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  • Wade Phillips officially announced as Rams' new defensive coordinator

    Wade Phillips officially announced as Rams' new defensive coordinator

    Wade Phillips, the architect of one of the most dominating defenses in NFL history, on Thursday was officially announced as the Rams’ defensive coordinator. Phillips, 69, has been an NFL head coach, defensive coordinator or assistant for 39 seasons. New Rams Coach Sean McVay and the Rams had agreed...

  • Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide selected to Pro Bowl

    Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide selected to Pro Bowl

    Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide established a first for the franchise Wednesday when he was named to the Pro Bowl. McQuaide, a sixth-year pro who played at Ohio State, is the first Rams long snapper to be selected for the annual all-star game, which will be played Jan. 29 in Orlando, Fla. McQuaide...

  • Rams will add Greg Olson to staff as quarterbacks coach

    Rams will add Greg Olson to staff as quarterbacks coach

    In another move geared toward developing quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams are expected to add former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson to the staff as quarterbacks coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. New Rams Coach Sean McVay, who was hired last week,...

  • Chargers try to move on from their San Diego past with Los Angeles rally

    Chargers try to move on from their San Diego past with Los Angeles rally

    By the time Chargers owner Dean Spanos stepped to the microphone, the 150 or so fans at the Forum were on their feet. They waved team flags. A few wore T-shirts with the Dodgers-like interlocking L.A. logo the Chargers used, then quickly abandoned last week, after announcing their move from San...

  • Buffalo Bills hire former Rams offensive coordinator Rob Boras as tight ends coach

    Buffalo Bills hire former Rams offensive coordinator Rob Boras as tight ends coach

    With new Coach Sean McVay in the process of hiring a staff, another former Rams assistant has found NFL employment elsewhere. The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday that Rob Boras would join the Bills as tight ends coach. Boras, the Rams’ offensive coordinator last season, is the second former Rams...

  • Rams agree to terms with Joe Barry to be linebackers coach

    Rams agree to terms with Joe Barry to be linebackers coach

    New Rams Coach Sean McVay is working quickly to put together his staff. Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips already is in place, and people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Joe Barry has agreed to terms to become linebackers coach and assistant head coach. Barry, 46, was...

  • Can L.A. support two NFL teams? It's a challenge

    Can L.A. support two NFL teams? It's a challenge

    When Dan Reeves moved the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, the owner made a prediction about his new home. “It's going to be the greatest professional football town in the country,” Reeves said. Seventy-one years later, the boast about the nation’s second-largest market remains an open...

  • Winners and losers in the Chargers' move to L.A.

    Winners and losers in the Chargers' move to L.A.

    The Los Angeles Chargers don’t kick off the 2017 season in their new home for eight-plus months, but there are already some winners and losers emerging from the team’s relocation north. A look at the scorecard: Winner: The Spanos family — This move makes them even richer. The Chargers were valued...

  • Chargers' move shows California is sick of spending public money on the NFL

    Chargers' move shows California is sick of spending public money on the NFL

    The Chargers’ dramatic split from the city of San Diego may be a sign that California is officially done spending public money on sports franchises. California voters have grown more skeptical of pouring billions of dollars into football stadiums, which have been shown to generate less of an economic...

  • Sean McVay brings passion of youth to new job with Rams

    Sean McVay brings passion of youth to new job with Rams

    Several Rams officials were interviewing a coaching candidate at Spago this week when owner and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck visited their table with a plea. He wanted them to make the right hire. He wanted them to find the perfect guy. He addressed his concerns to owner Stan Kroenke, executive...

  • New Rams Coach Sean McVay says he's been ready 'my whole life'

    New Rams Coach Sean McVay says he's been ready 'my whole life'

    His mother was not surprised by the phone call. Sean McVay was on the line from Southern California, where he had gone through a series of final interviews before the Rams made him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. “I have the job,” McVay told his parents, who were at home in Atlanta....

  • Rams report: Les Snead isn't going anywhere as the GM prepares to work with Coach Sean McVay

    Rams report: Les Snead isn't going anywhere as the GM prepares to work with Coach Sean McVay

    Rams General Manager Les Snead took his seat on stage with Kevin Demoff, vice president of football operations, as Sean McVay was introduced as the team’s new coach Friday. Snead’s future with the organization has been uncertain since former coach Jeff Fisher was fired with three games remaining...

