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The 1982 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 45th year with the National Football League and the 37th season in Los Angeles. The season saw the Rams attempting to improve on their 6-10 record from 1981, a season that saw them miss the playoffs for the first time since 1972. However, a players strike wiped out 7 of the team's 16 games, and shortened the season schedule to only 9 games. The team struggled early, starting 0-3 by the time the strike started. After the conclusion of the strike, the Rams finally got a win at home over the Kansas City Chiefs. However, during the game, quarterback Bert Jones was lost for the season after suffering a neck injury that ultimately led to his retirement. The Rams would lose their next four games before upsetting the 49ers in San Francisco in the season finale. The Rams would ultimately finish the season 2-7, last place in their division and dead last in the NFC. It was the team's worst season since 1962, when they won only 1 game. As a result, head coach Ray Malavasi was fired after the season and replaced by John Robinson the next season.

1982 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coachRay Malavasi
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Home fieldAnaheim Stadium
Division place14th NFC
Playoff finishdid not qualify
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NFL DraftEdit

1982 Los Angeles Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Barry Redden  Running back Richmond
      Made roster  


The Rams signed free-agent and oft-injured QB Bert Jones from the Baltimore Colts. Vince Ferragamo returned from the CFL as well, and, with Pat Haden retired, the competition was between these two. Jones opened the season as the starter.



1982 Los Angeles Rams staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Fred Whittingham

Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning – Clyde Evans


1982 Los Angeles Rams roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Summary Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 at Green Bay Packers L 35–23 The Rams, with new QB Bert Jones under center, stormed out to a 23–0 halftime lead and looked dominant on the road. However, the loaded Packer offense stormed back with five unanswered TD's, 3 on passes by QB Lynn Dickey and 2 rushing by Eddie Lee Ivery.
2 September 19, 1982 Detroit Lions L 19–14 Lions stormed out to a 16–0 lead and held on for the win. Billy Sims rushed for 119 yards. CFL returnee Vince Ferragamo replaced an ineffective Jones in the 4th and led two late scoring drives, one on an 85-yard bomb to Willie Miller, but it was too little, too late.
Players' strike
3 November 21, 1982 at Atlanta Falcons L 34–17 As both teams celebrated a return to football from the 1982 NFL players strike, Jones was hot early as Rams jumped out to a 14–0 1st quarter lead. The Falcons offense then asserted itself behind Steve Bartkowski, who passed for 213 yards and a TD, William Andrews, who rushed for 119 yards and a TD, and rookie Gerald Riggs, who rushed for two more.
4 November 28, 1982 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–14 Rams finally got in the win column behind two rushing TD's by Wendell Tyler and a Leroy Irvin punt return TD. Jones, however, suffered a neck injury and would be lost for the season. The injury effectively ended Jones' NFL career.
5 December 2, 1982 San Francisco 49ers L 30–24 In a Thursday night barnburner, the Rams' Tyler and the 49ers Jeff Moore matched efforts, each scoring 3 TD's. 49ers won late on Moore's 1-yard TD that was set up by a long kickoff return to midfield by Dana McLemore following the Rams' go-ahead TD. Joe Montana passed for 305 yards, while Ferragamo celebrated his return as Rams' starter with 286.
6 December 12, 1982 Denver Broncos L 27–24 In a disturbing pattern that marked the Rams' season, they got off to an early huge lead. The Rams led 21–0 in the second quarter, all TD's scored after 2 fumbles and an interception. But, Denver's offense righted itself as Steve DeBerg passed for two touchdowns before halftime, and RB Rick Parros scored the winning TD in the 4th. Rams' defense once again failed to seal the deal.
7 December 18, 1982 at Los Angeles Raiders L 37–31 For the second straight game, the Rams got an early lead and couldn't hold it. They blew a 21–7 halftime lead as rookie Marcus Allen scored 3 TD's, offsetting a 4-INT performance by Jim Plunkett.
8 December 26, 1982 Chicago Bears L 34–26 The Bears offset a great performance by Ferragamo, who passed for a Ram-record 509 yards and 3 TD's. Walter Payton ran for 104 yards and a TD and rookie QB Jim McMahon passed for two touchdowns.
9 January 2, 1983 at San Francisco 49ers W 21–20 The Rams salvaged a rough season with a road win over the 49ers. Ferragamo hit George Farmer with a late TD bomb to win it. After the game, coach Ray Malavasi was fired. Former USC coach John Robinson was named as his replacement.

Game summariesEdit

Week 4Edit

1 234Total
Chiefs 7 007 14
• Rams 0 1460 20



NFC West
Atlanta Falcons(5) 5 4 0 .556 3–1 4–3 183 199 L2
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 2–1 3–5 129 160 W1
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 1–3 2–3 209 206 L1
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 1–2 1–5 200 250 W1
National Football Conference
Washington Redskins(1) 8 1 0 .889 190 128 W4
Dallas Cowboys(2) 6 3 0 .667 226 145 L2
Green Bay Packers(3) 5 3 1 .611 226 169 L1
Minnesota Vikings(4) 5 4 0 .556 187 198 W1
Atlanta Falcons(5) 5 4 0 .556 183 199 L2
St. Louis Cardinals(6) 5 4 0 .556 135 170 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7) 5 4 0 .556 158 178 W3
Detroit Lions(8) 4 5 0 .444 181 176 W1
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160 W1
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160 W1
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206 L1
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195 L1
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250 W1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1982 Los Angeles Rams draftees". Retrieved October 4, 2014.
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