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Rams try to bully the bullies in San Francisco, and fail

To say that football is a "man's game" is to tacitly acknowledge its ugliness. There will be nut-punches. There will be tears. There will be bullying and cheap shots and profanity and carrying on as befits a kindergarten playground. And, barring some truly exceptional circumstance, the game will be won by the men that are bigger and stronger. Sometimes it really is...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Saints with Saints Nation

On one hand, the St Louis Rams have to be relieved to be playing anyone not in their own division, after the disappointing beatdowns of the past two weeks against the Cardinals and 49ers. On the other hand, they will be facing a New Orleans Saints team that is charging toward the season's finish line with faint hopes of earning home field advantage still alive.  The Saints...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rams put a hex on the Saints in St Louis again

Two years ago, AJ Feely and a hangdog Rams team playing for little but pride pulled off one of the great upsets of that year. The victims were the New Orleans Saints, then as now putative contenders for a deep playoff run. That unlikely win created a blueprint for pulling off the Big Upset.  Two years later the Rams did it again, and they did it better.  Kellen Clemens had...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive in St Louis this weekend as a more dangerous team than their 4-10 record might suggest. All four of those wins have come in the last six weeks of the season, and despite being written off nationally, the team has been playing very well for embattled coach Greg Schiano in the season's second half. This game may represent the Bucs' best hope...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Robert Quinn makes his DPOY case clear in win over Bucs

As Robert Quinn closes in on opposing quarterbacks, there is always an uncertainty. Is there a hot read? Is the rush coming equally hot from Chris Long or Will Hayes on the opposite side? Does this quarterback have the ability or tendency to shift around in the pocket, or bail out entirely and go on a goose chase? Is there a delayed draw coming? Will he still have the ball when Quinn...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 1

The weekend of May 8-10 is undoubtedly one of the biggest turning points thus far in the Jeff Fisher & Les Snead era.  The 2014 draft will provide the Rams with ample opportunities to continue to build this roster in hopes of catching the divisional front-runners,  the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  Of course, it would be foolish to leave out the emerging Arizona...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 2: QB, WR, RB

The second day of workouts at the 2014 combine is easily the most intriguing for the Rams, and will easily be the most-discussed among Rams fans.  As the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers take the field at Lucas Oil Field, I expect Les Snead, Jeff Fisher and company to be fully attentive. Let's dive right in.  Quarterbacks NEED LEVEL:  MEDIUM The need...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 3: The Front Seven

Monday morning of the NFL Combine will be the defensive prospects' turn to lace them up for all eyes to see. Members of the defensive front, linemen and linebackers, will get the first crack at it.  The consensus for all sound minds is the Rams defensive front is the overwhelming strength of the team.  There is merit to that.  An above average cast is led by emerging NFL...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

You can’t make this up: Rodger Saffold edition

It was a Wednesday evening in early March and I was spending it like any obsessed Rams fan would be: on Twitter, searching for updates on free agent guard Travelle Wharton, because he might be thinking about retirement, but for gods' sake would be a better option than Davin Joseph, who the Rams were wining and dining at that very moment, and Chris Williams is gone (meh), and...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

You can't make this up: Rodger Saffold edition

It was a Wednesday evening in early March and I was spending it like any obsessed Rams fan would be: on Twitter, searching for updates on free agent guard Travelle Wharton, because he might be thinking about retirement, but for gods' sake would be a better option than Davin Joseph, who the Rams were wining and dining at that very moment, and Chris Williams is gone (meh), and...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

You can't make this up: Rodger Saffold edition

It was a Wednesday evening in early March and I was spending it like any obsessed Rams fan would be: on Twitter, searching for updates on free agent guard Travelle Wharton, because he might be thinking about retirement, but for gods' sake would be a better option than Davin Joseph, who the Rams were wining and dining at that very moment, and Chris Williams is gone (meh), and...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 4: Defensive Backs

The last day of workouts will feature the backend of the defense. And while they won’t break this group up in Indy, we will here at Ramsherd. There are some obvious team needs in the defensive backfield that will make this group a must-study. Let's dive in.   Cornerbacks NEED LEVEL – MEDIUM The Rams begin the 2013 campaign with what I’m certain must...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 3: The Front Seven

Monday morning of the NFL Combine will be the defensive prospects' turn to lace them up for all eyes to see. Members of the defensive front, linemen and linebackers, will get the first crack at it.  The consensus for all sound minds is the Rams defensive front is the overwhelming strength of the team.  There is merit to that.  An above average cast is led by emerging NFL...
Via Rams Herd
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 2: QB, WR, RB

