Owner Homer Marshman and his general manager, Damon “Buzz” Wetzel picked the Rams name because Wetzel had said his favorite football team had always been the Fordham Rams and Marshman liked the sound of the name.
1946: With the arrival of the defending NFL Champion Rams, Los Angeles finally had a major professional team. The new Los Angeles Rams proved to be ahead of their time right away as they signed halfback Kenny Washington, and Wide Receiver Woody Strode. The two became the first black players to play in the NFL since the NFL instituted a ban on black players in 1932. On September 29th the city of Los Angeles hosted its first game at the historic Los Angels Memorial Coliseum, which hosted the 1932 Olympics. In the first official NFL game at the Coliseum the Rams were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 25-14. After a win and a tie oh the road, the Rams got their first LA win on October 20th against the Detroit Lions. However, the Rams would lose three of their next five games, as hopes for a repeat NFL Championship faded. The Rams would close their first season in Los Angeles with a 6-4-1 record.
1947: Owner Dan F. Reeves assumes General Manager duties after Charlie Walsh reigns. He would name Bob Snyder to replace Coach Adam Walsh who also resigned. Under coach Snyder the Rams would be hobbled by injuries all season finishing with a 6-6 record.
1948: The Rams enter the season with a new coach and a new look. The new look comes courtesy of Halfback Fred Gehrke, an industrial design artist in the off-season. Gehrke had designed yellow horns on the side of the helmet making the Rams the first NFL team to have a team insignia or logo on their helmet; by 1960 all teams with the exception of one would have it. The new look Rams were led on to the field by Charles Shaughnessy when Bb Snyder resigned 19 days before the start of the season. After winning and tie their first two games the Rams struggled mightily losing four of five games. However, the Rams would finish strongly by winning four of their last five games to post a 6-5-1 record.
1949: The Rams get off to a flying start winning their first six games. The winning streak was capped by a 27-24 victory over the Chicago Bears before a Rams record crowd of 86,080 in Los Angles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams would hold on to the Western Division Championship by going 2-2-2 over their final six games. In the NFL Championship Game played at the Coliseum heavy rain and a sloppy field combine to slow down the Rams offense as the Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL Championship with a 14-0 win.
1950: Under new coach Joe Stydahar the Rams set 22 offensive records rolling to a 9-3 record, which was good enough to earn them a first place tie with Chicago Bears for the Western Division Championship. A high flying passing game with star recievers Tom Fears, and Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch keyed the Rams offensive power. The Rams failed to score 30 in only four of their 12 games that included a 70 point and 65 point performance in consecutive weeks. In the Division Championship the Rams got revenge for two earlier losses by beating the Bears 24-14 to advance to the NFL Championship Game. In the Championship Game the Rams returned to Cleveland to face the Browns. The Rams and Browns would battle back and forth all game before Lou Groza's late field goal gave the Browns a 30-28 win.
1951: Norm Van Brocklin assumes duties at Quarterback as the Rams offense continues to be the best in the NFL. The Rams would break the 40-point mark six times while compiling a 9-3 win for the Western Division Championship. In the NFL Championship Game the Rams earned a rematch with the Cleveland Browns, with the game being played in the Coliseum. The game was tied at 17 until Van Brocklin hit Tom Fears with a 73-yard bomb to give the Rams a 24-17 win, and the city of Los Angeles its first Major Sports Championship.
1952: After a 37-7 season opening loss in Cleveland to the Browns, coach Joe Stydahar suddenly reigned; he would be replaced by Hampton Pool. Under Pool the Rams lose two of their first three games getting uses to a new system. However, once the Rams got acclimated to their coach they would begin to fire on all cylinders winning their final eight games to earn a tie for the Division title with Detroit Lions. However, the Rams season would end with a 31-21 loss to the Detroit Lions in the Division Playoff game.
1953: The Rams would post an impressive 8-3-1 record, while finishing in third Place in the Western Division. However, they were left to wonder what if as they lost by a total of eight points in their three losses.
