Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Indianapolis Colts signed Evan Boehm off the Los Angeles Rams practice squad last week to their active roster. The Rams signed Boehm last September to fulfill their 10-man practice squad roster.
Boehm selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft from the University of Missouri, a school he gave a verbal commitment in junior high. He started all four years at Mizzou with a streak of 52 consecutive games. He began as a guard and center and has the versatility to play all positions of the line.
The Colts team decimated by injuries on both sides of the ball needed players and went the damage control route. The Rams added offfensive tackle Rick Leonard to the practice squad rookie from Florida State.
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Todd Gurley, running back for the Los Angeles Rams set a new personal record in rushing today by breaking his original best of 159 yards against the Denver Broncos. The 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, carried the ball 28 times for 208 yards and increasing his season total to 621 yards. Gurley now leads the league in rushing with his excellent performance today.
The voters robbed Gurley whom many believe of the 2017 NFL MVP in which named Tom Brady of the New England Patriots as the winner. Gurley put up career number last season in rushing, receiving, and touchdowns didn't play in the final game of the season as he could have won the rushing title.
Against the Broncos, Gurley averaged 7.4 yards per run, as he knifed through the Bronco defense scoring twice. Playing in inclement weather and the high altitude didn't slow down Gurley. The Rams as a team rushed for 272 yards averaging 7.4 yards per each run.
Gurely after today should have his name entered as the favorite to be named the NFL MVP if his performance to continue to increase. He has now rushed for over 100 yards for the third time this season. Gurley now has rushed for nine touchdowns, received for two scores and a pair of two-point conversions.
The Rams escaped the Broncos late comeback by winning the game 23-20 to remain perfect on the season. The will play next week against their NFC rival San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium Santa Clara.
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Updated 10/14/2018 2:50PM PST
For the second consecutive week, the Los Angeles Rams lost starting receiver Cooper Kupp to an injury. Kupp on a second down and 13, received the jet sweep from Jared Goff and ran the ball up the sideline for a first down. However, on the play, former Ram and current Denver Broncos safety Darian safety, not only face masked Kupp but also tackled him with a horse collar type tackle. A penalty was enforced on the play as Kupp remained down appearing to clutch his left knee.
Kupp needed to have assistance and carried off the field on the cart to get further testing on his injury. Rams remain optimistic that there is no structural damage to any ligaments. Kupp's status to return is questionable, as second-year receiver Josh Reynolds steps in to replace him at the slot.
Rams linebacker Matt Longacre is questionable to return as well with an apparent back injury.
Kupp has returned to the lineup in the second half.
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The Denver Broncos are hosting the Los Angeles Rams at Mile High Stadium today in a game where the Rams mark to remain perfect this season. The Rams produce one the highest scoring offenses in the league to a Bronco defense that's not been good at all.
Today, the Rams will be playing not only against the Broncos but mother nature too! The temperatures are expected to be around 24 degrees at kickoff, and the field already has been blanketed with snow. Could this be the key to the Broncos defense to slow down the explosive offense?
The question asked whether or not the Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff can effectively throw the ball in the snow and the freezing conditions. Goff has unusually smaller hands for a quarterback, as he will get tested by protecting the ball from the Broncos front seven.
The Broncos front seven consist on future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller, Brandon Marshall and rookie edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Nose Tackle Domata Peko Sr, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, presented many issues for the Rams offensive line the last time he played. His pressure up the middle disrupted the Rams offense, and on a key fourth and short, he stuffed Todd Gurley in the backfield for a loss.
However, this is entirely a different Rams offensive line, that premiers some nasty "big uglies" on their offensive line. Starting from left to right, Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold, John Sullivan, Austin Blythe, and Rob Havenstein will be relied upon heavily to produce an active Rams running game.
Will the inclement weather be a factor for the team from the sunny west coast? That will be the expectation from the Bronco fans as they hope that the cold elements will affect the Rams players.
However, what they don't know, four of the Rams starting five offensive linemen went to universities where they collegiately in snow. However, the captain of the offensive line Whitworth, played the majority of his career in Cincinnati as the weather proposed no issues for his play. So, I like the chances of this Rams offensive line against the Broncos defense.
Expect to watch the Rams run the ball heavily against the Broncos defense, as the Rams will run Gurley as early and often. Perhaps, this will be the week Rams will have rookie running back John Kelly active as his punishing style of running is very useful in a smash mouth offense. Don't expect to see Goff throwing the ball as much today, but on the other hand, with the wizard Sean McVay calling the plays, he may go against the odds and throw the ball with quick passes.