The second day of workouts at the 2014 combine is easily the most intriguing for the Rams, and will easily be the most-discussed among Rams fans.  As the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers take the field at Lucas Oil Field, I expect Les Snead, Jeff Fisher and company to be fully attentive. Let's dive right in.  Quarterbacks NEED LEVEL:  MEDIUM ...
Via Rams Herd
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 1

The weekend of May 8-10 is undoubtedly one of the biggest turning points thus far in the Jeff Fisher & Les Snead era.  The 2014 draft will provide the Rams with ample opportunities to continue to build this roster in hopes of catching the divisional front-runners,  the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  Of course, it would be foolish to leave out the emerging Arizona...
Via Rams Herd
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Robert Quinn makes his DPOY case clear in win over Bucs

As Robert Quinn closes in on opposing quarterbacks, there is always an uncertainty. Is there a hot read? Is the rush coming equally hot from Chris Long or Will Hayes on the opposite side? Does this quarterback have the ability or tendency to shift around in the pocket, or bail out entirely and go on a goose chase? Is there a delayed draw coming? Will he still have the ball when Quinn...
Via Rams Herd
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Robert Quinn makes his DPOY case clear in win over Bucs

As Robert Quinn closes in on opposing quarterbacks, there is always an uncertainty. Is there a hot read? Is the rush coming equally hot from Chris Long or Will Hayes on the opposite side? Does this quarterback have the ability or tendency to shift around in the pocket, or bail out entirely and go on a goose chase? Is there a delayed draw coming? Will he still have the ball when Quinn...
Via Rams Herd
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive in St Louis this weekend as a more dangerous team than their 4-10 record might suggest. All four of those wins have come in the last six weeks of the season, and despite being written off nationally, the team has been playing very well for embattled coach Greg Schiano in the season's second half. This game may represent the Bucs' best hope...
Via Rams Herd
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Rams put a hex on the Saints in St Louis again

Two years ago, AJ Feely and a hangdog Rams team playing for little but pride pulled off one of the great upsets of that year. The victims were the New Orleans Saints, then as now putative contenders for a deep playoff run. That unlikely win created a blueprint for pulling off the Big Upset.  Two years later the Rams did it again, and they did it better.  Kellen Clemens...
Via Rams Herd
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Saints with Saints Nation

On one hand, the St Louis Rams have to be relieved to be playing anyone not in their own division, after the disappointing beatdowns of the past two weeks against the Cardinals and 49ers. On the other hand, they will be facing a New Orleans Saints team that is charging toward the season's finish line with faint hopes of earning home field advantage still alive.  The Saints...
Via Rams Herd
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Rams try to bully the bullies in San Francisco, and fail

To say that football is a "man's game" is to tacitly acknowledge its ugliness. There will be nut-punches. There will be tears. There will be bullying and cheap shots and profanity and carrying on as befits a kindergarten playground. And, barring some truly exceptional circumstance, the game will be won by the men that are bigger and stronger. Sometimes it really is...
Via Rams Herd
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

A Turning Point: Quantifying the Rams' Rapid Improvement

As the Rams prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers in the first of their divisional rematches, it's a good time to look at how different this team is now. Not just in personnel, but in attitude and in play. One need look only at the scoreboard over the last two weeks for the easiest quantification of that change: two wins over winning teams by a combined score of 80-29.  ...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Triple-threat running attack mauls Bears in a 42-21 win

It's safe to say that the Rams have found a new identity in their two-game winning streak. Perhaps better said, they've found an old one.  After opening the season without a known commodity starting at running back, the Rams invested heavily on the perimeter to prepare for an aerial assault helmed by an efficient Sam Bradford. Bradford then averaged 45.5 passing attempts...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

The Rams' Sudden (And Bizarre) Improvement in Pass Defense without Sam Bradford

What does Sam Bradford have to do with playing defense? Or more importantly, what does the absence of Sam Bradford have to do with the sudden improvement in the Rams' ability to shut down opposing quarterbacks? Anything? Nothing?  In one of the more unusual stories of the season, the Rams have seemingly played better overall after losing their starting quarterback, despite...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Today, We Spell Redemption R-A-M

In the midst of what can be described as nothing other than a "lost season," the Rams have faced critique from every direction, especially from within their own fan base. What's wrong with Brian Schottenheimer's play-calling? Why is the Rams' defense so soft? Why hasn't Tavon Austin lived up to his billing? Why didn't the Rams sign a legit backup quarterback...
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November 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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