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Saturday
Mar142015

Rams Agree To Two-Year Deal With Kenny Britt

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are bringing back their leading receiver from last season.

Kenny Britt and the Rams have agreed to a two-year deal, Friday.

"The year of the #Ram I want to thank everyone from the #Horn to the tail 4 the opportunity to play in such a great Organization #RamsNation," Britt tweeted.

Britt was a first-round pick of Tennessee in 2009 when Jeff Fisher -- now head coach of the Rams -- was the head coach of the Titans.

Last season, Britt caught 48 passes for 748 yards and three touchdowns. 


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Wednesday
Jan072015

Report: Rams Owner Will Move Team Without Permission

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is buying land in Los Angeles and is intent on using it.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Kroenke will move the Rams from St. Louis with or without NFL approval.  To move, a team needs 24 (or three fourths of the other owners) votes of approval.

Kroenke recently purchased 60 acres of land next to the Forum in Los Angeles and joined the owners of Hollywood Park to build an 80,000 seat stadium.

ProFootballTalk also reports that Kroenke has informed the mayor of Inglewood that his team will be moving to the area. 

It is possible that Kroenke could enter into a legal dispute with the NFL if enough owners intend to block the move.

The Raiders, under the ownership of Al Davis, were the last team to sue the league in an effort to move, ironically to Los Angeles. Davis, filed an anti-trust lawsuit and in 1982 a district court ruled in the Raiders favor. They then moved to Los Angeles. 

 


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Saturday
Nov152014

Jeff Fisher: Peyton Manning's 'Like Playing a Computer'

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Rams will have one of the toughest tasks this season when they prepare for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

The Rams have beaten the Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and played well in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week.

St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher has faced Manning throughout his career during his time with the Tennessee Titans and said this week that he is one of the best in the business.

"It's like playing a computer," Fisher said.  "That's what he is.  He runs that offense, he's going to put them in the best possible position, he's nearly impossible to fool, and he's hard to get down."

The Rams will go with Shaun Hill as their starter and Fisher is well aware of the Denver defense that is only allowing 22.4 points per game.

"You know every week's a different challenge," Fisher said.  "This week's obviously one of the biggest of the year from a matchup standpoint for us."


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Saturday
Oct252014

Andy Reid Prepares for Rams

Jason O.Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) are expecting everything from the St. Louis Rams (2-4) on Sunday.

Kansas City will host the Austin Davis led Rams at Arrowhead Stadium and head coach Andy Reid will have his team prepared.

"On the offensive side, they’re explosive. Anytime you can take a young quarterback like that and have him come in and play at the level that he’s playing at, first of all means he’s talented, but it also means you’re doing a heck of a job coaching him," Reid said this week.  "Their runners are good, their receivers are good, their tight ends-everybody’s contributing there. Then, special teams, they’re scoring points too and making big plays. You got a good football team that you’ve got to get ready for. They throw a lot of things at you, offensively, defensively and on special teams. That’s been a [Rams head coach] Jeff Fisher trait over the years that he’s been a head coach."

Davis led the Rams to a 28-26 win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday and Reid said that he's come a long way.

"He’s accurate and gets the ball out. Looks like he’s managing things very well, everybody’s where they need to be. Looks like he’s hitting the right receivers. To me, I mean, I studied him when he came out, he’s a good football player," Reid said.  "He’s transferred that from college into the NFL. He’s a football player, he gets it. That’s an impressive deal, I think. That’s a plus anytime your third guy can come in and do a great job. (Rams Offensive Coordinator) Brian (Schottenheimer) is a great coach too, so he’s lucky to be in good hands there, from an offensive standpoint."


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Sunday
Oct192014

Rams Surprise Seahawks

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Rams pulled out all the stops to beat their division rival Seattle Seahawks with crafty special teams play in a 28-26 win on Sunday.

Stedman Bailey fooled everyone on a 90-yard fake punt return and Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kickoff return on a squibbed kick that rolled into the end zone in the second quarter put the Rams up 21-3.

