April 26, 2013 |
USC safety T.J. McDonald was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the NFL draft with the 71st overall pick. McDonald, the son of former All-Pro safety Tim McDonald, was the second USC player drafted. The Buffalo Bills selected receiver Robert Woods in the second round with the 41st pick. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound McDonald intercepted two passes and led the Trojans with 112 tackles last season. McDonald joins a Rams team coached by former USC defensive back Jeff Fisher.
October 31, 2012 |
As defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monte Kiffin prepared for the 1999 NFC championship game and a St. Louis Rams offense that would come to be known as the "Greatest Show on Turf. " Quarterback Kurt Warner was the triggerman for a high-scoring unit that featured multidimensional running back Marshall Faulk and receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. The Rams beat the Buccaneers, 11-6, en route to the Super Bowl, and Kiffin has never forgotten the speed he schemed to neutralize.
March 21, 2012 |
The NFL has dropped the hammer on the New Orleans Saints in the wake of a three-year investigation of the team's "pay-for-performance" bounty system. The league has suspended Saints Coach Sean Payton without pay for the entire 2012 season; Saints GM Mickey Loomis for the first eight games of the upcoming season; and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams -- now with the St. Louis Rams -- indefinitely. The Saints, who have been fined $500,000, also must forfeit their second-round picks in both the 2012 and 2013 drafts.
March 1, 2012 |
The St. Louis Rams on Thursday rejected the city's initial proposal to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome and intend to submit their own proposal by May 1. That's sure to spark further speculation that the Rams are positioning themselves for an eventual return to Los Angeles, a market they left after the 1994 season. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has offered $124 million in improvements to the dome in hopes of keeping the Rams. The franchise can break its lease after the 2014 season if its stadium is not deemed to be among the top eight in the league.
January 23, 2012 |
The Dodgers received "more than 10" opening bids for the team by Monday's deadline, according to a person familiar with the sale but not authorized to discuss it. As the bankers handling the sale evaluate the bids, prospective buyers can evaluate whether to join forces. In addition, because the bankers can waive the deadline at their discretion, new bidders could emerge. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has explored whether to bid for the Dodgers, two people familiar with the sale process said Monday.
October 1, 2011 |
Untold dozens of well-wishers did something last weekend that St. Louis couldn't. They shut down Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith. After catching three touchdowns in 37-7 roasting of the Rams, Smith received so many texts and emails that his cellphone quit on him. "It was a record number," he told reporters last week. "I had a few hundred text messages. My Twitter page, my app had a bunch of zeros" indicating it had crashed, "and everything was kind of jammed up. " Smith scored on each of his first three catches of the game, and finished with five receptions for 152 yards.