St Louis Rams

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The history of the St Louis Rams

About the NFL team St Louis Rams.

Playing in their uniforms with a combination of millennium blue, new century gold, and white colors, the hardy St. Louis Rams is a favorite in America’s action-packed football game.
The St. Louis Rams is a professional American football team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Rams is currently a member of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL).  St Louis Rams is among the four members of NFC West, which is a division of the National Football League's National Football Conference. The other team members are Arizona Cardinals,  San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.

Early years of the St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams began playing in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Municipal Stadium for two years from 1936 to 1937. Through the years, the Rams finally saw the team winning two NFL Championships in 1945 and 1951 and the most watched US television broadcast of Super Bowl in 1999.  Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League .
NFL championship games from 1933–69 took place at the home field of one of the competing teams until the  American Football League and NFL merger in 1970 that made Super Bowl the NFL Championship.

The St. Louis Rams joined the Western Division from 1937-1949, the National Conference from 1950-1952, the Western Conference from 1953-1969, and the Coastal Division from 1967-1969. The St Louis Rams is also with NFC and NFC West since 1970 to the present

The St Louis Rams starting out as the Cleveland Rams

The St Louis Rams started as Cleveland Rams and became a member of the newly formed American Football League, which operated in direct competition with the more established National Football League.

The Cleveland Rams was founded by attorney Homer Marshman in 1936. Their name, the Rams, was derived from the nickname of Fordham University. The Rams was selected as inspired by the hard work of the players that came from that university. As part of the American Football League, the Cleveland Rams finished second place with a 5–2–2 record in 1936.

In 1937, the Cleveland Rams joined the NFL as part of the Western division to replace the St. Louis Gunners. In 1943, the franchise suffered from shortage in the number of players during the World War II and only resumed its operation in 1944. The Cleveland Rams claimed success in 1945, after scoring a 9–1 record. The team won its first NFL Championship by beating  Washington Redskins through a home field win 15-14.

From the Los Angeles Rams to the St. Louis Rams

The team became known as the Los Angeles Rams after it was moved to Los Angeles, California in 1946.  Rams' owner Dan Reeves made this decision because of the low attendance at the Cleveland Stadium, having to compete against the Cleveland Browns, then members of the All-America Football Conference. The Cleveland Rams became the first NFL team based on the West Coast. Reeves tied up with new partners such as  Ed Pauley, Harold Pauley, Fred Levy, and Hal Seley. The team also signed a deal with the city for leasing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted games from 1946 to 1979. It was in these years when the Los Angeles Rams won a number of conference competitions while playing at its home ground.

The death of Rams' owner, Dan Reeves, in 1971 led to an arrangement that resulted in the take over of Carroll Rosenbloom on the Los Angeles Rams. Rosenbloom broke off any negotiation with the Commission and began negotiating to play at the Dodger Stadium. The owner of  Los Angeles Dodgers, Walter O'Malley, however disapproved of this deal. The Los Angeles Rams Booster Club then moved to the Anaheim Stadium as the new game venue. The remodeling of Anaheim Stadium was designed to accommodate the Rams and its spectators. The capacity was expanded to 68,000 seats for football fans and local community supporters.

After the 1979 season, the Rams was transferred to the south to nearby Orange County. The home games were played at the  Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, lasting up to 15 seasons from1980 to 1994. But came 1995, the moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis for the new season.

Based on the terms and conditions of the Rams' deal with Anaheim, the club was supposed to receive the rights to develop the land near the Anaheim Stadium. Unfortunately, Rosenbloom died before the move to Anaheim was completed.   Georgia Frontiere, the widow of  Rosenbloom then took over the management of the team.  Frontiere was finally granted a permission to move the team to a new location. This is after suffering from a low attendance in the Anaheim Stadium. Initial plans of developing plots of land near the venue also didn't take off. All these led to the decision to relocate the team.

After plans of moving to Baltimore didn't prosper, the Rams then transferred from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995. The team first played at the Busch Memorial Stadium. This is before the Trans World Dome, now known as the Edward Jones Dome, was finally constructed. The NFL owners initially disapproved of the plan to move the team, but after Frontiere proposed to distribute some of the revenue that comes from the permanent seat license, relocation began for the team, which is now under a new name-- the St. Louis Rams. During the same year, the Los Angeles Raiders also had plans of relocating until the team finally moved to Oakland.

The St. Louis Rams

In the 1995 and 1996 seasons, Rich Brooks took over the head coach position for the St. Louis Rams. But after two seasons, Rich Brooks was replaced by Dick Vermeil as head coach.  From 1997 to 2000,  Vermeil led the Rams until the team finally won the  Super Bowl XXXIV championship title against the Tennessee Titans in 2000. The then offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, took over the head coach position of Vermeil after his retirement. Mike Martz led the to the Super Bowl but eventually lost to the New England Patriots.

The Rams got the title for the 1999 and 2001 NFC championship games and also bagged division championships in NFC West from 1973 to 1979, 1985, 1999, 2001, and 2003. 

Scott Linehan managed the 8-8 team in 2006 but was eventually fired in September 29, 2008. The Rams had a bad start for the season with the 0-4 record after the 3-13 record from the previous season.
This led to the replacement of  Linehan by his defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.   Haslett is currently the team's interim head coach.

After 28 years of ownership from 1979 to 2008, Georgia Frontiere died. The ownership of the St. Louis Rams was transferred to her children, Dale "Chip" Rosenbloom, Lucia Rodriguez. Chip Rosenbloom was named the new Rams majority owner, while Jay Zygmunt is the general manager and Jim Haslett the head coach.