Isaiah Pead, Bernie Kosar, and the Unexpected Power of Words

The NFL preseason is the land of eternal optimism, at least if you're a writer. Team have spent months acquiring new talent and polishing up new schemes, and we are all invited to Ooh and Aah. Then we all play a game of evaluating, as realistically (*cough*) as possible, the reasons why this team will […]

Greg the Leg is back! 55 Observations from Preseason Week 1

The level of competition can be pooh-poohed all you want, but 55 yards is still 55 yards and they don't make the goalposts wider in the preseason. Want to hang your hat on something concrete from tonight's 27-19 scrimmage versus the Cleveland Browns? Greg Zuerlein's well-rested leg is back in the business of making jaw-dropping […]

One-liners from Rams Camp, Week One

Five years ago at this time, the Rams opened practice to the fans for the first time in ages. Also, my son was born. Suddenly, August jumped up the rankings from one of the worst months in St Louis to one of the best. Unfortunately, though, the Rams and the boy aren't quite ready to […]

Rams Fan Fest 2013: the wraps come off Tavon Austin and the offense

"Hey Will. Ten and six!"  Train's voice rumbled down from two rows above me, sitting behind the goal posts as the offense and defense played 11-on-11 in a red zone drill. Brian Quick split out wide left, with Jared Cook in the slot next to him. Chris Civens and Tavon Austin lined up to the […]

Deacon Jones: A Game-Changing Legend Passes

Even among professional athletes, the elite of the elite among those to ever play a sport, there are levels of greatness that can elevate you to various levels of immortality. There is single-game (or even single-play) greatness, such as The Tackle that won Super Bowl XXXIV for the Rams and won Mike Jones a hero's […]

Three UDFA Rams Rookies to Watch

This weekend marked the first time that the Rams rookies got on the field to work with Rams coaches. Seven draft picks, 22 undrafted free agents, and a busload of "tryout" players — promised nothing but a hotel room and a chance to earn a coach's eye — made their way to Earth City and […]

Know Your Rams: Twitter-stalking the 2013 Draft Class

We've spent months reading scouting reports, scouring film cutups (most of them by the indispensible Draft Breakdown crew), and debating with each other the games and playing styles of these prospects. But how well do we actually know the newest members of the St Louis Rams?  ("Well," says the twice-divorced itinerant philosopher in the room, […]

A Nightmare on Rams Street: Scary NFL Draft Scenarios

[View the story “#RamsDraft Nightmares … what are fans scared of?” on Storify] What draft scenarios would scare Rams fans the most? I collected responses on Storify on the eve of the first round. If the story fails to load in this page, click here.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster: the Rams Draft Blueprint (Podcast)

We are two days away from a football fan's true Christmas. The NFL Draft is approaching, and in its few remaining eves we are acting like crazed children trying to figure out what gifts will be bestowed upon us. We're arguing about which shiny bauble we want most, spying into dark corners for clues, and […]

On Credibility

Not that anyone reads it, but we have a brief writer's guide here at RamsHerd. Right at the top, it says: We aren’t a magazine or a newspaper, but we can follow a basic journalistic code: be unique check your facts check your spelling and don’t rip people off. That was my attempt at setting […]

Where does Steven Jackson play in 2013? (A RamsHerd Round Table)

Jim Thomas just reported that Steven Jackson has elected to test free agency, saying goodbye to a guaranteed $7 million from the Rams in hopes of one more contract as a starting RB … and to potentially increase his chances of a deep playoff run.  The open question is which contending team might look at […]

Rams claim Titus Young: the hidden risks of a “no-risk” move

The St Louis Rams took a chance that no other team in the NFL was willing to, putting in a waiver claim on Titus Young. Young had been released by the Detroit Lions earlier this week for all kinds of conduct detrimental to his team, which raises a huge question: why would Jeff Fisher take […]