  • Todd Gurley welcomes new Rams Coach Sean McVay with open arms

    Todd Gurley welcomes new Rams Coach Sean McVay with open arms

    Rams running back Todd Gurley had not heard the news. Then he got a text from quarterback Jared Goff. “You’re going to like him,” Goff wrote. “What are you talking about?’’ Gurley responded. “We just got a new coach,” Goff wrote. Gurley said Friday that after learning that Sean McVay had been hired...

  • FAA approves Inglewood stadium that Rams, Chargers will share

    FAA approves Inglewood stadium that Rams, Chargers will share

    The $2.6 billion stadium the Rams and Chargers will share in Inglewood took another step forward Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration approved the project after a lengthy review. The agency had been concerned the structure —  the centerpiece of Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s 298-acre sports...

  • Rams' Sean McVay: Portrait of an up-and-coming coach

    Rams' Sean McVay: Portrait of an up-and-coming coach

    New Rams Coach Sean McVay played college football at Miami (Ohio), which is so prolific at developing coaches — Bo Schembechler, Ara Parseghian and John Harbaugh among others —  it is known as the ‘’Cradle of Coaches.” McVay, 30, might be mistaken for a coach coming straight out of the bassinet....

  • Chill out, there is little downside to the Chargers coming to Los Angeles

    Chill out, there is little downside to the Chargers coming to Los Angeles

    The backlash against the Chargers’ move was immediate, as a proud city that regards itself as a home of champions recoiled at the idea it had become America’s dumpster. Los Angeles had already taken in the Rams. Who was next? The Arizona Diamondbacks? The Minnesota Timberwolves? The El Salvador...

  • Rams already winning the perception fight with their new roommate

    Rams already winning the perception fight with their new roommate

    The Rams were so excited by the arrival of their new non-threatening roommate Thursday, they celebrated by hauling in a shiny new piece of furniture. Just as the Chargers officially announced their move to Los Angeles, they were casually directed to the back bedroom, the smaller one in the shadows,...

  • Chargers shouldn't look for a welcome wagon in L.A.

    Chargers shouldn't look for a welcome wagon in L.A.

    Every relationship is built on honesty, so the San Diego Chargers should hear this as their moving vans are chugging up the 5 Freeway on their noble mission of greed. We. Don’t. Want. You.  The news broke Wednesday that Chargers owner Dean Spanos has informed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he is...

  • Rams have a new leading man in Coach Sean McVay

    Rams have a new leading man in Coach Sean McVay

    The Rams featured one of the youngest teams in the NFL last season. Now they have the youngest head coach in league history. On Thursday, the Rams hired 30-year-old Sean McVay, the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.  The Rams will formally introduce McVay in...

  • Rams safety T.J. McDonald pleads guilty to one misdemeanor count

    Rams safety T.J. McDonald pleads guilty to one misdemeanor count

    Rams safety T.J. McDonald, who was arrested last May after a traffic accident in Woodland Hills, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of reckless driving involving drugs or alcohol, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Wednesday. McDonald, a free agent when the NFL league...

  • Rams, looking for a new coach, seek to interview at least eight candidates

    With their lost season and an embarrassing finale behind them, the Rams on Monday went into overdrive to find a new coach. In what is expected to be the first of several waves, the team has asked for permission to interview at least eight candidates who might lead the franchise after a miserable...

  • Rams' wretched season ends the same way it began, with an embarrassing blowout loss

    If nothing else, the Rams’ lost season featured symmetry. It started with an embarrassing blowout loss against an NFC West opponent. It ended the same way. Sunday’s 44-6 beat down by the Arizona Cardinals went beyond humiliating. That was a milepost the Rams experienced in the opener against the...

  • Rams franchise rests on whether Jared Goff can lead the team

    Jared Goff began the first year of his Rams career standing sturdily on a downtown hotel podium, cameras flashing, fans swooning. He ended it on a patch of grass down the street, crumpled in a heap. Goff began his journey here last spring as a No. 1 overall draft pick, Hollywood’s newest star,...

