Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Roll 'em Up Rams Fans!
Well I hate to be Donnie Downer but the 2009 St. Louis Rams season is over. That's right I am calling it. Sure not many fans had a vision of playoffs this year but there are still those of you out there thinking we are turning the corner and can win 5, 6, or even 7 games. Well I am here to crush those dreams, another season has ended for our beloved Rams. Facts are that since the playoffs were expanded to 12 teams in 1990 only 3 out of 204 teams that started the season 0-3 made the playoffs. Don't even start thinking we will be the 4th.
The Rams have lost 13 straight games, including 6 straight at home. In addition since the 2006 NFL Season the Rams are 5-30! That is an outstanding winning percentage of 14.2. Although I was and am behind the hiring of Steve Spagnuolo this franchise has been run into the ground and I do not see us turning the corner soon. The drafting and free agent signings this decade have been worse than awful. All of our talent and playmakers have moved on or retired and we have not backfilled as needed.
The most depressing part of our current situation is that we have salary cap issues. Based on our talent level how can that be? Well it is easy, more mistakes by the front office over the years. We are apparently so strapped for money we cut Chris Draft over $380,000. The 2009 NFL salary cap is set at $127 million, and we were forced to worry about $380,000. Let's recap where some of the money is going. We have 60+ million dollar contracts with Marc Bulger, Chris Long and Jason Smith. Chris Long is not even starting at the moment and is unable to provide any push on the front line. Jason Smith is the starting right tackle when healthy but he was drafted second overall in the draft a spot reserved for outstanding left tackle talent. I don't even want to discuss the contract that was given to Marc Bulger. We can then drop to the second tier decisions. The Rams gave out 30+ million dollar free agent contracts to Drew Bennett, Jacob Bell, and Jason Brown. Brown looks like a nice NFL center but should he be the highest paid in the NFL? In addition to these expenses we are starring at another top 5 draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft which will cost the Rams another $60+ million. Still with all this money going out the lack of talent, experience, and depth on this team is staggering. We enter Week 4 of the 2009 NFL season with the worst wide receiving group I have ever seen. At corner only Ron Bartell really has any NFL experience and no other cornerback on the roster has shown me anything. So don't make fun of the Raiders, Browns, and Lions of the world because we are going down the long winding road along with them.
In the words of Chevy Chase Roll 'em Up!
The Alien Invasion Is Upon Us
I am pretty certain creatures from around the universe including Purple People Eaters, Farmers in plaid, Who-Dey's, Gridbirds, Seahags, Texans with large hats, and Goldminers are all on their way to the dome to take in the action. The Edward Jones Dome has become a home away from home for all road teams, as the Rams have lost 15 of their last 17 home games. Rams fans are being beaten down by what we are seeing and paying for on the field. Until the Rams can put more talent on the field, expect to see more and more aliens in the stands.
St. Louis Rams Try Out Two Wide Receivers
Courtney Taylor a 6th round selection of the Seattle Seahawks in 2007 has 14 total catches in the NFL. Coming out of college SI.com said Courtney could be a productive pass-catcher with potential as a fourth wideout at the next level. Larry Beavers a blazing fast receiver out of Wesley College (Div. III) in Dover Delaware was undrafted but signed in 2009 by the Carolina Panthers. Beavers was unable to make the Panthers roster and has been waiting for a call ever since. Beavers is the current holder of the NCAA all divisions career record with 13 kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns. We just signed Danny Amendola to return kicks so who knows why we are looking at another very small kick returner with no wide receiver experience in the NFL. Larry Beavers is lightning quick but only 5'10" and 165lbs.