Last week, the Broncos defense surrendered 323 yards rushing to the New York Jets, with Isaiah Crowell gaining 219 yards and Bilal Powell with 99-yards of his own. It was an ugly day for the defense, and the Rams will look to exploit their weakness. Let's see if this will become the game that Gurley will set his career mark with rushing for 200 yards.
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Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, starting wide receivers for the Los Angeles Rams has been cleared to play in tomorrow contest against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. The two receivers removed from the game last week because of concussions they sustained against the Seattle Seahawks.
Midway through the second quarter, with a first down and 15 yards to go, the Rams had the ball on their 12-yard line. Quarterback Jared Goff would find Cooks on a deep out rout picking up the first down at their 31-yard line. However, after catching the ball, Cooks suffered a devastating blow from Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson in which Cooks dropped to the turf limped. It appeared to be helmet to helmet contact by Thompson; however, there was no penalty enforced.
The hit that Cooks suffered was similar to the gruesome hit he received in the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Cooks laid motionless on the field and never returned to the game after suffering the concussion.
Kupp's concussion was a bit bizarre, as you never seen him take any severe hits from the Seahawk defense. In the final minutes of the second quarter, Kupp caught a pass from Goff, and it appeared while being tackled his head hit the turf. He finished the half and went into the lockeroom but didn't return the second half.
Kupp said he wasn't feeling well and expressed it to the Rams head trainer Reggie Scott. He was evaluated for a concussion and quickly place into the concussion protocol. Cooks put in that same protocol brought concerns to Rams organization, now that both Kupp and himself were out. Robert Woods stepped in a big way without the starters, and Rams received a significant contribution from second-year receiver Josh Reynolds and rookie KhaDarel Hodge.
Both players cleared the protocol today and have been made to play against the Broncos. The Rams will try and remain perfect this season as they are currently 5-0 for the first time since 2001. Rams will be up against climent weather and will need to rely on heavy running by Todd Gurley, which will later onen up the passing game.
This game is unusually difficult to predict for a couple of reasons. X-factor number one is the weather. Temperatures forecasted in the 20s with snow likely. X-factor number two is the fact Denver is a different team at home. Between the elevation and the crowd noise, Denver is a tough place to play. They very nearly knocked off Kansas City Chiefs in a Monday night game a couple of weeks ago. The Los Angeles Rams are a better team than the Broncos right now, and they should win, but this game is no walk in the park by any means.
Rams Offense vs. Broncos Defense
Coming into this season, this visioned on paper like a marquee matchup, but statistically speaking that is no longer the case. The Bronco's defense has been a colossal disappointment, ranked 26th in the league. All-world pass-rushing linebacker Von Miller had three sacks in Denver's opener but hasn't had another one since. You still have to account for him, of course, and if he breaks out like he is capable of doing, an upset alert might be in order. The Broncos top draft choice, Bradley Chubb, staffs the other outside linebacker position, and while this duo (especially Chubb) hasn't yet been the terror the Broncos envisioned going into this season, the talent is there. The ability of Rams tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein to control these guys is one of the key matchups that may decide who wins this game. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is one of the better players at his position and needs to play well for Denver to have a chance. Assuming Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks plays (and most reports say he probably will after suffering a concussion against Seattle), he'll see a lot of Harris. Of course, any defense that faces the Rams also has to shut down receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp (again, expected to play following a concussion last week), and the problem for Denver is that they only have one, Chris Harris. Cornerback Bradley Roby, a former first-round pick, has had his struggles this year, as has the Denver secondary in general. Denver's best pass defense may well be the weather. If it's as bad as expected, it could do what no NFL defense has done so far this year..dampen the Rams explosive passing attack. In which case, Denver could see a heavy dose of Todd Gurley. The Broncos gave up an astounding 326 yards on the ground against the New York Jets last week. No that's not a typo, and yes, Gurley is better than any running back the Jets have (no offense to Isaiah Crowell, but let's get real here). If Todd Gurley goes off, rushing for anywhere over 150 yards, this could get ugly. Even is he rushes for say, 125 yards and racks up another 75 yards in receiving, it likely spells victory for the Rams. The Bronco linebackers vs. Todd Gurley may well decide this game. If that happens, I like the Rams chances.