1954: After a disappointing 6-5-1 season, Hampton Pool and all the Rams assistant coaches resign. Pool would be replaced by University of Cincinnati coach Sid Gillman.
1955: In Sid Gillman's first year as Head Coach the Rams use tough defense and clutch Field Goal kicking from Les Richter to capture the Western Division Title with an 8-3-1 record. Previously Richter was best known for the 1952 trade in which the Dallas Texans traded him to the Rams for 11 players. In the NFL Championship Game the Rams would be defeated by the Cleveland Browns 38-14 at the Coliseum.
1956: After winning their first game of the season the Rams struggle mightily losing eight of their next nine games, on their way to a 4-8 record, for their first losing season since moving to Los Angeles.
1957: Former Rams publicist Pete Rozelle assumes General Manager duties as the Rams play mediocre football on the way to a 6-6 season. The season would be highlighted by a November 10th 37-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers in which a regular season record 102,368 fans attend the game at the Coliseum.
1958: After a preseason trade sent Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to the Philadelphia Eagles, Bill Wade steps in and sets several team passing records, as the Rams finish the season with a solid 8-4 record.
1959: Despite a strong season from powerhouse Fullback Ollie Matson, the Rams struggle through a 2-10 season their worst since their very first season in 1937. Following the disappointing season in which the Rams lost their last eight games, Head Coach Sid Gillman resigns.
1960: After the death of NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, Rams General Manager Pete Rozelle is named to replace him. Rozelle would hold the position for nearly three decades making the NFL the biggest sports league in the world, and becoming one of the most powerful men in sports history. Replacing Rozelle, as General Manager was former Wide Receiver Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch. Hirsch would name former Quarterback Bob Waterfield as the teams head coach hoping for a return to past glory. However, the Rams would struggle and finish with a 4-7-1 record.
1961: In a year of transition the Rams trade Bill Wade, Del Shofner, and John Guzik to the Chicago Bears, for two \ players and a draft pick. The Rams would go on to finish with a horrendous 4-10 record.
1962: The Rams have two of the top three picks in the NFL Draft and select Quarterback Roman Gabriel and Defensive Tackle Merlin Olsen. The two would go on to star for the Rams for the next decade. However, their first season was one to forget as the Rams only win one game in a miserable 1-12-1 season.
1963: After a 0-5 start Roman Gabrielle gets back his starting Quarterback job and leads the Rams to a 5-4 record in the final nine games of the season. That year also saw the Rams acquire Rosey Grier form the New York Giants. Grier would join Merlin Olsen, Deacon Jones, and Lamar Lundy to form the original Fearsome Foursome.
1964: Deacon Jones unofficially records first 20-sack season in league history with 22, as the Rams defense begins to grab headlines. However the Rams would still struggle to finish with a 5-7-2 record.
1965: After winning only one of their first ten games, the Rams take three of their last four games against the top teams in each conference. However coach Harland Svare is dismissed following the season.
1966: After a court fight, George Allen is released by George Halas from his assistant coaching duties with the Chicago Bears to become head coach of the Rams. In Allen's first season the team shows some promise posting an 8-6 record, ending a seven year string of losing seasons.
1967: The Rams get off to a quick start by winning their first three games. The Rams winning streak would come to an end in Week 4 with a 27-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at the Coliseum. After the Rams tied the next two games, they picked up right where they were at the start of the season and won their last eight games to capture the Coastal Division Championship with a 11-1-2 record. However, in the Western Conference Championship the Rams would fall 28-7 to the Packers, on the frozen tundra in Green Bay.
1968: Led by the Fearsome Foursome, the Rams set a record for the fewest yards allowed in a 14 game season, as the Rams post an impressive 10-3-1 season. However, the Rams would finish second in the Coastal Division to the 13-1 Baltimore Colts.
1969: Led by Quarterback Roman Gabriel who is the unanimous choice as NFL's Most Valuable Player, the Rams win their second Coastal Division Title in three years with an 11-3 record. However the Rams would fall in the Western Conference Championship game 23-20 to the Vikings in Minnesota.