David Vobora Suspended By NFL
Monday, September 28, 2009
St. Louis Rams Injury Update
Labels: David Vobara injury, Donnie Avery injury, Gary Gibson injury, James Butler injury, James Laurinaitis injury, Jason Smith injury, Laurent Robinson injury, Marc Bulger injury, Ron Bartell injury
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I Got Caught Drinking The Kool-Aid
So reality set in and as Denny Green said we are who we thought we were. The same old Rams that have now lost 13 straight regular season NFL games showed up again. The Rams D started off tough and held off the Packers early after Bulger and Jackson turnovers. The Packers who only managed 26 yards in the first quarter were still up 9-0. That just seems to be what happens to bad teams. The Rams get a nice opening kickoff return from Danny Amendola and moved the ball down to the Packers 31 to start the game, but Josh Brown's 48 yard FG was blocked. So instead of getting off to a 3-0 start we found ourselves down 9-0 even though the defense played nearly a flawless first quarter. I somehow forgot about the Rams lack of pass pressure, their lack of secondary depth, their lack of playmaking receivers, and their lack of talent. I am sorry fans I will not forget again. Like the Detroit Lions I will never pick the Rams to win a game again until they win one first.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time For Rams To Punch Someone In The Mouth
As for the Rams it is time to show the fans something. Time to show the fans that keep hearing about the effort and the toughness and how the team is for sale and how the Edward Jones Dome is not good enough for our team, time to show us a win. The Packers just let up 151 yards rushing at home against the Cincinnati Bengals and we have Steve Jackson. We have the hammer, pound the rock. Stand up look them in the face and pound the rock. Hey Barron, Goldberg, Brown, Bell and Incognito, step up show us you want to play here and punch those Packers in the mouth. Run the ball and run the ball some more, and when you are done running the ball run it again. Steven Jackson is our star, and it is time for him to shine brightly and bring home a win so we can remember what it feels like.
It is time for all of the excuses to end. We spent over 30+ million on Bell and Brown. We spent first round draft picks on Barron and Smith. We talk about Marc Bulger in 3rd person saying he is Pro Bowl QB Marc Bulger, well this is 2009 and he has been awful for a long time. Marc is dead last in yards per attempt and 27th in QB rating. I don't want to hear about the receiving core. Donnie Avery is another high draft choice and Marc was 30th in QB rating in 2007 when he had Hall of Fame receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. I don't want to hear about the pinkie or lack of blocking or the lack of preseason play, Marc needs to step up and complete some NFL type passes or he can grab a clipboard.
It is time for Steve Spagnuolo to get after it and throw every blitz you have at the packers patchwork offensive line. You learned from the great Jim Johnson so I know you have those plays just sitting there. Bring the backers, bring the corners, bring a safety, bring them all. Leave no stone unturned. You have Butler and Atogwe back there to cover everything up, just get there before Aaron Rodgers can throw it. The New York Giants beat on Tom Brady and won a game nobody thought they could win. Do the same thing on Sunday. It is time to bloody up an opponent and start the change in our culture. It is our turn on Sunday!
I was not going to pick the Rams until they actually won a game but what the hell.
Prediction St. Louis Rams 20 - Green Bay Packers 16
St. Louis Rams to Honor Deacon Jones
I was very disappointed in the ceremonies of Marshall Faulk and Georgia Frontiere that the Rams put on. I am not sure why they would have the ceremony for Deacon Jones prior to home opener. There will be lots of fans still outside who will miss this I am sure. Why can't they have the ceremony at half time? I hope it is very nice and we are able to hear it. Deacon deserves this one to be special. It will be great to see the #75 hanging in the rafters where it belongs!
Kurt Warner Enters Hall Of Fame Again!
Game ball signed by Kurt from Super Bowl XXXIV victory over the Tennessee Titans
Kurt's game worn jersey from Super Bowl XXXIV
Kurt’s game worn jersey and a football from game against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 1, 2000 when he became the second QB in history to record a perfect passer rating of 158.3 twice!
Kurt’s game worn jersey and the football he threw against the N.Y. Giants on Nov. 23, 2008 when he reached the 40,000 yard mark of his pro career (includes NFL Europe, Arena Football, and NFL passing yards).
There is no doubt or debate Kurt Warner is a NFL Hall of Fame QB. Kurt will surpass the 30,000 yard mark by midseason this year and that should be the last stat needed.
Weekly Wup Ass Award
St. Louis Rams Week 3 Injury Report
Jason Smith (T) Knee - Doubtful
Jason Brown (C) Knee Probable
The Rams are very healthy heading into this weeks game against the Green Bay Packers.
NFL Week 3 Predictions
St. Louis Rams
New England Patriots
New York Giants
San Diego Chargers
Last Weeks Results – 6 – 10
Year-To-Date Results – 18 - 14
Last year I was 162-93-1 on predictions
Thursday, September 24, 2009
DirecTV Ultimate Displaced Fan Contest
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NFL Week 3 Rams Prop Bets From Bodog
Rams Prop Bets
Last rookie coach to get a victory in the 2009?