  • Rams' Todd Gurley comes up short in quest for breakout performance

    Todd Gurley came to Los Angeles ready to be a breakout star. But the Rams running back could barely break through the line of scrimmage. Gurley’s seasonlong struggle continued in Sunday’s 44-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at the Coliseum.  Gurley looked relieved after the game as he stood at his...

  • Longtime Rams fans remain devoted amid disappointment

    Neal Dawson spent $100,000 on a 31-foot recreational vehicle that he uses exclusively for Rams tailgate parties, customized with leather seats, three flat-screen televisions — two inside, one outside — a sound system and a kegerator. With 16 season tickets, valued at $200 apiece, included in his...

  • Eric Dickerson back on the Rams' sideline in finale against Cardinals

    Hall of fame running back Eric Dickerson returned to the Rams’ Coliseum sideline on Sunday for the first time since Jeff Fisher was fired as coach. “I said I would come out after the stuff that went down with me and Jeff,” Dickerson said as the Rams warmed up for the season finale against the Arizona...

  • Rams vs. Cardinals: How the teams match up for Sunday's game

    A look at how the Rams and Cardinals match up for Sunday’s game at the Coliseum. Kickoff is 1:25 p.m. Rams pass offense vs. Cardinals pass defense: The Rams rank 30th among 32 teams in passing offense and probably will be without 1,000-yard receiver Kenny Britt, who suffered a shoulder injury against...

  • Rams who must deliver and Cardinals to watch

    Rams who must deliver in the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Kickoff is 1:25 p.m. at the Coliseum. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The third-year pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection has played well while amassing a team-best eight sacks. The Rams need him to lead the charge...

  • Jared Goff's long, strange year, and Rams' dismal season, come to an end Sunday

    It’s been a long but fast year for Jared Goff. The Rams’ rookie quarterback led California to a bowl game victory on Dec. 29, 2015, immediately jumped into the NFL pre-draft evaluation process, attended the scouting combine, was selected No. 1 overall in the draft, participated in Rams rookie camp,...

  • Rams will try one last time to let Todd Gurley run wild (or for 100 yards at least)

    Todd Gurley has been waiting … and waiting … and waiting. Likewise Rams coaches, players and fans. Gurley, the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2015, has failed to break free for a single outstanding performance in a season that ends Sunday at the Coliseum against the Arizona Cardinals. A...

  • Podcast | Rams Overtime: As the season ends, the Rams' coaching search will heat up

    Welcome to another episode of the Rams Overtime podcast with Lindsey Thiry and Gary Klein. This week’s topics include: How the Rams’ coaching search will heat up Jared Goff’s progress 49ers review Listener questions   GET IN ON iTUNES » lindsey.thiry@latimes.com Follow Lindsey Thiry on Twitter ...

  • Rams-Cardinals matchup loses some of its bite

    At one time, the Rams’ season finale against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday shaped up as something of a barbed holiday gift exchange between coaches. But no longer. Jeff Fisher’s firing by the Rams on Dec. 12 ended the possibility of biting comments between Fisher and Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians....

  • A look at NFL playoff teams and contenders ahead of Week 17 games

    As the NFL heads into its final weekend of the regular season, a look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of teams that are either in the playoffs or on the verge of getting in: AFC NEW ENGLAND What’s gone right — Tom Brady has had an unbelievable season, even though he was suspended for the...

  • Rams rookies have one more chance to show progress Sunday against Cardinals

    Tyler Higbee heard the play call in the huddle and sensed opportunity. Early in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams’ rookie tight end burst off the line of scrimmage, fought through traffic over the middle and caught a short pass from quarterback Jared...

  • Carson Palmer returns to Coliseum for first time since clinching Heisman Trophy there

    It was a performance for the ages — and it clinched the Heisman Trophy for Carson Palmer. On Nov. 30, 2002, Palmer passed for 425 yards and four touchdowns to lead sixth-ranked USC to a 44-13 victory over seventh-ranked Notre Dame at the Coliseum. The victory propelled USC to what would be the...

