2015 St. Louis Rams season

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2015 St. Louis Rams season
Head coach Jeff Fisher
General manager Les Snead
Owner Stan Kroenke
Home field Edward Jones Dome
Local radio WXOS-FM
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Aaron Donald, DT
Todd Gurley, RB
Johnny Hekker, P
Uniform
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The 2015 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 78th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Jeff Fisher.

It was also the 21st and final season that the team resided in St. Louis, Missouri, its home since the 1995 season. After the Rams finished last in attendance for the 2015 season, and an arbitral tribunal gave permission for the Rams to void their lease on the Edward Jones Dome, Rams owner Stan Kroenke filed a formal application with the league to relocate the Rams to Los Angeles, California, where the team is temporarily play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for four seasons at which time they will relocate to the stadium in Inglewood, California, when the construction of it is complete. They were originally slated to play at Coliseum for only three seasons; delays in the construction of the new venue resulted in the added season for which they would play at the historic Coliseum. Kroenke's request to move the team to Los Angeles was approved on January 12, 2016, at a meeting in Houston, Texas.[1]

The Rams missed the playoffs for the eleventh straight season, tying a record set between 1956–66.

2015 draft class[edit]

2015 St. Louis Rams Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 10 Todd Gurley RB Georgia
2 57 Rob Havenstein OT Wisconsin
3 72 Jamon Brown OT Louisville
89 Sean Mannion QB Oregon State
4 119 Andrew Donnal OT Iowa
6 201 Bud Sasser WR Missouri
215 Cody Wichmann OG Fresno State
7 224 Bryce Hager ILB Baylor
227 Martin Ifedi DE Memphis
Compensatory selection

Draft trades

  • The Rams traded their original fourth- and sixth-round selections (Nos. 109 and 184 overall, respectively) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for safety Mark Barron.
  • The Rams traded quarterback Sam Bradford and their fifth-round selection (No. 145 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Nick Foles, the Eagles' fourth-round selection (No. 119 overall) and the Eagles' second round selection in 2016. The trade also includes a conditional selection in 2016 that the Eagles could receive depending on Bradford's playing time in 2015. The Eagles will receive a 2016 fourth-round selection if Bradford plays fewer than 50 percent of the snaps; the selection will upgrade to a third-rounder if Bradford does not play at all in 2015. Bradford started for the Eagles Week 1, eliminating the possibility of the third-round upgrade.
  • The Rams traded one of their two seventh-round selections (No. 249 overall — acquired in a trade that sent wide receiver Greg Salas to the New England Patriots), along with their 2013 second-round selection to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the Falcons' 2013 first-, third- and sixth-round selections.
  • The Rams traded their second round selection (No. 41 overall) to the Carolina Panthers (used to select Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan) for Carolina's second round selection (No. 57 overall, used to select Rob Havenstein), third round selection (No. 89 overall, used to select Sean Mannion) and sixth round selection (No. 201 overall, used to select Bud Sasser).
  • The Rams traded RB Zac Stacy to the New York Jets for their seventh round selection (No. 224 overall, used to select Bryce Hager).
Supplemental draft

The Rams selected Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle in the 2015 Supplemental draft. As a result, the team will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft.[2]

Staff[edit]