Todd Haley (KC) 8/5
Steve Spagnuolo (STL) 7/4
Jim Schwartz (DET) 9/5
Offensive TD’s Rams will score in Week 3?
Billy Devaney Needs To Get To Work
Well tomato tamato is what I say. Our GM should have better things to do then get in a semantics battle with a former NFL player, or the media for that matter. Hey Billy, why don't you make some phone calls and get us some NFL caliber players. The Rams are 5-29 in their last 34 games and have lost 12 straight games. We are awful. We are without playmakers. We are the worst team in the NFL right now. Let's look in the mirror and not worry about what the media has to say.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Week 3 - NFL Pointspread & Odds
Favorite OVER Underdog
New York Jets 3 Tennessee Titans
Green Bay Packers 6.5 St. Louis Rams
Washington Redskins 6 Detroit Lions
New England Patriots 4.5 Atlanta Falcons
Houston Texans 4 Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings 7 San Francisco 49ers
Baltimore Ravens 13.5 Cleveland Browns
New York Giants 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints 5.5 Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears 1.5 Seattle Seahawks
Pittsburgh Steelers 4.5 Cincinnati Bengals
San Diego Chargers 6 Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos 1.5 Oakland Raiders
Arizona Cardinals 1.5 Indianapolis Colts
Dallas Cowboys 9 Carolina Panthers
Sunday, September 20, 2009
St. Louis Rams Score But Lose 9-7 To Redskins
On to the second half. After the Redskins failed to convert inside the Red Zone again and settled for a 23-yard field goal from Scott Suisham they led 9-7. The Rams then got the ball and had the drive of the game. The Rams held the ball for 8 minutes and 25 seconds and drove the ball to the Redskins 9 yard line. On 2nd and 4 from the 9 the Rams handed the ball to Steven Jackson who bounced outside and was stopped for no gain. The play was a run between the tackles with Mike Karney as the lead blocker. There was a huge hole opened by the line and Karney easily got through to the second level to even provide another block. For some reason Jackson bounced the play outside and was stuffed. On 3rd and 4 from the 9 Bulger threw a short pass to Donnie Avery who was without a catch on the day. The ball and the defender got there about the same time. Avery hauled in the pass and was immediately hit and the ball popped loose and was recovered by Carlos Rogers of the Redskins. With 12 minutes and 55 seconds left in the game the Rams had blown it. Donnie Avery our number one receiver managed to catch one ball in the game and he fumbled it away. You just knew that was it for the Rams. Washington owned the clock for most of the game and the 4th quarter was no different. The Rams managed only 8 yards the entire rest of the 4th quarter and finished with only 245 total net yards on the day.
There is no moral victory here. This is the NFL folks and the Rams have lost 12 straight games and are already two games out of first in the NFC West. The Redskins always play close games and rarely score more than 20. It is great we stayed with them but we lost. The Rams have averaged 3.5 points and 246 yards per game through 2 games. They are ranked 32nd and 31st in those two categories. Marc Bulger who is under siege and really does not have much to work with is only completing 50 percent of his passes and has a QB rating of 69.5 That ranks Marc 27th, around the same area he has been for 2+ years now. With the Green Bay Packers coming to town the Rams will need to start scoring some points or they will be 0-3 and the 2009 season will basically be over.
Week 2 – Rams @ Redskins Matchup
These teams at times can be very similar with bad QB play, a receiving core that does not scare you and an inconsistent running game. Which ever team plays better in these 3 areas today will come away the winner. The Rams managed to create three early turnovers last weeks against the Seattle Seahawks but were unable to turn those mistake into any points. They must convert all opportunities to stay in these games.
The Rams need to find a way to stop the run and then come after Jason Campbell with a pass rush that they have not been able to produce so far. I expect a much better blitz package this week from Steve Spagnuolo. This is the type of game the Rams usually get beat by the back up running back. I think Ladell Betts will see a lot of action today and the Rams will need to shut down their run. The Rams who allowed 5.1 per rush in the preseason started off allowing 4.9 last week to Julius Jones and the Seattle Seahawks, they will not win many games if that continues.