1970: With the AFL-NFL merger now complete the Rams find themselves in the NFC Western Division. The Rams begin the NFL's new era with a solid 9-4-1 season, but it is only good enough for second place in the NFC West. Following the season Coach George Allen's contract is not renewed, and he moves on to coach the Washington Redskins.
1971:On April 15th, the Rams lose their patriarch when longtime owner Dan F. Reeves succumbs to cancer. His longtime friend and business associate, William A. Barnes, becomes President and General Manager. The Rams would go through a test too playing the NFL's toughest schedule the Rams finish with an 8-5-1 record under new coach Tommy Prothro good enough for second place in the NFC West.
1972: In a history-making move, Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom trades the Baltimore franchise to Robert Irsay in exchange for the Rams. Irsay had purchased the Rams from the estate of the late Dan Reeves. The transaction was completed and announced on July 14th. Rosenbloom, the most successful owner in the NFL over the last two decades, brings with him to Los Angeles Don Klosterman, Rosenbloom’s general manager in Baltimore. After 6-7-1 season, all coaches are dismissed.
1973: The Rams return to the classic blue and colors last worn in 1963, as Detroit Lions assistant Chuck Knox assumes the coaching duties. Meanwhile there is a change on the field too as Quarterback Roman Gabriel is traded away, after former San Diego Chargers Quarterback John Hadl is signed. Hadl would have a stellar season leading the Rams to a 12-2 record, which captured the NFC Western Division Championship. However, in the Divisional Playoffs the Rams would fall to the Cowboys 27-16 in Dallas.
1974: After 3-2 start, the Rams trade Quarterback John Hadl to Green Bay for five draft picks in a bold move that stuns football world. Hadl's backup, James Harris, becomes the starter and leads the Rams to 10-4 record, for its second straight NFC West title. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams get their first playoff win in 23 years by beating the George Allen coached Washington Redskins 19-10 at the Coliseum. However a week later the Rams would fall in Minnesota 14-10 as the Vikings earned a tip to Super Bowl IX.
1975: Led by Jack Youngblood the Rams allow the second fewest points in NFL history during a 14-game season. The strong defense paves the way to a third straight NFC West title with a 12-2 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 35-23 at the Coliseum. However, a week later the Rams would be stunned at the Coliseum 37-7 by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game.
1976: Injuries force another change at Quarterback, as rookie Pat Haden takes over the reigns. However, the Rams offense dose not skip a beat scoring a NFC high 351 points reroute to a 10-31 record good enough for their 4th straight NFC West title. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams get a bit of revenge by beating the Cowboys 14-12 in Dallas. However a week later the Rams would fall in Minnesota 24-13 to the Vikings.
1977: The Rams acquire legendary Quarterback Joe Namath from the New York Jets, however due to injury he sees hardly any action on the field. Meanwhile, seating capacity at the Coliseum is reduced from 91,038 to 71,039, as the Rams win the fifth straight NFC West Title with a 10-4 record. However, the Rams would make a quick exit in the playoffs losing to the Minnesota Vikings 14-7 at the Coliseum.
1978: With Chuck Knox leaving to coach the Buffalo Bills, the Rams rehire George Allen. However, his tenure would end before it even begins as he fired in the preseason. With Ray Malavasi now holding the coaching reigns the Rams win their sixth straight Division Championship with an impressive 12-4 record. The Rams would advance to the NFC Championship Game with a 34-14 rout of the Minnesota Vikings at the Coliseum. However, a week later the Rams would be embarrassed at the Coliseum 28-0 by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game.