2015 St. Louis Rams staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2015 St. Louis Rams final 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, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 14 at Oakland Raiders L 3–18 0–1 O.co Coliseum Recap
2 August 23 at Tennessee Titans L 14–27 0–2 Nissan Stadium Recap
3 August 29 Indianapolis Colts L 14–24 0–3 Edward Jones Dome Recap
4 September 3 Kansas City Chiefs L 17–24 0–4 Edward Jones Dome Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 Seattle Seahawks W 34–31 (OT) 1–0 Edward Jones Dome Recap
2 September 20 at Washington Redskins L 10–24 1–1 FedExField Recap
3 September 27 Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–12 1–2 Edward Jones Dome Recap
4 October 4 at Arizona Cardinals W 24–22 2–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
5 October 11 at Green Bay Packers L 10–24 2–3 Lambeau Field Recap
6 Bye
7 October 25 Cleveland Browns W 24–6 3–3 Edward Jones Dome Recap
8 November 1 San Francisco 49ers W 27–6 4–3 Edward Jones Dome Recap
9 November 8 at Minnesota Vikings L 18–21 (OT) 4–4 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
10 November 15 Chicago Bears L 13–37 4–5 Edward Jones Dome Recap
11 November 22 at Baltimore Ravens L 13–16 4–6 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
12 November 29 at Cincinnati Bengals L 7–31 4–7 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Arizona Cardinals L 3–27 4–8 Edward Jones Dome Recap
14 December 13 Detroit Lions W 21–14 5–8 Edward Jones Dome Recap
15 December 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–23 6–8 Edward Jones Dome Recap
16 December 27 at Seattle Seahawks W 23–17 7–8 CenturyLink Field Recap
17 January 3 at San Francisco 49ers L 16–19 (OT) 7–9 Levi's Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 7 3 318031
Rams 0 10 147334

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

The Rams opened their 2015 season at home against Seattle. In Nick Foles' Rams debut, he threw for 297 yards and a touchdown.

The defense, for the most part, sacked Russell Wilson several times and limited Marshawn Lynch to just 73 rushing yards.

The game was hard fought and the Rams would win in overtime, 34-31.

Week 2: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Two: St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 0 10010
Redskins 10 7 0724

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

The Rams traveled to Maryland to take on the Redskins. They struggled offensively and defensively all game. The defense, for the most part, struggled to contain Matt Jones on the ground as Jones had a big day with 123 yards rushing along with two touchdowns.

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Three: Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 3 6 0312
Rams 0 3 036

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

Prior to kickoff, the game was delayed due to the turf being caught on fire, coming from the fireworks.

The Rams struggled offensively and defensively all game long. The defense, for the most part, sacked Ben Roethlisberger until he left the game with an apparent knee injury. Michael Vick took over for the rest of the game.

Late in the fourth quarter Kenny Britt's catch was overturned. The Steelers would go on to stun the Rams, 12-6.

Week 4: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Four: St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 3 7724
Cardinals 3 6 31022

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

The Rams traveled to Phoenix to meet the red-hot Cardinals, the 2nd highest-scoring team in the league. Todd Gurley earned his first start as Rams' running back and he finished the game with 146 rushing yards. After the game, Bruce Arians commented that Gurley, "played like a rookie". The Rams defense, for the most part, held the Cardinals to field goals, and sacked Carson Palmer four times. With the close win, the Rams improved to 2-2.

Week 5: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Five: St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 10 0010
Packers 14 0 7324

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Traveling to Lambeau, the Rams looked to end the Packers' hot streak at 4-1. However, they failed to do this, as Nick Foles was intercepted four times. On defense, James Laurinitis intercepted a pass from Aaron Rodgers, Rodger's first interception thrown in Lambeau in 20 games. However, the defense, for the most part, struggled to contain the Packers explosive receiving corps all day long. With the loss, the Rams dropped to 2-3.

Week 7: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Seven: Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Browns 0 3 306
Rams 10 0 7724

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

For the first time since Week 8 of 2007, the Rams hosted the Cleveland Browns in St. Louis. In the first quarter, Rodney McLeod returned a fumble to the end zone to give the Rams the game's first points. Todd Gurley was limited to just 45 yards in the first half, but he managed to turn things around in the second half, rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

With the win, the Rams went to 3-3.

Week 8: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 3 3 006
Rams 2 18 0727

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: November 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 51,207
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, David Diehl and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Rams wore their 1973-1999 throwbacks against the San Francisco 49ers for the first time in the season. Todd Gurley had another productive day, and he rushed for 133 yards, including a 71-yard run for a touchdown. The Rams used two Tavon Austin touchdowns for the final score. Although Chris Long did not play, the Rams executed defensively, putting pressure on Colin Kaepernick all game long.

