Frank Cignetti is in line for a promotion in St. Louis.
Cignetti, currently the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The announcement is expected next week.
Cignetti was hired when Fisher first took the Rams’ head-coaching job and has been the quarterbacks coach the last three seasons. He’s never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL before, but he’s been the offensive coordinator for six different college teams: Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Cal, North Carolina, Fresno State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on Wednesday that St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would replace Mike Bobo, who accepted the head job at Colorado State last month, as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Schottenheimer spent his past three seasons leading a Rams offense that ranked as one of the NFL's lowest-scoring units (25th in scoring and 28th in total offense over that stretch) while struggling with personnel issues, most notably quarterback Sam Bradford.
Schottenheimer didn't have much to work with while in St. Louis, specifically at quarterback. The offense showed some signs of life when Sam Bradford was under center, but he was limited to just seven games over the past two seasons.
They aren’t going to hand him the starting job, however. On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that the team wants to have Bradford compete for the starting job with a player “not in the building now” this offseason.
It’s not clear whether Shaun Hill and/or Austin Davis, the two quarterbacks who started after Bradford’s injury, would also be invited to take part, the story mentioned. Bradford also spoke to the media and said that he thought about giving up the game immediately after suffering the second tear, but has gotten back on the rehab track. He’s running and said that he has no issues with the Rams making any moves at quarterback, the story added.
The Shaun Hill era in St. Louis is on hold after only two quarters.
Hill, tabbed as the Rams' starter last month after Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL, was replaced at halftime by Austin Davis, who had never played in a regular-season game in two previous seasons as a Rams backup.
The Rams announced that Hill had suffered a thigh injury, though he remained standing on the sideline with his helmet on early in the third quarter as Davis led the Rams to their first scoring drive – a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerline.
Hill left the game after completing 8 of 13 passes for 81 yards including an interception.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:57am
The former Ohio State star quarterback was released by Seattle on Friday, FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo and other media report.
Pryor, who was chosen in the third round in the 2011 supplemental draft by the Raiders, threw for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games last year with Oakland. The Raiders traded Pryor to the Seahawks in the offseason for a seventh-round pick in last May's draft.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:37pm
Rams rookie Tre Mason continues get carries, but hasn't been very productive with them. He played 20 snaps on offense and posted 29 yards on 10 carries. He had 18 of those yards on one run, meaning he gained 11 yards on the other nine carries. He simply hasn't been able to get it going in extended looks during the first three preseason games.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:39pm
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has confirmed that, indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford has been lost for the year, re-tearing the ACL that he first tore in October 2013. Now, with Bradford done, the Rams will hand the ball to backup Shaun Hill.
“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher told reporters. “We brought him here. He’s got experience. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in him.”
Hill, 34, enters his 13th season in the NFL. His most extensive work came in 2010, starting 10 games for the Lions. For his career, Hill has a 61.9-percent completion percentage, 41, 6,381 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions.
It remains to be seen how much of a drop the Ram WRs take from Bradford to Hill. It's possible the Rams lean on the run a little more this year with Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham leading the way. Hill's fantasy value should be considered very limited at this point, with perhaps a chance to be a spot starter in favorable committee matchups as his upside until we see a little more.
Bradford was making his second start of the preseason after returning from a season-ending torn left ACL suffered against Carolina on Oct. 20, 2013. It's a big blow for the Rams, but they apparently have been happy with backup Shaun Hill's performance as well. Hill will likely take over the starting role and hasn't started since 2010. It remains to be seen just how much of a drop, if any, the Rams' wideouts will see with Hill under center. Hill's career numbers (Y/A, Cmp%, TD%) are actually better than Bradford's, so we're not expecting much of a drop in our projections. Bradford's injury may be good news for Stacy owners, however, as the Rams could elect to go more run-heavy. Benny Cunningham may also get a few extra carries.
It was the same (left) leg that was operated on last year. He walked off under his own power, which is a good sign. He should be avoided in drafts until we know he's in the clear.
Notably taking his first in-game snap in exactly 300 days, Bradford piloted two drives, one in which was capped by a 11-yard strike in traffic to tight end Lance Kendricks for a score.
