|2008 St. Louis Rams season|
|Head coach||Scott Linehan|
Jim Haslett (Interim)
|Owner||Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez|
|Home field||Edward Jones Dome|
|Division place||4th NFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Team MVP||Oshiomogho Atogwe|
|Team ROY||Donnie Avery|
The 2008 St. Louis Rams season was the 71st season for the team in the National Football League and their 14th in St. Louis, Missouri. They hoped to improve upon their 3-13 record from the previous season, but they failed to do so and dropped to a dismal 2-14 record.
On September 29, 2008, following a feeble 0-4 start, head coach Scott Linehan was fired and replaced by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who occupied the head coach position with the team for the remainder of the 2008 season.
After having been hospitalized for several months with breast cancer, owner Georgia Frontiere died on January 18, 2008. Frontiere's son and Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom wanted to have the team wear its old blue and yellow uniforms from the 1999 season, but was denied his request by the NFL stating that he needed to give a one-year notice. Rosenbloom announced on April 24, 2008 that the Rams will have a patch on the left shoulder of the jersey with the word "Georgia" written the way Frontiere signed her name during the 2008 season.
On March 1, the first day of free agency, the Rams signed place kicker Josh Brown from the Seattle Seahawks to a five-year, $14.2 million contract to replace retired Jeff Wilkins. On March 3, the Rams signed Offensive Lineman Jacob Bell as a free agent from the Tennessee Titans to a six-year, $36 million deal, and includes a $7 million signing bonus. On March 6, the Rams signed Tight End Anthony Becht as a free agent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an undisclosed amount.
|4||101||Justin King||CB||Penn State|
|5||157||Roy Schuening||OG||Oregon State|
Prior to the draft, Billy Devaney was named vice president of player personnel, and took over decisions in for the off season and draft. The Denver Broncos traded their sixth-round selection (180th overall) to the Rams for defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy. The Rams traded their seventh-round selection (209th overall) to the Minnesota Vikings for offensive tackle Adam Goldberg. The Rams received the Cincinnati Bengals' seventh-round pick (217th overall) in exchange for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Rams received one seventh-round pick (252nd overall) as a compensatory selection.
During Draft Day, the Washington Redskins traded their fifth-round and seventh-round selections (#157 and #228 overall) to the Rams for its two sixth-round selections (#168 and #180 overall).
Steven Jackson held out of camp because he believed he was underpaid, and there was only one year left on his rookie contract. He later ended his holdout and said that he would report to camp. Jackson ended his holdout officially, after he signed a six-year contract worth a maximum of $49.3 million, including $21 million in guarantees. The final two years of the deal can be voided upon performance so it can be a three-year extension worth $29.3 million. At the time, this made him the highest paid running back in the NFL.
|Final score||Team record|
|1||August 9, 2008||at Tennessee Titans||L 13-34||0-1||LP Field||69,143||Recap|
|2||August 16, 2008||San Diego Chargers||W 7-6||1-1||Edward Jones Dome||53,039||Recap|
|3||August 23, 2008||Baltimore Ravens||W 24-10||2-1||Edward Jones Dome||60,862||Recap|
|4||August 28, 2008||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 16-21||2-2||Arrowhead Stadium||65,686||Recap|
In the 2008 regular season, the Rams' non-divisional, conference opponents were primarily from the NFC East, although they also played the Chicago Bears from the NFC North, and the Atlanta Falcons from the NFC South. Their non-conference opponents were from the AFC East.