Rams Defense vs. Denver Offense
I fully expect Denver to take a page from the Seahawks playbook and go "ground and pound" in this game, especially if the weather is terrible. The Rams gave up almost 190 yards rushing last week in Seattle, and nearly lost a game they were expected to win handily. They have to do a better job this week; it's as simple as that. Bronco running backs Phillip Lindsey and Royce Freeman as at least as good as the Seahawks backs, but the good news is that Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips has had a week to address the problem. I also understand the Rams defense had a players-only meeting on the subject. Rams D-lineman Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Micheal Brockers (again, expected to play after some injury concerns) need to win their battles up front, and the Rams linebackers need to step up as a unit. Other than Corey Littleton, the linebacking crew has been a little disappointing. Inside linebacker Mark Barron returned to action last week and played reasonably well last week, considering he hadn't seen the field for a while. However, there are concerns about whether the cold weather may oppose a problem for his Achilles tendon, and we don't know at this point whether the will play or if so how much.
Outside linebackers Matt Longacre and Samson Ekubam will need to step up, both against the run but especially at rushing the passer. Rams cornerback Marcus Peters was pretty disappointing against Seattle, frankly looking lost on a couple of plays, and generally just having a bad day. He said his calf injury has healed, and he needs to play better, as does the secondary in general. The good news for the Rams pass-defense that Broncos quarterback Case Keenum is back to being whom we thought he was and not the MVP candidate we saw with Minnesota last season (at least so far). Denver does have some talent at receiver, but given the likely weather conditions along with Keenum's struggles, and not to mention Seattle's success running the ball last week, I am most concerned about stopping the Denver running game. It is worth noting that for all of the gnashing of teeth and general hysteria about the Rams defensive woes, they are still ninth in total defense. However, the rush defense is 18th, and that could be a problem if they don't play better on Sunday.
Edge: Rams (but they need to play better)
A mixed bag for the Rams last week. They blocked a punt, and Cairo Santos kicked what turned out to be the game-winning field goal, but the kickoff coverage could have been better. Johnny Hekker was closer to the Johnny Hekker we are used to, and in the mile-high elevation, he could be a real weapon, albeit hopefully one the Rams don't have to use too often. The Broncos special teams were just awful in 2017. While they seem a little better this year, I am going to check the box for the Rams here.
There are questions about Bronco coach Vance Joseph and his staff, and according to some media reports, even about team President/General Manager John Elway, although firing Elway seems almost unthinkable. However, last year's disappointing 5-11 finish combined with a lackluster 2-3 record this season certainly has the coaching staff on the proverbial "hot seat." Joseph has promised changes after last week's debacle of a loss in New York. On the other side of the field, of course, things are very different. Sean McVay is widely considered one of the best coaches in the league. Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips and Special Teams Coach John ''Bones" Fassel are likewise highly regarded. A significant advantage here for the Rams
I said at the outset that this game is somewhat hard to predict. The Rams are the better team in all phases of the game. However, they barely escaped Seattle last week with a win, and the combination of the weather, the elevation, and the typically loud Denver crowd could spell upset. However, talent and coaching usually win, and I predict they will take this week as well, although it could be a lower scoring game then people think.
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The Los Angeles Rams have added center Aaron Neary back to their practice squad. The organization released him from the practice squad last week which many believes it stemmed from his arrest for a DUI and a hit and run incident.
Apparently, the Rams only had 52 players on the active roster, and Neary in his third year on a practice squad would needed to promoted to the active roster. Instead the Rams released him and was awarded Darious Williams from waivers of the Baltimore Ravens.
As reported the other day, his arrest had no reflection on his release, it merely was a collective bargaining rule that needed to be enforced.
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The Los Angeles Rams awarded defensive back Darious Williams from waivers of the Baltimore Ravens. Williams was released last week when Jimmy Smith returned from his four-game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Williams who went undrafted of the 2018 NFL Draft was signed by the Ravens quickly after the draft. Williams who played collegiately at UAB is small in stature but a physical back. He was named a First Team All-Conference USA his junior season. He was tied for second in interceptions with five, 50 tackles (four for losses), and led the conference with 15 pass deflections.
Before Williams senior season, UAB lost their football program for two seasons but later reinstated. However, despite Williams receiving offers from D-1 programs, he declined and chose to stick with UAB. It turned out to be a wise move for him as he later was named as a Pro Football Focus First Team All-American.
