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Rams’ News Today 12/01/15

Rams owner Stan Kroenke meets with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at Rams’ Park yesterday.  This will be the two have met face to face since Kroenke annouced plans to build a stadiun in Inglewood California this past January.

Besides Kroenke’s plans tom relocate the Rams back to LA, the league has decided that Rams will play a home game in London in 2016.  This has wrinkled the the Dome Authority’s  ruffles.  They sa such a move would violate the terms of the Rams’ lease.

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There is good news for the Rams’ Stedman Bailey.  ESPN reports that he is doing well but he is intensive care.  Bailey is recovering after being shot shot last week in Florida.

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“Anyone that implies that it is an effort issue can kiss my a@#.  OK, there are no effort problems on this team.  That’s what happens when teams lose four or more.  People say that it is effort. In practice, watch this team play.  It is not an effort issue.” said Rams coach Jeff Fisher.”

These word of fustration came after the Rams were blown out on Sunday by the Bengals 31-7.  Fisher seems to be feeling the heat after dropping four games.

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Rams’ Wide Receiver Stedman Bailey In Critical Condition After Being Shot

AP is reporting that Stedman Bailey of the Rams is in critical condition after being shot.  The shooting took place in Miami Gardens, Florida.  Bailey was serving a four-game suspension at the time of the shooting.

Bailey had drafted by the Rams in 2013 along with  former West Virginia teammate Tavon Austin.

Bailey remains in critical condition but stable.  He has been in contact with the Rams.  No further details have been released.

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Why The Rams Kept Case Keenum On The Field After His Head Bounce Off The Turf?

There always has to be someone that has to sound ugly after a terrible accident.  Well, I have chosen to be that someone.  While others make their politically correct responses, I will tell you my not so politically correct response, as to why the Rams left Case Keenum in the game, but first, let set the scene.

We all know that they had two quarterbacks suited for the game. They would be Case Keenum the starter, and Nick Foles his backup.  They listed Sean Mannion, third string backup QB, inactive.

So they go to Baltimore with just two quarterbacks. One of those quarterbacks just happened to have been benched earlier in the week, Foles.  Move forward towards the end of the game where Keenum takes a nasty shot.

As Keenum laid on the turf holding head, one has to imagine the panic that overtook Fisher and his staff.   What do I now? raced through his mind.  Do I have to go with the other dufus that I just benched?


He sent his head trainer out on to the field who returned with the good news that Keenum said that he felt okay.  Fisher felt relieved by not having to send in Foles, as well as no one else was the wiser of what just happen.

But as Karma would have its way because that ignored concussion could have just cost the Rams the game.  Keenum’s last fumble could have been the after effects of his hitting the turf.   Watch the video of the hit and see him wobble as he gets up.

I don’t if what I just written about  why Fisher left Keenum is true. Don’t lie though because you probably thought that same thing when you first heard the news of Keenum’s concussion.case-keenum-concussion

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Tuesday 10/20/15 Quick Outs

Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians

My first quick out for today has to do with the Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians’ obsession with the Rams. I will post the link for the story at the end, but here is a quick overview of his remarks after the Cardinals’ loss to the Steelers on Sunday.  He compares the loss to their loss to the Rams two weeks ago.  What does the Rams have to do with Sunday’s game?  He just can’t get over how the Rams ruined the Cardinals’ chance for an undefeated season.

Here is the link to the story.

Now that the USC Football head coach position has became vacant with the firing of Steve Sarkisian, rumors ring out possible candidates to fill the position.  They are Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher, the Saints’ Sean Payton and Eagles Chip Kelly.

Remember these are just rumored to be replacements, so I do not want to see any article coming out of St Louis that Jeff Fisher would not leave the Rams like the last time.

Here  is the link to the Jeff Fisher story.

Here is the link to the story about Sean Payton and Chip Kelly story.

Finally, being burnt by Pete Carroll  once was not enough for USC.  They would take him back as their coach.  Are you really that hard up?

Here is the link for that story.

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Are The Rams More Focused On Divisional Games Over Non Divisional Games?

Jeff Fisher Head Coach of the Rams

Since arriving as Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher has made one of his goals to dominate in the NFC west.  So how well has the team done in making that goal.  Well the answer will be a short one.  His first year it looked like the team would make that goal, but years afterwards, not so much.

In his first year as head coach in 2012, Fisher’s Rams finished 4-1-1 in the divisional games while going 3-7 in non divisional games. Their only loss was at the hands of the Seahawks in Seattle. not many teams had success there, and they tied the 49ers.  In 2013, they went 1-5 while going 6-4 in non divisional games, but we must remember that they loss Bradford for about half a season after being injured in Carolina .

Finally during last season, 2014, they went 2-4 in their division versus 4-6 against  non divisional opponents.  Again they lost Bradford and the defense showed no life until later in the season.  Their two divisional wins came against Seattle and San Francisco both games at home.

So far this year in their first five games, they have two divisional wins with three non divisional losses.