On offense the Rams were worse than pitiful last week as they were the ONLY NFL team to come away with zero points. They obviously look to improve upon that this week. The Rams had around 100 meager yards heading into the 4th quarter last week. The Rams say they are going to pound Steven Jackson but will they? Today should be straight forward they need to run behind Incognito and Jason Smith and try to overpower Phillip Daniels & Brian Orakpo. On the left side of the line they will have their hands full with Jacob Bell who has been just awful since the Rams acquired him from Tennessee, going up against the monster man Albert Haynesworth. In the passing game I am about done with Marc Bulger and talking about Marc Bulger. However if we are going to score any points today he is going to need to complete some passes under pressure. He is great in practice with his little red "don't touch me shirt on" but under pressure he continues to crumble like a Ritz cracker. Step up Marc, just step up!
Although the Redskins do not frighten me and are not the type of team that will blow many teams out, I still do not like the Rams chances today. They have just not played together long enough. The injuries to Marc Bulger and Donnie Avery have this offense way behind. Along with the fact the Rams have a new Offensive coordinator, RT, LT and Center this team will take a while to put it together. I do love the swarming, ball hawking defense but they are not good enough to spend the whole day on the field. If the Rams can contain Portis and Betts they should be able to take this one into the 4th quarter and have a shot. In the end I think the team with 11 straight loses will continue to find ways to lose.
Prediction Washington 20-10 over the Rams
Saturday, September 19, 2009
St. Louis Rams Week 2 Injury Report
Craig Dahl (S) Hamstring Out
John Greco (T) Wrist Out
The Rams are pretty healthy heading into this weeks game against the Washington Redskins.
NFL Week 2 Predictions
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers
Last Weeks Results – 12 – 4
Year-To-Date Results – 12 - 4
Last year I was 162-93-1 on predictions
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Stlvinnie 2009 NFL Power Rankings - Week 2
2 Green Bay Packers
3 Philadelphia Eagles
4 Atlanta Falcons
5 Baltimore Ravens
6 San Diego Chargers
7 New York Giants
8 New England Patriots
9 Tennessee Titans
10 Minnesota Vikings
11 New York Jets
12 Indianapolis Colts
13 Dallas Cowboys
14 New Orleans Saints
15 Washington Redskins
16 Chicago Bears
17 Jacksonville Jaguars
18 San Francisco 49ers
19 Arizona Cardinals
20 Carolina Panthers
21 Buffalo Bills
22 Miami Dolphins
23 Seattle Seahawks
24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25 Houston Texans
26 Denver Broncos
27 Cincinnati Bengals
28 Cleveland Browns
29 Kansas City Chiefs
30 Oakland Raiders
31 Detroit Lions
32 St. Louis Rams
Rams Have Signed WR Ruvell Martin
Week 2 - NFL Pointspread & Odds
Tennessee Titans 6.5 Houston Texans
New England Patriots 4 New York Jets
Green Bay Packers 9 Cincinnati Bengals
Kansas City Chiefs 3 Oakland Raiders
Jacksonville Jaguars 3 Arizona Cardinals
Minnesota Vikings 9.5 Detroit Lions
Atlanta Falcons 6 Carolina Panthers
Washington Redskins 9.5 St. Louis Rams
Buffalo Bills 4.5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Franscisco 49ers 1.5 Seattle Seahawks
San Diego Chargers 3 Baltimore Ravens
Denver Broncos 3 Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys 2.5 New York Giants
Indianapolis Colts 3 Miami Dolphins
No Line on New Orleans @ Philadelphia
Monday, September 14, 2009
NFL.com Has Rams As Laughing Stock Already
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network has this to say of the Rams:
"It would be easy each week to make fun of the St Louis Rams, who in my mind are
one of the least talented teams in the NFL. But they are trying to improve with
new coach Steve Spagnuolo, so let's give them a little time."
The Steven Jackson report on 101 ESPN
On the chippy play and conflicts with Aaron Curry, Steven Jackson said it was the 1st game, and it was just guys being competitive.
About the hit on Bulger, Jackson was quick to say this team will not lay down, they will fight to the end. The Rams want to focus on 2009, not the 5-27 over the previous two season.
What happens in the huddle when all of the false starts and personal fouls are happening? Jackson basically said nobody gets yelled at they just say come on team or come on Rams we know better we need to play smarter. He said they don't want to step on individual toes in those situations. I don't know why it is apparent someone needs to talk to Richie Incognito.
On the O-line performance, Jackson simply said the Seattle Seahawks were prepared.
About the hit on Mark Bulger, Jackson said they are not going to let another team try to intimidate them, and they will protect their QB. A few first downs would have protected him better if you ask me.
