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The 2009 St. Louis Rams season is the 72nd season for the St. Louis Rams, and the 15th in St. Louismarker. They look to improve upon their 2-14 record from 2008, but have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Offseason

Player movement

The Rams announced that Jim Haslett would not be returning as head coach after a disastrous 2-10 finish to the 2008 season. On January 16, New York Giants' Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo signed a four-year $11.5 million. deal to be their new head coach.

Jason Brown, a Center who formerly played for the Baltimore Ravens before becoming a free agent, was signed on February 27, 2009, to a five-year deal to bolster the offensive line.

Ron Bartell, a cornerback, signed a four-year deal on March 2, worth $13.6 milion. guaranteed, with incentives it could be as much as $28 miion.

James Butler, a safety, signed a four-year deal on March 10, that with incentives could be worth almost $17 million.

Orlando Pace, the premier offensive tackle in the NFL, was released by the Rams to save $6 million. in the salary cap.

On March 13, wide receiver Torry Holt was released after 10 years with the Rams. Holt was later signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

On May 8, Pisa Tinoisamoa, the Rams' leading tackler in 2008, was given his release.

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 Friday, Aug. 14 6pm CDT at New York Jets W 23-20 1-0 Giants Stadiummarker Local Recap
2 Friday, Aug. 21 7pm CDT Atlanta Falcons L 20-13 1-1 Edward Jones Domemarker Local Recap
3 Thursday, Aug. 27 6:30pm CDT at Cincinnati Bengals W 24-21 2-1 Paul Brown Stadiummarker Local Recap
4 Thursday, Sept. 3 7pm CDT Kansas City Chiefs W 17-9 3-1 Edward Jones Dome Local Recap


Regular season

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 3:15 PM at Seattle Seahawks L 0-28 0-1 Qwest Fieldmarker Fox Recap
2 September 20 12:00 PM at Washington Redskins L 7-9 0-2 FedExFieldmarker Fox
3 September 27 12:00 PM Green Bay Packers L 17-36 0-3 Edward Jones Domemarker Fox
4 October 4 3:15 PM at San Francisco 49ers L 0-35 0-4 Candlestick Parkmarker Fox
5 October 11 12:00 PM Minnesota Vikings L 10-38 0-5 Edward Jones Domemarker Fox
6 October 18 12:00 PM at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20-23 0-6 Jacksonville Municipal Stadiummarker Fox
7 October 25 12:00 PM Indianapolis Colts L 6-42 0-7 Edward Jones Domemarker CBS
8 November 1 12:00 PM at Detroit Lions W 17-10 1-7 Ford Fieldmarker Fox
9 Bye
10 November 15 12:00 PM New Orleans Saints L 23-28 1-8 Edward Jones Domemarker Fox
11 November 22 3:05 PM Arizona Cardinals L 13-21 1-9 Edward Jones Domemarker Fox
12 November 29 12:00 PM Seattle Seahawks L 17-27 1-10 Edward Jones Domemarker Fox
13 December 6 12:00 PM at Chicago Bears Soldier Fieldmarker Fox
14 December 13 3:05 PM at Tennessee Titans LP Fieldmarker Fox
15 December 20 12:00 PM * Houston Texans Edward Jones Domemarker CBS
16 December 27 3:05 PM * at Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadiummarker Fox
17 January 3, 2010 12:00 PM * San Francisco 49ers Edward Jones Domemarker Fox
NOTES:

Division games are in bold text.

All game dates are on Sunday.

An asterisk (*) indicates that gametime is subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.



Standings

Regular season results

Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks

at Qwest Fieldmarker, Seattle, Washingtonmarker

The Rams began their season at Qwest Fieldmarker with a Week 1 divisional duel with their NFC West rival, the Seattle Seahawks. After a scoreless first quarter, St. Louis trailed in the second quarter as Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Carlson. The Rams appeared to have a game-tying touchdown after blocking a Seattle field goal by Seahawks kicker Olindo Mare late in the quarter. However, it was overturned as there were twelve rams on the field, leading to a Seahawks 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Burleson. In the third quarter, Seattle continued its dominance with Hasselbeck completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Carlson, along with running back Julius Jones getting a 62-yard touchdown run. From there on out, the Seahawks defense helped secure a shutout win.

With the loss, the Rams began their season at 0-1.

