Creating the All-Time Rams Roster: Offensive Line

 

By: Jake Ellenbogen

Creating the all-time Rams roster: offensive line

In this new series, we will break down our All-Time Rams roster position-by-position. We last covered the tight ends, and now it’s time to move on to the offensive line. We’ll have five starters and five backups for this position.

Starting offensive tackle: Jackie Slater

Arguably the greatest offensive lineman in Rams history, Jackie Slater out of Jackson State plowed lanes for Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. Slater is a Hall of Famer in his own right, and is also a seven-time Pro Bowler.

Slater was the definition of a Rams legend. He started 211 games over his franchise record 20 years with the team — a record that will likely never be broken.

He’s the obvious choice to start, because while players have been great for the Rams, Slater is arguably one of the greatest offensive lineman ever.

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Fair or Not, Expectations Are Huge for Rams Gurley

By STEVE RIVERA
It’s June, so the expectations game is in full swing. Between now and camp, preseason football and the regular season, expectations will be offered, recalibrated, then offered again. For Rams running back Todd Gurley, they seem to grow daily.

But are they fair or reasonable?

If your baseline is his rookie season then probably not, if for no other reason than you have nothing else to develop an average from. For his one year as an NFL running back, which was extraordinary, expectations based on 2015 should be high going into 2016.

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Jeff Fisher Releases Statement on Buddy Ryan’s Death

 

By: Jeff Smith 

The NFL lost one of their great defensive minds on Tuesday. ESPN first reported that former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan passed away at the age of 82.

Ryan coached for 26 years in the NFL, and is the father of two current coaches in Rex and Rob Ryan. He was also the defensive mind behind that infamous 1985 Chicago Bears unit, known as the Monsters of the Midway.

While Ryan had many connections across the NFL, one of them was with current Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who spent time as an assistant under Ryan.

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Experts Project Todd Gurley to Lead the NFL in Rushing Yards

By QBKlass
Heading into his second season in the NFL, Todd Gurley has already thrust himself into the conversation of elite running backs. He dominated the league as soon as he stepped on the field, eventually earning himself a Rookie of the Year award over a handful of other deserving players like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Amari Cooper. Gurley is looking to bring home an even more impressive title next season.

Six members of the NFL’s official site discussed who they thought could lead the league in rushing next season. Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell both got well deserved votes, but Gurley won a majority of the votes. He received half of the votes, while Peterson received two and Bell got Ike Taylor’s nod (shocking!).

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Rams: Five Keys to Winning the NFC West

by Christopher DuVall

With a little luck and a lot of hard work, the Rams can win the NFC West in a triumphant return to Los Angeles.

The Rams’ future looks as bright as a summer day on the Sunset Strip. Owner Stan Kroenke has added one of football’s hottest rookie quarterbacks to a backfield that already boasts the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. A stout defense and a punishing running game are perfect conditions to start a rookie quarterback. Los Angeles has both. This season QB Jared Goff need only be a game manager, but as the season progresses, he will need his arm to put the team over the top. Most of us have seen teams use this formula to climb all the way to the Super Bowl. With good luck and a lot of hard work, the franchise can win the NFC West in a triumphant return to Los Angeles.

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Rams: Can Kenny Britt improve?

by Joe Soriano

In 2015, the Los Angeles Rams had the most anemic passing offense in the NFL, finishing dead last in passing yards and passing touchdowns and third-to-last in points per game.

Many of these players were added as undrafted free agents, but the right UDFA signing could play big dividends for a passing offense that had just one player, former first-round pick Tavon Austin, reach 50 receptions (52).

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Bay Area gives Jared Goff hard time for wearing Dodgers jersey

KNBR Staff

Los Angeles Rams rookie quarterback Jared Goff joined the Shower Hour on Tuesday, and the Bay Area native chatted about his beloved hmetown teams.

P-Con had to ask Goff what kind of reaction he got when the QB wore a Dodgers jersey, a team he and his friends grew up despising.

“Oh god it was unbelievable. It was like I killed somebody,” joked Goff. “It was like, come on. I grew up in the Bay Area. I was a fan of the Bay Area sports. And then I get drafted by an LA team, so I’m going to support the teams down here as well. It’s not the end of the world.”

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Fisher ‘Forever Grateful’ for Ryan’s Influence

 

By David Boclair
Without Buddy Ryan, things might have turned out much differently for Jeff Fisher and, therefore — by extension — the Tennessee Titans.

The acerbic defensive genius was directly responsible for Fisher’s first chance to be an assistant coach in the NFL and indirectly for Fisher’s first chance to be a head coach.

So it is not surprising that in the wake of Ryan’s passing Tuesday due to the effects of cancer, Fisher said he is “forever grateful” to the man who created the famed 46 Defense that set records and struck fear in quarterbacks throughout the NFL.

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