On his off day (Tuesday) he likes to spend time with his family and just do normal things.
They asked about his running style and if there was any daylight on the running plays. Jackson again just pointed out that Seattle played well.
When asked a dumb question about how the loss of Brian Urlacher from the Chicago Bears would affect their defense, Jackson said he is worried about Albert Haynesworth and the Washington Redskins.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Steve Spagnuolo gets Shit on 28-0
In the first 11 minutes and 49 seconds of the game the Rams defense was flying to the ball like in the preseason and managed to force two interceptions and a fumble recovery. The early interception by James Butler kept the Seahawks off the board early and gave the Rams hope. James Laurinaitis recovered a fumble on the Seattle 38 to set the Rams up in scoring position midway through the 1st quarter. After a bad penalty and a bad snap the Rams were only able to move the ball 3 total yards to the Seahawks 35 yard line. I thought the Rams would go for the long FG and try to take the lead but instead they pinned the Seahawks deep. The next drive O.J. Atogwe intercepted Hasselbeck and that was about it for the defense. They gave the offense 3 opportunities but were unable to cash in with any points.
After that the comedy or errors just got worse from that point on for the Rams. John Carlson caught a TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to complete a 73 yard drive and put the Seahawks up 7-0. Then came the play of the game. With Seattle driving late before halftime the Rams forced a 4th and 5 and Seattle went for a field goal. With 1:05 left in the half C.J. Ah You broke in and blocked the kick, which was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Quincy Butler. The Rams had tied the score! We were going to be in a 30 minute battle to win a game. But wait, they seem to be reviewing the play which came inside the last two minutes of the half. What could they be reviewing? Turns out the Rams had 12 men on the field and the TD would not count. To make matters worse it was 4th and 5, and the 5 yard penalty gave the Seahawks a first down. Well you know what happened after that, Matt Hasselbeck completed the 72 yard drive with a 12 yard TD pass to Nate Burleson. Within 53 seconds we went from being tied 7-7, to being down 14-0 at the half.
The Rams seemed discourage starting the second half as they were manhandled in the 3rd quarter. Seattle tacked on 2 more touchdowns and almost 200 yards of offense in the 3rd quarter alone to put the game out of reach at 28-0. The Rams only managed 41 yards and 3 more Donnie Jones punts in the quarter. The rams had 93 yards of total offense through 3 quarters, and almost as many penalty yards. The Rams wasted timeouts, had false start penalties, and two 15 yard personal foul calls on our friend Richie Incognito. Steven Jackson had 3 carried for 8 yards in the 3rd and was basically a non-factor on the day.
The numbers do not lie the Rams are just a bad football team. The Rams have lost 11 straight regular season games. You have to go back to October 19th 2008 for the Rams last victory, a 34-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams have lost 11 straight division games. The Rams have lost 9 straight games to the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have only 5 wins in their last 33 games. The Rams have cut a lot of dead weight off the roster but they still need to add some stars and talent.
There were not many bright spots for the Rams. They played hard to the end and Donnie Jones was great other than that the same issues were still there. The new offensive line only allowed 3 sacks, but they had their normal false starts and the run blocking was nothing to write home about. The offense was plain vanilla and was unable to get anything started or provide the defense with many breaks. The defense started off fast but faded. They once again allowed a lot of rushing yards (167) and one big run. The secondary played well but at times players were wide open. Hasselbeck was able to throw for 179 yards, 3 TDs, and a QB rating of 96.9.
The Rams will now travel to Washington to take on the 0-1 Redskins who lost 23-17 to the New York Giants today. Hang in there coach Spagnuolo, we believe in you but it will take some time. For now wipe off your shoulder and put those boys to work.