1979: On April 2nd owner Carroll Rosenbloom dies and ownership of the Rams is turned over to widow Georgia Frontiere. The Rams limped through most of the season and sat 5-6 through the first 11 games. An injury to Quarterback Pat Haden forced an inexperienced Vince Ferragamo on to the field. The Rams would find away to win four straight games, and would win their seventh straight NFC West Title with a 9-7 record. With the team still banged up not much was thought of the Rams chances in the playoffs. However the Rams would play inspired football in stunning the Cowboys 21-19 in Dallas. Pushing to inspire the Rams was Jack Youngblood who played the game with a fractured fibula. A week later in the Rams fifth NFC Championship Game appearance in six years the Rams would finally get to the Super Bowl with a 9-0 win over the surprising Buccaneers in a rain soaked Tamp Bay.
Super Bowl XIV: Heading into Super Bowl XIV the Rams were 10.5-point underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers who were seeking the fourth Super Bowl Championship in six years. The Rams were still hobbling, and facing one of the greatest teams in NFL history, but they would have at least one advantage, and that would be the crowd, with game being played at the Rose Bowl in the Los Angels suburb of Pasadena. The home crowd helped the gutsy Rams hold a tenuous 19-17 lead heading into the 4th Quarter. (The Rams lead would have been larger but Kicker Frank Corral missed two PATs.) However, in 4th Quarter the Rams magic ride would come to an end as Terry Bradshaw engineered two Touchdown drives to give the Steelers a 31-19 victory over the gutsy Rams.
1980: After losing their first two games, the Rams rebound nicely and go on to post an 11-5 record as the Rams routinely sellout the cozier Anaheim Stadium. However, it is not enough for another NFC West title, and the Rams are forced to settle for a Wild Card spot. In the Wild Card round the Rams season would end with a 34-13 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas.
1981: Wendell Tyler rushes for 1,074 yards and ties Elroy Hirsch's club record of 17 touchdowns in a season. However, the Rams struggle all season and miss the playoffs for the first time in nine years with a 6-10 record.
1982: Prior to the season the Rams acquire Bert Jones for the Baltimore Colts. However Jones struggled early and the Rams sat at 0-2 when the NFL went on strike. When the season returned two months later Jones did not fair better and was forced to shut it down after a 1-4 start. After a loss dropped the Rams to 1-5, they returned to the Coliseum for the first time in three years to face the Raiders who were playing their first season in Los Angeles. The Rams would battle the Raiders all day but would come up short in a 37-31 heartbreaker. A week later Vince Ferragamo throws for 509 yards at Anaheim against the Chicago Bears, the second highest game in league history. However the Rams still lost the game. The Rams would win their last game a week later, but still finished with the worst record in the NFC at 2-7. Following the season coach Ray Malavasi is dismissed.
1983: Spearheading one of the most dramatic turnarounds in NFL history, Rams owner Georgia Frontiere hires former USC Coach John Robinson in February, while a revamped front office engineers a dozen off-season trades, as Eric Dickerson is drafted in first round. John Robinson installs new offense (single back) and new defense (3-4-4) as the Rams finish with a 9-7 record, good enough for a Wild Card berth. In the Wild Card game the Rams defeat the Cowboys 24-17 in Dallas, to advance to the Division Round. However a week later the Redskins would humiliate them 51-7 in Washington.
1984: Led by Eric Dickerson who establishes a new NFL single season record with 2,105 yards rushing the Rams make the playoffs for the second year in a row with a solid 10-6 record. In the Wild Card game Anaheim Stadiums plays host to its first playoff game as the Rams are stunned by the New York Giants 16-13 in front of a record crowd of 67,03.
1985: An improved defense and special teams play key roles in the Rams reclaiming the NFC West title with an 11-5 record. Among the many highlights of the season is Ron Brown, who electrifies the Anaheim Stadium crowd by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns against Green Bay Packers to tie NFL record in Week 12. In the Divisional Playoffs the Rams would shutdown the Dallas Cowboys 20-0 for their first playoff win at Anaheim Stadium, as Eric Dickerson sets NFL playoff record by rushing for 248 yards. However a week later the Rams would be sacrificial lambs for the unstoppable Bears who beat them 24-0 in Chicago for the NFC Championship.