  • Case Keenum reflects on season with Rams; future unclear

    Every Saturday morning, a thoughtful neighbor has left a treat for Rams quarterback Case Keenum near his front door.  “Good-luck brownies,” Keenum said Tuesday. That is only one of Keenum’s memories from this season, which ends Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in what could be Keenum’s final...

  • Rams' Cody Davis hit with critical penalty late in loss to 49ers

    Cody Davis sat in front of his locker with his head down. Like several teammates, the Rams safety couldn’t comprehend  how  his team blew a two-touchdown lead late in the fourth quarter Saturday and lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 22-21, at the Coliseum. “I think we played pretty well on defense,”...

  • Colin Kaepernick reminds Rams he can play by rallying 49ers to victory

    In a season where so much has been made of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel on the sideline during the national anthem, many have forgotten what he’s capable of doing on the field with the football in his hands.  On Saturday he gave a refresher course at the Coliseum, willing his team to a...

  • Rams who must deliver and 49ers to watch out for

    RAMS WHO MUST DELIVER... Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold. With tackles Greg Robinson and Rob Havenstein struggling and center Tim Barnes often under duress, the Rams need Saffold to step up and take charge of the line. He started when Robinson was benched against New Orleans and seems like he...

  • Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers: How they match up

    Rams pass offense vs. 49ers pass defense: Rookie quarterback Jared Goff, cleared from concussion protocol after being leveled against the Seattle Seahawks, has shown flashes but has yet to perform consistently from start to finish. He has completed 54.7% of his passes, four for touchdowns, with...

  • Rams vow to be motivated for season-ending matchup with Cardinals

    They have lost 10 of their last 11 games. They are playing for an interim coach, and assistants who probably will not be back next season when a new coach is hired. With the finale of their lost season approaching, Rams players said Tuesday that despite what some might view as reason not to be,...

  • John Fassel becomes emotional as Rams head for season finale

    John Fassel stood at the podium and paused. He stared straight ahead, and then reached for a water bottle, twisted the cap and took a swig. He did everything in his power to keep the tears welling in his eyes from falling. The Rams’ interim coach, in his fifth season as special-teams coordinator,...

  • Rams quarterback Jared Goff knows he needs to do better after loss to 49ers

    Jared Goff is still searching for his first NFL victory. The Rams’ rookie quarterback passed for a touchdown Saturday, but he failed to consistently move the offense and the San Francisco 49ers made two key interceptions in a 22-21 victory over the Rams at the Coliseum. Goff, making his sixth start,...

  • Rams' defense fails to convert against 49ers in final minutes

    As Rams nose tackle Michael Brockers lined up for the decisive two-point conversion in the waning moments of a crushing 22-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, he could sense the play that was about to unfold. “They were on the right hash, and you could read bootleg all the way,” Brockers said,...

  • It's a 49er shiner for the Rams, who blow a 14-point lead in latest loss

    It really could not have ended any other way. Not for this Rams team. Not in this lost season. A matchup against the NFL’s worst defense? A two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter? As usual, none of that mattered Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams’ 22-21 defeat at the Coliseum...

  • Winning is the only thing as Rams play out the string

    Rams players got a short history lesson this week when interim Coach John Fassel explained some of the narrative surrounding the Los Angeles franchise’s rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams will wear a part of that tradition when they don throwback uniforms for Saturday’s game at the...

  • Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald fined more than $42,000 for penalties against Seahawks

    Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald continues to pile up fines for penalties. The three-time Pro Bowl selection was fined more than $42,000 for infractions in last week’s 24-3 loss at Seattle. Donald was fined $18,231 for unnecessary roughness and $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he threw...

  • Chargers agree to lease in Costa Mesa in case they relocate to L.A.

    The San Diego Chargers have agreed to lease a building and an adjacent parcel of land in Costa Mesa in case they decide to join the Rams and become the second NFL team in Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by The Times. Chargers President and CEO Dean Spanos has said he has not made a...

  • FAA approves first cranes for new Rams stadium

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday greenlighted the first of several large cranes to be used to help construct the $2.6-billion stadium for the Rams in Inglewood. The two Liebherr LR 1300 cranes will stand 195 feet and 228 feet above the 298-acre site, according to the FAA, which determined...

  • Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff learning to protect himself after concussive hit by Richard Sherman

    The message was delivered in the immediate aftermath of the collision and again throughout this week. It came from coaches, teammates and, presumably, his agents and family. After Jared Goff was knocked out of a game and into concussion protocol by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, the...

  • Rams receiver Kenny Britt is on the brink of a 1,000-yard season

    Kenny Britt, in the midst of a career season for the Rams, needs only 13 yards receiving on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. “It would be one of the highlights of my career,” Britt, an eighth-year pro, said Thursday. Britt, 28, has 67 catches...

  • Podcast | Rams Overtime: It's Goff and Mannion this week and the search for a coach continues

    Welcome to another edition of the Rams Overtime podcast with Lindsey Thiry and Gary Klein. This week’s topics include: The Rams’ ongoing coaching search A quarterback shuffle (Jared Goff and Sean Mannion are Nos. 1 and 2 this week) The final two games of the season     GET IT ON iTUNES » lindsey.thiry@latimes.com...

  • Times' Sam Farmer predicts the Giants will defeat the Eagles, 27-21, on 'Thursday Night Football'

    N.Y. GIANTS (10-4) AT  PHILADELPHIA (5-9) TV: Ch. 4, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PST. Line: Giants by 2½. Over/under: 41½. Sam Farmer’s pick: The Giants are a strong contender to make the Super Bowl, even though they have yet to qualify for the playoffs. The Eagles are still battling, but they’re beat...

  • Rams might be able to trade for a new coach

    Now for the unusual suspects. Set aside the hotshot offensive gurus and vibrant young defensive minds. The Rams will talk to them, and so will every other NFL team looking for a head coach. But Los Angeles is a different job — the spotlight, the Inglewood stadium, the expectations for No. 1 pick...

  • Many Rams are down to playing for job security

    They sport a woeful 4-10 record, have lost nine of their last 10 games and have no idea who will be coaching the team in 2017. With two games left, including Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers at the Coliseum, the Rams still have reason for motivation.  Call it a mini-run for job security. ...

  • Rams tape review: Up-and-down moments from the offensive line in loss to Seahawks

    The Rams couldn’t sweep the season series with the Seahawks on Thursday, falling 24-3 for the team’s fifth consecutive loss. Each week we take a look at the tape to see what worked, what didn’t and what you might have missed. :: What: Rams RB Todd Gurley rushes for a two-yard gain instead of a...

  • Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and punter Johnny Hekker are selected to Pro Bowl

    In a Rams season devoid of many highlights, a few individual performances stood out. On defense and special teams, at least. NFL players, coaches and fans recognized that, voting defensive tackle Aaron Donald and punter Johnny Hekker to the Pro Bowl for the third time.  Middle linebacker Alec Ogletree...

  • Rams' Mannion could be Goff's backup vs. 49ers

    Quarterback Sean Mannion has not been on the Rams’ active game-day roster since the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. But with two games left in a lost season — and a new head coach to be hired —  the Rams are beginning to look to the future. Mannion appears on track to return to the...

  • Rams coaching search: Hall of Famer Tony Dungy explains how the Rooney Rule should work

    What should the Rams keep in mind when hiring their next coach? NFL legends Tony Dungy, Ron Wolf, and Jimmy Johnson weigh in with their first-person perspective in this three-part series on finding a coach who best fits a franchise. Saturday: Tony Dungy. Sunday: Ron Wolf. Monday: Jimmy Johnson....

  • Jared Goff in concussion protocol following big hit in Rams' loss to Seahawks

    As a special teams coordinator, John Fassel seeks physical players for coverage and return units. When it comes to quarterbacks, the Rams’ interim coach values the cerebral. That was the message he delivered to Jared Goff on Friday, a day after the No. 1 pick in the draft was put into concussion...

  • Letters: Jeff Fisher's head rolled because Rams rolled over

    Jeff Fisher should have been Los Angeles' next high-profile, superstar coach and would have been . . . if it was not for Jeff Fisher.  A local boy who went to Taft High School and USC, and after a short pro career was an excellent defensive coach for the Rams. Does anyone really believe Pete Carroll...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks

    What we learned in the Rams’ 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks: Jared Goff should play it safe … or at least safer Give Goff credit for trying to make a play. The rookie quarterback’s fourth-quarter scramble for 15 yards was two shy of the end zone.  Unfortunately for Goff — and to what had to...

