Friday, January 20, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams Weekly Report

CBS Life in Pieces Episode Goes to Rams Game 

The hit @CBS show @LifeInPiecesCBS is all new tonight at 9:30 when the family attends a  game and meets @kurt13warner
The Short family will be taking a trip to the ball game. Thursday night, the hit CBS show Life in Pieces will be attending a Los Angeles Rams home game and hanging out with the legendary Rams QB Kurt Warner.

In the preview clip, fans are humorously introduced to Warner’s competitive side in a tailgate game of cornhole bag toss. 

According to EW, the rest of the episode unfolds with:

Colleen (Angelique Cabral) and Matt (Thomas Sadoski) are hosting a family tailgate party. Elsewhere, Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) is likely to miss most of the game due to an eventful restroom trip with Sophia (Giselle Eisenberg), and Greg (Colin Hanks) gets a chance to participate in a halftime contest. Meanwhile, Joan and Jen are happily sitting much closer to the action, thanks to Jen’s sneaky ways.

Life In Pieces airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Football commentator Kurt Warner is shown prior to Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Rams legend Kurt Warner to guest on CBS show 'Life in Pieces'. Kurt Warner, who is a finalist to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, will be on the CBS show Life in Pieces episode.
In the episode, the Short family attends a Rams game and ends up tailgating with Warner. The former St. Louis Rams quarterback tweeted about the show as well.
Vinny Bonsignore tweeted in October that the episode was filmed during halftime of the Rams game against the Bills.
LS Jake McQuaide Named to 2017 Pro Bowl
Los Angeles Rams LS JAKE McQUAIDE was named to the 2017 Pro Bowl, the National Football League announced today. 

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" format.

McQuaide, who will play in the All-Star game for the first time, becomes the first long snapper in franchise history to receive Pro Bowl honors.

The Cincinnati native was chosen by Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as a “need” player for the Pro Bowl roster. (Garrett’s staff will coach in the NFL’s annual All-Star game.) The NFL stipulates that the head coach of each team chooses a “need” player, and those players must be long snappers. 

The six-year NFL veteran out of Ohio State played in all 16 of the Rams games this season, initiating the snap on all of Hekker’s 98 punts and K Greg Zuerlein’s 22 field goals (19 successful) and 23 PAT kicks (all converted).

As a member of the Los Angeles Rams punt team, McQuaide was instrumental in helping Hekker establish NFL single-season records for punts placed inside opponents’ 20-yard line (51) and single-season net punting average (46.0), breaking Hekker’s own record of 44.2-yard net average which he established in 2013. As a unit, Los Angeles led the league during the 2016 campaign in opponent punt return average, holding opponents to just 4.3 yards per return.

The 2017 NFL Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29 and televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Rams Hire Wade Phillips as Defensive Coordinator
The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms with WADE PHILLIPS who will serve as defensive coordinator, the team announced today. Phillips joins the Rams with 25 years of experience as a coordinator (seven teams) as well as nine as a full-time head coach (three teams). The 2017 season will mark his 40th season coaching in the NFL.

“Wade has seen it all in our league, and I believe that his wealth of knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our entire coaching staff and players,” Rams Head Coach SEAN MCVAY said. “Our defense has been one of our core strengths and I expect it to continue to grow and thrive under Wade’s leadership.”

Since entering the NFL ranks in 1976, Phillips has been a part of over 20 top-10 defenses and coached 30 Pro Bowlers including Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and Pro Football Hall of Famers Elvin Bethea, Curley Culp, Rickey Jackson, Bruce Smith and Reggie White.

Phillips spent the previous two seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos (2015-16) where he led the Broncos defense to top-5 finishes in total defense following each year – No. 1 in 2015 and No. 4 in 2016.

In 2015, Phillips directed an historic defense that finished as the top unit (283.1 ypg) in the National Football League for the first time in Broncos history. Featuring four Pro Bowlers – linebackers Miller and DeMarcus Ware as well as cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib – Denver’s defense posted a league-high 52 sacks while contributing five defensive scores in the regular season.

During the Broncos’ postseason run, the defense recorded 14 sacks and six forced fumbles while limiting the league’s No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 scoring offenses to nearly half (50.7 percent) of their average regular-season point totals and a combined 7-of-42 (16.7 percent) on third-down attempts.