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 7, 2008||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 3-38||0-1||Lincoln Financial Field||69,144||Recap|
|2||September 14, 2008||New York Giants||L 13-41||0-2||Edward Jones Dome||61,377||Recap|
|3||September 21, 2008||at Seattle Seahawks||L 13-37||0-3||Qwest Field||68,012||Recap|
|4||September 28, 2008||Buffalo Bills||L 14-31||0-4||Edward Jones Dome||61,017||Recap|
|6||October 12, 2008||at Washington Redskins||W 19-17||1-4||FedExField||90,376||Recap|
|7||October 19, 2008||Dallas Cowboys||W 34-14||2-4||Edward Jones Dome||62,035||Recap|
|8||October 26, 2008||at New England Patriots||L 16-23||2-5||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Recap|
|9||November 2, 2008||Arizona Cardinals||L 13-34||2-6||Edward Jones Dome||61,303||Recap|
|10||November 9, 2008||at New York Jets||L 3-47||2-7||Giants Stadium||78,073||Recap|
|11||November 16, 2008||at San Francisco 49ers||L 16-35||2-8||Candlestick Park||67,573||Recap|
|12||November 23, 2008||Chicago Bears||L 3-27||2-9||Edward Jones Dome||61,994||Recap|
|13||November 30, 2008||Miami Dolphins||L 12-16||2-10||Edward Jones Dome||61,046||Recap|
|14||December 7, 2008||at Arizona Cardinals||L 10-34||2-11||University of Phoenix Stadium||63,720||Recap|
|15||December 14, 2008||Seattle Seahawks||L 20-23||2-12||Edward Jones Dome||56,123||Recap|
|16||December 21, 2008||San Francisco 49ers||L 16-17||2-13||Edward Jones Dome||54,948||Recap|
|17||December 28, 2008||at Atlanta Falcons||L 27-31||2-14||Georgia Dome||64,617||Recap|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||9||0||.438||3-3||5-7||339||381||W2|
|St. Louis Rams||2||14||0||.125||0-6||2-10||232||465||L10|
The Eagles raced out of the gates to dismantle the Rams 38-3, the Eagles' largest opening week margin-of-victory ever. Rookie DeSean Jackson pulled down a 47-yard reception on the second play over Tye Hill, and the drive finished with a shovel pass touchdown to Brian Westbrook. Donovan McNabb marched the Eagles down the field again on their second possession, finding L.J. Smith in the back of the end zone to make it 14-0. During the drive, Hill was beat again, this time by Greg Lewis on a double move and was benched for the game. Late in the second quarter, receiver Hank Baskett beat the coverage and scored on a 90-yard reception. Fullback Tony Hunt scored from a yard out in the third quarter and the rout was on. DeSean Jackson's 60-yard punt return set up a short field goal for David Akers, and Philadelphia's lead grew to 31-0. Westbrook added a 6-yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter before Josh Brown kicked a 46-yard field goal to avoid the shutout.
McNabb had a vintage performance, throwing for 361 yards (mostly in the first half) and three scores. Jackson, Greg Lewis, and Baskett each had over 100 yards receiving. Westbrook ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense completely shut down the St. Louis offense. The Rams didn't convert on all 11 3rd down plays, the first time since 1991. Steven Jackson had 40 yards on 14 carries and the team averaged 2.4 yards rushing.
In addition to beginning the season 0-1, the Rams suffered injuries with Leonard Little leaving the game with a hamstring injury, Drew Bennett with a foot injury and Orlando Pace with bruised ribs.
Hoping to rebound from their dismal road loss to the Eagles, the Rams played their Week 2 home opener against the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants. In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as Giants QB Eli Manning completed a 33-yard TD pass to WR Plaxico Burress. In the second quarter, the Rams responded with kicker Josh Brown getting a 54-yard field goal, yet New York answered with kicker John Carney kicking a 39-yard field goal. St. Louis would reply with Brown's 54-yard field goal, yet the Giants answered with Carney nailing a 33-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, New York increased its lead with Manning completing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Amani Toomer. In the fourth quarter, the Rams tried to rally as WR Torry Holt made a 45-yard juggling, circus catch in the end zone from QB Marc Bulger, making the Rams down 20-13 with 10 minutes 46 seconds left to play. However, the Giants pulled away with Manning's 18-yard TD pass to RB Ahmad Bradshaw, DE Justin Tuck's 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Bradshaw's 31-yard TD run.
With the loss, St. Louis fell to 0-2. Over the course of two games the defense gave up almost 1,000 yards. The Rams offense has yet to be in the red zone all season.
Trying to snap a two-game skid, the Rams flew to Qwest Field for a Week 3 NFC West duel with the Seattle Seahawks. In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as Seahawks kicker Olindo Mare got a 28-yard field goal, QB Matt Hasselbeck completing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Michael Bumpus, and RB Julius Jones getting a 29-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Rams got on the board as former Seahawk kicker Josh Brown got a 43-yard field goal, yet Seattle responded with RB T.J. Duckett getting a 4-yard TD run. St. Louis would answer with Brown kicking a 29-yard field goal, yet the Seahawks increased its lead with Mare kicking a 38-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Rams tried to rally as QB Marc Bulger completed a 21-yard TD pass to WR Dane Looker. However, in the fourth quarter, Seattle pulled away with Duckett's 1-yard TD run and Mare's 38-yard field goal.
With the loss, St. Louis fell to 0-3.