Williams is a small defensive back but very physical, and never shy from away from the action. An excellent pressing corner that mixes it up with receivers and stays within his coverage assignments. He has excellent hands, and interceptions attempts usually are secured when he grabs them. He fits well in Wade Phillips scheme as he can play man, zone coverage, and press corner. Pro Football Focus statistics showed he had the 10th lowest passing rating when targeted at 34%. He was the second highest rated in coverage at 93.4% in all of FBS cornerbacks.
Williams has played in three games this season before being released while playing on special teams since the opening week. The scrappy defensive back will help on special teams and possibly will see some action this week if active. Rams travel this week to play the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, as they look to remain perfect on Sunday.
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The Los Angeles Rams have released center Aaron Neary from the practice squad. The Simi Valley Police Department arrested Neary for a DUI and a hit and run incident.
The arrest occurred after the Rams victory over the Arizona Cardinals 34-0 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Reports were that Neary had hit a bus stop, trash can, and a mailbox and fled the scene. A witness to the accident called 9-1-1 and as the police spotted Neary and pulled him over.
Simi Valley PD perform a breathalyzer on Neary as his blood level was twice the legal limit of 0.08 that is allowed by the State of California.
Neary’s B.A.C. (Blood Alcohol Content) was at 0.17, at around 6:30 pm of his arrest and the Rams game just ended shortly before 4 pm. A question will surface on how did Neary's level reach so high in a two-hour period, such as was he drinking while on the sideline and locker-room?
No reason was given about Neary's released, but have to be sure that it stems for from the arrest of the DUI. Neary was an undrafted free agent from the 2016 NFL draft in his third season.
No replacement for Neary at this point, but with linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo due to return from the PUP list, the Rams current roster is at 52. Expect the tenth and practice squad position to be filled soon with another linebacker or offensive lineman.
On paper, this looks like a mismatch. Oddsmakers are favoring the unbeaten Rams by 7.5 points, and Seattle will be missing defensive standouts K.J. Wright and Earl Thomas, who may have played his last game as a Seahawk. That hobbled defense will be trying to slow down a high-flying Rams offense that is probably rivaled only by Kansas City in its ability to score, one that lit up the Vikings for 38 points in their last outing.
However, division games are never easy. Just think back to the dark days of the Jeff Fisher regime for evidence of that. As bad as the Rams were some of those years, they often gave then-powerhouse Seattle all they could handle and then some. The Seahawks will also be out for revenge after the Rams humiliated them at home last December.
Yes, I like the Rams to win this game, but it probably will be a tougher game than many expect. Also, you never know.. A turnover here, a significant penalty there, and an upset could happen.
Rams Offense vs. Seattle Defense:
If Seattle is going to pull the upset here, they probably need to keep the Rams offense from scoring more than 23 points or so, something no one has done so far in 2018. The 'Hawks don't have the firepower to win a shootout with the high-octane Los Angeles offense, barring the Rams going into the full turnover mode. The Seahawks are ranked a surprising 7th in the league in total defense and have been giving up only about 20 points per game.
Then again, they haven't exactly faced "murderers row" of NFL offenses, with games against the Cardinals, Cowboys, Bears, and Broncos. None of those teams is remotely in the class of the Rams, offense-wise. What makes things worse for Seattle is the fact that two of their big three defensive stars won't play on Sunday. Safety Earl Thomas, who may be the best at his position in the entire league, is out with a broken leg. Linebacker K.J. Wright continues to battle a knee injury, and also is expected to miss Sunday's game (in fact no one seems to know when he will be back).
Since the league has now suspended Mychal Kendricks, who had been filling in for Wright, that means rookie Austin Calitro will likely replace Wright. Calitro isn't a bad player and filled in reasonably well for middle linebacker Bobby Wagner against the Bears earlier this year--- but he isn't KJ Wright.
The Rams offense, meanwhile, looked almost unstoppable in their last game against the Vikings. Jared Goff (the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September) was dropping dimes against the Vikings defense, and all three starting receivers for the Rams topped 100 yards as Goff threw for 465 yards against the league's number one defense last year. Todd Gurley, meanwhile, topped 150 yards in total offense, rushing for 83 yards and racking up over 70 yards catching the ball.
