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St. Louis Rams


1937-59  1960-79  1980-89  1990-1999  2000-2009
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The History of the St. Louis Rams

It all starts in Cleveland

 1937: On February 13th, the National Football League grants a Cleveland franchise to Homer Marshman and Associates, a prominent group of local businessmen. The group had owned a team in the rival American Football League in 1936. That team was also known as the Rams and finished with a 5-2-2 record, second best in the league. This new NFL franchise was separate entity since none of the personal joined the new NFL team. The NFL Rams first coach was Hugo Bezdek and he led the Rams on to the field at Cleveland Municipal Stadium for their first game in on September 10th. Unfortunately, the Detroit Lions would shut down the Rams 28-0. The Rams would get their first win 11 days later when they beat the Eagles in Philadelphia 21-3. However the Rams would not score more than ten points in any more games that first season finishing with a 1-10 record.

: The Rams now playing their home games at Shaw Stadium, a high school stadium on Shaw Avenue in Cleveland lose their first three games of the season before Coach Hugo Bezdek is fired. The move pays off right away as new coach as the Rams win their first three games under new coach Art Lewis. However the Rams would win only one of their final five games and would finish their second season with a 4-7 record. 

: The Rams return to Municipal Stadium as rookie halfback Parker Hall makes a big splash earning MVP honors as the Rams finish with a .500 record for the first time at 5-5-1 under new coach Earl "Dutch" Clark.

: The Rams would stumble in Dutch Clark's second season as coach falling back below the .500 mark at 4-6-1.

: Daniel F. Reeves and Fred Levy, Jr. purchase the Rams. The Rams get the new ownership group off on the right foot by winning their first two games. However they would not win again and closed the season with a 2-9 record.

: With new owners Daniel F. Reeves and Fred Levy, Jr. enlisting in the Armed Forces, Bob Kelley is named club secretary. After three seasons in Municipal Stadium the Rams decide to play their home games at League Park. The Rams would finish the season with a 5-6 record, in Dutch Clark's final season as head coach.

: Daniel F. Reeves buys out partner Fred Levy Jr., as the Rams are forced to suspend operations for due to wartime travel restrictions, and lack of manpower.

: The Rams resume operations with an expansion style roster full of free agents and castoffs. However under coach Buff Donelli the rag tag Rams get off to a great start winning their first three games. However, their inexperience would catch up to them as they won just one of their next seven games to finish with a 4-6 record.

: After coach Buff Donelli joins the military General Manager Charlie Walsh names his brother Adam as the team's new coach. Bob Waterfield a Quarterback drafted in 1944 joins the team and leads the Rams to their first Division Championship with a 9-1 record Waterfield would become the first player ever to win the NFL MVP by a unanimous vote. The highlight of the season came on Thanksgiving in Detroit when Jim Benton caught ten passes for NFL record 303 yards in 28-21 win at Detroit over the Lions. On December on a frozen field at Cleveland Municipal Stadium the Rams defeated the Washington Redskins 15-14 to win their first NFL Championship. However, the joy for Cleveland fans would be short lived as the Rams got approval to move to Los Angles less the a month later.


        Parker Hall                                 Bob Waterfield                          Kenny Washington                   Tank Younger

The Move To Los Angeles

1946: With the arrival of the defending NFL Champion Rams, Los Angeles finally had a major professional team. The new Los Angeles Rams proved to be ahead of their time right away as they signed halfback Kenny Washington, and Wide Receiver Woody Strode. The two became the first black players to play in the NFL since the NFL instituted a ban on black players in 1932. On September 29th the city of Los Angeles hosted its first game at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted the 1932 Olympics. In the first official NFL game at the Coliseum the Rams were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 25-14. After a win and a tie on the road, the Rams got their first LA win on October 20th against the Detroit Lions. However, the Rams would lose three of their next five games, as hopes for a repeat NFL Championship faded. The Rams would close their first season in Los Angeles with a 6-4-1 record.

: Owner Dan F. Reeves assumes General Manager duties after Charlie Walsh reigns. He would name Bob Snyder to replace Coach Adam Walsh who also resigned. Under coach Snyder the Rams would be hobbled by injuries all season finishing with a 6-6 record.

: The Rams enter the season with a new coach and a new look. The new look comes courtesy of Halfback Fred Gehrke, an industrial design artist in the off-season. Gehrke had designed yellow horns on the side of the helmet making the Rams the first NFL team to have a team insignia or logo on their helmet; by 1960 all teams with the exception of one would have it. The new look Rams were led on to the field by Charles Shaughnessy when Bb Snyder resigned 19 days before the start of the season. After winning and tie their first two games the Rams struggled mightily losing four of five games. However, the Rams would finish strongly by winning four of their last five games to post a 6-5-1 record.

: The Rams get off to a flying start winning their first six games. The winning streak was capped by a 27-24 victory over the Chicago Bears before a Rams record crowd of 86,080 in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams would hold on to the Western Division Championship by going 2-2-2 over their final six games. In the NFL Championship Game played at the Coliseum heavy rain and a sloppy field combine to slow down the Rams offense as the Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL Championship with a 14-0 win.

: Under new coach Joe Stydahar the Rams set 22 offensive records rolling to a 9-3 record, which was good enough to earn them a first place tie with Chicago Bears for the Western Division Championship. A high flying passing game with star receivers Tom Fears, and Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch keyed the Rams offensive power. The Rams failed to score 30 in only four of their 12 games that included a 70 point and 65 point performance in consecutive weeks. In the Division Championship the Rams got revenge for two earlier losses by beating the Bears 24-14 to advance to the NFL Championship Game. In the Championship Game the Rams returned to Cleveland to face the Browns. The Rams and Browns would battle back and forth all game before Lou Groza's late field goal gave the Browns a 30-28 win.

