2016 Los Angeles Rams Season
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2016 Los Angeles Rams Season
2016 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coachJeff Fisher (fired Week 14, 4-9 record)
John Fassel (interim, 0-3 record)
General managerLes Snead
OwnerStan Kroenke
Home fieldLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Local radioKSPN 710 AM
KSWD 100.3 FM
Results
Record4-12
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishDid 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 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 surprising 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 1-6 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 third longest current streak in the NFL. Only the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns had longer postseason droughts. The franchise also clinched its 13th straight losing season, which as of 2017 was the longest current streak in the NFL. The Rams were also the only team to lose to the San Francisco 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 that dropped the Rams to 4-9 and clinched their 10th straight losing season. John Fassel was named interim head coach and went winless over the final three games.

Return to Los Angeles

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 SoFi Stadium 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 also resumed holding training camp at UC Irvine, where they had previously held training camp during the 1990s prior to the move to St. Louis.

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 Rams' return to the Greater Los Angeles Area received extensive media coverage. The team made its first appearance on HBO's Hard Knocks, which covered training camp and preseason. Several players and their families were followed on the new E! reality series Hollywood & Football as they settled in Southern California, while the regular season was later chronicled in the Amazon Prime sports documentary series All Or Nothing.

The Coliseum was previously the Rams' home for 34 seasons (1946-1979); 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

2016 Los Angeles Rams Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 1 Jared Goff QB California
4 110 Tyler Higbee TE Western Kentucky
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

Final roster

Preseason

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

Schedule

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

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers

The now-Los Angeles Rams stumbled badly in their season opener, getting shut out by the host 49ers on Monday Night Football. Quarterback Case Keenum was ineffective, completing less than 50 percent of his passes (17-for-35) for 130 yards and two interceptions, while also being sacked twice. Running back Todd Gurley was also lackluster, with only 47 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, linebacker Alec Ogletree led the team with 12 tackles (11 solo) and defensive end Dominique Easley forced a fumble that was recovered by cornerback Trumaine Johnson. But the Rams came up with no sacks, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct and making contact with a game official, an incident for which he later apologized.[8]

Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Playing at home in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time since 1979, the Rams got the victory in a defensive battle over their NFC West rivals. Three field goals from kicker Greg Zuerlein were enough for the Rams, who played in front of a homecoming crowd of 91,046. With the win, the Rams won a regular season game in Los Angeles for the first time since 1994. Case Keenum completed 18 of 30 passes for 239 yards, and wide receiver Kenny Britt caught six passes for 94 yards. Robert Quinn and William Hayes both had sacks of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, while Alec Ogletree had nine tackles and a fumble recovery on Seattle's final drive to preserve the victory. The Rams paid tribute to their first regular season game back in Los Angeles by wearing their blue and yellow throwback uniforms, which were their uniforms during their last season in 1994.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Held out of the end zone in the season's first two weeks, the Rams scored five touchdowns in what would be their highest single-game point total of the season. Case Keenum's 44-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Brian Quick ended L.A.'s TD drought, and Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal to give the Rams a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. After the host Buccaneers scored twice to take a 20-10 lead, Todd Gurley scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in both the second and third quarters to put the Rams back in the lead. Defensive end Ethan Westbrooks picked up a fumble forced by Robert Quinn and ran it back 77 yards for a touchdown, and Keenum connected with Tavon Austin for a 43-yard touchdown pass play and a 37-26 lead. But Tampa Bay rallied behind quarterback Jameis Winston (405 yards, 3 TD passes) to pull within five points. Driving in the final minute, the Bucs reached the Rams 5-yard line, but Quinn brought down Winston from behind as time expired. With two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, game play was suspended for 69 minutes due to lightning strikes in the area.[9] 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

Case Keenum connected twice for touchdown passes to Brian Quick as Los Angeles held on for the victory, which gave the Rams a 3-1 start for the first time since 2006. Linebacker Mark Barron had a team-high eight tackles and an interception as the Rams defense forced five turnovers. Aaron Donald added five tackles with 1.5 sacks on the day as the Rams found themselves in first place in the NFC West.

Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills

Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, but the Rams were undone by numerous mistakes in a home loss to the Bills. Case Keenum passed for 271 yards, but was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Kenny Britt's five receptions for 75 yards led the Rams, while Todd Gurley ran for 72 yards and a touchdown, but also lost a fumble at the end of the first quarter that led to a Buffalo touchdown. Bills cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who scored on a 41-yard interception return, would join the Rams the following season.

Week 6: at Detroit Lions

Case Keenum passed for three touchdowns and ran for another, but an interception in the final minutes ruined a comeback attempt as the Rams fell to 3-3 with a loss to the host Lions. Keenum set a team record with 19 straight completions on 27-for-32 passing with 321 yards. Tied 14-14 with four seconds remaining in the first half, the Rams failed to take the lead as Todd Gurley (14 carries, 58 yards) was stopped short of the goal line as time ran out. Wide receiver Kenny Britt caught seven passes for 136 yards and two scores, all season highs. Safety Lamarcus Joyner had eight tackles to lead the Rams, while Aaron Donald had four tackles and a sack.

Week 7: vs. New York Giants

NFL International Series

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

Week 10: at New York Jets

With the win, the Rams improved to 4-5 without scoring a touchdown. This game was the Rams' only win in a series of 12 games, and their last win of the 2016 season, as they would go on to lose their remaining 7 games.

Week 11: vs. Miami Dolphins

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

Week 13: at New England Patriots

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons

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

Week 16: vs. San Francisco 49ers

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

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

Standings

Division

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

# 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.

Awards and honors

Recipient Award(s)
Aaron Donald Week 4: NFC Defensive Player of the Week
Johnny Hekker Week 10: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

References

  1. ^ "Rams, owner Stan Kroenke assert St. Louis better off as 2-sport city in Los Angeles relocation application". Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Breer, Albert (January 12, 2016). "Rams approved to relocate to Los Angeles". National Football League. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Rams headed back to Los Angeles; Chargers have option to join". ESPN. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 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 2015.
  6. ^ "USC Requests No Monday Night Football Home Games For Rams". SBNation. Vox Media. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Los Angeles Rams will wear all-white combo for home games in 2016-17". SportsLogos.net. Demetrius Bell. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Rams DT Aaron Donald apologizes for ejection in loss to 49ers | SI". si.com. September 13, 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Rams weather delay, hold off Buccaneers 37-32 | USA Today". usatoday.com. September 25, 2016. Retrieved 2019.

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