2011 St. Louis Rams Season
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2011 St. Louis Rams Season
2011 St. Louis Rams season
Head coachSteve Spagnuolo
General managerBilly Devaney
OwnerStan Kroenke
Home fieldEdward Jones Dome
Results
Record2-14
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlersnone
Team MVPSteven Jackson
Team ROYRobert Quinn

The 2011 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 74th season in the National Football League, the 17th overall in St. Louis and the third under head coach Steve Spagnuolo. The Rams failed to improve on their 7-9 record from 2010, and one day after the season finale, head coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney were fired from the team. The team secured the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Rams' offense was among the worst in the league in 2011. They scored only 193 points (12.1 points per game), last in the league, and 11th-fewest all-time for a 16-game season.[1] Their -214 point differential was last in the league.[2]

Football Outsiders ranked St. Louis the worst team in the league, per play, in 2011.[3] The 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac, however, noted that the Rams went from the league's easiest schedule in 2010 to the league's hardest schedule in 2011.[4]

With their 2-14 record, the Rams capped a stretch from 2007 to 2011 in which they went 15-65, which was at the time the worst five-season span in NFL history. This mark has since been matched by the Cleveland Browns of 2013 to 2017.

Offseason

Coaching changes

On January 18, the Rams hired former Denver Broncos' head coach Josh McDaniels as the team's new offensive coordinator, replacing Pat Shurmur, who became the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns five days earlier (January 13).[5][6]

2011 draft board

^[a] The Rams traded its sixth-round selection (#145 overall) to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the Falcons' sixth-round selection (#158 overall) and their seventh-round selection (#229 overall).
^[b] The Rams traded its sixth-round selection (#180 overall) to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the Ravens' seventh-round selection (#228 overall) and WR Mark Clayton.

Coaching staff

Final roster

Preseason

Schedule

The Rams' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
HOF August 7 vs. Chicago Bears Cancelled due to the 2011 NFL Lockout[7]
1 August 13 Indianapolis Colts W 33-10 1-0 Edward Jones Dome Recap
2 August 20 Tennessee Titans W 17-16 2-0 Edward Jones Dome Recap
3 August 26 at Kansas City Chiefs W 14-10 3-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 September 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24-17 4-0 EverBank Field Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 Philadelphia Eagles L 13-31 0-1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
2 September 19 at New York Giants L 16-28 0-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Baltimore Ravens L 7-37 0-3 Edward Jones Dome Recap
4 October 2 Washington Redskins L 10-17 0-4 Edward Jones Dome Recap
5 Bye
6 October 16 at Green Bay Packers L 3-24 0-5 Lambeau Field Recap
7 October 23 at Dallas Cowboys L 7-34 0-6 Cowboys Stadium Recap
8 October 30 New Orleans Saints W 31-21 1-6 Edward Jones Dome Recap
9 November 6 at Arizona Cardinals L 13-19 (OT) 1-7 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Cleveland Browns W 13-12 2-7 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
11 November 20 Seattle Seahawks L 7-24 2-8 Edward Jones Dome Recap
12 November 27 Arizona Cardinals L 20-23 2-9 Edward Jones Dome Recap
13 December 4 at San Francisco 49ers L 0-26 2-10 Candlestick Park Recap
14 December 12 at Seattle Seahawks L 13-30 2-11 CenturyLink Field Recap
15 December 18 Cincinnati Bengals L 13-20 2-12 Edward Jones Dome Recap
16 December 24 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 0-27 2-13 Heinz Field Recap
17 January 1 San Francisco 49ers L 27-34 2-14 Edward Jones Dome Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

With the loss, the Rams started the season 0-1.

Week 2: at New York Giants

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0-2.

Week 3: vs. Baltimore Ravens

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0-3.

Week 4: vs. Washington Redskins

With the loss, the Rams went into their bye week at 0-4.

Week 6: at Green Bay Packers

Coming off of their bye week in week 5, the Rams traveled to Lambeau Field to take on the undefeated Packers. The loss dropped the team to 0-5.

Week 7: at Dallas Cowboys

With the loss, the Rams dropped to 0-6.

Week 8: vs. New Orleans Saints

This home game for the team also had a celebration of the St. Louis Cardinals showing off the World Series trophy. The Rams would then go on to win this game and improve to 1-6.

Week 9: at Arizona Cardinals

The Rams' third quarter was the first time in NFL history that a team had recorded four points in a quarter.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 1-7 and last place in the NFC West. [8]

Week 10: at Cleveland Browns

With the close win, the Rams improved to 2-7.

Week 11: vs. Seattle Seahawks

With the loss, the Rams dropped to 2-8.

Week 12: vs. Arizona Cardinals

With the loss, the Rams dropped to 2-9 securing them their 5th straight losing season.

Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers

With the loss, the Rams fell to 2-10.

Week 14: at Seattle Seahawks

With the loss, the Rams fell to 2-11 and were swept by the Seahawks for the first time since 2009.

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

With the loss, the Rams fell to 2-12.

Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers

This game became the Steelers' 2nd shutout win of the season as the Rams dropped to 2-13.

Week 17: vs. San Francisco 49ers

With the loss, the Rams finished the season at 2-14 tied with the Colts for the league's worst record.

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2)San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 380 229 W3
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 4-2 7-5 312 348 W1
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 321 315 L2
St. Louis Rams 2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11 193 407 L7

Notes and references

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1978 to 2012, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Points For.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference: In a single season, in 2011, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Points Differential
  3. ^ Football Outsiders: Final 2011 DVOA Ratings
  4. ^ Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 (ISBN 978-1-4782-0152-6), p.216-217: "In 2011, St. Louis became the first person in [Football Outsiders' history] (1991-2011) to go from the easiest schedule one season to the hardest schedule the next."
  5. ^ "Shurmur Named Head Coach of Cleveland Browns". therams.com. January 13, 2011. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Rams Name McDaniels Offensive Coordinator". therams.com. January 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "NFL cancels Bears-Rams Hall of Fame Game". Chicago Bears. July 21, 2011. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ King, Peter (November 7, 2011). "Super deja vu for Manning, Giants in clutch win over Patriots". Sports Illustrated. Monday Morning QB. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2011.

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