Los Angeles Rams

Preview for Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals |Sep 24, 2017

COWBOYS AT CARDINALS Kickoff: 5:30 p.m., ESPN Outlook: Dallas loafed its way through last week’s loss against Denver, like Ezekiel Elliott chasing down an interception. That won’t be the case this week against an Arizona offense that just isn’t the same without David Johnson.

This week’s Rams opponent: San Francisco 49ers |Sep 19, 2017

Does Sean McVay have bad weather to credit for his job as head coach of the Rams? Probably not. So impressed were the Rams with McVay after their initial interview in early January that they didn’t want to lose out on him, and quickly brought him back for a second chat.

Rams coordinator Wade Phillips up-front about team’s run-defense struggles |Sep 19, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Like any good defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips anticipated Tuesday’s attack. “What’s wrong with the run defense, right?” Phillips deadpanned, moments after he reached the podium to start his weekly news conference.

Rams see need to boost their run game and slow opponents’ attack |Sep 18, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> The Rams saw too much of Washington’s run game and not enough of their own. There’s no doubt about the first part. Washington ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns in their victory over the Rams on Sunday.

Rams can’t complete comeback in home loss to Washington |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> One of Rams coach Sean McVay’s proteges made game-winning plays Sunday. The other? Well, maybe he’s getting there, but the progress is a bit halting Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins did exactly what McVay once trained him to do: drive 70 yards in the fourth quarter of a tie game, and win it.

Aaron Donald’s return mostly a dud, as Rams are gashed on the ground |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Aaron Donald burst through the line, loose in the backfield for the first time since his months-long holdout ended, and immediately, the All-Pro defensive tackle knew what was coming.

In a single bound, Todd Gurley shows Rams that he might be super again |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> In high school, the hurdles never tried to tackle Todd Gurley. A former track star in sprints and the 110-high hurdles in North Carolina, Gurley long ago traded spikes for cleats, but clearly the instincts remain.

Bonsignore: Rams send positive message, even after tough loss |Sep 17, 2017

The Rams locker room was barely open a minute or two Sunday after a gut wrenching 27-20 loss to Washington when Robert Woods motioned for reporters to come talk to him. If anyone had reason to hide from the media or brush them off or figure out a way to make himself invisible it was Woods, whose two careless penalties during a critical fourth-quarter drive likely cost the Rams a chance to score a touchdown and take the lead.

Bonsignore: Do half empty stadiums mean LA isn’t an NFL town? |Sep 16, 2017

When the Rams kick off against Washington at the Coliseum this afternoon, somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 fans will be there to watch in a stadium that seats more than 90,000. At some point, someone will innocently take a crowd shot picture, as is the norm across the sports world these days.

Rams vs. Washington: Who has the edge? |Sep 16, 2017

RAMS (1-0) vs. WASHINGTON (0-1) When: Today, 1:25 p.m. Where: Coliseum Line: Rams by 2.5 TV/radio: Ch. 11; 710-AM, 100.3-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish) RAMS OFFENSE vs. WASHINGTON DEFENSE Good news: the Rams gained 373 yards last week against Indianapolis, fifth-most among all NFL teams.

Right coach, system can change trajectory of an NFL QB’s career |Sep 16, 2017

The jersey sits in an upstairs room in his home near the Rams’ facility. Inscribed inside the jersey’s number is a message that Sean McVay, the team’s first-year head coach, holds dear.

Sean McVay faces the Washington friends who helped make him a head coach |Sep 16, 2017

Kirk Cousins quickly spotted the boyish blond guy who darted around the Washington practice field in 2012. “I remember just throwing routes to the wide receivers and tight ends,” Cousins said this week, “and there was this really, really young guy coaching the tight ends and I thought, ‘That’s interesting.

Hoffarth: Must the Rams and Chargers ‘fight’ over us? |Sep 15, 2017

Has anyone really explained why, having to babysit two NFL teams around here at this point in our history, all of a sudden it means there has to be a “Fight for L.A.?” The transplanted San Diego Chargers and nomadic St.

Jared Goff improved, but also got plenty of help |Sep 15, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS>> What strange times these must be for Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who last week benefitted from the rare combination of solid pass blockers and reliable receivers. Goff got sacked only once and suffered only one dropped pass during last Sunday’s impressive 306-yard effort in victory over Indianapolis.

Rams game vs. Washington will put family on opposite sides |Sep 14, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS>> Washington’s tight ends are, almost literally, family to the Rams. Rams coach Sean McVay adores them, because he coached them in Washington for seven seasons, first as position coach and then as offensive coordinator.

Aaron Donald is back; Rams think he’s ready to start Sunday |Sep 13, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Aaron Donald sat at his locker, head down, seemingly resigned to the fact that he’d have to tolerate some good-natured teasing from teammates in the Rams’ locker room Wednesday.

For now, Aaron Donald is back in Rams’ fold |Sep 13, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Aaron Donald emerged from the Rams weight room at their Thousand Oaks training facility on Wednesday, flashed a bit of a grin to some nearby observers, then made his way to the nearby practice field.