Bradford’s second series began when he stood tall in the pocket and rifled a pass for a 41-yard, catch-and-run completion to wide receiver Brian Quick.
Later in the drive, rookie offensive tackle Greg Robinson was outmuscled by a Julius Peppers’ bull rush move. Peppers drilled Bradford’s backside, but the fifth-year quarterback popped right up.
Sporting a clunky left knee brace, Bradford showed comfort operating in the pocket. He finished completing 9 of 12 passes for 101 yards.
The article called Bradford 'sharp' and said it was an encouraging sign for him heading into next week's game. Looks like it's all systems go for Bradford to start Week 1 for the Rams. He's ranked 25th and likely won't get drafted but could prove to be a nice committee QB if he continues to look good in his return.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 2:20pm
As has been custom throughout his career, Rams TE Jared Cook struggled to replicate or even approximate his dominating opening week performance in 2013 the rest of the season. After the eye-opening performance against the Cardinals, Cook became the focal point of opposing defenses with additional and more physical coverage thrown his way on a regular basis.
Cook didn't exceed 45 receiving yards in any of the next nine games and didn't score another touchdown until Week 9 against his former team. He finished with 51 catches for 671 yards and five touchdowns. But much of that production came in two games and Cook also struggled with drops, finishing with six for the season.
Cook wasn't consistent but it's something he's working on for this year. He was also hurt by the loss of QB Sam Bradford, so his return should help. Cook is more of a TE2 target in leagues where you need one. Other than that, he's a guy to target on bye weeks as a fill in until he starts to show that consistency.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:34am
It’s clear that Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt could be an important piece of the Rams offense this season. Not only has his performance on the field been strong, but also head coach Jeff Fisher said he’s becoming a team leader.
“Kenny’s always had that type of personality,” Fisher said. “He loves the game He’s not afraid to voice his opinion and he’s pulling the young guys along with him. He practices one speed and that’s full.”
Britt's running out of chances but seems to be making the best of this one in St. Louis. Britt is at the top of the depth chart with Tavon Austin on the other side. He's a potential mid-to-late round sleeper if you can land him as depth.
So far, so good.
A first-round pick in 2009, Britt was breaking out in 2011 before a Week 3 torn ACL threw his career off course even more than a rash of early-career run-ins with the law. Last year, he caught 11 passes for 96 yards in 12 appearances and three starts.
Britt, at times, looked like a dominant WR1 throughout his career but couldn't stay healthy and couldn't stay out of trouble. If he can do that in St. Louis, he could be quite a weapon for QB Sam Bradford and the Rams. Ranked just 60th on our list now, we acknowledge his stock is rising.
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:11pm
"You can see those balls were humming," coach Jeff Fisher said after Saturday's practice.
Bradford seems to benefiting from improved upper-body strength.
To keep the arm strong, coaches are monitoring Bradford's pitch count, so to speak, the story said. Both sides said there's no set limit, but that the information would help factor progress and performance in training camp. Once again, this seems like a make-or-break year for Bradford, who was having a decent season last year before getting hurt. Bradford is just 23rd on our list and isn't getting a lot of draft-day love in typical 10 or 12 team leagues.
Sam Bradford wasted no time getting started in team drills, completing touchdown passes to Brian Quick, Kenny Britt and Austin Pettis. Most notably, Britt hauled in a difficult ball with second-year defensive back Brandon McGee in his face.
“He loves playing the game,” Fisher said of Britt. “He feels good. He’s making a lot of plays for us.”
Fisher also credits Britt for bringing along Quick, a receiver of a similar ilk. “Kenny may make a mistake as far as an incorrect route here or there, but he does it going full speed,” Fisher stated. “Brian, early on in his career, if he wasn’t sure, he wasn’t quite full speed. I think Brian’s learning just to go. Good things happen when you’re running hard.”
Britt is apparently running with the first team alongside Quick, with Tavon Austin manning the slot. If this continues, he'll be a compelling late-round pick on draft day. He has talent, but hasn't shown it in recent years. Maybe a fresh start with his old coach (FIsher) will do the trick. There is certainly opportunity in the Rams' receiving corps.
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