1986: The Rams acquire rookie Quarterback Jim Everett from the Houston Oilers prior to the season. Everett's debut would come in Week 10 when he touchdown passes in a 30-28 loss at home to the New England Patriots. Everett would go on to start the final five games of the season winning his first three games before losing a showdown in overtime to Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. The Rams would also lose their final game of the season with division on the line, but with a 10-6 record the rams made the playoffs for the fourth straight season. In the Wild Card game against the Redskins the Rams would fall 19-7 in Washington as Jim Everett got a cold taste of reality in his first playoff game.
1987: The Rams stumble out pf the gate losing their first two games before a player's strike forced the NFL to use replacement players. The Rams scabs would go 1-2. When the Rams regulars returned things were not much better as they fell to 1-5 with a 30-17 loss in Cleveland to the Browns. However the biggest stunner would come a few days later when the Rams traded Erick Dickerson to the Indianapolis Colts in a three team trade in which the Rams acquired six draft picks. The Rams would lose their next two games and sat at 1-7. However, the Rams would win five straight games as Charles White filled in Dickerson's shoes quiet nicely winning the NFL rushing title with 1,374 yards rushing. However, the Rams would miss the playoffs with a 6-9 record.
1988: The Rams jump out of the gate fast by winning their first four games. After taking three of their next five the Rams sat in first place with a 7-2 record. However, four straight losses would send the Rams reeling out of first, and in danger of missing the postseason. However they would right their ship and would close the season with three wins to finish with a Wild Card spot with a 10-6 record. In the Wild Card game the Rams would be no match for the Vikings who beat the Rams 28-16 in Minnesota.
1989: The Rams get off to another fast start winning their first five games including an early season showdown with 49ers in San Francisco. However in a repeat of the previous season the Rams would lose their next four games. Once again the Rams would recover to make the playoff by winning six of their final seven games, but once again had to settle for a Wild Card. In the Wild Card game the Rams stun the Eagles on a soggy day in Philadelphia 21-7. A week later the Rams would battle the New York Giants in overtime where Flipper Anderson catches a long Touchdwon pass from Jim Everett to stun the crowd at the Meadowlands and send the Rams to a NFC Championship showdown in San Francisco. However, The showdown in 49ers was over quickly as the 49ers routed the Rams 30-3.
1990: Going into the season the Rams were considered a favorite to make the Super Bowl. However, a 1-4 start put the Rams behind the eight ball quickly. Unlike previous seasons the Rams would not recover, and by the time they faced the 49ers in San Francisco the Rams post season hopes were all but gone a 3-7. However the Rams restored a little pride by beating the 49ers to hand them their first loss of the season. However the Rams would not be able to revive their lost season as they missed the playoffs with a disappointing 5-11 record.
1991: The Rams stumble out of the gate again with a 1-3 start. The Rams would win their next two games to sit at 3-3 through their first six games. However, it would be their last win of the season as the Rams endured a record ten game losing streak to close out the season with a miserable 3-13 record. Following the season coach John Robinson would be fired, and replaced by former Rams coach Chuck Knox.
1992: After a 15-year absence in which he coached the Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks, Chuck Knox returns to the Rams and his young team shows some promise doubling their previous season's win total for a 6-10 record. The highlight of the season comes on November 15th when the Rams hand the Dallas Cowboys their only home loss of the season.
1993: The Rams draft Jerome Bettis out of Notre Dame, and he pay dividends right away earning the Offensive Rookie of the Year, while rushing for 1,429 yards. However, the Rams take a step backward finishing with a 5-11 record.
1994: Prior to the start of the season, the Rams trade Quarterback Jim Everett and acquire Quarterback Chris Miller from the Atlanta Falcons. However, it was another change that had Los Angeles fans worried. With attendance lagging in Anaheim Stadium rumors of a move to St. Louis began to fly. In the midst of a 4-12 season the rumors became a reality as owner Georgia Frontiere announced her intentions to move the franchise. On Christmas Eve less then 30,000 fans showed up as the Rams lost their final game at Anaheim Stadium 24-21 to the Washington Redskins. After some initial resistance the move would be approved by NFL owners, ending the Rams 49-year history in Los Angeles.