: Norm Van Brocklin assumes duties at Quarterback as the Rams offense continues to be the best in the NFL. The Rams would break the 40-point mark six times while compiling a 9-3 win for the Western Division Championship. In the NFL Championship Game the Rams earned a rematch with the Cleveland Browns, with the game being played in the Coliseum. The game was tied at 17 until Van Brocklin hit Tom Fears with a 73-yard bomb to give the Rams a 24-17 win, and the city of Los Angeles its first Major Sports Championship.


    Norm Van Brocklin              Tom Fears                    Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch             Billy Wade

1952 : After a 37-7 season opening loss in Cleveland to the Browns, coach Joe Stydahar suddenly reigned; he would be replaced by Hampton Pool. Under Pool the Rams lose two of their first three games getting uses to a new system. However, once the Rams got acclimated to their coach they would begin to fire on all cylinders winning their final eight games to earn a tie for the Division title with Detroit Lions. However, the Rams season would end with a 31-21 loss to the Detroit Lions in the Division Playoff game.

: The Rams would post an impressive 8-3-1 record, while finishing in third Place in the Western Division. However, they were left to wonder what if as they lost by a total of eight points in their three losses.

: After a disappointing 6-5-1 season, Hampton Pool and all the Rams assistant coaches resign. Pool would be replaced by University of Cincinnati coach Sid Gillman.

: In Sid Gillman's first year as Head Coach the Rams use tough defense and clutch Field Goal kicking from Les Richter to capture the Western Division Title with an 8-3-1 record. Previously Richter was best known for the 1952 trade in which the Dallas Texans traded him to the Rams for 11 players. In the NFL Championship Game the Rams would be defeated by the Cleveland Browns 38-14 at the Coliseum.

: After winning their first game of the season the Rams struggle mightily losing eight of their next nine games, on their way to a 4-8 record, for their first losing season since moving to Los Angeles.

: Former Rams publicist Pete Rozelle assumes General Manager duties as the Rams play mediocre football on the way to a 6-6 season. The season would be highlighted by a November 10th 37-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers in which a regular season record 102,368 fans attend the game at the Coliseum.

: After a preseason trade sent Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to the Philadelphia Eagles, Bill Wade steps in and sets several team passing records, as the Rams finish the season with a solid 8-4 record.

: Despite a strong season from powerhouse Fullback Ollie Matson, the Rams struggle through a 2-10 season their worst since their very first season in 1937. Following the disappointing season in which the Rams lost their last eight games, Head Coach Sid Gillman resigns.

: After the death of NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, Rams General Manager Pete Rozelle is named to replace him. Rozelle would hold the position for nearly three decades making the NFL the biggest sports league in the world, and becoming one of the most powerful men in sports history. Replacing Rozelle, as General Manager was former Wide Receiver Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch. Hirsch would name former Quarterback Bob Waterfield as the teams head coach hoping for a return to past glory. However, the Rams would struggle and finish with a 4-7-1 record.

: In a year of transition the Rams trade Bill Wade, Del Shofner, and John Guzik to the Chicago Bears, for two \ players and a draft pick. The Rams would go on to finish with a horrendous 4-10 record.

: The Rams have two of the top three picks in the NFL Draft and select Quarterback Roman Gabriel and Defensive Tackle Merlin Olsen. The two would go on to star for the Rams for the next decade. However, their first season was one to forget as the Rams only win one game in a miserable 1-12-1 season.

: After a 0-5 start Roman Gabrielle gets back his starting Quarterback job and leads the Rams to a 5-4 record in the final nine games of the season. That year also saw the Rams acquire Rosey Grier form the New York Giants. Grier would join Merlin Olsen, Deacon Jones, and Lamar Lundy to form the original Fearsome Foursome.

: Deacon Jones unofficially records first 20-sack season in league history with 22, as the Rams defense begins to grab headlines. However the Rams would still struggle to finish with a 5-7-2 record.

: After winning only one of their first ten games, the Rams take three of their last four games against the top teams in each conference. However coach Harland Svare is dismissed following the season.

: After a court fight, George Allen is released by George Halas from his assistant coaching duties with the Chicago Bears to become head coach of the Rams. In Allen's first season the team shows some promise posting an 8-6 record, ending a seven year string of losing seasons.

: The Rams get off to a quick start by winning their first three games. The Rams winning streak would come to an end in Week 4 with a 27-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at the Coliseum. After the Rams tied the next two games, they picked up right where they were at the start of the season and won their last eight games to capture the Coastal Division Championship with a 11-1-2 record. However, in the Western Conference Championship the Rams would fall 28-7 to the Packers, on the frozen tundra in Green Bay.

: Led by the Fearsome Foursome, the Rams set a record for the fewest yards allowed in a 14 game season, as the Rams post an impressive 10-3-1 season. However, the Rams would finish second in the Coastal Division to the 13-1 Baltimore Colts.


    Roman Gabriel                                 The Fearsome Foursome                                        Max Baughan

                                              Lamar Lundy Rosey Grier Merlin Olsen Deacon Jones

1969 : Led by Quarterback Roman Gabriel who is the unanimous choice as NFL's Most Valuable Player, the Rams win their second Coastal Division Title in three years with an 11-3 record. However the Rams would fall in the Western Conference Championship game 23-20 to the Vikings in Minnesota.

: With the AFL-NFL merger now complete the Rams find themselves in the NFC Western Division. The Rams begin the NFL's new era with a solid 9-4-1 season, but it is only good enough for second place in the NFC West. Following the season Coach George Allen's contract is not renewed, and he moves on to coach the Washington Redskins.