2009 NFL Playoff Predictions
Tennessee over Baltimore
Pittsburgh over Indianapolis
New York Giants over Arizona
Minnesota over Atlanta
San Diego over Tennessee
New England over Pittsburgh
Philadelphia over New York Giants
Green Bay over Minnesota
San Diego over New England
Green Bay over Philadelphia
SUPER BOWL XLIV
Green Bay over Philadelphia
NFL NFC Division Predictions
New York 10-6
San Francisco 6-10
St. Louis 3-13
Green Bay 11-5
New Orleans 8-8
Tampa Bay 4-12
NFL AFC Division Predictions
New England 11-5
New York 8-8
San Diego 12-4
Kansas City 4-12
Saturday, September 12, 2009
St. Louis Rams Season Preview
Defense - The Rams have been in the bottom 5 in points allowed the previous four years! It is hard to win many games that way. Steve Spagnuolo is going to look to build the defense around youngsters Chris Long and James Laurinaitis. The Rams must have a much better defense against the rush and generate a much better pass rush. The Rams are very young at defensive tackle, in addition Adam Carriker is out for the year with an injury. Spagnuolo has chosen to go very young with the roster. The Rams have chosen to release Tye Hill and Chris Draft and will start Jonathan Wade and David Vabora. The cornerbacks are super inexperienced with Ron Bartell leading the group with only four years of service. The lack of quality depth at cornerback will show against teams like Green Bay, Indy, and Arizona.
Special Teams - It does not get any better than Josh Brown and Donnie Jones. Some of the Rams best drives will be to play it safe get a few yards and let Donnie boot it 50 yards down field to help out the defense. The kick returns will be handled by Derek Stanley and Kenneth Darby, not much of a threat. With the new rule of only two players allowed on the kickoff wedge I am not expecting much on kickoff returns. We need the Rams to improve on kick coverage as well. Players like Chamberlain, Vobara and Culberson will be expected to make a lot of tackles.
Schedule - After starting the last 2 years 0-4 and 0-8 I am very worried about the Rams first 7 games on this years schedule. There is a good chance the Rams will get off to a slow start again. The Rams will play four 2008 playoff teams in 2009. The records of the Rams 2009 opponents were 119-137 in 2008. That is a winning percentage of only .464. The Rams have very hard games against the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts in 09. If you throw out those two games Rams opponents were 94-130 for a .419 winning percentage. The Rams play in the worst division in football and need to find a way to start winning division games again.
Our Thoughts - The offense will have a very hard time moving the ball and putting up points. They have the least experienced group of receivers in the NFL. They have a QB that has had two awful years in a row, and comes into the season with a broken pinkie. Marc needs to stand in the pocket and make good decisions. Steven Jackson will have every defense focused on stopping him. The defense is very young and I can't believe they are going into the season with this group of 5 cornerbacks. I expect them to get burnt early and often at the beginning of the season. James Laurinaitis is a great anchor to build around. I believe you will see the Rams manufacture a better pass rush with more blitzing and they will also swarm to the ball in an attempt to create a lot of turnovers. Overall the squad is in rebuilding mode and is just too young and inexperienced to expect much this year. The lack of star power and depth will hurt the Rams as well. The bottom line is going into a season with an offensive line that has never played a game together is just not good in the NFL. They have turned the corner with a new front office and head coach but they are still a few players away.
Prediction - (3 - 13) Early season schedule is way to hard
Week 1 – Seahawks vs. Rams Matchup
Seattle will be glad to get Matt Hasselbeck back after only playing in 7 games last year. The Seahawks huge offseason pick up was T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and later they also added Edgerrin James to back up Julius Jones. In the 2009 NFL draft the Seahawks picked up Aaron Curry, Max Unger and Deon Butler all should step right in and have a huge impact this year.
The Rams are just looking to start over and move in the right direction. After removing the front office and almost all of the coaching staff it is now Steve Spagnolo's job to right the ship. The Rams picked up center Jason Brown, while adding Jason Smith and James Laurinaitis through the draft. The Rams are now very young and inexperienced since releasing a few veterans including Tye Hill their first round draft pick in 2006.The recent release of Chris draft 72 hours prior to the season starting also raises a possible team chemistry issue.
As for this weeks game, if it looks like, acts like, and quacks like a duck it is a duck. In this case that means clearly the Seattle Seahawks will win this week. The Rams have lost 8 straight games to Seattle, including a 37-13 pounding last year at Quest Field. For those that have forgotten the Rams have also lost 10 straight regular season games. Quest Field is a very hard place to play and the Rams will be heading there with an offensive line that has never played together. To make matters worse the offense was not able to get in any work in the preseason. Marc Bulger injured his pinkie and only threw 4 passes in the preseason. In addition an injury to Donnie Avery cost him the entire preseason, and Steven Jackson only saw enough action to get in 10 carries. After cutting Tye Hill the Rams will head into the game with Ron Bartell and Jonathan Wade as their starting corners and they will be forced to cover Houshmandzadeh, Burleson, Butler, and Branch who may not play. I love how the Rams defense forced turnovers and swarmed to the ball in the preseason but I just do not see the offense doing enough to win this one.
