2014 St. Louis Rams Season Preview
The Rams just missed out on a playoff spot last season, going 7-9 after losing the final game of the season to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks. The Rams looked like a solid team much of the second half of the season, but couldn’t get over a 3-6 start. This year will be even harder, as they’ll try to do it without starting QB Sam Bradford who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the preseason. Shaun Hill is the starter as of now, and he’ll have Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt as his primary targets. Britt will be interesting to follow, as he’s had his off-the-field problems contradict the immense talent he brings to the games every Sunday. The Rams will be able to better protect new-QB Hill with the addition of Greg Robinson, the #2 overall pick in the draft. Aaron Donald, the Rams second-round pick, should also figure to contribute right away on the defensive line. The Rams schedule starts at home with a game against the Vikings before heading to Tampa in Week 2. St. Louis has key home games this season against the Cowboys in Week 3, the 49ers in 5, the Seahawks in Week 6, and the Broncos in Week 11. Some of the harder road games in 2014 include contests against the Chiefs, Chargers and Seahawks.
2013 St. Louis Rams Season Preview
The Rams fell just short of reaching .500 last season—finishing 7-8-1 in 2012. With the team improving, few changes were made this offseason. Where the Rams did make their biggest upgrade was at tight end. St. Louis inked promising young tight end Jared Cook, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, to give quarterback Sam Bradford another target. In the NFL Draft, the Rams continued to fortify the offense, selecting West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick in the draft. With a second first round pick, the Rams took Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree to be the new starting outside linebacker. If Bradford continues to develop and the young talent around him—Cook, Austin and wide receiver Chris Givens—take steps forward, the Rams could be a very exciting team in 2013.
2011 St. Louis Rams Season Preview
While they missed out on the playoffs last season, the St. Louis Rams were one of the most improved teams in the league. A year after finishing with the worst record in the NFL, rookie Sam Bradford guided the team back to respectability. With a year under his belt and an encouraging coach in Steve Spagnuolo, it would not shock anyone to see the Rams back in the playoffs. Bradford won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore at Oklahoma, and he certainly showed why last season. Most signs point toward him being just as good this season, and he has a wealth of talent surrounding him, most notably running back Steven Jackson, who is one of the best-rounded offensive weapons in the league. The Rams also added wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, who will be a serious big play threat, to go along with premier possession receiver Danny Amendola. While the offense may be stacked, the defense is not quite as lucky. However, they do have some talent up front, namely in defensive tackle Fred Robbins and second-year man George Selvie. Meanwhile, the secondary will be led by veteran Al Harris, who is entering his first year with the team.
2010 St. Louis Rams Season Preview
The St. Louis Rams are a shell of the franchise that made it to the Super Bowl behind Kurt Warner earlier in the decade and may have bottomed out last season with a dismal 1-15 record. While they will likely improve their win total from 2009, the Rams have a lot of work to do before they are once again contending for a playoff berth. Although St. Louis had one of the worst offenses in the league last season, running back Steven Jackson is one of the most productive players in the NFL. Jackson ran for more than 1,400 yards last year and was a lone bright spot of an otherwise forgettable season. Jackson is likely to be the focal point of the offense again, and will be joined by first overall pick quarterback Sam Bradford. Veteran A.J. Feeley may try to wrestle the job away from Bradford, but the former Oklahoma star is likely the starter. The Rams defense could be a problem area as well, as they do not have much depth at any position. Defensive tackle Fred Robbins has 11 years of experience, but managed only two sacks last year. Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is coming off a terrific rookie season where he recorded 120 tackles, so if there is going to be any success on the defensive end it, will start with him.
2009 St. Louis Rams Season Preview
The St. Louis Rams are heading into 2009 with big improvements on their mind. Their offense will no longer have wide receiver Torry Holt, but still has QB Marc Bulger and RB Steven Jackson. Throw in a few other offensive weapons like; Donnie Avery, Brian Leonard and Joe Klopfenstein - and it is look out for the Rams. On defense St. Louis lines up some talented players that include Chris Long and Leonard Little on the defensive line. The Rams have been known as offensive juggernauts for the last decade, but this season they will have a salty defense as well.
2008 St. Louis Rams Season Preview
The St. Louis Rams have fallen from grace in the past few seasons. After wowing the NFL world with the "Greatest Show on Turf", and one of the fastest and most explosive offenses in the league, the team has struggled through injury and management squabbles. Still led by a strong quarterback, it will be exciting to see how the Rams play this coming season and how free agency and draft picks might affect their season and success. The Edward Jones Dome will be deafening this year as fans urge the Rams on to rebuild themselves back to where they were at the turn of the century.