With the win, the Rams improved to 4-3, making it the first time since 2012 the Rams were above .500 excluding a Week 1 victory.

Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Nine: St. Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Rams 6 9 03018
Vikings 10 0 80321

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Nine years after Week 17 of 2006, the Rams traveled to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. In that game, the Rams easily defeated the Vikings, 41-21, which stunned the Vikings fans. The game was played at the Metrodome.

In the duel of running backs, between Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson, Gurley was held to just 89 yards. Peterson was the game's leading rusher with 125 yards.

Without several defensive starters including Robert Quinn, the Rams defense struggled to contain the Vikings offense, especially their explosive receiving corps, all game long.

In the second quarter, Greg Zuerlein nailed a 61-yard field goal to give the Rams a 12-10 lead. The field goal put Zuerlein 7th in NFL history for longest field goal made, and as the only kicker in NFL history besides Sebastian Janikowski to have more than one field goal of 60 yards or longer in his career.

In the second half, Lamarcus Joyner hit Teddy Bridgewater in the head, forcing Teddy to leave the game with a concussion. Thom Brennaman called the hit on Bridgewater "dirty". Shaun Hill, who played for the Rams last year and returned to Minnesota for his second stint in the off-season, took over for Teddy for the game's remainder.

With the Rams trailing 18-15 in the fourth quarter, Zuerlein booted another field goal, forcing the game into overtime. However, in that period, Minnesota's Blair Walsh nailed the game-winning field goal to give the Vikings the final score.

With the narrow loss, the Rams dropped to 4-4.

Week 10: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Ten: Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 10 14 01337
Rams 10 0 3013

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

Two years after Week 12 of 2013, the Rams hosted the Chicago Bears.

Prior to Week 10, Stedman Bailey was suspended for 4 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Later, the Rams acquired free agent Wes Welker, who last played for the Denver Broncos last season. He helped the Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2013.

The Rams struggled all game especially on defense in which they could not contain the Bears offense, especially the running game despite an injury to Matt Forte. Nick Foles struggled all day and this time it would force Case Keenum to take over late in the fourth quarter. Much like last week at Minnesota, Todd Gurley was once again held to 89 yards. Newly acquired Welker was no help, either.

With the embarrassing loss, the Rams dropped to 4-5.

Week 11: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Eleven: St. Louis Rams at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 0 6013
Ravens 0 3 01316

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,105
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Case Keenum started in place of the incumbent Nick Foles.

Late in the fourth quarter, with the game tied at 13, Greg Zurlien missed a 52-yarder which would have sealed the Rams victory. With a second left, Justin Tucker nailed a 41-yarder to give the Ravens the final score.

The Rams defense could not contain the Ravens offense all game, especially the running game.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 4-6, extending their losing streak to 3 games.

Week 12: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Twelve: St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 7 007
Bengals 7 10 14031

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,022
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Rams suffered a blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

A rejuvenated Nick Foles got his starting job back after being benched in favor of Case Keenum, who suffered a concussion after last week's loss in Baltimore. However, Foles' return was marred as he struggled to find open receivers and was picked off three times by the Bengals ranked defense. He also took hits throughout the game and he was sacked a few times. The only Rams score was a 5-yard run by Tavon Austin on a reverse play in the second quarter.

St. Louis' defense was not a factor all game as they struggled to stop the high-powered Bengals offense led by quarterback Andy Dalton, and receivers A. J. Green, and Tyler Eifert, (the latter left the game with a stinger) who is leading the league in touchdown catches.

With the loss, the Rams extended their losing streak to 4 games, making their record 4-7.

Week 13: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Thirteen: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 7 3 14327
Rams 0 0 303

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

This game was the second time in the season the Rams wore their 1999 throwbacks and the second time the Rams face the Cardinals.

Although they did put pressure on Carson Palmer, St Louis' defense overall failed to stop Arizona's much-hyped offense, especially the running game. As for the Rams offense, Todd Gurley was limited to just 41 rushing yards.

