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Sam Farmer, a three-time finalist for California Sportswriter of the Year, is in his 20th season covering the NFL. Because he works for the Los Angeles Times and is in a city that doesn't have an NFL team, he's had unique assignments such as traveling with an officiating crew, spending a week behind the scenes with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, spending a Sunday watching games with John Madden, sitting next to Al Michaels in the "Monday Night Football" booth, and climbing Mount Rainier – or at least to base camp – with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Farmer, a 1988 graduate of Occidental College, began his career at small papers in the Pacific Northwest before moving onto the San Jose Mercury News, where he was an Oakland Raiders beat writer for five seasons. At various times, he has also been a beat writer covering the NBA, PGA Tour, and college football and basketball.

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  • Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick had a rough start to the season. The Rams receiver struggled with drops during training camp and the exhibition season, Coach Jeff Fisher twice calling out the fifth-year pro to hold on to the ball. Quick made a huge play Sunday, catching a 44-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum early...

  • Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    The Rams have been 1-1 every year under Coach Jeff Fisher. In each of the last four years, they lost in Week 3 to drop to 1-2. With a win at Tampa Bay on Sunday, they flipped the script. Maybe that won’t mean much at the end of the year. Maybe this team is fatally flawed, destined to finish at...

  • Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

    Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler passed for a touchdown in an exhibition opener against Green Bay, but he didn’t bother to keep the ball as a memento — unwittingly denying his dad a prized keepsake for his mantel. “He’s not about records and trying to impress people,” Don Kessler said...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

    Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s NFL matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 12-4 (.750); season 22-8 (.733). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 9-7 (.563);...

  • Success of young NFL quarterbacks ratchets up pressure on Rams to play Jared Goff

    Success of young NFL quarterbacks ratchets up pressure on Rams to play Jared Goff

    Two weeks into the season, and already the NFL quarterback soap opera is taking shape. It’s “The Young and the Restless.” Young quarterbacks are having success all over the league. And Rams fans are restless. No. 1 pick Jared Goff hasn’t taken a snap, and there’s no guarantee he will Sunday when...

  • Sam Farmer predicts Thursday's Houston Texans at New England Patriots game

    Sam Farmer predicts Thursday's Houston Texans at New England Patriots game

    NFL Thursday HOUSTON (2-0) AT NEW ENGLAND (2-0) TV: Channel 2, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PDT Line: Texans by 1 Over/under: 40 ½ Sam Farmer’s pick: The Patriots are scary at home, even with rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. But Houston has the firepower to go up there and win. The Patriots will...

  • Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots already at the bottom of the quarterback barrel

    Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots already at the bottom of the quarterback barrel

    It’s Week 3 in the NFL, so it must be time for Quarterback No. 3 in Cleveland. Yes, the bad-luck Browns are on their fifth starting quarterback in their last five games, their 26th since relaunching as a franchise in 1999. Rookie Cody Kessler from USC will start in place of the injured Josh McCown...

  • Pete Carroll returns to Coliseum and reunites with an old friend

    Pete Carroll returns to Coliseum and reunites with an old friend

    For nine magical years, Rick Carr was the guy beside the guy. He handled security for the USC football team, so he was a permanent game-day fixture at the side of Pete Carroll, matching the coach stride for stride onto and off of the field, and virtually everywhere else. So when Carr got the call...

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