Prediction Seattle 23-10 over the Rams
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Adrian Peterson Nike commercial
St. Louis Rams Release Draft, Add Culberson
NFL Week 1 Predictions
New Orleans Saints
Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots
San Diego Chargers
Last Weeks Results – 0 – 0
Year-To-Date Results – 0 - 0
Last year I was 162-93-1 on predictions
Monday, September 7, 2009
2009 St. Louis Rams Odds
Odds to win the 2010 Super Bowl XLIV
St. Louis Rams 100 to 1
Odds to win the 2009 NFC Championship
St. Louis Rams 50 to 1
Odds to win the NFC West Division
St. Louis Rams 10 to 1
Regular Season Win Total Over/Under
Over 5.5 -150
Under 5.5 +120
Who will have the most Rushing Yards in the 2009 NFL Regular Season?
Steven Jackson 12 to 1
Who will have the most Passing Yards in the 2009 NFL Regular Season?
Marc Bulger 65 to 1
Who will have the most Receiving Yards in the 2009 NFL Regular Season?
Donnie Avery 50 to 1
2009 NFL Season Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Laurinaitas 9 to 1
Rams Sign Chris Ogbonnaya To Practice Squad
"One of the top defensive ends in the nation...first team all-American, was a
finalist for the Buck Buchanan award and was named the Defensive Player of the
Year in the Southand Conference....he's a sack master with the quickest feet in
the conference...........his forte is his pass rushing...very athletic...carries
4.6 speed in the 40....315 pounds in the power clean...teams won't run his way "
Sunday, September 6, 2009
St. Louis Rams Claim Two Off Waivers
Lajuan Ramsey (USC) has played 3 years in the NFL, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and last year with the Indianapolis Colts. He has never started a game but has been in 19 overall making 12 tackles. Steve Spagnuolo was in Philly in 2006 so he knows Ramsey.
Anthony Smith is a 6' 200lb Safety out of Syracuse. He played on the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championship team. Smith has started 14 games in his 3 years in the NFL. During that time he has made 106 tackles and had four interceptions.
I like how coach Steve Spagnuolo seems to be bringing in winners. Note that the Rams signed Jason Brown (Balt), James Butler (NYG), and Mike Karney (NO) during 2009 free agency period. Now they pick up two more players in Ramsey and Smith with playoff experience.
St. Louis Rams Sign Six To Practice Squad
We Analyze The St. Louis Rams Roster Cuts
I was really not surprised the Rams kept Keith Null over Brock Berlin. Null is cheaper, younger, and has more of an upside than Berlin. In addition the Rams have two veterans in Marc Bulger and Kyle Boller on the roster so not a huge need for a 3rd veteran at the moment.
With Billy Bajema making the roster the Rams only kept 5 Wide receivers. I was very happy to see Nate Jones make the team. I like his speed and quickness, and again the upside. On the downside the Rams are heading into the 2009 season with a very young and inexperienced group in Avery, Burton, Jones, Robinson, and Stanley. Donnie Avery with 53 catches in the NFL leads the entire group, talk about inexperience. Expect some growing pains at this position.
The Rams kept 9 on the O-line and D-line. It was a shame Eric Moore hurt his hand in the game against the Chiefs and was put on IR, I think he had a good chance of making the team. His injury helped C.J. Ah You earn a backup DE position. Eric Young (RT) and Gary Gibson (DT) are both young players that played their way onto the team
The Rams kept 7 linebackers. I was surprised with the lack of playing time Quinton Culberson had in the preseason that he made the team. If the Rams pickup a player prior to the season I would not be surprised to see Culberson let go. Nice to see Larry Grant make the team and I would also like to see him start next to his Ohio State teammate James Laurinaitis. David Vabora Mr. Irrelevant from the 2008 draft has also made the squad again. I like the sure tackling ability of Chamberlain and Vabora, they also contribute on special teams.
