2005 St. Louis Rams season

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2005 St. Louis Rams season
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Head coachMike Martz
Joe Vitt
Home fieldEdward Jones Dome
Results
Record6–10
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersT Orlando Pace
WR Torry Holt

The 2005 season was the St. Louis Rams' 68th in the National Football League and their 11th in St. Louis. They tried to improve on their previous output in which they won eight games. Instead, they collapsed and finished the season with a 6–10 record. From 2006 onwards the Rams continued to crumble: during the subsequent nine seasons in St. Louis, the team neither made it into the playoffs nor finished with a winning record (though they almost made it into the 2010 playoffs, but lost to the Seahawks in their last game to lose the division). Their 6–42 record between 2007 and 2009 was the worst for such a period by any team between the World War II Chicago Cardinals and the 2015 to 2017 Cleveland Browns.

On October 10, news broke out that head coach Mike Martz announced he was leaving the team indefinitely after being diagnosed with a bacterial infection. A day before that, he coached his last game in a home loss against Seattle. Joe Vitt took over the sidelines for the rest of the season. Though Martz was medically cleared to return, management refused to let him do so and he was fired the day after the final regular season game. Several players said they enjoyed having Martz as their head coach.

As second-year running back Steven Jackson earned the starting position, this year was the final season for future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as he missed the following season because of reconstructive knee surgery, which ultimately led to his retirement in 2007.

Roster[edit]

2005 St. Louis Rams final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 11 at San Francisco 49ers L 25–28 0–1 67,918
2 September 18 at Arizona Cardinals W 17–12 1–1 45,160
3 September 25 Tennessee Titans W 31–27 2–1 65,835
4 October 2 at New York Giants L 24–44 2–2 78,453
5 October 9 Seattle Seahawks L 31–37 2–3 65,707
6 October 17 at Indianapolis Colts L 28–45 2–4 57,307
7 October 23 New Orleans Saints W 28–17 3–4 64,586
8 October 30 Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–21 4–4 65,251
9 Bye
10 November 13 at Seattle Seahawks L 16–31 4–5 67,192
11 November 20 Arizona Cardinals L 28–38 4–6 65,750
12 November 27 at Houston Texans W 33–27 5–6 70,010
13 December 4 Washington Redskins L 9–24 5–7 65,701
14 December 11 at Minnesota Vikings L 13–27 5–8 64,005
15 December 18 Philadelphia Eagles L 16–17 5–9 65,382
16 December 24 San Francisco 49ers L 20–24 5–10 65,473
17 January 1 at Dallas Cowboys W 20–10 6–10 63,131

Season summary[edit]

Week 2: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Two: St. Louis Rams (0–1) at Arizona Cardinals (0–1)
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 3 7017
Cardinals 3 3 3312

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 454 271 L1
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 363 429 W1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 311 387 L1
San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 239 428 W2

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