In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as Bills kicker Rian Lindell got a 45-yard field goal. The Rams would respond with rookie WR Donnie Avery getting a 37-yard TD run. Buffalo would answer with Lindell kicking a 35-yard field goal. In the second quarter, St. Louis increased its lead with RB Steven Jackson getting a 29-yard TD run.
In the third quarter, the Bills crept closer as RB Fred Jackson got a 22-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Buffalo sealed the win with CB Jabari Greer returning an interception 33 yards for a touchdown, QB Trent Edwards completing a 39-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans, and Lindell nailing a 45-yard field goal.
Coming off their bye week, the Rams flew to Fedex Field for a Week 6 duel with the Washington Redskins. In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as Redskins RB Clinton Portis got a 3-yard TD run. The Rams would respond with kicker Josh Brown getting a 51-yard field goal. In the second quarter, St. Louis took the lead as free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown. In the third quarter, the Rams increased their lead as Brown kicked a 25-yard and a 44-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Washington rallied as kicker Shaun Suisham got a 38-yard field goal and Portis got a 2-yard TD run. Fortunately, St. Louis was able to prevail as Brown nailed the game-winning 49-yard field goal as time expired.
With the upset win, the Rams improved to 1-4.
Hoping to build on their last-second road win over the Redskins, the Rams went home for a Week 7 duel with the Dallas Cowboys. In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as Cowboys RB Marion Barber got a 1-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Rams offense exploded with points as QB Marc Bulger completed a 42-yard TD pass to rookie WR Donnie Avery, along with RB Steven Jackson getting an 8-yard and a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, St. Louis added onto their lead as kicker Josh Brown got a 52-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Rams continued their victory march as Jackson got a 56-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, St. Louis' domination ended with Brown nailing a 35-yard field goal. Dallas ended the game's scoring with QB Brad Johnson completing a 34-yard TD pass to TE Martellus Bennett.
With their second straight win, the Rams improved to 2-4. The game also marked the first time that the Rams wore white jerseys at home, instead of their usual blue jerseys, since moving from Los Angeles in 1995, forcing the Cowboys to wear their "jinxed" navy blue jerseys.
Hoping to build on their two-game win streak, the Rams flew to Gillette Stadium for a Week 8 interconference duel with the New England Patriots. In the first quarter, St. Louis struck first as kicker Josh Brown got a 20-yard field goal. The Patriots answered with RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis getting a 2-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Rams regained the lead as QB Marc Bulger completed a 69-yard TD pass to rookie WR Donnie Avery. New England would get its lead back as kicker Stephen Gostkowski got a 30-yard and a 27-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, St. Louis tied the game as Brown made a 44-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Rams regained the lead on Brown's 25-yard field goal. However, the Patriots sealed the win Gostkowski nailing a 41-yard field goal, along with QB Matt Cassel completing a 15-yard TD pass to RB Kevin Faulk.
With the loss, St. Louis fell to 2-5.
Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Patriots, the Rams went home for a Week 9 NFC West duel with the Arizona Cardinals. In the first quarter, St. Louis struck first as QB Marc Bulger completed an 80-yard TD pass to WR Derek Stanley. In the second quarter, the Cardinals responded with a vengeance as safety Antrel Rolle returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown, kicker Neil Rackers got a 36-yard field goal, RB Tim Hightower got a 30-yard TD run, and former Rams QB Kurt Warner completed a 56-yard TD pass to WR Jerheme Urban.
In the third quarter, Arizona increased its lead as Warner completed a 7-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin. In the fourth quarter, the Rams tried to come back as Bulger completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR Torry Holt (with a failed 2-point conversion). However, the Cardinals flew away as Rackers nailed a 30-yard field goal.
With the loss, St. Louis fell to 2-6.
Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Rams flew to The Meadowlands for a Week 10 interconference duel with the New York Jets. In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as Jet RB Thomas Jones got a 13-yard TD run, kicker Jay Feely got a 22-yard field goal, and LB Calvin Pace returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown.
In the second quarter, the Rams' misery continued as Jones got a 2-yard TD run, Feely got a 49-yard and a 46-yard field goal, QB Brett Favre completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE Dustin Keller, and Feely made a 55-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, St. Louis would get their only score of the game as kicker Josh Brown nailed a 37-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, New York flew away as Jones got a 6-yard TD run.
With the loss, the Rams fell to 2-7.
