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St. Louis Rams Secondary Holding Back Defense
December 10th, 2013 at 10:36 AM
When teams aren't performing well, the age old debate is how much of that is a product of inferior talent and how much of that is due to poor coaching. The St. Louis Rams most recent losing skid is in no small part due to a secondary that is surrendering...

St. Louis Rams Crossing the Line from Aggression to Stupidity
December 9th, 2013 at 10:35 AM
It's been said that football is a game of "controlled aggression." Unfortunately for the St. Louis Rams, they haven't learned to control their youthful aggression yet, and it's a big reason why this team is 5-8 after 13 games. Sunday's game against Arizona was another page in the same script. The...

Sunday Will Be a Long Day in St. Louis
November 20th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
We've had the Manning Bowl with Peyton and Eli and the last Super Bowl was hijacked by the Harbaugh family. Now on Sunday, we'll witness "Long Bowl I" when Chris Long of the St. Louis Rams lines up opposite his brother, Chicago Bears tackle Kyle Long. While Howie Long's progeny might not...

Four Reasons the St. Louis Rams Have Slowly Improved
November 12th, 2013 at 11:41 AM
It's been a frustrating 2013 for St. Louis Rams fans. We entered the season full of renewed hope that this might be the year the Rams break through. Through the first 10 games, we've seen uneven performances. One week it's the nearly flawless performances at Houston and Indianapolis; the next...

St. Louis Rams Missing Ingredient: Consistency
November 5th, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Former NFL Commissioner, the late Pete Rozelle continues to smile somewhere from the Great Beyond. Rozelle knows that his life's dream has been achieved: parity in the NFL. "Any given Sunday" isn't just a cliche, it's the reality of every NFL season. So what is it that separates the champs from...

St. Louis Rams Mid-Term Report Card
October 30th, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Monday night's soul-crushing 14-9 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks marked the halfway point of the 2013 season for the St. Louis Rams. Record-wise, they sit at 3-5 (1-2 NFC West). They're a full four games behind division leading Seattle. They're only two games out of a wild card slot with...

How Big of a Difference Will Jo Lonn-Dunbar Make?
October 2nd, 2013 at 7:30 AM
As expected, the St. Louis Rams announced the return of banished outside linebacker, Jo-Lonn Dunbar. He'll definitely bring an upgrade to a struggling Rams defense. The question is how much? Dunbar's return will make a big impact for one of the NFL's least efficient defenses through the first four games. The...

St. Louis Rams First Quarter Report Card: Needs Improvement
September 29th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
The St. Louis Rams are a quarter of the way through the 2013 season, so just like in school, it's time to give them a report card. To no one's surprise, this won't be the type of report card the Rams will be anxious to take home to mom and...

Three Reasons Why the St. Louis Rams are Legitimate Contenders
September 17th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
***PHOTO1***Two games into the season, many St. Louis Rams' fans are still trying to figure out what they've got in this 2013 version. Is this the dark horse playoff contender that many pundits talked about in the preseason? Or are these the "same old Rams" who haven't sniffed the post-season...

Monsters on the Mississippi:Is Jeff Fisher Rebuilding the “Bear” Defense in St. Louis?
September 10th, 2013 at 9:55 AM
 ***PHOTO1*** By the time the Chicago Bears had won the Super Bowl in 1985 and cemented itself as perhaps the greatest defensive team in NFL history, Jeff Fisher's playing days were over. But Fisher spent 1981 through 1984 with the Bears as a backup defensive back and special teams ace. During...

St. Louis Rams Front Four Must Get Pressure on Carson Palmer
September 8th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** Each week, Rams 101 will isolate one matchup, either man on man or unit versus unit, that we think will be the key factor in the outcome of that week's game. When the St. Louis Rams host the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener, the Rams defensive line must get...

TJ McDonald Following in His Father’s Big Footsteps
September 4th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Like father, like son. Many sons have followed their fathers into the "family business," but that doesn't happen too often in the National Football League. For Tim and TJ McDonald, that dream becomes a reality this Sunday when TJ makes his NFL regular season debut for the St. Louis Rams....

St. Louis Rams Release LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
September 3rd, 2013 at 6:03 PM
The St. Louis Rams have released suspended linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Howard Balzer reported Tuesday for KSDK.com. Dunbar's release comes two weeks after the NFL handed down a four game suspension to Dunbar for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  At the time the suspension was announced head, coach Jeff Fisher, minced...

Rams 101 Season Preview: Do the St. Louis Rams Have Enough to Compete in the NFC West?
September 1st, 2013 at 7:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** In one week, the St. Louis Rams kick off their 2013 season against the Arizona Cardinals. While it's obvious the Rams have significantly upgraded their roster from last year's 7-8-1 team, the question is whether they've done enough to compete in what is probably the NFL's toughest division. The staff at...

St. Louis Rams Coaches Impressed with Robert Quinn’s Progress
August 16th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Robert Quinn  has already begun to fulfill his expectations as a pass rusher when the St. Louis Rams made him their first round draft choice in 2011. With he and Chris Long as bookend pass rushers, the Rams have one of the most formidable tandems in the NFL. Quinn has...

Jo-Lonn Dunbar Suspension Makes Learning Curve Steeper for Alec Ogletree
August 14th, 2013 at 3:17 PM
The NFL announced today that St. Louis Rams OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar will miss the first four games of the 2013 under suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Dunbar's absence means that rookie Alec Ogletree will be counted on even more as the Rams start the season. ***PHOTO1*** Dunbar, who...

St. Louis Rams Defense Relishes First Day in Pads
July 30th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** Judging the progress of offenses and defenses going against each other in training camp is always difficult. If one unit stands out, it's always at the cost of the other. So, naturally the question after Monday's first practice in pads is this: Is the St. Louis Rams' defense that good,...

St. Louis Rams’ Training Camp Battles: Safety
July 28th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
The 2013 St. Louis Rams' training camp has officially begun, and the battles for starting roles and key depth are beginning to heat up.  In our first piece, we studied the top three running back candidates expected to compete for significant roles in 2013.  Today, we will study the top...

Will Witherspoon Reuniting with St. Louis, Jeff Fisher
July 22nd, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Linebacker Will Witherspoon confirmed via his Twitter account reports that he would rejoin the St. Louis Rams and former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher for 2013. "So the Rumors are true I'm going Back to STL!! Is anyone as excited as I am? NOPE!!" Witherspoon, originally a third round pick of...

Three Reasons Why the St. Louis Rams Could Win the NFC West
July 22nd, 2013 at 8:00 AM
 ***PHOTO1***The national media may already have anointed the San Francisco 49'ers and the Seattle Seahawks as the favorites to win not just the NFC West, but the NFC. St. Louis Rams fans should know, however, that Jeff Fisher's team just might have a little bit to say about that. While the...