:On April 15th, the Rams lose their patriarch when longtime owner Dan F. Reeves succumbs to cancer. His longtime friend and business associate, William A. Barnes, becomes President and General Manager. The Rams would go through a test too playing the NFL's toughest schedule the Rams finish with an 8-5-1 record under new coach Tommy Prothro good enough for second place in the NFC West.

: In a history-making move, Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom trades the Baltimore franchise to Robert Irsay in exchange for the Rams. Irsay had purchased the Rams from the estate of the late Dan Reeves. The transaction was completed and announced on July 14th. Rosenbloom, the most successful owner in the NFL over the last two decades, brings with him to Los Angeles Don Klosterman, Rosenbloom’s general manager in Baltimore. After 6-7-1 season, all coaches are dismissed.

: The Rams return to the classic blue and colors last worn in 1963, as Detroit Lions assistant Chuck Knox assumes the coaching duties. Meanwhile there is a change on the field too as Quarterback Roman Gabriel is traded away, after former San Diego Chargers Quarterback John Hadl is signed. Hadl would have a stellar season leading the Rams to a 12-2 record, which captured the NFC Western Division Championship. However, in the Divisional Playoffs the Rams would fall to the Cowboys 27-16 in Dallas.

: After 3-2 start, the Rams trade Quarterback John Hadl to Green Bay for five draft picks in a bold move that stuns football world. Hadl's backup, James Harris, becomes the starter and leads the Rams to 10-4 record, for its second straight NFC West title. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams get their first playoff win in 23 years by beating the George Allen coached Washington Redskins 19-10 at the Coliseum. However a week later the Rams would fall in Minnesota 14-10 as the Vikings earned a tip to Super Bowl IX.

: Led by Jack Youngblood the Rams allow the second fewest points in NFL history during a 14-game season. The strong defense paves the way to a third straight NFC West title with a 12-2 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 35-23 at the Coliseum. However, a week later the Rams would be stunned at the Coliseum 37-7 by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game.

: Injuries force another change at Quarterback, as rookie Pat Haden takes over the reins. However, the Rams offense dose not skip a beat scoring a NFC high 351 points reroute to a 10-31 record good enough for their 4th straight NFC West title. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams get a bit of revenge by beating the Cowboys 14-12 in Dallas. However a week later the Rams would fall in Minnesota 24-13 to the Vikings.

: The Rams acquire legendary Quarterback Joe Namath from the New York Jets, however due to injury he sees hardly any action on the field. Meanwhile, seating capacity at the Coliseum is reduced from 91,038 to 71,039, as the Rams win the fifth straight NFC West Title with a 10-4 record. However, the Rams would make a quick exit in the playoffs losing to the Minnesota Vikings 14-7 at the Coliseum.

: With Chuck Knox leaving to coach the Buffalo Bills, the Rams rehire George Allen. However, his tenure would end before it even begins as he fired in the preseason. With Ray Malavasi now holding the coaching reigns the Rams win their sixth straight Division Championship with an impressive 12-4 record. The Rams would advance to the NFC Championship Game with a 34-14 rout of the Minnesota Vikings at the Coliseum. However, a week later the Rams would be embarrassed at the Coliseum 28-0 by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game.

: On April 2nd owner Carroll Rosenbloom dies and ownership of the Rams is turned over to widow Georgia Frontiere. The Rams limped through most of the season and sat 5-6 through the first 11 games. An injury to Quarterback Pat Haden forced an inexperienced Vince Ferragamo on to the field. The Rams would find away to win four straight games, and would win their seventh straight NFC West Title with a 9-7 record. With the team still banged up not much was thought of the Rams chances in the playoffs. However the Rams would play inspired football in stunning the Cowboys 21-19 in Dallas. Pushing to inspire the Rams was Jack Youngblood who played the game with a fractured fibula. A week later in the Rams fifth NFC Championship Game appearance in six years the Rams would finally get to the Super Bowl with a 9-0 win over the surprising Buccaneers in a rain soaked Tamp Bay.

Super Bowl XIV
: Heading into Super Bowl XIV the Rams were 10.5-point underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers who were seeking the fourth Super Bowl Championship in six years. The Rams were still hobbling, and facing one of the greatest teams in NFL history, but they would have at least one advantage, and that would be the crowd, with game being played at the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena. The home crowd helped the gutsy Rams hold a tenuous 19-17 lead heading into the 4th Quarter. (The Rams lead would have been larger but Kicker Frank Corral missed two PATs.) However, in 4th Quarter the Rams magic ride would come to an end as Terry Bradshaw engineered two Touchdown drives to give the Steelers a 31-19 victory over the gutsy Rams.

: After losing their first two games, the Rams rebound nicely and go on to post an 11-5 record as the Rams routinely sellout the cozier Anaheim Stadium. However, it is not enough for another NFC West title, and the Rams are forced to settle for a Wild Card spot. In the Wild Card round the Rams season would end with a 34-13 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas.

: Wendell Tyler rushes for 1,074 yards and ties Elroy Hirsch's club record of 17 touchdowns in a season. However, the Rams struggle all season and miss the playoffs for the first time in nine years with a 6-10 record.

: Prior to the season the Rams acquire Bert Jones for the Baltimore Colts. However Jones struggled early and the Rams sat at 0-2 when the NFL went on strike. When the season returned two months later Jones did not fare better and was forced to shut it down after a 1-4 start. After a loss dropped the Rams to 1-5, they returned to the Coliseum for the first time in three years to face the Raiders who were playing their first season in Los Angeles. The Rams would battle the Raiders all day but would come up short in a 37-31 heartbreaker. A week later Vince Ferragamo throws for 509 yards at Anaheim against the Chicago Bears, the second highest game in league history. However the Rams still lost the game. The Rams would win their last game a week later, but still finished with the worst record in the NFC at 2-7. Following the season coach Ray Malavasi is dismissed.