Trying to snap a three-game losing streak, the Rams flew to Candlestick Park for a Week 11 NFC West duel with their rival, the San Francisco 49ers. In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as 49ers RB Frank Gore got a 5-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Rams responded with kicker Josh Brown getting a 24-yard field goal. However, San Francisco took a commanding lead as QB Shaun Hill completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Vernon Davis, Gore got a 1-yard TD run, Hill got a 1-yard TD run, and Hill completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Bryant Johnson.
In the third quarter, St. Louis hacked at their deficit as Brown nailed a 48-yard and a 44-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Rams tried to complete their comeback as QB Marc Bulger completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Dane Looker. However, the 49ers' defense was too much to overcome.
With their fourth-straight loss, St. Louis fell to 2-8.
Trying to snap a four-game losing streak, the Rams went home for a Week 12 duel with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, St. Louis trailed early as Bears RB Matt Forte got a 13-yard TD run, while QB Kyle Orton completed a 7-yard TD pass to FB Jason McKie. In the second quarter, the Rams' struggles continued as Forté got a 47-yard TD run. St. Louis would respond with kicker Josh Brown getting a 43-yard field goal. Chicago would close out the half with Gould making a 43-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Bears pulled away with Gould nailing a 38-yard field goal. From there on out, Chicago's defense stiffened for the win.
With their fifth-straight loss, the Rams fell to 2-9.
Trying to snap a five-game losing streak, the Rams stayed at home for a Week 13 interconference duel with the Miami Dolphins. The Rams would welcome back Steven Jackson to the lineup after weeks of sitting out with a thigh injury. Jackson gave the Rams a good enough boost to strike first with a first possession field goal by Josh Brown from 23 yards. Brown would kick a 51-yard field goal to give the Rams a 6-0 lead. In the second quarter, the Dolphins responded as RB Ronnie Brown got a 3-yard TD run. The Rams would answer with Brown making a 33-yard field goal, but Miami replied with kicker Dan Carpenter getting a 37-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Dolphins increased their lead as Carpenter got a 47-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, St. Louis tried to keep up as Brown made a 38-yard field goal, yet Miami answered right back with Carpenter nailing a 42-yard field goal. The Rams tried to come back, but a late-game interception shattered any hope of a comeback.
With their sixth-straight loss, St. Louis fell to 2-10.
With the loss, the Rams fell to 2-11.
The Rams played a solid 1st half but the Seahawks turned the tables with 10 points in the final 2:47 for a 23-20 victory Sunday. T.J. Duckett's 1-yard run tied it, the Rams fizzled while going three-and-out, and Olindo Mare's 27-yard field goal as time expired ended the Seahawks' six-game losing streak and extended the Rams' losing streak to 8 as they fell to 2-12.
Hoping to snap an eight-game losing streak, the Rams stayed at home for a Week 16 NFC West rematch with the San Francisco 49ers. St. Louis would trail in the first quarter as 49ers kicker Joe Nedney got a 48-yard field goal. The Rams would take the lead in the second quarter as kicker Josh Brown got a 43-yard field goal, quarterback Marc Bulger completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Keenan Burton, and Brown making a 38-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, St. Louis added onto their lead as Brown nailed a 22-yard field goal. However, San Francisco rallied with quarterback Shaun Hill completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to former Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce and a 48-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Morgan.
With their ninth-straight loss, St. Louis fell to 2-13 and were swept by the 49ers for the first time since 2005.
Hoping to end a miserable season on a high note, the Rams flew to the Georgia Dome for a Week 17 duel with the playoff-bound Atlanta Falcons. St. Louis trailed early in the first quarter as Falcons kicker Jason Elam got a 39-yard field goal. The Rams would respond with running back Steven Jackson getting a tough 4-yard touchdown run. Atlanta would answer in the second quarter with running back Michael Turner getting a 9-yard touchdown run, yet St. Louis would strike right back as quarterback Marc Bulger completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery. However, it would be the Falcons who took the halftime lead as running back Jerious Norwood got an 8-yard touchdown run.
Atlanta would increase their lead in the third quarter as quarterback Matt Ryan completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roddy White. The Rams would begin to rally as kicker Josh Brown nailed a 31-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, St. Louis would regain the lead as Jackson got a 2-yard touchdown run, followed by Brown's 27-yard field goal. However, the Falcons got the last laugh as Norwood got a 45-yard touchdown run.
With the loss, the Rams closed out their season at 2-14 and on a ten-game losing streak.