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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rams’ defensive competition continues without Aaron Donald |Aug 31, 2017

GREEN BAY, Wisc. >> There seems to be some drama on the Rams’ defensive line, and of course it is tangentially related to Aaron Donald. Donald’s contract holdout lasted the entire training camp and preseason schedule, and the Rams took another hit early in camp when lineman Dominique Easley tore an ACL.

Bonsignore: Aaron Donald, it’s time to get back to work |Aug 30, 2017

Aaron Donald deserves to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. So let’s just get that out of the way at the very top, lest anyone thinks sides are being taken in a contract holdout that has cost Donald all of training camp and preseason.

Ex-USC back Justin Davis inching closer to roster spot with Rams |Aug 30, 2017

GREEN BAY, Wisc. >> Justin Davis fumbled twice in the Rams’ first preseason game, and as an undrafted free agent, he didn’t need anyone to spell out the potential ramifications. “You learn quick, once you get to the NFL, how much of a business it is,” Davis said.

From Rams cult hero to possible cut, Nelson Spruce forges on |Aug 29, 2017

Was this a dream? Around him, the scene felt so surreal, he couldn’t help but wonder. Tens of thousands chanting his name. The entirety of the Coliseum pulsing with energy, roaring in harmonious praise.

Eric Dickerson goes from feuding with Rams to front-office role |Aug 29, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Last November, as the Rams season descended into a downward spiral, Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson found himself locked in a feud with the Rams head coach and its front office.

Tavon Austin returns to practice, in search of role within Rams offense |Aug 28, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> The Rams just got Tavon Austin out of the shop. The question now is, will Austin continue to spin his wheels in the NFL, or can Sean McVay turn him into a high-performance vehicle? No one knows, even McVay, the Rams’ first-year coach who inherited Austin and his history of being a receiver full of potential, but one who has yet to reach it.

Bonsignore: What we observed from Rams’ loss to Chargers |Aug 27, 2017

Preseason NFL football game can often be a tricky thing. There’s not real game planning going on. The starting lineup is a mishmash of first stringers and backups that soon gives way exclusively to second, third and fringe players.

Rams won’t put deadline on star holdout Aaron Donald for regular-season opener |Aug 27, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> When Rams coach Sean McVay reached the podium for his weekly Sunday news conference, the countdown stood at exactly 13 days, 20 hours, 33 minutes. There is no Official Aaron Donald Doomsday Clock mounted inside team headquarters, but no doubt it’s ticking inside the head of McVay, Rams executives and probably some players.

Fight for L.A. - Rams vs. Chargers live updates and how to watch information |Aug 26, 2017

The Fight for LA continues as the Los Angeles Rams host the LA Chargers in Week 3 of the preseason. Check back often for updates, scores and injury news. Viewing on a mobile device?

Rams quarterback Jared Goff suffers rough preseason home game |Aug 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A sideline completion, and an “ooh” from the crowd. Alert movement in the pocket, and a 22-yard dump-off, and an “aah.” Jared Goff had two brilliant minutes on Saturday.

Video: Rams and Chargers fans decide who runs L.A. |Aug 26, 2017

For the first time since 1994, two Los Angeles NFL teams played against each other as the L.A. Rams hosted the L.A. Chargers in a preseason game at the Coliseum. Fans from both teams were asked who really runs L.

Miller: Philip Rivers and Jared Goff display where they are in their careers |Aug 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> He is now our most dependable starter, this pinpointing right-hander stirring memories of the likes of in-their-primes Orel Hershiser and Jered Weaver. Sure, during their careers, those two pitchers were at times hit hard.

What to look for in Rams last dress rehearsal |Aug 25, 2017

Take a good look at the Rams’ starters Saturday night when they host the Chargers at the Coliseum. Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins and all the rest of the first-stringers will play into the third quarter, as is the norm for NFL teams in the third game of the preseason.

From 90 to 53, here’s the math on the Rams roster situation |Aug 25, 2017

The Rams and Chargers brawled three times when the teams practiced together this month, but when they meet in Saturday’s preseason game at the Coliseum, the true battle for the Rams will be internal.

As season finale nears, NFL locker rooms obsess over ‘Game of Thrones’ |Aug 25, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Joey Bosa is already one of the league’s most feared pass-rushers. Around Chargers practice, there is no doubt he is destined for defensive stardom, even though he hasn’t yet started his second NFL season.

Rams learn that with Wade Phillips, there’s substance behind the hype |Aug 24, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Even before they met him, the Rams bought into the idea of playing for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. His 40-year resume, Super Bowl ring and wry sense of humor didn’t hurt.

Jared Goff working to build chemistry with new Rams receivers |Aug 23, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Sammy Watkins nearly pulled in a touchdown pass last weekend. He probably got held by a cornerback. Maybe the timing was just off a tick. It didn’t matter to quarterback Jared Goff.

Sean McVay keeps cool after Mike Martz comments |Aug 22, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> It often seems as though Coach Sean McVay has a big-screen personality, but the Rams did not hire him to star in a buddy movie with quarterback Jared Goff. McVay got torched Tuesday when an excerpt from an upcoming book quoted former Rams coach Mike Martz as ridiculing McVay, his lack of experience and his relationship with Goff.