: Spearheading one of the most dramatic turnarounds in NFL history, Rams owner Georgia Frontiere hires former USC Coach John Robinson in February, while a revamped front office engineers a dozen off-season trades, as Eric Dickerson is drafted in first round. John Robinson installs new offense (single back) and new defense (3-4-4) as the Rams finish with a 9-7 record, good enough for a Wild Card berth. In the Wild Card game the Rams defeat the Cowboys 24-17 in Dallas, to advance to the Division Round. However a week later the Redskins would humiliate them 51-7 in Washington.

: Led by Eric Dickerson who establishes a new NFL single season record with 2,105 yards rushing the Rams make the playoffs for the second year in a row with a solid 10-6 record. In the Wild Card game Anaheim Stadiums plays host to its first playoff game as the Rams are stunned by the New York Giants 16-13 in front of a record crowd of 67,03.

: An improved defense and special teams play key roles in the Rams reclaiming the NFC West title with an 11-5 record. Among the many highlights of the season is Ron Brown, who electrifies the Anaheim Stadium crowd by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns against Green Bay Packers to tie NFL record in Week 12. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams would shutdown the Dallas Cowboys 20-0 for their first playoff win at Anaheim Stadium, as Eric Dickerson sets NFL playoff record by rushing for 248 yards. However a week later the Rams would be sacrificial lambs for the unstoppable Bears who beat them 24-0 in Chicago for the NFC Championship.

: The Rams acquire rookie Quarterback Jim Everett from the Houston Oilers prior to the season. Everett's debut would come in Week 10 when he touchdown passes in a 30-28 loss at home to the New England Patriots. Everett would go on to start the final five games of the season winning his first three games before losing a showdown in overtime to Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. The Rams would also lose their final game of the season with division on the line, but with a 10-6 record the rams made the playoffs for the fourth straight season. In the Wild Card game against the Redskins the Rams would fall 19-7 in Washington as Jim Everett got a cold taste of reality in his first playoff game.

: The Rams stumble out of the gate losing their first two games before a player's strike forced the NFL to use replacement players. The Rams scabs would go 1-2. When the Rams regulars returned things were not much better as they fell to 1-5 with a 30-17 loss in Cleveland to the Browns. However the biggest stunner would come a few days later when the Rams traded Erick Dickerson to the Indianapolis Colts in a three team trade in which the Rams acquired six draft picks. The Rams would lose their next two games and sat at 1-7. However, the Rams would win five straight games as Charles White filled in Dickerson's shoes quite nicely winning the NFL rushing title with 1,374 yards rushing. However, the Rams would miss the playoffs with a 6-9 record.

: The Rams jump out of the gate fast by winning their first four games. After taking three of their next five the Rams sat in first place with a 7-2 record. However, four straight losses would send the Rams reeling out of first, and in danger of missing the postseason. However they would right their ship and would close the season with three wins to finish with a Wild Card spot with a 10-6 record. In the Wild Card game the Rams would be no match for the Vikings who beat the Rams 28-16 in Minnesota.

: The Rams get off to another fast start winning their first five games including an early season showdown with 49ers in San Francisco. However in a repeat of the previous season the Rams would lose their next four games. Once again the Rams would recover to make the playoff by winning six of their final seven games, but once again had to settle for a Wild Card. In the Wild Card game the Rams stun the Eagles on a soggy day in Philadelphia 21-7. A week later the Rams would battle the New York Giants in overtime where Flipper Anderson catches a long Touchdown pass from Jim Everett to stun the crowd at the Meadowlands and send the Rams to a NFC Championship showdown in San Francisco. However, The showdown in 49ers was over quickly as the 49ers routed the Rams 30-3.

: Going into the season the Rams were considered a favorite to make the Super Bowl. However, a 1-4 start put the Rams behind the eight ball quickly. Unlike previous seasons the Rams would not recover, and by the time they faced the 49ers in San Francisco the Rams post season hopes were all but gone a 3-7. However the Rams restored a little pride by beating the 49ers to hand them their first loss of the season. However the Rams would not be able to revive their lost season as they missed the playoffs with a disappointing 5-11 record.

: The Rams stumble out of the gate again with a 1-3 start. The Rams would win their next two games to sit at 3-3 through their first six games. However, it would be their last win of the season as the Rams endured a record ten game losing streak to close out the season with a miserable 3-13 record. Following the season coach John Robinson would be fired, and replaced by former Rams coach Chuck Knox.

: After a 15-year absence in which he coached the Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks, Chuck Knox returns to the Rams and his young team shows some promise doubling their previous season's win total for a 6-10 record. The highlight of the season comes on November 15th when the Rams hand the Dallas Cowboys their only home loss of the season.

: The Rams draft Jerome Bettis out of Notre Dame, and he pay dividends right away earning the Offensive Rookie of the Year, while rushing for 1,429 yards. However, the Rams take a step backward finishing with a 5-11 record.

: Prior to the start of the season, the Rams trade Quarterback Jim Everett and acquire Quarterback Chris Miller from the Atlanta Falcons. However, it was another change that had Los Angeles fans worried. With attendance lagging in Anaheim Stadium rumors of a move to St. Louis began to fly. In the midst of a 4-12 season the rumors became a reality as owner Georgia Frontiere announced her intentions to move the franchise. On Christmas Eve less than 30,000 fans showed up as the Rams lost their final game at Anaheim Stadium 24-21 to the Washington Redskins. After some initial resistance the move would be approved by NFL owners, ending the Rams 49-year history in Los Angeles.

