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2014 St. Louis Rams season

2014 St. Louis Rams season
Head coach Jeff Fisher
General manager Les Snead
Owner Stan Kroenke
Home field Edward Jones Dome
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Aaron Donald, DT
Robert Quinn, DE
Uniform
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2013 2015

The 2014 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 77th season in the National Football League, the 20th overall in St. Louis and the third under head coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams attempted to reach a playoff berth for the first time since their 2004 season, but were officially eliminated in their loss against Arizona in Week 15. The Rams failed to improve on their 7–9 record from 2013, finishing 6–10 in 2014. The Rams' 2014 season was notable for their numerous starting quarterbacks including Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, and Sam Bradford, the last of whom was injured before the season began. Despite the lack of stability at the position, the Rams defeated both defending conference champions, Super Bowl participants, and 2014 division winners, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, plus also shutting out two teams in consecutive weeks: the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.

2014 draft class

2014 St. Louis Rams Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 2 Greg Robinson Offensive tackle Auburn
13 Aaron Donald Defensive tackle Pittsburgh
2 41 Lamarcus Joyner Cornerback Florida State
3 75 Tre Mason Running back Auburn
4 110 Maurice Alexander Safety Utah St.
5 None
6 188 E. J. Gaines Cornerback Missouri
214 Garrett Gilbert Quarterback SMU
7 226 Mitchell Van Dyk Offensive tackle Portland St.
241 Christian Bryant Free safety Ohio St.
249 Michael Sam Defensive end Missouri
250 Demetrius Rhaney Center Tennessee St.
Compensatory selection
Draft trades
  • The Rams acquired an additional first-round selection (No. 2 overall) as part of a trade that sent the team's 2012 first-round selection (Robert Griffin III) to the Washington Redskins.
  • The Rams traded their second- (No. 44 overall) and fifth- (No. 153 overall) round selections to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the Bills' second-round selection (No. 41 overall).
  • The Rams acquired an additional seventh-round selection (No. 241 overall) in a trade that sent cornerback Josh Gordy to the Indianapolis Colts.[1]

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

The season took a turn for the worst when starting QB Sam Bradford tore his ACL against the Cleveland Browns on August 23. It was the same ACL he tore the year before that caused him to miss the last half of the year.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 New Orleans Saints L 24–26 0–1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
2 August 16 Green Bay Packers L 7–21 0–2 Edward Jones Dome Recap
3 August 23 at Cleveland Browns W 33–14 1–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
4 August 28 at Miami Dolphins L 13–14 1–3 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 Minnesota Vikings L 6–34 0–1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
2 September 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–17 1–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
3 September 21 Dallas Cowboys L 31–34 1–2 Edward Jones Dome Recap
4 Bye
5 October 5 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–34 1–3 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
6 October 13 San Francisco 49ers L 17–31 1–4 Edward Jones Dome Recap
7 October 19 Seattle Seahawks W 28–26 2–4 Edward Jones Dome Recap
8 October 26 at Kansas City Chiefs L 7–34 2–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 2 at San Francisco 49ers W 13–10 3–5 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 November 9 at Arizona Cardinals L 14–31 3–6 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
11 November 16 Denver Broncos W 22–7 4–6 Edward Jones Dome Recap
12 November 23 at San Diego Chargers L 24–27 4–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
13 November 30 Oakland Raiders W 52–0 5–7 Edward Jones Dome Recap
14 December 7 at Washington Redskins W 24–0 6–7 FedEx Field Recap
15 December 11 Arizona Cardinals L 6–12 6–8 Edward Jones Dome Recap
16 December 21 New York Giants L 27–37 6–9 Edward Jones Dome Recap
17 December 28 at Seattle Seahawks L 6–20 6–10 CenturyLink Field Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Rams started the season at home against Minnesota, their first meeting at home since week 15 two years back. The Vikings went on to stun the Rams, 36-22.

Already missing starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the year with another knee injury, the Rams lost several starters via injury; New starting quarterback Shaun Hill, to injured quadriceps, and defensive end Chris Long was hampered by an ankle injury which forced him to miss two months. An unknown, but third string quarterback named Austin Davis, who would take the starting job for the next few games, took over for Hill in the second half. The Rams, limited by two field goals, would go on to lose their home opener, 34-6.

Week 2: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Chris Long and Shaun Hill out, the Rams travel to Tampa Bay looking to rebound from the blowout home loss against Minnesota. The game saw Austin Davis get first start. Most of the game was delayed due to lightning and thunder after the game was tied to 7. Rams kicker Greg Zurelien nailed a last minute field goal to give the Rams a close 19-17 victory, giving them their first win of the season, with a record of one game tied apiece.

Week 3: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Rams started off hot early in the game, but Dallas responded in the second half, including a Tony Romo pass to Dez Bryant for 68 yards, in which stunned the St. Louis home crowd. In the fourth quarter Rams tight end Jared Cook's temper snapped on the sidelines as he shoved quarterback Austin Davis who attempted to find Cook in the end zone, but Davis pass was incomplete. Davis threw a couple of interceptions, including one by a swarming of Dallas defenders to give Dallas a 34-31 victory.

Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Hosting the 49ers on Monday Night, the Rams, sporting their 1999 throwbacks, welcomed back "The Greatest Show on Turf" at halftime. But the 49ers ruined their party as they would go on to stun the Rams at home 31-17.

Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Hoping to rebound from the heartbreaking Monday Night loss at home, the Rams face the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Highlighted by a series of fake punts and long returns, the Rams managed to squeeze past the Super Bowl champions, 28-26.

Week 8: at Kansas City Chiefs

The Rams travel to Kansas City to face their in-state rival and the first of four AFC West opponents of the season, the Chiefs. Things would get ugly for the Rams as more injuries continue to pile up as both offensive lineman Jake Long and wide receiver Brian Quick suffered season-ending knee and shoulder injuries, respectively. With the loss, the Rams are 0-1 against AFC West opponents.

Week 9: at San Francisco 49ers

In the last seconds of the fourth quarter, Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis scooped a fumble from 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who attempted to dive into the endzone for a game winning touchdown, to give the Rams a 13-10 victory. The defense, for the most part, sacked Kaepernick eight times.

Week 10: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: vs. Denver Broncos

The Rams meet the Broncos at home for the first time since their home opener in 2006. The Rams won 18-10.

The injury-riddled Denver Broncos (7-2) travel to St. Louis, looking to extend their lead in the AFC West, but it was too late as the Rams defense harassed Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense all day long. Rams' quarterback Shaun Hill returned from injury and took over for Austin Davis, who started only a few games. Among the game's highlights was Rams safety Rodney McLeod taking a hit on Broncos' wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, forcing Sanders to leave the game with a concussion. Officials later confirmed that the McLeod hit on Sanders was not illegal. The Rams won 22-7 and are tied one game apiece against all AFC West opponents.

Week 12: at San Diego Chargers

The Rams travel to San Diego, facing their third AFC West opponent, the Chargers. The Rams looked to go 2-1 against AFC West opponents, but couldn't flick the switch this time thanks to the Chargers' Phillip Rivers' late game heroics and the defense, who intercepted a pass from Shaun Hill, who attempted a game-winning touchdown pass. With the 27-24 loss, this gave the Rams a 1-2 record against all AFC West opponents. Rams fans, who attended the game, were seen holding up signs involving a possible return to Los Angeles.

Week 13: vs. Oakland Raiders

The Rams meet the Raiders at home for the first time in twelve years after Week 6 of 2002, where the Rams defeated the Raiders, who were 4-0 at the time, 28-13 to give the Rams their first victory of 2002 after starting the year with five consecutive losses.

Before the game, five Rams receivers came out of the tunnel with their hands up in protest to support the Ferguson unrest, causing controversy. Amid the "Hands Up" controversy, the Rams defense harassed the Raiders and struggling new quarterback Derek Carr all game long. The game was best highlighted by two Tre Mason touchdowns, including an 89-yard run. The Rams held the Raiders scoreless with a 52-0 blowout. With the victory, the Rams are 2-2 against all AFC West opponents.

Week 14: at Washington Redskins

Despite Rams' kicker Greg Zuerlein missing a series of field goals and chants of "RG3!!!" from Washington's home crowd, the Rams still managed to hold Washington scoreless, giving them a 24-0 victory, and their sixth and final win the Rams would get this year. For the second time in a row this season, the Rams held an opponent scoreless.

Week 15: vs. Arizona Cardinals

With the loss, the Rams were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 16: vs. New York Giants

The Rams wrapped up their 2014 home schedule, facing their fourth and final NFC East opponent, the Giants, led by new wide receiver Odell Beckham. Tempers flared later in the game as a sideline brawl escalated after a late hit on Beckham, drawing 3 ejections to Giants' Damontre Moore and Preston Parker and Rams' defensive end William Hayes. The Rams went on to lose their final home game, 27-37.

Week 17: at Seattle Seahawks

Going to Seattle for the their third straight year, the Rams once again struggled all game, losing the game 20-6, ending their season with a disappointing 6-10 record. The record led the team to draft running back 2015 NFL Draft.

Standings

Division

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Seattle Seahawks 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 W6
(5) Arizona Cardinals 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 L2
San Francisco 49ers 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 W1
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 L3

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[1] *Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 140 W6
2[1] zGreen Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 486 348 138 W2
3[1] yDallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 467 352 115 W4
4 yCarolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 –25 W4
Wild Cards
5[2] wArizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 11 L2
6[2] wDetroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 321 282 33 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 474 400 74 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 –34 W1
9[3] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 –23 W1
10[3] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 325 343 –18 W1
11[4] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 380 400 –20 L1
12[4] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 –36 L1
13[4] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 –30 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 319 442 –123 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 301 438 –137 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 –133 L6
Tiebreakers[5]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

References

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External links

  • Official website
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