first time since 2006...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Another protest and shutout; Rams blank Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Two demonstrations of social activism by some St. Louis Rams players haven't affected the team's performance on the field. To the contrary, the Rams haven't put up back-to-back games like this in nearly seven decades. The Rams blanked the Washington Redskins 24-0 Sunday, giving the franchise its first winning streak of the season and its first consecutive shutouts...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams’ emphasis on rookie contributions should remain going forward

In a cruel bit of pigskin déjà vu, the Rams again let an early lead slip through their fingers in a 31-17 Monday Night Football loss to the visiting San Francisco 49ers. The team shot out to a 14-0 point first quarter advantage reminiscent to the 21-0 lead earned against the Cowboys in the week prior to their bye. However, the team’s common miscommunication and issues with mental...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Problem is obvious; talentless Bucs suffer worst home loss ever

If you want to fire the coach, don’t hold your breath, it’s not going to happen , even if Lovie goes 0-15. The part Lovie and GM Jason Licht are responsible for in this mess, is putting this talentless stuff on the field. Its one thing to let go of Darrelle Revis and save 16 million dollars, but the fire sale, the 200 plus transactions, have done nothing to put talent on the...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers preview (a.k.a. The first big test)

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. CT ________________________________________ Key Matchup The topic of the week has centered around no. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, who has played just 10 snaps in his rookie season so far. Meanwhile, veteran Davin Joseph, who Robinson would likely replace if he were to be inserted in the...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Maybe Greg Robinson isn’t playing now because he’s bad at offensive guard?

The overwhelming majority of Rams fans are wondering the same thing we’ve been wondering here at cover32: Why is no. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson sitting on the bench while Davin Joseph continues to play at a very poor level at right guard? It’s a valid question. With right tackle Joe Barksdale playing great football and left tackle Jake Long and left guard Rodger Saffold forming...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Is it finally time for the St. Louis Rams to free Greg Robinson?

Experience or potential? That seems to be the only remaining question surrounding the emerging clamor over increased playing time for Rams’ tackle and second overall pick Greg Robinson. Through the first four games of the season, Robinson has featured in just 10 offensive snaps, nine of which came in the team’s season-opening defeat against Minnesota. His highly-touted road-grading...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams right tackle Joe Barksdale is playing out of his mind

Almost exactly two years ago, the Rams were awarded Joe Barksdale off of waivers. The move barely made a ripple in the Rams community. Roster churn among the bottom 10-20 percent of NFL rosters is a common thing, whether it’s due to injuries, poor performance by incumbents or some other reason. But Barksdale, 25, has turned out to be one of those rare afterthought waiver-wire acquisitions...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams offensive team makes progress, but falters in game's biggest moments

ST. LOUIS -- A lot of pressure rests on the big, experienced shoulders of the Rams offensive line. Austin Davis is a young, still unproven quarterback who looks to have the arm to be successful, but it's unfair to ask him to do too much just yet. At least three running backs have proven they can get downfield and even pick up extra yards after contact when given a decent head start...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers St.Louis Rams CONNECTIONS: It’s what they have in common !

FORMER BUCCANEERS • Rams G Davin Joseph was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft (26th overall) by Former RG Davin Joseph doesn’t have to wait long for a grudge game! theBuccaneers and spent eight years with the team and earning two Pro Bowl selections (2008, 2011). FORMER RAMS Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith spent three seasons (2001-03) as the Defensive Coordinator...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-5 St. Louis Rams storylines after first week of training camp

The Rams are back on the practice field this evening after using Wednesday to recover from the first few days of training camp. Tonight’s session is closed, but fans who have attended the first week of practices have been witness to a number of intriguing players and position battles starting to emerge. Today’s Top 5 list attempts to rank these developing story lines as they...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams training camp preview: Offensive line

With the St. Louis Rams inching closer and closer to training camp, one group that is still sort of up in the air is the offensive line. Les Snead and Jeff Fisher have reached out and signed veterans and have stockpiled young players from the draft. The Rams have many options and scenarios that could unfold with injury or a great camp by an unproven younger player. The Players: Tackles...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pewter Report’s Top 25 All Time Bucs omits Doug Williams!!

Letting Doug Williams leave over 100,000 dollars started 12 years of Double Digit losses. All you need to ask yourself is, does Doug Williams belong in a top 25 Buccaneers of all time. It’s really just that simple. Yes, he in fact does.   Not according to Pewter Report however, who excluded the only QB to guide an orange clad Bucs team to the Playoffs, for the likes of Karl The...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams Injury Update: Davin Joseph feels he 'can contribute' this season

St. Louis Rams guard Davin Joseph is 30 years old. The 2013 season was just the fourth time in his eight-year NFL career he's played in every single game, and despite his past injury issues, Joseph believes he isn't done yet.Joseph lost the entire 2012 season to a torn ACL suffered in a preseason game. He fought his way back to the field last season, but a staph infection slowed...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-5 best possible St. Louis Rams offensive line combinations

After the revelation yesterday that left tackle Jake Long likely won’t return to the team until late preseason, the Rams will have to test out a few different combinations along the offensive line throughout OTAs and training camp. With that said, I thought I’d use today’s top five to take a look at some potential starting lineups and rank them based on their projected level...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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