NFL Update: The St. Louis Rams 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
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2013 Recap: The St. Louis Rams missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season, but finished with a respectable 7-9 record given the toughness of their division. The Rams had the ninth best rushing defense in the NFL and a scary good pass rush, but their lack of consistent offense hurt them throughout the year. The Rams ranked 21st in offensive points scored and 30th in total yards. The Rams will be a contender in the NFC West once they find a way to get their offense on the same page as their defense.
Key Losses: The Rams are an extremely young team and didn’t lose anybody who plays an important role on the team. Of course, unless you consider backup quarterback Kellen Clemens important, as he left for the San Diego Chargers. Clemens played the last three seasons for the Rams and saw his most action last year, throwing for 1,673 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games. The Rams must find a reliable backup quarterback given Sam Bradford’s injury history.
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Key Additions: Free agency has been mighty boring for the Rams, as they seem to like their young team and are cautious about messing up the chemistry. However, the Rams did take a chance on wide receiver Kenny Britt. Britt played his first five seasons with the Tennessee Titans and has 157 receptions for 2,450 yards and 19 touchdowns. This is a high risk/high reward signing given Britt’s off-the-field issues and his injury history. Although there’s no denying that Britt has talent to help get the Rams offense going.
Draft: While the selection of Michael Sam is stealing all of the headlines, I absolutely love the Rams first four selections. Greg Robinson has the potential to be a wonderful offensive lineman for the next 10 years. Aaron Donald was one of the top interior defensive linemen in the draft and adds depth to an already loaded front seven. Lamarcus Joyner is a physical defensive back who makes plays on the ball. And running back Tre Mason is a speedster who will thrive playing in the dome. The Rams added quality players to their team in the draft and it will pay off in a big way.
2014 Outlook, So Far: The Rams enter the season as a bit of a mystery. While they have all of the talent in the world, they are in the season division with the Seahawks, Cardinals and 49ers. The NFC West is simply unfair and forces the Rams to be an elite football team just to have a shot at sniffing the playoffs. The Rams have the defense to compete with any team in the league, the problem is their offense isn’t consistent enough yet to surpass the other teams in their division. Playoffs or not, this is a team heading in the right direction and will make some noise this year.
Sept. 7 Minnesota Vikings, 1
Sept. 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05
Sept. 21 Dallas Cowboys, 1
Sept. 28 BYE
Oct. 5 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1
Oct. 13 San Francisco 49ers (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 19 Seattle Seahawks, 1
Oct. 26 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1
Nov. 2 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05
Nov. 9 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25
Nov. 16 Denver Broncos, 1
Nov. 23 at San Diego Chargers, 4:05
Nov. 30 Oakland Raiders, 1
Dec. 7 at Washington Redskins, 1
Dec. 11 Arizona Cardinals (Thu), 8:25
Dec. 21 New York Giants, 4:05
Dec. 28 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25