Sep 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; A St. Louis Rams cheerleader performs during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome. The 49ers defeated the Rams 35-11. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Ramblin' Fan's Monday Morning Links: Missing Jo-Lonn Dunbar, "Soft Defense," And Rams Dropping In Power Rankings

Welcome back to reality Rams Nation! After tonight’s Monday Night Football game, the one-quarter mark of the regular season will have officially come to a close, with the St. Louis Rams sitting with a 1-3 record. The Rams aren’t alone though, with 11 other teams around the league sporting only one (or fewer) mark in their win column, including the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. St. Louis will have roughly 11 days to prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars, so naturally, there will be plenty of content…

Injuries could force changes on Rams’ D

For the first time this season, the injury bug appeared to bite the St. Louis Rams hard, sending both Cortland Finnegan and Will Witherspoon to the sidelines early last Thursday. Worse, T.J. McDonald was carted off the field with an air cast on his leg, which would later be announced as a leg fracture. With these injured, will it force some change to the Rams lineup?

 

Ram Soft

The players on the St. Louis Rams have obviously taken a page from their head coach when it comes to bluntness during press conferences. Multiple players have been outspoken about their disgust towards their teams’ play on the field, including both Chris Long and Sam Bradford. Robert Klemko gives some insight into those frustrations, and give his outlook for the rest of the season.

 

Rams’ Bailey waiting for his shot on offense

Many, myself included, were pumped to see the St. Louis Rams call Stedman Bailey’s name last April. In fact, some argued that Bailey was the more “NFL ready” of the two dominant WVU receivers, setting impressive marks in both receiving yards and touchdowns during his senior season. However, the rookie has yet to truly get on the field this season, even with a struggling offense. Is it time to unleash the other half of the West Virginia monster?

 

NFL Power Rankings: Updated Outlook for All 32 Teams in Week 4

For the first time since the beginning of the Jeff Fisher-era, analysts from outside the organization are starting to question the Rams new head coach. An ineffective offense, porous defense, and a special teams unit that has likely netted more negative yards from penalties than positive yards from returns… there is certainly something wrong.

 

Rams players: Jo-Lonn Dunbar loss big reason for defensive woes

Most in Rams Nation were shocked when the St. Louis Rams released Jo-Lonn Dunbar prior to the start of the regular season. However, after allowing nearly 400 rushing yards in a two-game span, some fans are beginning to demand the return of Dunbar to the Rams’ second-level. Jason La Canfora explains why Dunbar was so vital to the team’s defensive success last season, and makes a solid argument to why he should be a member of the team.

 

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