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St. Louis showing support for new XFL team

Rams owner Stan Kroenke will move into his new palace next season, a building he’ll share with the Chargers amid questions about the demand for that much football in Los Angeles. In the city he abandoned, there’s still a market for the sport, even if it’s the minor league kind. According to Daniel Kaplan of [more]

Sean McVay praises Wade Phillips on his way out the door

As the Rams move on from defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the public praised being heaped upon him by coach Sean McVay raises an obvious question. Why isn’t Phillips being retained? Technically, his contract has expired. Phillips said that the Rams have told him the contract won’t be renewed, which makes the move not his choice, [more]

Skip Peete out as Rams running backs coach

Wade Phillips isn’t the only assistant coach the Rams are letting go. The team announced that running back Skip Peete will not be on Sean McVay’s staff in 2020. Peete joined the Rams in 2016, which was the year before McVay was hired as the head coach, and was the rare holdover from Jeff Fisher’s [more]

Wade Phillips not ready to retire, still wants to coach

Wade Phillips was out of work in 2014 after the Texans moved on following the 2013 season. Some thought his career might be over then. It wasn’t. The Broncos hired Phillips, and in two seasons in Denver, he produced top-five defenses and won a Super Bowl. The Rams hired Phillips in 2017, and his defense [more]

Wade Phillips out as Rams coordinator

Wade Phillips is a free agent again. The veteran defensive coordinator will not return to the Rams next season, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. The 72-year-old Phillips took the fall for a defense full of expensive veteran stars not matching the previous season’s level. Prior to joining the Rams in 2017, [more]

Four more spots in 2020 NFL Draft order filled in

The Patriots not being involved in the divisional round of the playoffs is unusual enough. Having them involved so early in next year’s annual selection meeting will be peculiar as well. With the results of the wild card weekend in the books, four more slots in the 2020 NFL Draft order have been filled in. [more]

Only one team made the final eight in 2018 and 2019

The NFL’s 12-team playoff field typically undergoes significant turnover. The final eight teams feature an almost complete overhaul from last year’s quarterfinalists. Seven of the eight teams that played in last year’s divisional round won’t be back: the Colts, Chargers, Patriots, Cowboys, Rams, Saints, and Eagles. The new seven are the Titans, Texans, Ravens, Vikings, [more]

Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore unanimous All-Pro selections

The Associated Press has announced the results of this year’s All-Pro voting and two players were selected as first-team choices by all 50 voters. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas got the unanimous nod after setting a new record for receptions during the 2019 season. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined Thomas in that category. Both players [more]

Zach Thomas, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler are Hall of Fame finalists for first time

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the modern-era finalists for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. Seven of the 15 finalists made the list for the first time. The inclusion of first-year eligible players Troy Polamalu and Reggie Wayne was expected. They were joined by five others who previously were eligible for the [more]

New L.A. stadium “more than 85% complete”

The Rams and Chargers enter their new venue later this year. And it’s getting closer and closer to completion. In a letter to Rams fans, COO Kevin Demoff writes that the venue is “more than 85% complete, with the roof panel and seat installations underway.” With the new stadium comes other new things for the [more]

Rams G.M. likes the position he’s in, actually

The Rams didn’t make the playoffs. They don’t have a first-round pick until 2022, and they haven’t had one since 2016. They’ll have roughly half their salary cap tied up in five guys next year, with some not-insignificant holes to fill. But General Manager Les Snead still likes where they are. “I would rather be [more]

Rams still believe in Todd Gurley though he wasn’t same back in 2019

In 2020, Todd Gurley begins the four-year, $57.5 million contract extension he signed in August 2018. It’s prohibitive — and pointless — for the Rams to cut him. So what do they do with him? He had a career-low 223 carries, a career-low 857 yards and a career-low 1,064 yards from scrimmage in 2019. “This [more]

Johnny Hekker takes NFC special teams player of the week

The Rams aren’t heading to the playoffs this season and that left them playing for nothing but the pride that comes with securing a winning record against the Cardinals in Week 17. They beat Arizona 31-24 to give themselves a 9-7 mark on the year and one of their players was also able to end [more]

Top 20 spots in 2020 NFL Draft order now set

Only 12 teams are still in business this morning, which means 20 of them are in full offseason mode. At least one of them’s on the clock, but perhaps two as the Bengals’ expected selection of Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow from LSU will clear the way for Washington to pick second from a strong field. [more]

Eric Weddle: “No regrets,” but doesn’t expect to be back with Rams

Eric Weddle wasn’t ready to say he was done playing. But he has a pretty good idea he’s done playing for the Rams. Via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com, the veteran safety said he’s unsure what comes next, but understands the Rams are likely moving forward with John Johnson and rookie Taylor Rapp. “I’m not going [more]

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