However, maybe the unsung hero of that game was the Rams offensive line, as has been the case all season. While guard Rodger Saffold missed some practice time this week, Rams Coach Sean McVay says that was a precaution and that he should play as usual Sunday. More bad news for Seattle was that their best pass rusher, Frank Clark, was down for much of this week with what speculated as food poisoning. I guess that Clark will play on Sunday, but whether he will be 100 percent is another question. If you have ever had food poisoning (as I have), it can take something out of you for a few days.
Given their injuries at linebacker and safety, Seattle probably has to generate a pass rush in this game to have a chance, even if it means blitzing a lot. I don't think they can do it without going blitz heavy, which could expose their pass coverage. However, we will see.
Rams Defense vs. Seattle Offense
I expect Seattle to go old-school ''ground and pound," trying to run the ball an effort to eat up the clock and keep the Rams offense off the field.
One of the few areas where the Seahawks seem to have improved over the 2017 'Hawks is in their ability to run the ball. Chris Carson and Mike Davis have logged 100-yard rushing games for Seattle, although top draft pick Rashaad Penny has been something of a disappointment so far.
If Seattle can run the ball and get a few breaks, they may have a chance to win this game. However, for that to happen, the Hawks O-line has to handle Ndamukong Suh, Micheal Brockers and Aaron Donald up front. I have my doubts about that happening, although some observers think the Seahawks offensive line is better than people think.
For the Rams, linebacker Mark Barron is expected to play for the first time this season. Rams outside linebackers Samson Ebukam and Matt Longacre have shown flashes, but haven't been great overall this year (especially Longacre). They need to step up. If they can do that, this defense could go from pretty good to very good or even great. The other Ram defender who needs to improve this week is corner Sam Shields, who had his ups and downs against the Vikings.
The same could be said of fellow corner Marcus Peters, but I guess that a calf injury still hampered him against Minnesota. I hope for a better performance this week. The good news for the Rams is that Seattle's receiving corps is nowhere near as good as that of the Vikings. The critical battle here will be the Rams D-line against the 'Hawks O-line.
Aaron Donald has sacked Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson 7 times in eight games and took over the game in the last meeting of these two teams in December in Seattle. If that happens again, the Rams win this game in all likelihood.
The special team is an area that is hard to predict, mostly because of injuries to the Rams. Placekicker Greg Zuerlein is out again, and the Rams have signed former Chief Cairo Santos to replace Sam Ficken until ''Greg the Leg" returns. The bad news for the Rams is that Santos is not Zuerlein. The good news is that he is also not Sam Ficken. Rams Punter Johhny Hekker had a rare bad day against the Vikings, but assuming he isn't injured, I don't expect that to happen this week. Kick returner Pharoh Cooper is still out for Los Angeles, but Jojo Natson, who did a decent job filling in for him, is expected back. For Seattle placekicker, Sebastian Janikowski has been up and down but did kick a game-winner against the Cardinals last week. Kick returner Tyler Lockett is always dangerous for Seattle. I'm going to check the box here for Seattle, even though I think it's close
No offense to Pete Carroll, who after all has a Super Bowl Ring, but I think Sean McVay is a near-genius when it comes to coaching an offense, and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips and special teams coach John "Bones" Fassel may be the best at what they do in the NFL as well. It's not that the Seattle coaching staff is terrible--they are not. It's that the Rams coaching staff is good.
Division games are always tough, and Seattle generally has one of the most significant home field advantages in the NFL. If Seattle can run the ball effectively, play good defense, and make a play or two on special teams, they can win this game. However, the ''play good defense" part against this offense and with Seattle's injuries won't be easy. If Los Angeles jumps out to an early lead and Seattle has to abandon the run, this could get ugly. An upset is indeed possible here, and I don't think it will happen.
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Jared Goff, the starting quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams named Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after his excellent play against Minnesota Vikings last Thursday night. One day later, fans in Los Angeles woke up to the news that Goff named as the Offensive Player of the Month.
However, let's take a step back into the past for a short moment. Just two seasons ago, the Rams sold the house move up in the draft to select Goff as the number one overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. They were very confident that they've found their franchise quarterback of the future.
However, after a horrific pre-season, the criticism begin from several analysts who would label Goff as a bust, and that the Rams made the absolute wrong choice in selecting Goff number one. The second game of the season, the Rams added fuel to the fire for the critics by announcing that Goff would be inactive in week one. It just so happens, that it was a Monday Night Football game against his hometown San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers destroyed the Rams in that nationally televised game as starting quarterback Case Keenum was annihilated throughout the game. The Rams started the season 0-2 but would win three straight games from there, but then the wheels fell off the losing six of the next seven games. Head coach Jeff Fisher, despite knowing Goff wasn't ready, went against his wishes and named Goff as the starter against the New Orleans Saints, considering it to be damage control. The next several weeks didn't fair positive for Goff and after a 42-14 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Fisher would be fired that week.