1995-Present: Shortly after the Rams got the ok to move to St. Louis, the city of Los Angeles would be rocked again when the Raiders moved back to Oakland leaving the second largest television market without an NFL team. Immediately plans were made to bring an expansion team to the area. However squabbles among ownership groups and the city delayed plans, in 2002 the NFL was all set to return to Los Angeles, and had planned to award an expansion team to the city in 1999. However the squabbling and the bickering had prevented the city from presenting a sturdy stadium plan for the new team and the NFL decided to award the expansion team to Houston who lost their team in 1996, but presented a much strong plan. This left Los Angeles without a team and without a window for expansion as the NFL now with 32 teams likely would not be expanding again soon, so the city turned to trying to get an established team to move to Los Angeles. Since then they have been used as a bargaining chip for team like the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, and New Orleans Saints to try to force their cities' into building new stadiums. Los Angeles still dose not have a new stadium and likely wont begin work on one to they get one of those teams to finally move there, until then the sennd largest media market will continue to wait as they have so for more than ten years now, longer then anybody ever expected them to be without a team.
First Game Played September 29, 1946
Final Game Played December 24, 1994
Moved to St. Louis in 1995
Adam Walsh 1946
Bob Snyder 1947
Charles Shaughnessy 1948-1949
Joe Stydahar 1950-1952
Hampton Pool 1952-1954
Sid Gillman 1955-1959
Bob Waterfield 1960-1962
Harland Sarve 1962-1965
George Allen 1966-1970
Tommy Prothro 1971-1972
Chuck Knox 1973-1977
Ray Malavasi 1978-1982
John Robinson 1983-1991
Chuck Knox 1992-1994
LA Memorial Coliseum 1946-1979
Anaheim Stadium 1980-1994
Super Bowl Champions:
NFL Champions (pre 1966): (1)
Super Bowls Appearances: (1)
NFL Championship Games (Pre-1966): (4)
1949, 1950, 1951, 1955
NFL/NFC Championship Games: (7)
1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1989
Division Champions: (14)
1949, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985
Playoff Appearences: (21)
1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
Record in Playoff Games:
Hall of Famers: (24)
George Allen Coach 1966-1970
Bob Brown OT 1968-1969
Eric Dickerson RB 1983-1987
Tom Fears WR 1948-1956
Bill George LB 1966
Sid Gillman Coach 1955-1959
Crazy Legs Hirsch WR 1949-1957
Deacon Jones DE 1961-1971
Dick "Night Train" Lane DB 1952-53
James Lofton WR 1993
Tom Mack Guard 1966-1978
Ollie Mattson RB 1959-1962
Tommy McDonald WR 1965-1966
Joe Namath QB 1977
Merlin Olsen DT 1962-1976
Dan Reeves Owner 1946-1971
Les Richter LB 1954-1962
Andy Robustelli DE 1951-1955
Tex Schramm GM 1947-1956
Jackie Slater Tackle 1976-1994
Norm Van Borcklin QB 1949-1957
Bob Waterfield QB 1945-1952
Ron Yary Tackle 1982
Jack Youngblood DE 1971-1984
SEE ST. LOUIS RAMS
Pro Bowl MVP: (5)
1952 Dan Towler RB
1969 Roman Gabriel QB
1969 Merlin Olsen DT
1975 James Harris QB
1990 Jerry Gray CB
Coach of the Year: (3)
1952 Hampton Pool
1967 George Allen
1973 Chuck Knox
Defensive Rookie of the Year: (1)
1971 Isiah Robertson LB
Offensive Rookie of the Year: (2)
1983 Eric Dickerson RB
1993 Jerome Bettis RB
Defensive Player of the Year:
Offensive Player of the Year:
NFL MVP: (1)
1969 Roman Gabriel QB
Super Bowl MVP:
1973 & 1975 (12-2)
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