2016 Los Angeles Rams season

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2016 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach Jeff Fisher (Fired Week 14, 4–9 Record)
John Fassel (interim, 0–3 Record)
General manager Les Snead
Owner Stan Kroenke
Home field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Local radio KSPN 710 AM
KSWD 100.3 FM
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform
St louis rams uniforms12.png

The 2016 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League and the fifth and final under head coach Jeff Fisher. It was the franchise's 50th season in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the first since 1994. The Rams made their first appearance on HBO's Hard Knocks and also appeared on the new E! series Hollywood & Football. The team returned to Los Angeles after 21 seasons in St. Louis. The Rams decided from 2016-2019 to return to wearing white uniforms at home in LA as a nod to Fearsome Foursome era. In Week 15 against their NFC West Rival the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams used white horns on their helmet just for the one game only, a move which would be repeated for the entire following season.

The 2016 season saw the Rams attempting to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2015. After a stunning 3–1 start, the Rams would massively struggle in the second half, going 1–11 in their final 12 games, en route to a 4–12 record. The Rams also went 1–7 at home in 2016, their worst home record since going 0–8 at home in their 1–15 2009 season. The Rams also missed the playoffs for the 12th straight season, the 3rd longest current streak in the NFL. Only the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns had longer such streaks. They also clinched their 13th straight losing season, which is the longest current streak in the NFL. The Rams were also the only team to lose to the 49ers in 2016, as both wins for the 49ers were against the Rams.

On December 12, 2016, Fisher was fired after a 42–14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and clinching another losing record at 4–9. John Fassel was named interim head coach.

Return to Los Angeles[edit]

After receiving permission to void its lease on the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis during the 2015 season, the team officially filed an application to relocate back to Los Angeles on January 4, 2016, where it would play at the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood when completed; construction began in December 2015, and the opening is scheduled for 2020. In the interim, the Rams would play seven of their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the eighth game at Twickenham Stadium in London as part of the NFL International Series,[1] until the Los Angeles at Hollywood Park Stadium would be complete.

The Rams competed against the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, both of whom also filed relocation requests for a joint stadium in Carson for the rights to the Los Angeles market; the Chargers received a one-year option to decide if they wanted to share the Inglewood stadium with the Rams, which they did in the following season in 2017. Had the Chargers not accepted the option, a one-year option would have been granted to the Raiders after theirs expired. The league made their decision in a special meeting on January 12; after two ballots, the Rams' proposal was accepted on a 30–2 vote.[2][3]

The Coliseum was previously the Rams' home for 34 seasons (19461979); they moved to Anaheim Stadium in Orange County in 1980,[4] and played there for fifteen seasons before the move to St. Louis in 1995.

Draft[edit]

2016 Los Angeles Rams Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 1 Jared Goff QB California
4 110 Tyler Higbee TE Western Kentucky University
4 117 Pharoh Cooper WR South Carolina
6 190 Temarrick Hemingway TE South Carolina State
6 193 Josh Forrest MLB Kentucky
6 206 Mike Thomas WR Southern Miss

Notes

  • The Rams acquired the No. 1 overall pick from the Tennessee Titans along with a 4th and 6th round selections in exchange for the Rams No. 15 overall pick, two second-round picks, and a third-round pick in the 2016 draft. The Titans also received the Rams first and third-round picks in 2017.
  • The Rams acquired an additional second-round selection as part of a trade that sent quarterback Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles. This selection along with their original second-round pick were traded for the number one overall selection of the 2017 draft.
  • The Rams will forfeit their fifth-round selection after selecting offensive tackle Isaiah Battle in the 2015 Supplemental draft.
  • The Rams traded their seventh-round selection to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Case Keenum.

Staff[edit]

2016 Los Angeles Rams staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman – Stan Kroenke
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations/COO – Kevin Demoff
  • General Manager – Les Snead
  • Director of Player Personnel – Taylor Morton
  • Director of College Scouting – Brad Holmes
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Ran Carthon
  • Director of Player Evaluation, Research & Analysis – J.W. Jordan
  • Assistant Director of Pro Personnel – Ray Agnew

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2016 Los Angeles 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, 19 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 Dallas Cowboys W 28–24 1–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
2 August 20 Kansas City Chiefs W 21–20 2–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
3 August 27 at Denver Broncos L 9–17 2–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
4 September 1 at Minnesota Vikings L 25–27 2–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