With the loss, the Rams dropped to 4-8. A day after, the Rams fired offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

Week 14: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 7714
Rams 0 7 7721

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 51,202
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Rams finally snapped their 4-game losing streak by defeating the Detroit Lions.

A photo of rapper and Roc Nation founder Jay Z in the Rams locker room along with his client Todd Gurley, and several Rams players was released shortly after.

With the win, the Rams went up to 5-8.

Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 3 0 31723
Rams 14 7 7331

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: December 17
  • Game time: 7:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 51,295
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Ian Eagle, Trent Green and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Rams hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.

The "Color Rush" jerseys was used for this game. It was the first time the Rams wore the Color Rush Jersey.[3]

In what ultimately turned out to be their final game played in St. Louis, before returning to Los Angeles for next season, Rams fans were seen holding signs saying, "Keep the Rams in St. Louis" and chants of "Keep the Rams" were heard after the game.

Despite offensive production from Tampa Bay, the Rams still managed a 31-23 victory and went to 6-8 with Case Keenum throwing for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns, Todd Gurley rushing 48 yards, Tavon Austin rushing 32 yards and a touchdown, Kenny Britt receiving for 71 yards and 1 touchdown, and Jared Cook receiving for 64 yards. The Rams offense dominated this game as well the defense also put pressure on the Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

With the win, the Rams improved their record to 6-8.

Week 16: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Sixteen: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 10 6 0723
Seahawks 0 3 7717

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,080
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Holly Sonders
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Seahawks win over Cleveland in Week 15 eliminated the Rams from playoff contention for the 11th consecutive season. The Rams were able to sweep their division rival, the Seattle Seahawks in their regular season series. The last time the Rams did this was 2004.

With that win, the Rams record improved to 7-8, riding a 3-game winning streak.

Week 17: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Seventeen: St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Rams 3 13 00016
49ers 0 10 33319

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

This Rams faced the 49ers in the season in what was their final game as the St. Louis Rams before moving to Los Angeles. Unlike in Week 8 at home, the Rams lost the game 16-19 in overtime. The Rams were without Todd Gurley, who suffered a foot injury in the third quarter of Week 16's win at Seattle.

With that loss, the Rams finished the 2015 NFL season at 7-9, making the season the ninth consecutive losing season for the Rams in St. Louis.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Arizona Cardinals 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 489 313 L1
(6) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 423 277 W1
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 280 330 L1
San Francisco 49ers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 238 387 W1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1 Carolina Panthers South 15 1 0 .938 5–1 11–1 .441 .438 W1
2 Arizona Cardinals West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 .477 .457 L1
3 Minnesota Vikings North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .504 .449 W3
4 Washington Redskins East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 .465 .403 W4
Wild Cards
5[a] Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .531 .450 L2
6[a] Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .520 .431 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Atlanta Falcons South 8 8 0 .500 1–5 5–7 .480 .453 L1
8[b] St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .527 .482 L1
9[b] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .535 .429 W3
10[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 .508 .473 W1
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .504 .402 W2
12[c] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .500 .396 L3
13[c] Chicago Bears North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .547 .469 L1
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 .484 .406 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .539 .463 W1
16 Dallas Cowboys East 4 12 0 .250 3–3 3–9 .531 .438 L4
Tiebreakers[d]
  1. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Seattle based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c d St. Louis and Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on conference record. St. Louis finished ahead of Detroit based on head-to-head victory.
    Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on head-to-head sweep, while Philadelphia finished ahead of New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c The New York Giants and Chicago each finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory, while the Giants finished ahead of Chicago based on conference record.
  4. ^ 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanzus, Dan (January 12, 2016). "Rams to relocate to L.A.; Chargers first option to join". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Isaiah Battle picked by Rams, is 1st supplemental pick since 2012". ESPN. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "LOOK: NFL goes color crazy, teases 8 alternative unis for Thursday games". cbssports.com. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 

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