2011 St. Louis Rams season

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2011 St. Louis Rams season
Head coach Steve Spagnuolo
General manager Billy Devaney
Owner Stan Kroenke
Home field Edward Jones Dome
Results
Record 2–14
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers DE Chris Long LB James Laurinaitis
Team MVP Steven Jackson
Team ROY Robert Quinn
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2010 2012 >

The 2011 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 74th season in the National Football League, the 17th overall in St. Louis and the third under head coach Steve Spagnuolo. The Rams failed to improve on their 7–9 record from 2010, and one day after the season finale, head coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney were fired from the team. The team secured the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Rams' offense was among the worst in the league in 2011. They scored only 193 points (12.1 points per game), last in the league, and 11th-fewest all-time for a 16-game season.[1] Their −214 point differential was last in the league.[2]

Football Outsiders ranked St. Louis the worst team in the league, per play, in 2011.[3] The 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac, however, noted that the Rams went from the league's easiest schedule in 2010 to the league's hardest schedule in 2011.[4] Football Outsiders suggests that the Rams should improve in 2012, with what is projected to be the 10th-easiest schedule in the NFL.

Offseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

On January 18, the Rams hired former Denver Broncos' head coach Josh McDaniels as the team's new offensive coordinator, replacing Pat Shurmur, who became the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns five days earlier (January 13).[5][6]

2011 draft board[edit]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 14 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
2 47 Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
3 78 Austin Pettis WR Boise State
4 112 Greg Salas WR Hawai'i
5 158 [a] Jermale Hines S Ohio State
6 [b]
7 216 Mikail Baker CB Baylor
7 228 [b] Jabara Williams LB Stephen F. Austin
7 229 [a] Jonathan Nelson S Oklahoma
^[a] The Rams traded its sixth-round selection (#145 overall) to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the Falcons' sixth-round selection (#158 overall) and their seventh-round selection (#229 overall).
^[b] The Rams traded its sixth-round selection (#180 overall) to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the Ravens' seventh-round selection (#228 overall) and WR Mark Clayton.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Rams' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
HOF August 7 7:00 p.m. CDT vs. Chicago Bears Cancelled due to the 2011 NFL Lockout[7]
1 August 13 7:00 p.m. CDT Indianapolis Colts W 33–10 1–0 Edward Jones Dome Recap
2 August 20 7:00 p.m. CDT Tennessee Titans W 17–16 2–0 Edward Jones Dome KTVI-TV 2 Recap
3 August 26 7:00 p.m. CDT at Kansas City Chiefs W 14–10 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 September 1 6:30 p.m. CDT at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–17 4–0 EverBank Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 12:00 p.m. CDT Philadelphia Eagles L 13–31 0–1 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
2 September 19 7:30 p.m. CDT at New York Giants L 16–28 0–2 MetLife Stadium ESPN Recap
3 September 25 3:05 p.m. CDT Baltimore Ravens L 7–37 0–3 Edward Jones Dome CBS Recap
4 October 2 12:00 p.m. CDT Washington Redskins L 10–17 0–4 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
5 Bye
6 October 16 12:00 p.m. CDT at Green Bay Packers L 3–24 0–5 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
7 October 23 3:15 p.m. CDT at Dallas Cowboys L 7–34 0–6 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 30 12:00 p.m. CDT New Orleans Saints W 31–21 1–6 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
9 November 6 3:15 p.m. CST at Arizona Cardinals L 13–19 (OT) 1–7 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. CST at Cleveland Browns W 13–12 2–7 Cleveland Browns Stadium Fox Recap
11 November 20 3:05 p.m. CST Seattle Seahawks L 7–24 2–8 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
12 November 27 12:00 p.m. CST Arizona Cardinals L 20–23 2–9 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
13 December 4 3:15 p.m. CST at San Francisco 49ers L 0–26 2–10 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
14 December 12 7:30 p.m. CST at Seattle Seahawks L 13–30 2–11 CenturyLink Field ESPN Recap
15 December 18 12:00 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals L 13–20 2–12 Edward Jones Dome CBS Recap
16 December 24 12:00 p.m. CST at Pittsburgh Steelers L 0–27 2–13 Heinz Field Fox Recap
17 January 1 12:00 p.m. CST San Francisco 49ers L 27–34 2–14 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week One: Philadelphia Eagles at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 14 3 7 7 31
Rams 7 3 3 0 13

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • PHI – Michael Vick: 14/32 187 Yds, 2 TD, 0 INT, 11 Rush, 97 Yds
  • STL – Sam Bradford: 17/30 188 Yds
Top rushers
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy: 15 Att, 122 Yds, 1 Rush TD, 2 Rec, 15 Yds, 1 Rec TD
  • STL – Carnell Williams: 19 Att, 91 Yds, 5 Rec, 49 Yds
Top receivers
  • PHI – DeSean Jackson: 6 Rec, 102 Yds, 1 TD
  • STL – Brandon Gibson: 3 Rec, 50 Yds
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Rams started the season 0–1.