On November 25, 2015, the NFL announced that the Rams would play host to a then-undetermined NFC East opponent in the International Series, in the first-ever game at Twickenham Stadium in London, United Kingdom. On January 3, 2016, the New York Giants were confirmed as the Rams' opponent for this game, both teams having finished in third place in their respective divisions in the 2015 season. The game was played in Week 7 on Sunday, October 23. The kickoff time was announced on April 14, and both teams had their bye the following week.[5] As a condition of the Rams' use of the Coliseum, the University of Southern California requested that the NFL not schedule any Monday night home games at the stadium, nor any home games on days after USC football games. While the team's final schedule did not contain any home Monday night games, two games were played on days following an USC home game.[6] The Rams wore their white uniforms for all of their home games for the first time since 1971 as a nod to the Fearsome Foursome era, with the exception of wearing their throwback uniforms twice a year for home games and wearing their all-navy uniforms for the game in London.[7]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 12 at San Francisco 49ers L 0–28 0–1 Levi's Stadium Recap
2 September 18 Seattle Seahawks W 9–3 1–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
3 September 25 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 37–32 2–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Arizona Cardinals W 17–13 3–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
5 October 9 Buffalo Bills L 19–30 3–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
6 October 16 at Detroit Lions L 28–31 3–3 Ford Field Recap
7 October 23 New York Giants L 10–17 3–4 Twickenham Stadium (London, England) Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 Carolina Panthers L 10–13 3–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
10 November 13 at New York Jets W 9–6 4–5 MetLife Stadium Recap
11 November 20 Miami Dolphins L 10–14 4–6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
12 November 27 at New Orleans Saints L 21–49 4–7 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
13 December 4 at New England Patriots L 10–26 4–8 Gillette Stadium Recap
14 December 11 Atlanta Falcons L 14–42 4–9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
15 December 15 at Seattle Seahawks L 3–24 4–10 CenturyLink Field Recap
16 December 24 San Francisco 49ers L 21–22 4–11 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
17 January 1 Arizona Cardinals L 6–44 4–12 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week One: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 0 000
49ers 7 7 01428

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 003
Rams 3 3 039

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

With the win, the Rams won a regular season game in Los Angeles for the first time since 1994. They paid tribute to their first regular season game back in Los Angeles by wearing their throwback uniforms, which were their uniforms in their last season in 1994.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Three: Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 10 7 71337
Buccaneers 6 14 01232

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

In what was a game that pitted both teams offenses and defenses together, the Rams won 37–32 with their defense securing the victory at the end of the game and scoring at least 5 touchdowns. With the win, the Rams record improved to 2–1 for the first time since 2006, placing the team in first place in the NFC West. It was also the first time the Rams scored a regular season touchdown as the Los Angeles Rams since 1994.

Week 4: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Four: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 3 0717
Cardinals 0 10 3013

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

With the win, the Rams started 3–1 for the first time since 2006.

Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Five: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 7 9 7730
Rams 3 10 3319

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Week 6: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Six: Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 7 7728
Lions 7 7 71031

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 56,018
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Case Keenum set a team record with 19 straight completions. He finished the game with 321 passing yards and four total touchdowns. With the game tied at 28, Matt Prater booted a field goal to lead Detroit 31–28. Keenum's day was ruined as his pass intended for Lance Kendricks was intercepted at the last second by the Lions, who would eventually win the game 31–28.

Week 7: vs. New York Giants[edit]

NFL International Series

Week Seven: New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 10 0717
Rams 10 0 0010

at Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Game information

After scoring 10 points on their first two drives, the Rams could not score again as they allowed 17 unanswered points with a field goal, a pick 6 by Landon Collins, a 1-yard touchdown by Rashad Jennings. Case Keenum threw 4 interceptions in the game. One of the picks was on the last drive when the Rams drove down to the red zone. But a high pass landed in DRC's hands in the end zone allowing the Rams to drop 3–4 and continue on their losing streak.

Week 9: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Nine: Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 7 0 0613
Rams 0 0 01010

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Week 10: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Ten: Los Angeles Rams at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 3 0 339
Jets 0 6 006

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 78,160
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the win, the Rams improved to 4–5. This was also the second game featuring the Rams in which the only points scored came via field goals. Also, this would end up being the last win for the Rams for the 2016 season, as they would end up losing their last 7 games of the season.

Week 11: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Eleven: Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 01414
Rams 7 0 3010

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

This game was the first time rookie quarterback Jared Goff made his starting debut for the Rams. The Rams held a 10–0 lead with just over 4 minutes left to play; however, the Dolphins would score 14 unanswered points to take a 14–10 win. With the loss, the Rams fell to 4–6.

Week 12: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Twelve: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 14 0021
Saints 7 21 14749

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,067
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Thirteen: Los Angeles Rams at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 0 3710
Patriots 7 10 6326

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), sunny and cool
  • Game attendance: 66,829
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 14 21042
Rams 0 0 01414

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 82,495
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, David Diehl and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Rams were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. This is Jeff Fisher's last game as the Rams' head coach before getting fired the next day. Todd Gurley after the game lashed out at the team for having a "middle-school offense."

Week 15: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Fifteen: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 3 003
Seahawks 0 10 7724

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 16: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Sixteen: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 0 01522
Rams 14 0 0721

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 83,656
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Rams fell to 4–11. They were also swept by the 49ers for the first time since 2013.

Week 17: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Seventeen: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 13 141444
Rams 0 6 006

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 80,729
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss to the Cardinals, the Rams finished their season 4–12.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Seattle Seahawks 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 354 292 W1
Arizona Cardinals 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 418 362 W2
Los Angeles Rams 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 224 394 L7
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 309 480 L1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3–3 6–6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .504 .250 L1
Tiebreakers[c]
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ 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. ^ "Rams, owner Stan Kroenke assert St. Louis better off as 2-sport city in Los Angeles relocation application". Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Breer, Albert (January 12, 2016). "Rams approved to relocate to Los Angeles". National Football League. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Rams headed back to Los Angeles; Chargers have option to join". ESPN. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rams open in 'new' home". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 11, 1980. p. 20. 
  5. ^ "2016 UK International Series schedule announced". NFL.com. November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "USC Requests No Monday Night Football Home Games For Rams". SBNation. Vox Media. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Los Angeles Rams will wear all-white combo for home games in 2016-17". SportsLogos.net. Demetrius Bell. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 

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