For all you armchair GMs: Best Available Free Agents

As of Sept 7, here’s who is still out there: Offense – Defense. Pickings appear to be slim in general, but with several appealing options at running back/fullback, if we need to place Gado on the PUP list with his busted rib cartilage. Remember that Gado’s value is at least halfway as a blocker … […]

Governor’s Cup Wrap – Looking at Players on the Bubble

Well, the Rams gave a good show for the hometown fans, which is in itself a rarity. A defense that gave up a few big plays managed to not be killed by any of them, and showed a resiliency and aggressiveness that resulted in game-changing turnovers. In striking contrast to the Chiefs, the Rams did […]

Governor’s Cup! What to Watch For

Imo’s Pizza versus Gates Barbecue. Schlafly Pale Ale versus Boulevard Wheat. East St Louis vs Kansas City, Kansas. Jazz vs Blues. The Arch versus … a spiny blowfish of a convention center. Once and for all, in Governor’s Cup XX, we will settle tonight the question of Who’s Better! That is, at least until next […]

Rebuilding the Rams Offense: Observations from PFF (Part 3)

Part 1 and Part 2 of our ongoing preseason conversation with ProFootballFocus focused on the defense: key factors in the front seven and in the secondary. This week, we look holistically at the offensive line, and specifically at the key offseason moves — signing Jason Brown from the Ravens, drafting Jason Smith, and moving Alex […]

Rams vs Chiefs: Bubble Battle at QB

Five players got the axe Tuesday from the Rams, including official “bust” Joe Klopfenstein. A sixth player, WR Brooks Foster, was placed on Injured Reserve, meaning that 21 more will be cut after this final preseason game. So we will have position battles all over the field, played out as the Rams and Chiefs players […]

The First (Five) Cuts are the Sharpest

Wow. Devaney is not afraid to go bold. In announcing four of their five cuts, the Rams included the ostensibly still-battling-for-the-3rd-string-job Joe Klopfenstein. This declares one camp battle over, as there is almost nothing Daniel Fells can do, outside of punching the Pope, to lose the 3rd-string job to Eric Butler. Then, rather than placing […]

Coming up this week on RamsHerd

I’m traveling to Atlanta on business Monday and Tuesday, but will try to keep you rolling in fresh content as I can. Here’s what’s on tap: The Rams will begin making roster cutdowns, from 80 to 75. Via his Twitter account,

Weekend Reading: “Return Man”

“Don’t take anything for granted,” Vermeil tells the players. “Nothing in life gets better by accident. It will take a degree of concentration you’ve never experienced as a Ram to succeed. Winning is not complicated. People complicate it. Consistent winning motivation comes from within. As I build this team, I will eliminate those who aren’t […]

More thoughts from Rams-Bengals

The Rams’ cornerbacks had a very rough go last night. In quick succession in the second quarter: Justin King got beat deep middle for what should have been a touchdown, but the throw glanced off Andre Caldwell’s fingers. Jonathan Wade gets flagged for defensive holding on a pass that was tipped incomplete by the D-line, […]

Rams vs Bengals: Quick reactions

I’ll be writing something more in-depth after further review, but here were my quick thoughts from the first team portion of the Rams’ game against the Bengals: Chris Long looked energized rushing from the LDE spot. We’ve often called Leonard Little our “best” pass rusher, but it’s worth noting that he is never lined up […]

Why do the Bengals want to take away our NFL?

Looking ahead to this week’s matchup against the Bengals, no on-field issue is more important than the elephant in the room: owner Mike Brown’s refusal to pay a fat man his due. The Bengals’ first two picks were like the bad-character Bizarro mirror of the Rams’ first two picks: For our “good citizen” tackle Jason […]

Remaking the Defense: Observations from PFF (Part 2)

Last week, we had an interesting round-table with Sam and Ben from Pro Football Focus on two key figures in the Rams’ defensive front seven: James Hall and the now-departed Pisa Tinoisamoa. This time, I wanted to focus on our secondary, a definite area of weakness, but one which might contain our two most reliable […]