Why am I so concerned about the Rams’ divisional performance? Well, I have many reasons.  The most important being its importance in tie breaking for playoff consideration.  The more wins you have then tie breaking becomes a mute point.

But, I also have this concern that there might be too much emphasis being place on divisional games over non divisional games. I could be wrong, and I hope that I am wrong.

The only time time where I could be wrong would be the 2013 and 14 seasons when they posted better non divisional records then divisional records.

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Monday’s Morning Call For 10/05/15

NFC’s Western Division Scores

St Louis: 24                                  San Francisco: 3                                        Seattle:

Arizona:  22                                  Green Bay:    17                                        Detroit:

NFC’s Western Standings        W    L   T     Prec.     Streak

Arizona Cardinals                        3      1    0      .750      1L

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St Louis Rams                             2      2    0      .500      1W

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Seattle Seahawks                         1       2    0      .333      1W

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San Francisco 49ers                     1       3    0      .250      3L

The Rams’ Defence Stimies The Cardinals 

Rams Corner E.J. Gaines
breaks up pass intended
for Cardinals John Brown.

The Rams ended the Cardinals’ undefeated streak in Arizona, yesterday with 24-22 victory.  While the the Rams offense showed flashes of brilliance behind rookie running back Todd Gurley and receiver Tevon Austin, it was the defense that commanded the day by shutting down the Cardinals red zone offense.

The Rams defense forced the Cardinals to settle for five field goals while in the red zone.  The Cardinals only touchdown came late in the fourth quarter. It was 23 yard pass from Palmer to Johnson.  This pass would be the one and only the ball would cross the goal line for the Cardinals other than by way kicking.

The Rams’s defense held the Cardinals to 113 yards rushing, but allowed 334 yards passing. They sacked Palmer 4 times for a loss of  18 yards.  The defense also forced 2 fumbles and recovered one.

Jenkins also intercepted one of Palmer’s’ passes.

On the other side of the ball, Foles completed 16 of his 24 passes for 171 yards and threw 3 touchdown passes.  He had no interceptions, but was sacked once for a seven yard loss.

Gurley rushed for 146 yards the longest run was 52 yards, and Austin rushed for 20 yards and his longest was 12.

Austin had 6 receptions for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His longest was 47 yards.

While the Rams showed some life yesterday, the big question, will they show that same life or more life next Sunday against the Packers?  We must keep in mind that the Rams’ two wins have been against division opponents while their two losses have been to teams outside their division.  So next week’s game against the Packers will be very important one in order to see if they have really turned the corner because this one will be against a team outside of the division.

NL Western Division Scores 

LA Dodgers: 6                          Arizona Diamondbacks: 5                  Colorado Rockies: 7

SD Padres:    3                          Houston Astros;              3                  SF Giants:              3

NL Western Division Standings     W     L     PCT    GB

Los Angeles Dodgers                         92    70   .568       0

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San Francisco Giants                          84    78    .519       8

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Arizona Diamondbacks                      79    83    .488      13

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San Diego Padres                                68    48    .420      24

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The Dodgers Finished Their Season With A 6-3 Win Over The Padres 

Attribute To Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw. He threw 300
strikeouts this season.

The Dodgers ended their season on high note with a victory over the Padres. So they go into the postseason, feeling good about themselves.   They swept their final series from the Padres with three wins. They open up their post season with home field advantage in their series against the Mets. Yes life looks good for the Dodgers.

You know a couple of weeks ago it looked like they would have a melt down, and I was really worried going into their series with the Giants.  But you know now that is all in past. We must now look to the playoffs and hopefully a deep run in the playoffs.

I know that this postseason could bring a lot painful changes, but for now lets not be concerned about those changes and enjoy the Dodgers’ run in the playoffs.

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My NFL Picks For Week 3

Here are picks for week three in the NFL.  I have made picks for the Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games.  Since this is a west coast blog, I have made my picks for the NFC Western Division games.  Then I threw in one game that I thought interesting. So here we go.

In last night’s matchup between the Giants and the Redskins, I had the Giants who beat Washington 32-21.  I have to  admit that I reluctantly pick the Giants.  I was not sure they would be able to over power Washington’s defense that looked really impressive in their game against the  Rams. But, I picked the Giants anyway because I had to admit that the Rams’ offensive line  made Washington look good, and I walked away with a win.

The Sunday and Monday night games were pretty easy to pick for me.   In the Sunday Night game, I took the Broncos over the Lions, and in Monday Night game, I went with the Packers over the Chiefs.

The NFC West Division Picks

Even though I like the Rams, I went with the Steelers’ defense to handle the Rams’ struggling offensive line. I am not that optimistic that Gurley’s will have much of impact in this game for the Rams, as much highly prophesied.  Do not forget that he has not played in a NFL game, so far this season, so we do not  know what to expect from him.  Also for me, the jury is still out in Nick Foles.   So at the end of this game, I expect the Rams to have another loss.