In Goff's first start, he threw for three touchdowns and one interception in that game, but it appeared he was on the way to success. However, the Rams would lose the remainder of their five games making Jared Goff 0-6 in his career starts. The critics would come out in numbers against stating the fact, Goff was not the right choice.
NFL analyst Chris Carter with Colin Herd, speaking on his show "The Herd" would publicly disparage the Rams about Goff play. Here is what Carter had to say:
Chris Carter Remarks On Jared Goff
You tell me, where is Case Keenum the answer to anything — besides his family members? Hey that’s my brother, that’s my son, that’s it,” Carter said on The Herd. What is he the answer to? When you have Case Keenum on your roster, that means I have a second or third backup who’s got some experience. But I’m going to draft a kid from Cal with the No. 1 pick, I’m moving this franchise and he’s not going to play? Like they made a colossal mess-up. Just admit it. We all makes mistakes. I’ve stepped in more piles of doo-doo than most people. Then I clean my shoes off, change my shoes and get to steppin’. Try to avoid those." “The guys know he can’t play … they messed this pick up.”
Goff knew that his play was not up to the potential that he knew that he could play and aimed to get better. After the Rams allowed the 49ers to rally back in the fourth quarter to beat them was sickening for all. It was the Rams final home game, as 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would run in the end zone converting a two-point conversion to beat the Rams 22-21.
In a press conference following the loss to the 49ers, Goff was very sympathetic to the Rams organization and the Ram fans. He was frank and had this say:
“To all the fans, and everybody who came out today — we’re appreciative and understand where we are,” said Goff, who went 11 of 24 for 90 yards. “And we know they understand where we are. It’s just hard. It’s hard for all of them; it’s hard for all of us. But, I promise you guys it will get fixed. Everything in my heart and soul to get it all fixed.”
Moving forward to 2017, in his 15 starts, Goff bettered his starting record to 11-4 and help lead the Rams to the 2017 NFC West Divisional Title. Goff named as an alternate would eventually be selected to the NFC after Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was not able to play with a season-ending knee injury.
The Rams ended up the season with an 11-5 record, playing and hosting their first playoff game since 2006. The Rams lost that playoff game to the Atlanta Falcons 26-13, but everyone saw how much better the team had become under Sean McVay's coaching.
Now in 2018, Jared Goff's promises he made in 2016 has taken another turn for the great. He merely has played better then many would expect. He has led his team to a 4-0 perfect record, but that's not the significant part to his success. The statistics are off the chart right now; he's completed 97 of 134 passes, completing 72.4%. He's thrown for 1,406 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 127.3 quarterback rating.
If Goff continues on this pace with these types of numbers, he will be in consideration as the 2018 NFL Player of the Year, an award many felt his teammate Todd Gurley snubbed from winning last season. So what are the so-called naysayers are saying about Goff now? Chris Carter had this to say on First Things First:
The reason why they can do that and have that variance of who going to get the ball is because of Goff; he's the difference maker. It's not any of the free agent pickups; it's not Todd Gurley, it's not any of the wide receivers, because all of that would be good and we have other teams that have some of those things. But, if you don't have the trigger guy which they have in Jared Goff--- and I don't think people understand how bad he as a rookie.
At the start of the 2018 season, analysts were saying that Goff was nothing but a system quarterback after the Rams increased their record to 3-0. After beating the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and the Vikings, McVay stated that that's not bad for a system quarterback. However, Carter had more to add to that in that same segment on First Thing First:
"His overall development as a quarterback people came in this season saying, man, this guy is a game manager. He is everything but a game manager! His ability to be able to throw the ball in tight seams build a very, the velocity on his throws and his accuracy where guys can catch the ball on the run, that is what I seen the difference in the game last night. Jared Goff is a big-time player last night on one of the biggest stages Thursday night football we're launching here on Fox. He was amazing! I think he had four touchdowns passes his rookie season and how many he had last night?"