The Rams would not be done though, Cunningham's 18-yard reception from kicker Johnny Hekker late in the fourth quarter extended a drive and a late fumble recovery closed the game out.

"It was great execution by them on a couple different scenarios," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "It made a huge difference in this game."

The Seahawks have now lost back-to-back games and sit at 3-3.

"Grateful for the effort, an entire team effort," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said.  "That's a really good football team and that's an understatement."

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

"We have a team that's full of fighters," Wilson said.  "There's nothing better than having your backs against the wall.  That's where we're at right now.  You just play 1-0 and try and focus on what you can control."


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Wednesday
Aug272014

Rams DE Sam Survives First Cut

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay active player in NFL history, survived the team's first round of cuts Tuesday.

Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the 7th round of the 2014 Draft by the Rams, has five tackles and three sacks through three preseason games.

The Rams made four moves to make the league mandated 75-player roster limit. The team released defensive end Sammy Brown and safety Matt Daniels, and placed quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve.

The Rams have one more preseason game before they must reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Sam's main competition for making the team is fellow rookie lineman Ethan Westbrooks.

"I think they're both doing well right now," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "No different than any other positional races on this football team. They're both doing well. You know me, I'm not going to say who's one or who's two."


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Thursday
Mar062014

ESPN: Rams Will Release Cortland Finnegan

David Welker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Saint Louis Rams will release former Pro Bowl corner back Cortland Finnegan, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.

The 30-year-old Finnegan took to Twitter Wednesday to post what appeared to be a goodbye:

"St.Louis thank you for your letting me play for a classy franchise and coach fish nothing but love thank you all."

Finnegan had a rough 2013 season. He broke his orbital bone on Sept. 26 in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. He played in three more games with the injury until he eventually was placed on the injured reserve.
                       

The Rams gave Finnegan a five-year, $50 million contract in 2012. Finnegan would have earned a $3 million roster bonus on March 13.

Despite the looming cut, Finnegan's time in St. Louis may not be over. The St. Louis Dispatch reports Rams head coach Jeff Fisher says the team is interested in re-signing Finnegan at a lower salary.

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Wednesday
Feb122014

Rams Hire Gregg Williams As Defensive Coordinator

NFL via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Rams hired Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator on Wednesday. He will replace Tim Walton, who was fired after just one season at the helm.

The 55-year-old Williams previously served in the same capacity with the Saints from 2009 through 2011, helping New Orleans capture their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIV. He left to join the Rams in February 2012, but was suspended for the entire season by the NFL for his role in the Saints bounty scandal.

Williams was reinstated in February 2013 and spent last season as an assistant with the Tennessee Titans.

“As I’ve stated before, I believe Gregg is an outstanding football coach and is capable of taking our defense to the next level,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement.

The Rams are scheduled to introduce Williams at a news conference on Thursday.

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Wednesday
Jan292014

Rams Fire Defensive Coordinator Tim Walton

NFL Shield(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Rams fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton on Wednesday after one season.

 “I would like to thank Tim for his hard work and contributions to our defense,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “I wish him well in the future.”

The Rams finished with the 2013 season with the 15th overall defense. They also had 53 total sacks and allowed the 13th-most points in the NFL at 22.8.

Before coming to the Rams in 2013, Walton spent four years as secondary coach with the Detroit Lions.

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Monday
Dec232013

Jake Long Has Torn ACL, MCL

NFL via Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long has a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee that will require surgery, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday.

Long was injured on the Rams' third offensive play in their victory Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Long dropped back in pass protection when his knee buckled, sending him to the ground.

No date has been set for the surgery but Fisher says it could be a while.

"With respect to the fact that also the MCL is included, surgery will probably be delayed four to six weeks," Fisher said. "He takes very good care of himself. He knows and understands what's ahead. Obviously he is shocked right now but he's indicated to us that he'll be back and good to go."

The Rams are hopeful Long can return by the beginning of the next regular season or soon after that.

The 28-year-old Long is a four-time Pro Bowler. He signed a four-year, $34 million free agent deal with St. Louis last March.

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