This will be the NFC West’s first interdivision game. It pits the Cardinals against the 49ers. I like Carson Palmer much better than Colin Kaepernick in this game, so I am going with the Cardinals.

In this next game, unfortunately I have to go with the Seahawks to get their first win over the Bears who have their problems.  Also, a Seahawks’ loss could mean there could be a new western division leader this year.

The game of interest:

This game is a rather interesting game because it has the Jets(2-0) up against the Eagles(0-2).  So far, the Jets have surprised me. Who would have thought that they would win their their first two games  .

But, the Eagle have me perplex.  I anticipated a much more solid performance in their first two games. I expected flawless play from Sam Bradford, but his performance has left me rather disappointed.  He has thrown four interceptions, so far.

So, who did I choose? I picked the Eagles for two reasons. First, I trust Kelly will make the adjustments needed to produce the Eagles first win. Second, I do believe that the Jets will produce a third win.  I believe the Jets are good, but not better than the Eagles.

This is my picks for week three. Some of the picks were straightforward while others were made grudgingly. I do hope I am wrong about the Seahawks because being a Rams fan, I would like to see them dethrone as NFC West Champions.  While, I hope that I am surprised by a Rams win.  I guess I’ll have to wait for Sunday evening to find out.

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Should The Rams’ Fans Start Panicking After Yesterday’s Loss To Washington?

As the game clock tick its final moments away while Kousins and Washington celebrated their victory over the Rams, those knee jerk reactions took over my emotions. Even though this was one loss, I felt something drastic had to be done to save the season, but which knee jerk reaction would turn this Rams team away from another season of self destruction?

My first knee jerk reaction was to pull QB Nick Foles from the starting position.  It did not matter that he had completed half of the passes that he had thrown or that he had thrown a TD, yet I wanted him replaced with Keenan.

The kicker here is that all I know about Keenan is that he had a good preseason against second team players.  I never saw him play against starting players, so how do I know how well he would play?  For all I know, he’d probably throw not one interception, but two.  All that did not stop me from wanting Fisher to do the unrealistic and put Keenan in the game just do something.

Just do to something.  Do you know how that sounds or better yet, vague?  But, it did not stop me from wanting Foles replaced with Keenan, and it did end there.  I wanted Frank Cignetti and Gregg Williams fired for I thought was terrible play calling. Like I would know what terrible play calling even looks like, yet just to do something, I wanted both fired.

Though, I must confess that I have my doubts about Williams’ defensive coaching abilities. I just can’t wash, “Bountygate” and his suspension for it from my mind, but that is for another post.

You ever notice how after good night sleep, all your problems or thought were problems disappear or look different?  This is when your are glad that you did not embarrass yourself on social media by posting your knee jerk reactions.   Well for me this is one of those times that I am glad to have kept my knee jerk reactions to myself.

So to answer the question, should we panic? My answer would be no for now. and for two reasons. This first answer would be the young offensive line which did not help Cignetti do what he wanted to do by not blocking, plain and simple.  For the second reason, what would you expect would happen when you have the Rams’ 23rd ranked running defense going up against Washington’s run heavy offense? It would collapse and for Williams, I will not let him off that easy.  Its his job to make sure it does not collapse.

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I Am Not The Only One To See A Rams’ Quarterback Controversy Brewing

2015 Rams Quarterbacks during drills 

The other day I wrote about how Sean Mannion and Case Keenum looked better than Nick Foles in the Rams and Titans’ preseason game.  I also did make the suggestion that maybe the Rams should put Keenum into this Saturday’s game against  the Colts.  I would this just to see how he perform with the starters.

Well, just after I made that in my article, I a came across an article written by Curt Popejoy in Fansided. The title of this article suggests that the Rams could have a quarterback controversy brewing between Foles, Keenum, and Mannion.  He draws this conclusion from the three quarterbacks’ performances during the past two preseason games. He also points out as I do that Foles does not look good so far as compare too Mannion and Keenum.

Unlike my suggestion to try Keenum with the starters, he suggests the possibility that a move could be made if Foles looks disastrous after their first three games.

Either course whether now or later if a quarterback change should get made, Les Snead and Kevin Demoff will be asked to explain why they gave Foles that two year extension only to have him sitting on the bench.

Yet, to save face, I would bet that they will keep Foles as starter and hope that over time he works out all his wrinkles.

I could see them choose to  blame his poor performance on a poor running game or poor defence which meant that he had to throw more then they would have like. Yet, that excuse should countered with if he is quarterback, shouldn’t you expect him to throw the ball more than you would like? .

Some quarterback controversies are easier to solve then others, while this possible quarterback controversy falls into the later.  Look the Rams took a gamble on Foles by giving him that extension and I know why because they were looking for him to fill the roll of game manager in game plan that relied mostly on the running game. They believed that his past skills of two years ago would be good enough for him to fulfill that role.  Well, so far it looks like they guessed wrong.

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