The End of Los Angeles
: Shortly after the Rams got the ok to move to St. Louis, the city of Los Angeles would be rocked again when the Raiders moved back to Oakland leaving the second largest television market without an NFL team. Immediately plans were made to bring an expansion team to the area. However squabbles among ownership groups and the city delayed plans, in 2002 the NFL was all set to return to Los Angeles, and had planned to award an expansion team to the city in 1999. However the squabbling and the bickering had prevented the city from presenting a sturdy stadium plan for the new team and the NFL decided to award the expansion team to Houston who lost their team in 1996, but presented a much strong plan. This left Los Angeles without a team and without a window for expansion as the NFL now with 32 teams likely would not be expanding again soon, so the city turned to trying to get an established team to move to Los Angeles. Since then they have been used as a bargaining chip for team like the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, and New Orleans Saints to try to force their cities' into building new stadiums. Los Angeles still does not have a new stadium and likely won’t begin work on one to they get one of those teams to finally move there, until then the send largest media market will continue to wait as they have so for more than ten years now, longer than anybody ever expected them to be without a team. 

In St. Louis

1995: As the Rams got ready for their first season in St. Louis, work was sped up for a brand new domed stadium in downtown St. Louis. Despite the increased work the new Trans World Dome would not be ready for the season, and the Rams would have to use Busch Stadium former home of the Cardinalsfor their first two home games. After stunning the Packers in Green Bay 17-14 on September 3rd, the Rams came home to play their first official game in St. Louis. Fans in the gateway were pleased to have the NFL back and sold out Busch Stadium as the Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 17-13 to improve to 2-0. The Rams would go on to win their next two games as well to complete a 4-0 start. After a 21-18 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis, the Rams set to open the Trans World Dome against the Atlanta Falcons. The Rams would open the dome with a 21-19 win to improve to 5-1, setting up a showdown game with San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers game was the moment of truth for the Rams; unfortunately it exposed many weaknesses as the Rams lost 44-10. At 5-2 the Rams still sat in good playoff position, but the loss to the 49ers was only the beginning in the final nine games the Rams won just two games to finish with a 7-9 record. 

: The Rams shake up their team by trading unhappy stars Running Back Jerome Bettis, and Shawn Gilbert. To replace Bettis the Rams draft Nebraska star Lawrence Phillips. The new look Rams start their second season in St. Louis with a win 26-16 against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Trans World Dome. However the Rams would lose their next four games as Phillips struggled in his rookie season. After a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars the Rams would continue to struggle and sat at 3-9. The Rams would win three of their last four games, to finish with a 6-10 record. However, Coach Rich Brooks was still fired following the season in which Phillips only rushed for 632 yards, while scoring four Touchdowns.

: The Rams change their entire coaching staff, as a group of old pros come in to lead the Rams. Leading the way is Dick Vermeil who is returning to coaching after a 15-year hiatus. One of Vermeil’s first moves is to trade up in the draft to select Tackle Orland Pace to be the foundation of a strong Offensive Line. The Vermeil led Rams win their first game of the season against the New Orleans Saints 38-24. However once again the 1-0 start would not last long as the Rams lost 10 of their next 11 games. The Rams would close the season strong again winning three of their final four games  to close out with a 5-11 record.

: In the off season the Rams are forced to release Lawrence Phillips after off the field troubles, and on field struggles become too much for the club to handle. When the season started the Rams continued to struggle going 4-12 on the season. Following their ninth consecutive losing season the Rams release turnover prone Quarterback Tony Banks.

: The Rams reshaped through trades, and free agency as the Rams acquire Marshall Faulk in a blockbuster draft day trade from the Indianapolis Colts. To lead the offense the Rams sign free agent Quarterback Trent Green. Green and Faulk show promise in the preseason, as the Rams were impressive in winning their first two exhibition games. However, in the third preseason tune up Green suffers a season ending knee injury, forcing the Rams to change directions once again. To replace Green the Rams cal on back up Kurt Warner, who had never started a NFL game in a career that featured stints in NFL Europe, and Arena Football. Going into the season with an unknown Quarterback most experts thought Rams were in for their tenth straight losing season, as Dick Vermeil was a lame duck coach, who's time had passed him by. Led by Quarterback Kurt Warner the Rams get off to a fast start winning their first three games while scoring 100 points. However none believed the Rams for real, as they set to play the San Francisco 49ers, a team that has exposed them as phonies in the past, and a team they had not beaten in nine years. The Rams would not only win the game, but it was not even close as the Rams ran over the aging 49ers 42-20, forcing people to take notice of the Rams unknown Quarterback. The Rams would win their next two games to complete an incredible 6-0 start. In Week 7 the Rams would suffer their first defeat of the season 24-21 in Tennessee against the Titans. The Rams would lose again the next week to the Lions in Detroit 31-27. Just as people were thinking the Rams were crashing to reality, the Rams rebounded winning their next 7 games to clinch the best record in the NFC. Along the way Warner earned MVP honors by throwing for 4,353 yards, while connection on 41 Touchdown passes, while Marshall Faulk collected the Offensive Player of the year award with 2,429 yards in total offense. In addition Dick Vermeil would own coach of the year honors, proving the old pro still had something left. The Rams would lose a meaningless game at the end of the season, as they headed to the playoff for the first time in ten years with a 13-3 record. On January 16th the city of St. Louis host its first NFL Playoff game, as the Rams face the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Playoff. The 2 top offenses in the NFL went back and forth all afternoon; before the Rams emerged with an impressive 49-37 win. Unlike the battle of offensive powers the NFC Championship Game was defense vs. offense as the Rams faced the NFC's best defensive team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs and Rams would play a grind it out kind of game as the Rams under rated defense rose to the occasion. However the Rams still trailed 6-5 late in the 4th Quarter, before Kurt Warner found Wide Receiver Ricky Proehl open for a 31-yard Touchdown pass that gave the Rams an 11-6 lead. The Bucs would drive down the field and appeared to be in position to go for a winning Touchdown, but a key third down pass play was ruled incomplete on instant replay, setting the Rams up for the kill. The Rams would stop the Bucs cold on the next play to clinch a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV.

