Rumors about St. Louis Rams acquisitions, trades, draft picks

No *#(@(&@ing way! Rams trade for no. 1 overall NFL draft pick!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:43 PM

Holy Shit! (Los Angeles Rams get no. 1 overall NFL draft pick)Well now, this certainly changes things.

Les Snead, Jeff Fisher et al have apparently decided that the Los Angeles Rams will essentially forego the entire NFL draft after nabbing the first overall pick from the Tennessee Titans, thereby reducing the team’s entire draft “haul” to (presumably) Carson Wentz plus four selections in the fourth and sixth rounds – and incidentally made mincemeat of this sort of speculation.

Said Snead this morning:

Rams in free agency: More questions than answers

Friday, March 18, 2016 11:23 PM

Rams in free agency: We say the glass is half-emptyAt what point can we let the skepticism-unto-pessimism take root? After a week and a half of the 2015 free agency period, believing the now-Los Angeles Rams will turn around a dozen years’ worth of a cumulative .333 mark (okay, so technically at 64-127-1, they’re exactly one tie against San Francisco in 2012 better than .333) is approaching impossible.

While can state that Les Snead’s bunch hasn’t been entirely slack during the past 10 days, the net loss thus far has outpaced the gains. The call from our perspective looks something like the following.

Los Angeles Rams’ starting QB in 2016: The possibilities are … not exactly endless

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 2:42 AM

On the eve of NFL free agency officially opening, it’s time the annual round of that game called “Who Will Be the Rams Starting Quarterback?” Below, lists nine eight possibilities for the team in 2016, arranged from least to most likely. Since this is written purely pragmatically, the optimist might want to stop reading somewhere in the middle – because the ultimate conclusion ain’t pretty.

•  Peyton Manning – Thank the football gods “The Sheriff” decided to retire before he decided to put his crippled body back onto the field. Getting the Rams back to Los Angeles is unadulterated awesomeness, and all, but what we don’t need is a reboot of 1977…

The 2016 NFL Draft: Announcing the first Rams-centric rumor

Friday, November 6, 2015 2:24 AM

Surely this has got to be the first Rams-centric 2016 NFL Draft rumor.

For those Rams fans whose patience with Nick Foles is wearing thin – this writer included – Goodbread’s tweet makes for positive news in that not only is management evidently quite aware of Foles’s shortcomings but also that the issue may be addressed in the upcoming draft.

On the other hand, the dispatching of Dolphins and Rams scouts to the Memphis-Navy game is probably merely a formality; Ryan Tannenhill just signed a $100 million extension with Miami, while St. Louis also extended Foles (albeit for well less).  

Look at all these rumors (well, okay, just two)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 1:28 AM

“All those rumors? Fuck ‘em. Fuck all those rumors, man.” – “More News at 11”, Public Enemy

(Hey, that quote is as relevant 24 years later as it was then.)

Heading into the Cleveland Browns game – perhaps the one non-divisional game that St. Louis Rams fans could pencil in for a W shortly after the 2015 NFL schedule was released – the Blue-and-Gold were subject to a couple of rumors, both of which were blown away by coach Jeff Fisher. Of course, Fisher used standard NFL-approved parlance in his responses to media yesterday, so get out those Newspeak dictionaries for any possible reading between the lines.

Great news! Todd Gurley is … cleared for full-contact practice. Wow.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:56 AM

The news yesterday evening might have caused immediate buzz among Rams faithful, but after the initial delirium lasting around 0.87 seconds, the reaction should probably be, “so?”

Yes, it’s true, Rams fans: Todd Gurley, the man upon whom the hopes of this team in 2015 and for the foreseeable Jeff Fisher-led future are hung, has been cleared for full-contact practice with the team.

And he’ll be ready to play – maybe (!) – in week four against the Arizona Cardinals.

Again: So?

The wisdom all along has been to bring the thoroughly hyped no. 10 overall draft pick along slowly, so let’s hope there’s actual medical basis here, and that the “playing it safe” dogma isn’t solely about general manager Les Snead keeping his job after risking a first-round pick on a potential injury-riddling bust.

The Final Cut: Who makes the Rams roster? Who doesn’t?

Friday, September 4, 2015 10:11 PM

Today marks the final trimming down of NFL preseason rosters to the standard 53-man set. With about seven hours to go before the deadline, takes stock of the rumors and/or logical deductions proliferating on the interwebs recently.

•  St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Jim Thomas learned that, despite playing some 51 snaps against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Rams’ final preseason game, OG Brandon Washington will be cut. We can imply, then, that none of the others who played as much or more in the Chiefs game – OLB Bryce Hager, OLB Cameron Lynch, DT Louis Trinca-Pasat and OG Cody Wichmann – are shoo-ins, either, then.

Rams cuts unsurprising, include obvious conspiracy with Cowboys

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:49 AM

The St. Louis Rams announced a wave of transactions yesterday in advance of the league’s Tuesday deadline for submission of a 75-man list. Nothing too extreme or unexpected really occurred, although can nicely pigeonhole at least three moves into convenient categories of good, bad and ugly.

Future Rams: Who the f*** knows? [UPDATED]

Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:25 PM

Takeaways from Jeff Fisher/Les Snead pre-draft press conference

Monday, April 27, 2015 3:09 PM

The St. Louis Rams held their pre-draft press event yesterday, with head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead fielding a few questions from attending reporters. Naturally, no Draft Day strategies were revealed, but reading between the lines may provide an insight or two into the team’s thinking. Some takeaways follow.

•  Regarding the offensive line, Fisher presented a calm front: “I feel good about the direction we’re headed,” he said, “And I’ll feel much better when the weekend’s over. But I feel good about it. We have options. And there’s still (free-agent) options out there.” Further, “We’ve got some good young players on our roster, that you’ve not seen play or haven’t played very much. But we’re developing players currently on our roster. So we feel good about it.”