Week 2: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Two: St. Louis Rams at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 0 10 0 16
Giants 7 14 7 0 28

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL – Sam Bradford – 22/46, 331 YDS, TD, 0 INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 18/29, 200 YDS, 2 TD, INT
Top rushers
  • STL – Cadillac Williams – 13 CAR, 36 YDS
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 15 CAR, 59 YDS
Top receivers
  • STL – Danario Alexander – 3 REC, 122 YDS, TD
  • NYG – Mario Manningham – 3 REC, 56 YDS
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0–2.

Week 3: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Three: Baltimore Ravens at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 21 6 3 7 37
Rams 0 0 7 0 7

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BAL –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • BAL –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • BAL –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • BAL –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0–3.

Week 4: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Four: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 7 3 0 17
Rams 0 0 0 10 10

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 56,113
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers & Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams went into their bye week at 0–4.

Week 6: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Six: St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 0 0 3
Packers 3 21 0 0 24

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 57°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 70,604
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off of their bye week in week 5, the Rams traveled to Lambeau Field to take on the undefeated Packers. The loss dropped the team to 0–5.

Week 7: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Seven: St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 7 0 0 7
Cowboys 7 10 3 14 34

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 80,086
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and John Lynch
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Rams dropped to 0–6.

Week 8: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Eight: New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 0 7 14 21
Rams 0 17 7 7 31

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 57,179
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • STL –

This home game for the team also had a celebration of the St. Louis Cardinals showing off the World Series trophy. The Rams would then go on to win this game and improve to 1–6.

Week 9: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Nine: St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Rams 3 6 4 0 0 13
Cardinals 3 0 3 7 6 19

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST/2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,628
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen and Chad Pennington
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • ARI –

The Rams' third quarter was the first time in NFL history that a team had recorded four points in a quarter.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 1–7 and last place in the NFC West. [8]

Week 10: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Ten: St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 10 0 3 13
Browns 3 6 3 0 12

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • CLE –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • CLE –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • CLE –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • CLE –

With the close win, the Rams improved to 2–7.

Week 11: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 10 7 7 24
Rams 7 0 0 0 7

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 56,400
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams dropped to 2–8.

Week 12: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Twelve: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 0 17 3 23
Rams 7 3 0 10 20

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams dropped to 2–9 securing them their 5th straight losing season.

Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Thirteen: St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 0 0 0
49ers 3 6 10 7 26

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST/1:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 53°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • SF –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 2–10.

Week 14: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Fourteen: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 7 13
Seahawks 10 0 10 10 30

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 12
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST/5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 40°F (Clear)
  • Game attendance: 66,577
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden and Rachel Nichols
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • SEA –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 2–11 and were swept by the Seahawks for the first time since 2009.

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Fifteen: Cincinnati Bengals at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 0 10 7 20
Rams 0 6 0 7 13

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 56,431
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams fell to 2–12.

Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Sixteen: St. Louis Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 3 7 3 14 27

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 36°F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 60,081
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton & John Lynch
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • PIT –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • PIT –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • PIT –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • PIT –

This game became the Steelers' 2nd shutout win of the season as the Rams dropped to 2–13.

Week 17: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Seventeen: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 13 7 7 34
Rams 7 0 3 17 27

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • STL –

With the loss, the Rams finished the season at 2–14 tied with the Colts for the league's worst record.

Final standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 380 229 W3
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 312 348 W1
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 321 315 L2
St. Louis Rams 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 193 407 L7

Coaching staff[edit]

St. Louis Rams 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Coaching Assistants

Final roster[edit]

2011 St. Louis Rams roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 17 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1978 to 2012, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Points For.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference: In a single season, in 2011, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Points Differential
  3. ^ Football Outsiders: Final 2011 DVOA Ratings
  4. ^ Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 (ISBN 1478201526), p.216-217: "In 2011, St. Louis became the first person in [Football Outsiders' history] (1991–2011) to go from the easiest schedule one season to the hardest schedule the next."
  5. ^ "Shurmur Named Head Coach of Cleveland Browns". stlouisrams.com. January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rams Name McDaniels Offensive Coordinator". stlouisrams.com. January 18, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "NFL cancels Bears-Rams Hall of Fame Game". Chicago Bears. July 21, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ King, Peter (November 7, 2011). "Super deja vu for Manning, Giants in clutch win over Patriots". Monday Morning QB. SI.com. p. 3. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.