Super Bowl XXXIV
: The first Super Bowl of the new millennium was held in Atlanta, as the Rams found themselves in a rematch with Tennessee Titans. However unlike the regular season the game was set to be played in a dome, the type of conditions the Rams excelled in. The Rams held a 16-0 lead late in the 3rd Quarter, before the Titans got on to board with a Touchdown in the final seconds. After missing a two point conversion the Titans continued their momentum and tied the game with 2:15 remaining. The game appeared to be heading for OT, but the Rams struck back right away a 73-yard pass from Kurt Warner to Isaac Bruce to give the Rams a 23-16 lead with 1:54 remaining. However the game was far from over, as the Titans drove down the field, with time winding down. The Titans would have one last chance to tie the game set up on the Rams seven yard line with seven seconds left. Titans Quarterback Vince Young would find Kevin Dyson on the three yard line and he appeared to be waltzing in for a game tying Touchdown when Mike Jones pulled him down inches from the goal line as time ran out. The St. Louis Rams were Super Bowl Champions; Kurt Warner completed his journey form unknown to Super Bowl MVP, as Dick Vermeil retired with his elusive Super Bowl trophy in hand. 

: Under new coach Mike Martz the Rams did not miss a beat winning their first six games scoring 37 or more points in each game. However, trouble was brewing as the Rams allowed at least 20 points in every game. The Rams would lose their first game in Kansas City against the Chiefs 54-34, but was more painful was a broken finger suffered by Quarterback Kurt Warner. The Rams would win only three of their next eight games despite strong performances from Offensive Player of the Year Marshall Faulk, and backup Quarterback Trent Green, and Kurt Warner when he returned from his broken finger. The problem was the Rams defense was awful, and was allowing more than 30 points in every game. The Rams entered the final week of the season with a 9-6 record needing a win in New Orleans against the Saints just to get the final playoff spot. The Rams would rise to the occasion beating the Saints 26-21, setting up a rematch one week later in New Orleans. However in the Wild Card game the Rams defense was porous allowed 31 points, as a woozy, but valiant Kurt Warner could not lead the Rams back, as they fell 31-28.

: After a season in which the Rams defense let them down, the squad is completely over hauled; Lovie Smith comes in as the new defensive coordinator, as 7 of 12 defensive starters are replaced. The Rams defense shows improvement as they get off to a 6-0 start. The defense suffered a setback in a 34-31 loss at the dome to the New Orleans Saints. The Rams would win their next two games before a hard fought Monday Night loss at Dome at American Center to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the loss to the Bucs the Rams caught fire again winning their final six games to close the season with an impressive 14-2 record, as Marshall Faulk won his 3rd straight Offensive Player of the Year, and Kurt Warner won his second NFL MVP in three years. The Rams path to the Super Bowl was clear; all they need was two home wins at the Dome at American Center to return to the Super Bowl. The first opponent was the Green Bay Packers, most expected an offensive shoot out, and instead Rams fans were treated to a blowout. The Rams dominated on both sides of the ball forcing six turnovers in a 45-17 romp. In the NFC Championship Game the Rams fought off a challenge from the Philadelphia Eagles to hold to a 29-24 win for a return trip to the Super Bowl. 

Super Bowl XXXVI
: Going in to the Super Bowl in New Orleans the Rams were 14-point favorites, as most viewed the game as a coronation of the unstoppable Rams. However, the patriotic atmosphere of the Super Bowl seemed to be just right for the New England Patriots, who were looking to stun the world. The Rams offense could not get going all day, and trailed 17-3 going into the 4th Quarter. In the 4th Quarter the Rams offense began to click as they scored twice to tie the score at 17-17. With two minutes left the Rams had momentum, as the game appeared to be heading to overtime. However the Rams defense allowed the Patriots to get in Field Goal range where Adam Vinatieri stunned the Rams and the World by kicking the Pats to a 20-17 win.

: Coming off their stunning Super Bowl loss the Rams looked as if they were still in a daze as they dropped their first four games. Making matter worse Quarterback Kurt Warner was knocked to the sidelines with a broken hand. The Rams would fall to 0-5 as Jamie Martin struggled in a 37-13 road loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Facing the undefeated Oakland Raiders at home in Week 6 the Rams turned to another Quarterback Marc Bulger with hopes of turning around their season. Surprisingly Marc Bulger would lead the Rams to 5 straight wins starting with a 28-13 win over the Raiders. At 5-5 the Rams were suddenly back in the playoff picture as Kurt Warner returned to action, which was good timing since Bulger himself suffered a hand injury. However Warner continued to struggle as the Rams lost 2 straight before a stress fracture shut down Warner's season. Kurt Warner who won the rookie of the year in 2001 was winless in 7 start in 2002 throwing just three Touchdown passes to 11 interceptions. Things would go bad to worse the following week as the Rams were mauled by the Kansas City Chiefs 49-10 with Jamie Martin at QB. Bulger would return the following week and improve to 6-0 as a starter. Bulger's magical run would end a week later as the Rams lost on the road to the Seattle Seahawks 30-10. In the season finale on Monday Night Jamie Martin would lead a stirring 4th Quarter comeback over the 49ers at home. However, it would not salvage the season for the Rams who finished with a disappointing record of 7-9.