To answer Carter's question, Goff threw five touchdowns that game with no interceptions. It's great to continue to see Goff silence his critics and them gravitating to his success. Goff was under a coaching administration that had no clue on how to utilize his talent.RSS Feed
Goff is on a pace to potentially rewrite many of the Rams passing records if he continues on that path. He's on pace throw over 5,600 yards and 40 plus touchdowns. Right now the Rams are looking like they are having fun in a sandlot football game, and the offensive line is providing much time for him to make third and fourth reads.
Many are speaking the Rams to go perfect this season with the way are playing, but with no healthy Goff, where will they be without him. However, not putting the cart before the horse, the Rams should focus on winning one game at a time and not listen to the likes of others. This team has the talent to go all the way as long as Goff is under the helm.
Congratulations to Goff on winning both awards this week, and we hope his success continues to grow.
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams have signed EDGE Rusher Ja'Von Rolland-Jones to the practice squad to fulfill the tenth slot. Earlier the Rams released DE Marcus Martin and LB Carlos Thompson from the IR list opening up an additional roster spot.
Rolland-Jones went undrafted from the 2018 NFL Draft but signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. He would not survive the cuts and been waiting for a call to resume his career.
The former 2016 and 2017 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, was a four-year starter at Arkansas State. His senior season along, he recorded 56 tackles (19 tackles for loss), 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. His junior season his numbers were just about identical with adding two extra tackles for losses and added one more tackle than his senior year.
The six foot two and 253-pound Rolland-Jones have been considered undersized but is a very disruptive pass rusher. He has excellent strength and is built to play in a 3-4 scheme as a standup or down in a stance effectively.
Rams placed linebacker Dominique Easley to the IR list yesterday, which they will shuffle to find his replacement. However, with the skills that Rolland-Jones posses, Wade Phillips will try to get him prepared and added to the active roster quickly.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is eligible to come off the PUP list next week, and indeed, the Rams will be happy to see him finally active to play.
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams became the latest team to join the carousel of kickers. This afternoon the organization released kicker Sam Ficken, who was signed just two weeks ago. The Rams signed Cairo Santos the undrafted free agent of the 2014 NFL Draft to replace Ficken.
Ficken season came to an abrupt end after missing two easy field goals in his two games. Santos spent for seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs kicker, but a groin injury landed him on the IR. The Chiefs settled for releasing him in favor of Harrison Butker whom they signed from the Carolina Panthers practice squad.
Santos would sign with both the New York Jets and Chicago Bears and would remain a free agent up to today. Santos has made 90-107 field goals which are roughly 84.1% for his career.
Rams are optimistic that kicker Greg Zuerlein is healthy enough to kick on Sunday when the Rams meet the Seattle Seahawks. Santos is pretty much is an insurance player if Zuerlein is not good to go. The Rams staff lost confidence in young Ficken, who has an explosive leg but is very inaccurate with his kicks.
The team also released linebacker Carlos Thompson from the IR and added Dominique Easley to the list.
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The Los Angeles Rams released kicker Sam Ficken as reported by Adam Schefter, reporter for ESPN. This doesn’t come by surprise as Ficken missed two makeable field goals in the two games he played.
In last Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings, Ficken was attempting a 48 yard field goal just before the half. The Vikings called a timeout, as he followed through with his attempt and missed it left. The very next approach, he pushed it wide right. He we was perfect with his point after attempts, but just can’t gain confidence if needed to win a game.
Rams appear to be ready to sign kicker Cairo Santos in his place of Ficken. Coach Sean McVay announced at his press conference that Greg Zuerlein was close and may be ready to go on Sunday. However, just in case, they have Santos as an contingency plan.
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams have signed DB Linden Stephens to the team practice squad. After promoting defensive back Dominique Hatfield to the active roster last week, and releasing Marcus Martin from the practice squad, Rams needed to add depth to the defensive backfield. Hatfield addition came after veteran starting cornerback Aqib Talib was designated to the IR with an ankle injury.
Stephens, the six-foot and 195 pounds defensive back went undrafted form the 2018 NFL Draft. He survived the New Orleans Saints cuts and was on their active roster. The Saints waived him on Friday and were optimistic he would clear waivers, and they could sign him to their practice squad. However, the Rams saw him during the preseason and were impressed enough to sign him their practice squad.
Stephens played collegiately at the University of Cinncinnatti, as he was a two-year starter. He has excellent quickness ran a 4.42 in the 40, and have very active hands to defend against the pass. He is the son of the former New York Jets linebacker Mac Stephens.