Can Jared Cook be an Elite TE?

Jared Cook is a five-year veteran, 26 years old, and, before his two (but should’ve been three) touchdown, 6237-yard explosion in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals, an overlooked run-of-the-mill tight end. For the first four years of his career, Cook persevered in Tennessee, week to week through the treacherous Vince Young/Kerry Collins/Matt Hasselbeck/Jake Locker […]


On Sam Bradford and his recovery from Battered Quarterback Syndrome

"Battered quarterback syndrome (BQS)." Symptoms include jumpy feet, erratic throws and frustrated WRs unable to complete their routes before the whistle blows dead. Once the diagnosis is made, few have recovered. Sam Bradford is one of those few. In his first home preseason game in 2010, the Minnesota Vikings sacked Bradford 8 times in one […]


2013 Rams Season Preview: Young Team Must Prove It Before They Can Ram It

Suddenly, there are stakes. It has been a long time since there have been legitimate, justifiable expectations for winning Rams football, and you can tell St Louis doesn’t really know how to act. The local history of relevant professional football boils down to two blips: the too-brief Air Coryell days of the late 70s, and […]


Takeaways and Giveaways: Rams 2013 preseason comes to a sloppy end

First off, a confession: I didn't watch the Rams' fourth preseason game. I'm not one of those people that pooh-poohs the value of the preseason, but that last week is often a gruesome spectacle with few starters and little resemblance to actual football.  That said, we can perform a little archaeological dig through the remains […]

Three Burning Questions: 2013 Rams Predictions

Found a fun little infographic polling tool last night called Poptip, and decided to use it to chart some fan opinions heading into the 2013 season. Turns out you get three free questions before the account people come and get you, so here are the three hottest-burning questions in my mind, and your responses. If […]


Alec Ogletree, Tavon Austin growing up quickly for Rams vs Broncos

Jeff Fisher has a plan for the Rams, and it revolves around raw young players with unique athletic gifts. If you give these athletes lots of playing time, you hopefully accelerate their ability to reach their potential.  Three weeks into the preseason, we're seeing it happen with rookies Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, TJ McDonald, and […]


The Tavon Austin Show Needs a Rewrite as Rams Fall to Packers

The St Louis Rams' home opener vs the Green Bay Packers was treated as little more than a padded practice by Jeff Fisher and the coaching staff, but even with low expectations the level of execution – or lack of it – was irksome for the paying fans in attendance. It was a sloppy contest […]


Sam Bradford looks to reset expectations in 2013

Just like every other quarterback (and to a greater extent, every professional athlete), Sam Bradford can’t control the professional expectations hovering over his head every second of every day. He can’t control his team’s decision to stick by his side while Robert Griffin III patiently waited behind Door #1. He can’t control that the six-year, […]


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 […]