: After a year of injury Kurt Warner returned to the Rams starting lineup as the Rams kicked the season off on the road against the New York Giants. Warner looked shaky from the start and had trouble just holding on to the ball as he had six fumbles while being sacked six times in a 20-13 loss. Warner would suffer a concussion in the game and would be benched in favor of Marc Bulger. With Bulger under center the Rams would recover winning four of their next five games. By the time Warner was able to play he had lost his job to Bulger who had the Rams offense firing on all cylinders despite missing Marshall Faulk who was sidelined for five weeks with a knee injury. Warner even suggested himself that Bulger, remain the starter to avoid controversy. Despite an early two game deficit the Rams played consistent football all year and would go on to finish with a solid 12-4 record winning the NFC West for the third time in five years while earning a first round playoff bye. Among the Rams having great year was Tory Holt who racked up 1696 receiving yards while scoring 12 Touchdowns. In the playoffs the Rams would play host to the surprise Carolina Panthers. The game would go back and forth for the first 30 minutes before the Panthers took control in the 3rd Quarter. Trailing 23-12 late in the 4th Quarter the Rams went on a 15 play drive which was capped by a one yard Touchdown run by Marshall Faulk to pull within a Field Goal Bulger hit Dane Looker for a successful two point conversion. Needing to get the ball back the Rams recovered the onside kick and were in business driving toward a possible game winning Touchdown. However, inexplicably after getting the ball to the Panthers 25, Coach Mike Martz decided to run the clock out and let Jeff Wilkins send the game to overtime. In overtime the teams played without a score through the first 15 minutes as each side missed long field goal attempts. However, on the first play of the second Overtime the Rams season came to a sudden end as the Panthers connected on a 69-yard Touchdown pass to give the Panthers a dramatic 29-23 win. Following the game Coach Martz was widely criticized. Things also would unravel between Martz and two time MVP Kurt Warner who publicly feuded, before Warner was released to clear up salary cap space, while Marc Bulger finally was established as the starting Quarterback, after capping his season with the Pro Bowl MVP.

: The Rams would start the season off with a win over the Arizona Cardinals before losing their next two games as they played inconsistent football all season. At times they were brilliant such as a comeback road win over the Seattle Seahawks in overtime as Marc Bulger connected with Shaun McDonald on a 52-yard Touchdown pass for the 33-27 win. However two weeks later they would frustrate their fans with a 31-14 loss to a 0-6 Miami Dolphins team. The loss to the Dolphins would be the start of two months of struggles as the Rams won just two of their next six games, only keeping their playoff hopes alive by beating the Seahawks for a second time. As the season wore on the Rams would rely less on a Marshall Faulk who was slowed by age and injuries as Rookie Stephan Jackson began to take a bulk of the carries. At 6-8 the playoffs were a long shot at best as the Rams entered their final two games of the season. However a solid 20-7 win over a Philadelphia Eagles team not playing their full complement of stars gave them a chance to make the playoffs with a win in their final game. The Rams as they did much of the season needed to rally as Marc Bulger passed for 450 yards as the Rams beat the New York Jets in overtime 32-29 to reach the playoffs at 8-8. In the playoffs the Rams would face the Seahawks for a third time returning to Seattle, and once again pulling off the upset beating the Seahawks 27-20 to become the first 8-8 team to win a playoff game. However a week later the Rams would come crashing back to earth hard as they lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round 47-17.  

: The Rams got off to a rough start losing the opener to the San Francisco 49ers 31-28, despite 362 yards passing by Marc Bulger. The Rams would rebound to win the next two games, but a Week 4 loss on the road to the New York Giants exposed their porous defense as they lost 44-24 spoiling a 442 yards passing from Bulger. After a tough 37-31 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks the Rams season took another rough turn as Marc Bulger suffered a sprained shoulder in a Monday Night 45-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, in which they saw a 17-0 lead quickly disappear. Following a 28-17 win over the New Orleans Saints, Coach Mike Martz was hospitalized with a heart infection. With Assistant Coach Joe Vitt taking over the Rams led by backup Quarterback Jamie Martin and Running Back Steven Jackson who had become the Rams primary back the stunned the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-21 to improve to 4-4. The Rams would get Marc Bulger back in time for a rematch with the Seahawks, but once again were beaten 31-16, as turmoil began to swirl through the front office and the team. Martz who was unable to Coach due to a heart infection was not even being allowed to talk to the team as it became apparent he would be dismissed at the end of the season. Meanwhile Bulger would go down again and so too would back up Jamie Martin as they were forced to rely on third stringer Ryan Fitzpatrick , who did play well leading the Rams to a stunning comeback 33-27 overtime win over the Houston Texans in his first game, but there would be no saving their season as they ended up with a disappointing 6-10 record as former offensive stalwart Marshall Faulk was a shell of his former self scoring just one Touchdown, in what would likely be his final season as lingering knee injuries would force him to miss the entire 2006 season, as Scott Linehan was named the new Rams Coach.

: The Scott Linehan era started well in St. Louis as the Rams beat the Denver Broncos 18-10, behind six Jeff Wilkins Field Goals. A week later the Rams took a step backward as the Rams were beaten by the San Francisco 49ers 20-13. A week later the Rams played sloppy again, but won as the Rams defense picked off Kurt Warner three times to hold on to a 16-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals. In Week 4 the Rams returned home to host the Detroit Lions who had a familiar face on the sideline with offensive coordinator Mike Martz. In a high scoring game the Rams would win the game in the 4th Quarter when Mark Bulger hit Isaac Bruce in the end zone for a 41-34 from five yards out. After winning a third straight game against the Green Bay Packers on the road the Rams faced the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome with first place in the NFC West on the line. The Rams jumped out to an early 21-7 lead as Quarterback Mark Bulger passed for 360 yards with three touchdowns. However, the Seahawks would rally and would stun the Rams 30-28 on a 54-yard Field Goal by Josh Brown with four seconds left. The loss to the Seahawks would send the Rams reeling as they lost their next five games, before beating the 49ers 20-17 in dramatic fashion as Mark Bulger connected with Kevin Curtis on a game winning five yard Touchdown pass with 27 seconds left. However the Rams could not build off the win as they were their own worst enemy in a 34-20 home loss the Cardinals, committing 126 yards in penalties. The Rams continued to struggle the following week as Devin Hester returned two kickoff for touchdowns as the Rams dropped to 5-8 in a 42-27 loss to the Chicago Bears. Facing the lowly Oakland Raiders the Rams would have their best defensive effort of the season forcing five turnovers in a 20-0 shutout win on the road. A week later at home it would be the offense that carried the day as the Rams beat the Washington Redskins 37-31 in overtime with Mark Bulger passing for 388 yards with four Touchdowns. The Rams would continue to finish the season strong with a 41-21 win over the Minnesota Vikings as Running Stephen Jackson rushed for 142 yards to finish the season with 2,334 All-Purpose Yards and 16 Touchdowns, as Marshal Faulk quietly retired. Despite their strong finish the Rams would fall short of the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