Week 2: at Washington Redskins

at FedEx Fieldmarker, Landover, Marylandmarker

Hoping to rebound from their shutout loss to the Seahawks, the Rams flew to FedEx Fieldmarker for a Week 2 duel with the Washington Redskins. St. Louis trailed early as Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham got a 21-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Rams' deficit increased a Suisham made a 28-yard field goal. Afterwards, St. Louis took the lead as quarterback Marc Bulger completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laurent Robinson. However, Washington got their lead again as Suisham nailed a 23-yard field goal. From there on out, the Rams' were unable to get any more points.

With the loss, St. Louis fell to 0-2.

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

at Edward Jones Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

Still searching for their first win of the season, the Rams played their Week 3 homeopener against the Green Bay Packers. St. Louis immediately trailed early in the first quarter as Packers kicker Mason Crosby got a 48, a 38, and a 25-yard field goal. Green Bay would increase their lead in the second quarter as fullback John Kuhn got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Rams would respond with the arm of quarterback Kyle Boller, as he hooked up with tight end Daniel Fells on a 16-yard touchdown pass. However, the Packers would strike back with quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver. St. Louis would close out the half with Boller and Fells hooking up with each other again on a 19-yard touchdown pass.

The Rams would inch closer in the third quarter with kicker Josh Brown's 53-yard field goal. However, Green Bay would pull away in the fourth quarter as Rodgers got a 4-yard touchdown run (with a failed PAT) and completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kuhn.

With the loss, St. Louis fell to 0-3.

Starting quarterback Marc Bulger (3-of-4, 23 yards) left the game in the second quarter with an injury to his right shoulder.

Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers

at Candlestick Parkmarker, San Francisco, Californiamarker

Following their home loss to the Packers, the Rams flew to Candlestick Parkmarker for a Week 4 NFC West duel with their hated rival, the San Francisco 49ers. Due to an injury to Marc Bulger, quarterback Kyle Boller got the start.

After a scoreless first quarter, St. Louis' seasonal struggles continued on the 49ers' second punt of the game. The ball would hit backup cornerback Quincy Butler's foot and roll into the endzone where backup Niners linebacker Scott McKillop would land on it for a touchdown. San Francisco would continue its dominating run in the third quarter with quarterback Shaun Hill hooking up on a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis, followed by linebacker Patrick Willis returning an interception 23 yards for a touchdown. The 49ers would wrap up their victory march in the fourth quarter with Hill finding wide receiver Josh Morgan on a 24-yard touchdown pass, followed by defensive tackle Ray McDonald returning a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0-4.

Week 5: vs. Minnesota Vikings

at Edward Jones Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

Hoping to get their first win of the season, the Rams went home, donned their throwback uniforms, and prepared for a Week 5 duel with the Minnesota Vikings. Even though quarterback Marc Bulger was almost back to 100% health, backup quarterback Kyle Boller got the start.

In the first quarter, St. Louis continued to struggle as Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got a 5-yard touchdown run and defensive end Jared Allen returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown. The Rams would get on the board in the second quarter with a 29-yard field goal from kicker Josh Brown, but Minnesota came right back with kicking Ryan Longwell nailing a 47-yard field goal.

The Vikings would continue to make their presence felt in the third quarter with quarterback Brett Favre completing a 13-yard touchdown to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Minnesota would follow it up in the fourth quarter with Peterson's 7-yard touchdown. St. Louis tried to rally as quarterback Marc Bulger completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery, but the Vikings would close out the game with running back Chester Taylor's 1-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0-5.

Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadiummarker, Jacksonville, Floridamarker

Still on the hunt for their first win of the season, the Rams flew to Jacksonville Municipal Stadiummarker for a Week 6 interconfernce duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. St. Louis got the opening charge in the first quarter with quarterback Marc Bulger's 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery. The Jaguars would answer with running back Maurice Jones-Drew getting a 4-yard touchdown run (with a failed PAT). Afterwards, the Rams would get the only points of the second quarter as kicker Josh Brown nailed a 52-yard field goal.

After a scoreless third quarter, a back-and-forth quarter would ensue. Jones-Drew would help Jacksonville take the lead with a 1-yard touchdown run, yet Rams defensive end Leonard Little would return an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Following a 3-yard touchdown run by Jones-Drew, St. Louis would tie the game with Brown's 27-yard field goal. However, in overtime, the Jaguars got the last laugh as kicker Josh Scobee booted the game-winning 36-yard field goal.