There were no cuts at cornerback which was no surprise since the Rams only had 5 left. At safety can someone tell me how David Roach made the team? I know Todd Johnson did not have a good preseason either but Roach was just awful. If the Rams make a roster move this week you would think Roach would get released. The other backup safety spot went to Craig Dahl
Saturday, September 5, 2009
St. Louis Rams Cut Roster To 53
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Rams Beat Chiefs 17-9
The Chiefs finish the preseason on a serious downward spiral. Matt Cassel was hurt during their 3rd preseason game and could be out for up to four weeks with a knee injury. New head coach Todd Hayley also fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. In addition Haley has also been into it with their top receiver Dwayne Bowe throughout camp. The Chiefs finish the preseason 0-4 with only 42 points scored. The Chiefs also received no scheduling favors from the league as they will play Baltimore, Philadelphia, Dallas, and the New York Giants all within the first 5 weeks of the season.
St. Louis Rams vs. Chiefs Pregame Thoughts
There is a battle for the 3rd QB spot between Brock Berlin and Keith Null. I give the edge right now to Null who was drafted by coach Steve Spagnuolo, is younger, has a bigger upside, and is cheaper to keep.
There is a log jam for backup running back. Samkon Gado seems to have earned the #2 spot for now. Antonio Pittman or rookie Chris Ogbonnaya will probably be odd man out. I will project Pittman will be cut.
The Rams have quantity but not much quality at WR. Nate Jones is odd man out, but veterans Tim Carter and Ronald Curry will also be playing for a roster spot tonight. Do we really need to spend big money on Ronald Curry?
The O-line is pretty much set and has some versatile players on it as well. This is bad news for the likes of Renardo Foster, Tim Taltran, Mark Setterstrom and Eric Young. It will just come down to how many O-line the Rams plan to keep.
On the D-Line the emergence and play of Darell Scott and Gary Gibson could have veterans Adam Carriker and Hollis Thomas on the bubble at DT. I would not be surprised if Antwon Burton and Carriker are cut. Eric Moore has played well in preseason at DE but has it been good enough to earn a spot? With James Hall, Leonard Little, and Chris Long as a solid rotation how many backups will they keep? Adeyanju, Ah You, and Moore will battle for a spot or maybe two tonight.
Very excited about the Linebacker prospects with James Laurinaitis on the Rams. With Will Witherspoon back on the outside where he belongs who will be the other starting LB? Culberson has not played much at all in the preseason and I look for him to be cut. Chris Draft is a better coach and backup than starter. I expect to see a lot of Larry Grant tonight. I would love to see him win the other spot and then have the Rams keep Chris Chamberlain and David Vobora as backups and special teamers.
Now for maybe the most interesting part of tonight's game and roster decisions the Rams have to make. With Tye Hill being traded to the Atlanta Falcons early this week who will line up with Ron Bartell as the other starting cornerback as the 2009 NFL season starts? The Rams only have 5 corners on the roster so they may not cut any of them unless they pick up another player this week. I do not believe Jonathan Wade can be a starting corner he struggles playing nickel and was not good on special teams last year either. You know early in the season our opponents are going to try and match up T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Santana Moss, and Greg Jennings on Wade. I don't want to see that. Are youngsters Quincy Butler, Justin King, or Bradley Fletcher ready to start in the NFL, I don't think so. We are already forced to play one when in the nickel. I look for the Rams to pick up a veteran corner in the next week.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
St. Louis Rams Worth $913 Million Dollars
Peter King Predicts 5-11 For The St. Louis Rams
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
2006 St. Louis Rams Draft - A Look Back
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St. Louis Rams Trade CB Tye Hill To Atlanta
As we look back on Rams drafting mistakes we can now point to the Tye Hill selection. Most fans have forgotten that in 2006 we traded the #11 overall pick to the Denver Broncos while moving down to 15th and getting the #68 pick from the Broncos. Meanwhile the Rams could have selected Jay Cutler in the 11th slot. The Rams may look back at that choice for a long time.
St. Louis Rams Cut 5 Players and Trade Tye Hill
The St. Louis Rams had to cut their roster to 75 today according to NFL rules. The huge news of the day was the Rams trading Tye Hill to the Atlanta Falcons for only a 7th round draft pick. In addition the Rams cut 5 players - Joe Klopfenstein, Brooks Foster, Jarrett Byers, Daniel Sanders & Marcus Brown to get down to the limit. Brooks Foster cleared waivers after the cuts and the Rams placed him on injured reserve. Things will now happen very quickly as the Rams will still need to cut their roster to a maximum of 53 players on September 5th.