  • Things you might have missed during the Rams' 24-3 loss to the Seahawks

    Here are a few things you might have missed during the Rams’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks, 24-3, on Thursday night. FIRST QUARTER On the sack that ended the Rams’ first drive, Seattle’s Frank Clark initially was blocked by guard Rodger Saffold, who seemed to pass him off to left tackle Greg Robinson....

  • Todd Gurley says Rams have to stay motivated because they're playing for their jobs

    Todd Gurley wants the running left to him. If only the Rams could help get him moving. On a night when rookie quarterback Jared Goff was knocked out of the game because of a hit absorbed while scrambling, Gurley continued his season-long struggle in a 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink...

  • Rams lose pair of key players before loss to Seahawks

    The season is over for Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and running back Benny Cunningham. About five hours before the Rams’ 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday at CenturyLink Field, the Rams announced that the two veterans had been placed on injured reserve. Quinn was in concussion protocol...

  • Hard knocked: Jared Goff goes down, as do the Rams in loss to Seahawks, 24-3

    The future of the Rams’ franchise was on the run. With his team trailing by three touchdowns in what would be a 24-3 defeat, quarterback Jared Goff took off on a fourth-quarter scramble against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft turned the corner and headed...

  • Bumbling Rams have losing down to a science

    Give the Rams some credit. They at least know how to stink. If you’re going to be bad, you might as well be as bad as the Rams are now, their record an embarrassing 4-10 after another whimpering loss, this time by a 24-3 margin to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The defeat was their...

  • Rams had opportunities in loss to Seahawks

    A nutshell version of the Rams’ 2016 offense was on display during a six-minute stretch of the first quarter in CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. It wasn’t pretty. One sure long touchdown pass was dropped, another short pass was thrown behind a wide-open receiver in the end zone and a drive...

  • Rams put Robert Quinn and Benny Cunningham on injured reserve

    The season is over for Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and running back Benny Cunningham. The Rams placed the veterans on injured reserve Thursday, about five hours before a scheduled kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Quinn was in concussion protocol the last few weeks...

  • Rams who must deliver and Seahawks to watch out for

    RAMS WHO MUST DELIVER… Receiver Tavon Austin Returned last week from a chest injury and amassed 163 all-purpose yards against Atlanta, but the Rams need more production, especially as a receiver, from a player who received a four-year, $42-million extension before the season.  Offensive tackle...

  • Rams vs. Seahawks: How they match up

    Rams pass offense vs. Seahawks pass defense: After progressing in his first three starts, rookie quarterback Jared Goff struggled mightily last week against the Falcons. He had two passes intercepted — one was returned for a touchdown — and also had the ball stripped and returned for a touchdown....

  • Times' Sam Farmer predicts Seahawks will defeat Rams, 24-13, on Thursday night football

    NFL Thursday night RAMS (4-9) AT SEATTLE 8-4-1 TV: Channel 4, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 16. Over/under: 38½. Sam Farmer’s pick: Even though the Rams always play Seattle tough, they’re dealing with a coaching change, a winless rookie quarterback, and the Seahawks bouncing back after...

  • Rams fan Al Michaels recalls his first trip to the Coliseum to see them play in 1958

    The date and crowd count from the first Los Angeles Rams game Al Michaels attended are etched in the broadcaster’s brain like his wedding anniversary and Social Security number. “It was Nov. 2, 1958, my first time in the Coliseum, and the attendance was 100,470,” Michaels, now 72, said this week....

  • 'No reason for optimism' that Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers will stay put

    Surrounded by reporters and television cameras Wednesday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay delivered a blunt message. In his view, there is “no reason for optimism” that the San Diego Chargers or Oakland Raiders will remain in their current cities. “There just isn’t any opportunity in Oakland...

  • Rams hope they can put turmoil aside Thursday when they play the Seahawks in frigid Seattle

    Talk about a cold business. Three days after their coach was fired — and four days after suffering a humiliating defeat in front of booing home fans — the Rams will play Thursday night in 30-degree temperatures against a perennial playoff team on a mission to secure a first-round postseason bye....

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