I’m not going to tell you how to feel about Michael Sam

A friend of mine from high school came out shortly after graduation, and my first thought was “you lied.” This was twenty years ago, I was a teenager and a girl that I loved had loved him, you see. Her anger and confusion boiled up with my own, and I probably said and did some […]

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Debating the Rams’ First Round Picks, Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald, and Who to Draft in Round 2-3

The St Louis Rams are done with smokescreens, done with questions about Sam Bradford, done with months of speculation. They made a statement with their first two picks of the 2014 NFL Draft. Loosely translated, that statement reads something like “Come at me, bro.”
Auburn’s freakishly talented Greg Robinson re-anchors the offensive line, and John Randle-sized defensive tackle Aaron Donald adds yet another wave of pass-rush ability to the game’s most complete defensive line. With these picks, the Rams are preparing to win the trench warfare that defines the new NFC West. Both picks are earning acclaim from nationwide pundits, but what do the RamsHerd writers think? Read on.

You can’t make this up: Rodger Saffold edition

It was a Wednesday evening in early March and I was spending it like any obsessed Rams fan would be: on Twitter, searching for updates on free agent guard Travelle Wharton, because he might be thinking about retirement, but for gods' sake would be a better option than Davin Joseph, who the Rams were wining […]

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 4: Defensive Backs

The last day of workouts will feature the backend of the defense. And while they won’t break this group up in Indy, we will here at Ramsherd. There are some obvious team needs in the defensive backfield that will make this group a must-study. Let’s dive in. Cornerbacks NEED LEVEL – MEDIUM The Rams began […]

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 3: The Front Seven

Monday morning of the NFL Combine will be the defensive prospects' turn to lace them up for all eyes to see. Members of the defensive front, linemen and linebackers, will get the first crack at it.  The consensus for all sound minds is the Rams defensive front is the overwhelming strength of the team.  There […]

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 2: QB, WR, RB

The second day of workouts at the 2014 combine is easily the most intriguing for the Rams, and will easily be the most-discussed among Rams fans.  As the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers take the field at Lucas Oil Field, I expect Les Snead, Jeff Fisher and company to be fully attentive. Let's dive […]

Rams Fan Guide to the NFL Combine, Day 1

The weekend of May 8-10 is undoubtedly one of the biggest turning points thus far in the Jeff Fisher & Les Snead era.  The 2014 draft will provide the Rams with ample opportunities to continue to build this roster in hopes of catching the divisional front-runners,  the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  Of course, […]

Robert Quinn makes his DPOY case clear in win over Bucs

As Robert Quinn closes in on opposing quarterbacks, there is always an uncertainty. Is there a hot read? Is the rush coming equally hot from Chris Long or Will Hayes on the opposite side? Does this quarterback have the ability or tendency to shift around in the pocket, or bail out entirely and go on […]

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive in St Louis this weekend as a more dangerous team than their 4-10 record might suggest. All four of those wins have come in the last six weeks of the season, and despite being written off nationally, the team has been playing very well for embattled coach Greg Schiano in […]

Rams put a hex on the Saints in St Louis again

Two years ago, AJ Feely and a hangdog Rams team playing for little but pride pulled off one of the great upsets of that year. The victims were the New Orleans Saints, then as now putative contenders for a deep playoff run. That unlikely win created a blueprint for pulling off the Big Upset.  Two […]

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Saints with Saints Nation

On one hand, the St Louis Rams have to be relieved to be playing anyone not in their own division, after the disappointing beatdowns of the past two weeks against the Cardinals and 49ers. On the other hand, they will be facing a New Orleans Saints team that is charging toward the season's finish line […]

Rams try to bully the bullies in San Francisco, and fail

To say that football is a "man's game" is to tacitly acknowledge its ugliness. There will be nut-punches. There will be tears. There will be bullying and cheap shots and profanity and carrying on as befits a kindergarten playground. And, barring some truly exceptional circumstance, the game will be won by the men that are […]

A Turning Point: Quantifying the Rams’ Rapid Improvement

As the Rams prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers in the first of their divisional rematches, it's a good time to look at how different this team is now. Not just in personnel, but in attitude and in play. One need look only at the scoreboard over the last two weeks for the easiest […]

Triple-threat running attack mauls Bears in a 42-21 win

It's safe to say that the Rams have found a new identity in their two-game winning streak. Perhaps better said, they've found an old one.  After opening the season without a known commodity starting at running back, the Rams invested heavily on the perimeter to prepare for an aerial assault helmed by an efficient Sam […]