Meet this week’s Rams opponent: Washington |Sep 12, 2017

Kirk Cousins’ first game without Sean McVay didn’t go very well. McVay, credited during his three-year stint as Washington’s offensive coordinator with helping to develop Cousins as a productive quarterback, has moved on to coach the Rams.

It’s back to normal for the Rams and Aaron Donald, who likely will play Sunday |Sep 11, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> No dramatic moment, no speech, no loud applause. The Rams simply conducted their defensive meetings Monday with Aaron Donald in attendance, and that normalcy had to feel superb.

Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts live updates from the Coliseum |Sep 10, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams open the 2017 NFL season Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts. Rich Hammond, Vincent Bonsignore, Ryan Kartje and Jeff Miller are reporting from the Coliseum. Check back for live news, stats and updates before, during and after the game.

Defense, Jared Goff lead Rams to romp over Colts in Sean McVay’s debut |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> This is the city of Hollywood reinvention, a land of second chances. So the Rams vanished for a while, allowed the stench of a 4-12 season to clear out and returned, shockingly, as an entertaining team.

Rams, Sean McVay take a knee and everything else they want vs. Colts |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> His play-calling was measured, effective and, at times, even inspired. At the end, it was something else completely, something shocking after witnessing the Rams mostly depress all of last season.

Jared Goff and the Rams delivered more than a win on Sunday, they created hope |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Just before Rams quarterback Jared Goff disappeared into the Coliseum tunnel late Sunday afternoon to celebrate his first win as an NFL quarterback, he paused, peeked over to a hundred or so fans shouting his name from the stands and raised his right arm to the sky.

Rams’ Cooper Kupp makes big impact in NFL debut |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Rams receiver Cooper Kupp caught his first NFL touchdown pass and quickly flipped the ball to an official. So there’s no souvenir, but at this rate, Kupp’s trophy case will quickly fill up.

Without Donald, Rams defense still dominates Colts |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> As the stalemate continued through July and August and into September, the nightmarish possibility loomed like a dark cloud over the franchise, dominating every conversation and begging the one lingering question the Rams hoped they’d never have to confront.

Kartje: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith manages a major upset |Sep 9, 2017

For the entirety of Alex Smith’s career, one prevailing narrative has followed wherever he goes, loomed over every offense he’s commanded, and generally, provided the context for any conversation we’ve ever had about him as an NFL quarterback.

Can Sammy Watkins be a Grade-A WR for Rams? |Sep 9, 2017

Sammy Watkins had Jared Goff in one ear, and Sean McVay in the other. Sammy, what do you run on this play? How about this one? How about that first play, but from this other formation? “After the first day,” Watkins said, “I was like, ‘OK, now they’re just trying to see how much I’m studying,’ so I had to overstudy and be on point.

Bonsignore: Aaron Donald had no choice but to return to Rams |Sep 9, 2017

From the outset, the Aaron Donald contract holdout seemed a bit dubious. The longer it dragged on through OTAs, training camp and preseason games, the more equivocal it became. That he finally returned early Saturday morning, just ahead of the Rams season opener Sunday against the Colts — with no new deal in hand — only adds to the puzzlement.

The ‘Fight for L.A.’ between the Rams and Chargers begins ... now |Sep 9, 2017

My oh my, how the NFL landscape has seismically shifted in Los Angeles over the last 20 months. The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers? Yup, that really happened. And Year One of their co-existence begins Sunday.

Rams say no Aaron Donald on Sunday and maybe no payday |Sep 8, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS — The porch light is still on, and the key is under the doormat, but even if Aaron Donald comes home this weekend, he’s going to miss an NFL game for the first time in his career.

Hoffarth: Beth Mowins calling NFL games benefits all |Sep 8, 2017

In the spirit of a professional play-by-play broadcaster, let’s just call it what it is: Beth Mowins is the right person at the right time at the right network to write some history. A ready-for-prime-time player.

Rams 2017 season preview: Will Sean McVay lead Rams to success? |Sep 7, 2017

Rodger Saffold started his NFL career with Spagnuolo, and for those who lost track of the Rams for a few years, no, that’s not the name of a trendy Beverly Hills bistro. Saffold has seen it all.

Rams 2017 preview: Game-by-game schedule breakdown |Sep 7, 2017

WEEK 1 Sunday, Sept. 10: vs. Indianapolis, 1:05 p.m. (CBS) It’s a soft opening, given how banged up the Colts are, and it’s not likely to be an offensive shootout.

Rams 2017 preview: Position-by-position analysis |Sep 7, 2017

QUARTERBACK It’s finally time to learn the truth about Jared Goff. As a rookie in 2016, he went 0-7 as a starter and got battered while he played behind a dreadful offensive line.

Bonsignore: For Rams, figuring out what they have in Jared Goff is key |Sep 7, 2017

At some point Sunday night, after a full day of NFL games conclude and the leftover wings and brats are wrapped up tightly and tucked away in the refrigerator and the barbecue grills are scrubbed clean and neatly covered, a whole bunch of tired heads will hit a whole bunch of pillows across Los Angeles.

