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1986 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1986 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 49th year with the National Football League and their 41st season in Los Angeles. The season began with the Rams looking to improve on their 11–5 record from 1985, which ended with them getting shut out by the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game, 24–0. The Rams began the season with three straight wins against the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and Indianapolis Colts. However, in Week 4, the Philadelphia Eagles (0–3) upset the Rams, 34–20. The Rams would then win four of their next five, including a 20–17 win over the Bears in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game. The Rams would then close out the season with losses in four of their final seven games to end the year 10–6, good enough for second place in the NFC West behind the 49ers (10–5–1). In the playoffs, the Rams lost to the Washington Redskins, 19–7, in the NFC Wild Card Game to end the season with an overall record of 10–7.

1986 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coachJohn Robinson
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Home fieldAnaheim Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card (Redskins) 7–19

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

= Pro Bowler[1] = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 23 Mike Schad Offensive Tackle Queen's University
2 50 Tom Newberry Guard Wisconsin–La Crosse
3 71 Hugh Millen Quarterback Washington
6 144 Robert Jenkins Tackle UCLA
6 160 Lynn Williams Running back Kansas
8 195 Steve Jarecki Linebacker UCLA
8 216 Hank Goebel Tackle Fullerton State
9 243 Elbert Watts Defensive back USC
10 273 Garrett Breeland Linebacker USC
11 300 Chul Schwanke Running back South Dakota
12 327 Marcus Dupree Running back Oklahoma
undrafted Alvin Wright Defensive Tackle Jacksonville State

Jim Everett (Quarterback, Purdue University) was selected by the Houston Oilers as the third pick in the first round, and was the first quarterback taken. Unable to work out a contract agreement with Everett, the Oilers traded his rights to the Rams.[2] In exchange for Everett, the Rams sent the Oilers guard Kent Hill, defensive end William Fuller, their first pick and fifth pick in the 1987 NFL Draft, and their first pick in the 1988 NFL Draft.

RosterEdit

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1986 Los Angeles Rams roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

Source: [3]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent   Result   Summary Attnd
1 September 7, 1986 at St. Louis Cardinals W 16–10 Eric Dickerson ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns, which offset a 5-for-21 passing performance by new Ram QB Steve Bartkowski. The Rams sacked Cardinal QB Neil Lomax five times and intercepted him once.
40,347
2 September 14, 1986 San Francisco 49ers W 16–13 Rams took advantage of the 49ers being without an injured Joe Montana by winning a close one at home on a late FG by Mike Lansford. The Rams would not have another home win against the 49ers until Week 5 of the 1999 season when the team was in St. Louis.
65,195
3 September 21, 1986 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–7 Bartkowski had a fine day, passing for a touchdown, and Dickerson had 121 yards and another touchdown as Rams dominated. The Colts had only 177 yards of total offense and were sacked seven times.
59,012
4 September 28, 1986 at Philadelphia Eagles L 34–20 Rams were blown out by an 0–3 Eagles team. Ron Jaworski passed for 3 touchdowns and Keith Byars threw a halfback option pass for another touchdown. Steve Dils replaced an injured Bartkowski and passed for 3 touchdowns late after Philadelphia had built a 34–0 lead.
65,646
5 October 5, 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–20 Dickerson had 207 yards rushing, including the winning touchdown in overtime.
50,585
6 October 12, 1986 at Atlanta Falcons L 26–14 Bartkowski returned from injury and passed for 196 yards and a touchdown against his former team, but the Rams couldn't overcome 141 yards rushing and a touchdown by Gerald Riggs and four Mick Luckhurst field goals.
51,662
7 October 19, 1986 Detroit Lions W 14–10 Rams built an early 14–0 lead behind an 80-yard interception return touchdown by Nolan Cromwell and a rushing touchdown by Dickerson, who had 130 yards, and held on for the win.
50,992
8 October 26, 1986 Atlanta Falcons W 14–7 Rams held Falcons to 151 yards of offense. Dickerson had 170 yards and got into the passing act with a touchdown pass to TE David Hill.
56,993
9 November 3, 1986 at Chicago Bears W 20–17 Despite only six pass completions on the day, Dils threw a game-tying touchdown bomb to Ron Brown and Lansford kicked a 50-yard FG to win it as the Rams upended the defending Super Bowl champs.
64,877
10 November 9, 1986 at New Orleans Saints L 6–0 Rams lost a defensive struggle on the road.
62,352
11 November 16, 1986 New England Patriots L 30–28 Coach John Robinson figured the time was right to play Jim Everett, and the rookie QB passed for 3 touchdowns. But, the Rams couldn't overcome a 375-yard passing performance by Tony Eason and two late touchdowns to Irving Fryar, the last coming on a Hail Mary pass as time expired.
64,339
12 November 23, 1986 New Orleans Saints W 26–13 Rookie Everett had only 7 completions for 56 yards, but ran for a touchdown and Lansford kicked 4 FG's
58,600
13 November 30, 1986 at New York Jets W 17–3 Rams upended a suddenly slumping Jets team on the road with a touchdown pass from Everett and a touchdown run by Dickerson.
70,539
14 December 7, 1986 Dallas Cowboys W 29–10 Rams dominated the Cowboys at home with 212 yards passing and a touchdown by Everett, a 41-yard touchdown run by Barry Redden, and five sacks, including one for a safety.
64,949
15 December 14, 1986 Miami Dolphins L 37–31 Everett was good in this game (251 yards passing, 2 touchdowns), but Dan Marino was better, passing for 403 yards and 5 touchdowns, including the winning one to Mark Duper in OT.
62,629
16 December 19, 1986 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–14 Needing a victory to win the NFC West division, the 49ers outplayed the Rams, holding Everett to 13–35 passing and intercepting him three times. 49ers also had four sacks.
60,366

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(3) 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 374 247 W3
Los Angeles Rams(5) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 309 267 L2
Atlanta Falcons 7 8 1 .469 2–3–1 6–5–1 280 280 W1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .483 3–3 6–6 288 287 L1

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Summary Attendance
Wildcard December 28, 1986 at Washington Redskins L 19–7 Eric Dickerson ran for 158 yards on 26 carries, but fumbled three times and the Rams had six turnovers against the host Redskins.
54,180

Awards and recordsEdit

Let's Ram ItEdit

The team recorded a promotional video, Let's Ram It by "The Rammers",[4][5] starring multiple players with solo verses:

Dance segments of the video show the above players, plus Tom Newberry. The song features a number of double entendre lyrics.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
  2. ^ "Everett traded to Rams". The Philadelphia Inquirer. AP. September 19, 1986. p. 20. Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "1986 Los Angeles Rams Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Rams". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 1986. p. 129. Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Ram IT (NFL Rams Football Team) Song". Retrieved April 17, 2018 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Patrin, Nate (February 12, 2016). "Revisiting "Let's Ram It," The L.A. Rams' Ode to… Ramming". Vice. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

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