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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: Working the edge

By Nick Wagoner

ST. LOUIS -- Now that the offseason is here, at least for the St. Louis Rams, the morning Ram-blings are going to take on a little different look. Instead of the usual longer lead on a major topic, we're going to start with a link to a Rams story elsewhere with a quick description and sometimes reaction to it followed by the rest of the daily links. It'll be a bit shorter than usual but don't worry, the larger leads that once appeared in this space will simply appear in a separate post.

With that, we'll lead off today's Ram-blings with St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz's piece on the Rams and their perceived ability to play with an edge but not go over it. Miklasz asserts that there's nothing wrong with the Rams playing with a little attitude but that it's often misguided and led them to finishing the season second in the NFL in penalties.

For the Rams to get better moving forward, Miklasz believes they must find a way to better walk that line. I have to agree with him. The Rams have to play physical to keep up with the Joneses in the NFC West but being physical and tough between the whistles is where it has to stop. Seattle was the most penalized team in the league this year but the Seahawks are good enough to overcome that. The Rams simply aren't. And until they prove they're good enough to do that, it's imperative they find a way to cut out the silly mistakes.

I.C.Y.M.I. 

A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We began the day with a look at four issues for the Rams coming out of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. ... In the Ram-blings, we broke down the simple need for the Rams to run the ball to have success offensively in 2013. ... In the final rookie review, we recapped snap counts and production for the Rams in the season finale. ... Finally, we took a quick look at the Rams and their season awards.

Elsewhere: 

Seahawks reporter Terry Blount and NFL Insider Mike Sando recap Sunday's game in this video version of Upon Further Review.

Along with his aforementioned column, Miklasz offered a look at five serious issues facing the Rams heading into the offseason.

Miklasz also provided a video breakdown of the importance of quarterback Sam Bradford's status moving forward.

Jeff Gordon writes that the Rams' loss to Seattle clarifies the team's needs for 2014.

Turf Show Times provided a good look at where the Rams have been, where they're going and some questions moving forward.

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for reading.