Defensive questions abound with Aaron Donald a holdout as Rams’ season starts |Sep 7, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Wade Phillips joined the NFL in 1976, so it’s tough to put something new past the Rams’ defensive coordinator, but this year’s season opener even seems to have Phillips scratching his head a bit.

Let Rams, Chargers ‘Fight for L.A.,’ Raiders will win Super Bowl |Sep 6, 2017

The Fight for L.A. rages on, as the Rams and Chargers battle to win the collective hearts and souls and wallets of the 20 million or so people residing in Los Angeles and vicinity. But it’s just a local tangle.

2017 NFL Preview: A team-by-team look at the NFC |Sep 6, 2017

WEST ARIZONA CARDINALS 2016 record: 7-8-1 Notable offseason addition: Haason Reddick, OLB. Reddick has been a pleasant surprise early on in Arizona. If he keeps developing as a pass-rusher, he could be an instant star.

2017 NFL Preview: A team-by-team look at the AFC |Sep 6, 2017

AFC WEST DENVER BRONCOS 2016 record: 9-7 Notable offseason addition: Ron Leary, OG. Denver’s fall from grace last season had a whole lot to do with a leaky offensive line. Leary can’t turn that around on his own, but as a competent interior lineman, his addition will definitely help a struggling offense.

With Aaron Donald still AWOL, rookie Tanzel Smart prepares to start Rams opener |Sep 6, 2017

Way back on draft day last April - Day 3, to be exact - and a ways into the sixth round, Tanzel Smart got a call from the Rams telling him he was on his way to Los Angeles to play defensive tackle. Not long after, the Tulane University standout said it meant the world to him that he’d soon be playing alongside Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn, a pair of Rams players he’d been admiring from afar.

Rams vs. Colts: Scouting & By the numbers |Sep 5, 2017

The Indianapolis Colts thought their Luck would have returned by now, but quarterback Andrew Luck, who underwent shoulder surgery in January, still isn’t ready to play. That means Luck won’t play Sunday against the Rams, but the Colts seem nervous about the longer-term status of one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, and they tipped their hand last week when they acquired quarterback Jacoby Brissett in a trade with New England.

Rams, Chargers navigate new defensive schemes with ease |Sep 5, 2017

By Ryan Kartje rkartje@scng.com @Ryan_Kartje on Twitter THOUSAND OAKS >> Wade Phillips has been in this position before. Four of the past six times he has switched teams, to be exact.

Texans’ J.J. Watt shows the real healing potential of sports |Sep 5, 2017

The notion, though long on good intentions, always has sounded short on common sense. Sure, games can distract, offer snippets of relief from a real world that can be unforgiving, brutal and catastrophic.

Colts’ loss of Andrew Luck is good fortune for Rams defense |Sep 4, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Sean McVay recently said he started to game-plan for the season opener against Indianapolis in January, shortly after the Rams hired him as their coach. Well, it was good practice, anyway.

Sean McVay manages first crisis as Aaron Donald holdout continues |Sep 4, 2017

The Rams reported to work on Monday to officially begin preparations for their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Their best player was nowhere to be found. The contract holdout of Aaron Donald just moved to DEFCON 1, folks.

Rams add to depth on lines by claiming three players off waivers |Sep 3, 2017

On a day filled with NFL transactions, when teams claimed players and started to build their practice squads, the Rams added to their depth on their offensive and defensive lines on Sunday. The Rams claimed three players through the NFL waiver system: offensive linemen J.

Here are some reasons to be excited about new NFL season |Sep 2, 2017

Let’s start with the bad news. The Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl, and there’s nothing you can do about it. This a foregone conclusion, like Friday afternoon traffic on the 405 or Jon Snow finishing “Game of Thrones” as the hero.

Rams’ 53-man roster: Still no Aaron Donald |Sep 2, 2017

The Rams made the cuts Saturday to trim their roster to the mandatory 53. But it wasn’t who the Rams released or held onto that garnered the bulk of the attention. Aside from the mild surprise of releasing rookie fullback Sam Rogers, second-year cornerback Mike Jordan and fan-favorite wide receiver Nelson Spruce while keeping rookie free agent tight end Johnny Mundt, there weren’t any shocking decisions among the flurry of moves the Rams made Saturday.

Aaron Donald a no-show for Rams, who start to make roster cuts |Sep 1, 2017

The nervous waiting has commenced, for Rams players, coaches and executives, but for different reasons. Players are hoping to avoid that dreaded tap on the shoulder and the long, painful walk to a meeting in which the news is broken, and they’ve been cut.

Sean McVay optimistic as Rams end preseason with backup-heavy loss to Packers |Aug 31, 2017

GREEN BAY, Wisc. >> Sean McVay’s focus on Sept. 10 almost has been almost obsessive. The Rams’ coach has seemed like an eager child counting down to the days to his birthday. It’s almost here.