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

Week 7: vs. Indianapolis Colts

at Edward Jones Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

Still trying to get their first win of the season, the Rams went home for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Indianapolis Colts. St. Louis would trail early in the first quarter as Colts quarterback Peyton Manning completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The Rams would answer with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Josh Brown, but Indianapolis answered with Manning's 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark. Afterwards, the Colts would get the only score of the second quarter with running back Joseph Addai's 6-yard touchdown run.

St. Louis would begin the third quarter with Brown booting a 45-yard field goal, yet Indianapolis continued their domination as cornerback Jacob Lacey return an interception 35 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, the Colts closed out the game with Manning's 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Collie and running back Chad Simpson's 35-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 0-7

Week 8: at Detroit Lions

at Ford Fieldmarker, Detroit, Michiganmarker

Still in the hunt for their first win of the season, the Rams flew to Ford Fieldmarker for a Week 8 duel with the Detroit Lions. St. Louis got the game's first points in the opening quarter as kicker Josh Brown booted a 41-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Lions got on the board due to a Rams miscue. Safety James Butler got an interception in his endzone. He would then run out and then back in, where he would be tackled by Detroit running back Kevin Smith for a safety. Afterwards, St. Louis would close out the half with a trick play. On a fake field goal attempt, Brown would complete a 36-yard field goal to tight end Daniel Fells.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Lions began to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Matthew Stafford got a 4-yard touchdown and completed a 2-point conversion pass to running back Maurice Morris. Fortunately, the Rams prevailed as running back Steven Jackson got a 25-yard touchdown run.

With the win, not only did St. Louis enter their bye week at 1-7, but they also snapped a 17-game losing streak. This would also be the first win for rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints

at Edward Jones Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

Coming off their bye week, the Rams went home for a Week 10 duel with the undefeated New Orleans Saints. After a scoreless first quarter, St. Louis would trail in the second quarter as Saints running back Reggie Bush got a 3-yard touchdown run. The Rams would answer as quarterback Marc Bulger found wide receiver Donnie Avery on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Even though New Orleans retook the lead with quarterback Drew Brees' 15-yard touchdown pass to Bush, St. Louis would close out the half with running back Steven Jackson's 2-yard touchdown run.

The Saints would deliver a huge strike in the third quarter as wide receiver Courtney Roby returned the second half's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, yet the Rams would keep it close with kicker Josh Brown's 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, New Orleans would increase their lead with Brees' 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Meachem. St. Louis tried to rally as Bulger completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Avery (with a failed 2-point conversion), but the Saints' defense would prevent any further progress.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 1-8.

Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals

at Edward Jones Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Saints, the Rams went home for an NFC West rivalry match against the Arizona Cardinals.

In the first quarter, St. Louis got on the board first with kicker Josh Brown getting a 40-yard field goal. The the Rams fell behind with QB Kurt Warner making a 5-yard touchdown pass to WR Anquan Boldin and then to WR Larry Fitzgerald on a 11-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Cardinals lead extended as rookie RB Beanie Wells made a 1-yard touchdown run to end the half.

The Rams replied in the third quarter with kicker Josh Brown making a 20-yard field goal. The Rams tried hard to come back into the game in the fourth quarter with RB Steven Jackson running 1 yard to the endzone for a touchdown, but the Cardinals' defense prevented the case, giving the Rams another loss.

With the loss, the Rams fell to 1-9 and stay winless at home, with their home record at 0-5.

Week 12: vs. Seattle Seahawks

at Edward Jones Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

With the loss, the Rams were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Week 13: at Chicago Bears

at Soldier Fieldmarker, Chicago, Illinoismarker

Current staff

Personnel

References

  1. Rams hire Spagnuolo to be head coach, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 17, 2009.
  2. Rams Agree with Brown, Working on Butler, Bartell, St. Louis Rams (February 27, 2009)
  3. St. Louis Rams get James Butler at safety , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 10, 2009
  4. Orlando Pace released by St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 10, 2009. Accessed 2009-03-14. Archived 2009-08-14.
  5. Don't cry over Holt--he had to go, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 13, 2009
  6. A true professional, Holt will be missed , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 14, 2009
  7. In surprise move, Rams release leading tackler Tinoisamoa, NFL.com, May 8, 2009


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