Following the season, the Pro Football Writers of America named him Co-Assistant Coach of the Year. He previously won the award in 2011 as an assistant for the Houston Texans where he guided the league’s 30th-ranked defense to a No. 2 overall ranking (285.7 ypg) in his first year with the club.

Before working in Denver, Phillips was the defensive coordinator for Houston (2011-13), San Diego (2004-06), Atlanta (2002-03) and Buffalo (1995-97). His first stint as coordinator for the Broncos ran from 1989-92. Phillips also made coaching stops with Philadelphia (1986-88) and New Orleans (1981-85) as their defensive coordinator. He started his NFL career with the Houston Oilers working under his father and Head Coach Bum Phillips.

A linebacker at the University of Houston from 1966-68, Phillips began his coaching career with his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1969. He was born on June 21, 1947, in Orange, Texas.

Three Things to Know about Rams DC Wade Phillips

New head coach Sean McVay’s staff is beginning to fill out, as Wade Phillips was officially named the Rams' defensive coordinator on Thursday. Here are a few nuggets to know about one of the best defensive coaches in the league.

1) He’s been coaching longer than McVay has been alive

For all that’s been made about McVay’s age as the youngest head coach in NFL history, Phillips comes in at the opposite end of the spectrum, having coached in the league since 1976 — 10 years before McVay was even born. He’s been a full-time head coach three times — Broncos from 1993-1994, Bills from 1998-2000, and Cowboys from 2004-2006 — compiling a 79-57 record with those three teams. He’s also been an interim head coach thrice — New Orleans in 1985, Atlanta in 2003, and Houston in 2013. In all, Phillips has 34 years of experience as either a head coach or defensive coordinator.

Through his many years of coaching, Phillips has been a part of 20 top-10 defenses, including a pair at his latest stop, the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Broncos. Denver finished No. 1 in total yards and No. 4 in points allowed in 2015, en route to a Super Bowl 50 championship. And despite missing the playoffs in 2016, the Broncos still ranked No. 4 in both total yards and points allowed. Phillips’ passing defense in particular was outstanding, surrendering only 185.8 yards per game. Houston finished No. 2 at 201.6 yards per game.

Phillips’ wealth of experience will be invaluable for McVay and the entire Rams organization.

2) His system is not simply "three down linemen, four linebackers"

Aside from his reputation for building strong defenses, Phillips has also used a system with three down linemen for most of his career, including with the Broncos. But if you’re familiar with the Rams’ defense — aside from select passing situations — they used four down linemen for all of the previous coaching staff’s tenure.

With Aaron Donald widely regarded as one of the best three-technique defensive tackles in football, it’s fair for fans to maybe have some reservations as to the way Phillips might scheme Los Angeles’ defense. But Phillips has said in the past that his scheme is not quite as simple as just a standard 3-4.

“We try to fit what the players can do in the defense rather than saying, ‘OK, we’re a 4-3 or we’re a two-gap 3-4,’” Phillips said last year, via the Denver Post. “We’re a team where if a guy can stunt and rush the passer, we let him do that. If a guy is a power guy, we try to let him be that. It’s all what individual players can do.”

Plus, in an interview with, McVay gave his assurances that he’s not planning on moving Donald from his spot as a three-technique.

“I had a chance to speak with Aaron the other day, and I assured him — I said, ‘You are the best, one of the best, three-techniques in this league. You will continue to play a three-technique,’” McVay told “And when you look at what coach Phillips’ schemes have been, they are a 3-4 team, but they play a lot of the similar core principles in their motion adjustments where Aaron is going to remain a three-technique.”

3) He is a great Twitter follow

While Phillips is 69 years old, he’s stayed on top of the times in more ways than just his adaptive schemes. Phillips is active on Twitter, where his wit shines through.

Now that my contract is signed ,It's official -although my word that I was coming was enough
Wonderful tributes to Peyton--as they should be-- the amazing thing is that some of his records will Never be broken.

Best tweets I got-"Old people can still make a difference.
Last yr when I signed with Broncos-"Wade Phillips,I thought he was dead".
Phillips’ handle, @sonofbum, honors the coaching connection he shares with his father, Bum Phillips, who served as the head coach of the Houston Oilers (1975-1980) and New Orleans Saints (1981-1985). The elder Phillips was also one of the great defensive innovators of the game, bringing the numbering system for defensive fronts and the 3-4 defense into the NFL.

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