: To say the Rams season did not get off to a flying start would be an understatement, not only did they lose at home to the Carolina Panthers 27-13, but they lost Orlando Pace for the season with a shoulder injury. The loss of Pace seemed to hurt the entire offense as Stephen Jackson had trouble finding holes and struggled through an injury filled season, in which he barely cleared 1000 yards rushing. However, some blames the play calling of Coach Scott Linehan, who seemed to transform the Rams offense to the greatest show on turf to a boring predictable offense that had trouble scoring, which would send the Rams reeling. The Rams followed their opening game loss with another home loss to the San Francisco 49ers as Dante Hall muffed a punt late in the fourth quarter to set up the game winning field goal in a 17-16 win for the 49ers. After dropping their first two games at home the Rams struggled just to stay competitive as they lost their next six games to start 0-8, along the way the Rams scored less than ten points four times and allowed more than 30 points four times. After the bye week the Rams finally awoke from their season long slumber as Marc Bulger led the way with 302 yards passing as the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints 37-29, the win would be just the boost the Rams needed as they actually won three of their next four games. However, it was just a short reprieve as the Rams ended the season with four straight losses, getting blown out three times including an embarrassing 48-19 loss to close the season against the Arizona Cardinals. Following the season the Rams made some tough choices letting both Isaac Bruce and Jeff Wilkins, who were part of their championship team go. It was also a sad time for the Rams, as longtime owner Georgia Frontiere succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 80 on January 18th.

: For the second straight season the Rams stumbled out of the gate, losing their first four games, getting blown out each time. With the bye week in hand the Rams decided to make a change, firing Coach Scott Linehan and replacing him with Jim Haslett the remainder of the season. In their first game under Haslett the Rams came through, beating the Washington Redskins on the road 19-17, as Josh Brown nailed a game winning field goal from 49 yards out as time expired. A week later they would take advantage of an injured Dallas Cowboys team to win their second in a row 34-14. The coaching change appeared to have reawaken the Rams, but it was just a short lived reprieve as they would not win again the rest of the season, losing their final ten games to finish with an awful 2-14 record, as were the first four losses most of the games saw the Rams lose by ten point or more. In a move to refocus on defense the Rams would make another coaching change, hiring New York Giants Defense Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo as their new head coach.

2009:  The 2009 St. Louis Rams season is the 72nd season for the St. Louis Rams, and the 15th in St. Louis. Due to the Rams winning only against the Detroit Lions, they finished with the NFL's worst record at 1–15, earning the first overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft in Steve Spagnuolo's first season as a head coach.

Hugo Bezdek 1937-1938
Art Lewis 1938
Dutch Clark 1939-1942
Buff Donelli 1944
Adam Walsh 1945-46
Bob Snyder 1947 
Charles Shaughnessy 1948-1949
Joe Stydahar 1950-1952
Hampton Pool 1952-1954
Sid Gillman 1955-1959
Bob Waterfield 1960-1962
Harland Svare 1962-1965
George Allen 1966-1970
Tommy Prothro 1971-1972
Chuck Knox 1973-1977
Ray Malavasi 1978-1982
John Robinson 1983-1991
Chuck Knox 1992-1994
Rich Brooks 1995-1996
Dick Vermeil 1997-1999
Mike Martz 2000-2005
Joe Vitt 2005
Scott Linehan 2006-2008
Jim Haslett 2008
Steve Spagnuolo 2009-Present

 Hall of Famers:
Dan Reeves Owner 1941-1945
Bob Waterfield QB 1945
George Allen Coach 1966-1970
Bob Brown OT 1968-1969
Eric Dickerson RB 1983-1987
Tom Fears WR 1948-1956
Bill George LB 1966
Sid Gillman Coach 1955-1959
Crazy Legs Hirsch WR 1949-1957
Deacon Jones DE 1961-1971
Dick "Night Train" Lane DB 1952-53
James Lofton WR 1993
Tom Mack Guard 1966-1978
Ollie Matson RB 1959-1962
Tommy McDonald WR 1965-1966
Joe Namath QB 1977
Merlin Olsen DT 1962-1976
Dan Reeves Owner 1946-1971
Andy Robustelli DE 1951-1955
Tex Schramm GM 1947-1956
Jackie Slater Tackle 1976-1994
Norm Van Brocklin QB 1949-1957
Bob Waterfield QB 1945-1952
Ron Yary Tackle 1982
Jack Youngblood DE 1971-1984

 Retired Numbers:

    7 Bob Waterfield QB 1945-1952
28 Marshall Faulk RB 1999-2005
29 Eric Dickerson RB 1983-1987
74 Merlin Olsen DT 1962-1976
75 Deacon Jones DE 1961-1971
78 Jackie Slater G 1976-1995
85 Jack Youngblood DE 1971-1984

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