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Rams COlts preseason game 1 2012

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The St. Louis Rams take the field for the first timeunder Head Coach Jeff Fisher as they open their2012 preseason slate against the IndianapolisColts. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. onSunday, August 12.Sunday’s game marks just the third-ever pre-season contest between the Colts and Rams. St.Louis is 2-0 against the Colts in preseason play,including a victory in last year’s preseason openerat the Edward Jones Dome.While preseason contests are typically played inprimetime, the Rams-Colts contest is one of justtwo August games that will be played during theday on Sunday. St. Louis hasn’t played an early preseason game on Sundaysince the team traveled to San Diego in Week 2 of preseason play in 2005.Sunday’s games will pit a pair of quarterbacks who were selected with the topoverall pick in the NFL Draft. Rams QB Sam Bradford begins his third seasonSunday, while Colts QB Andrew Luck makes his NFL debut.
RAMS OPEN PRESEASON AT INDIANAPOLIS
VISIT OUR MEDIA WEBSITE AT MEDIA.STLOUISRAMS.COM 
ARTIS TWYMAN
- SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONSATWYMAN@RAMS.NFL.COM - 314-516-8759
JULIA FARON
- MANAGER OF MEDIA RELATIONSJFARON@RAMS.NFL.COM - 314-516-8766
CASEY PEARCE
- MANAGER OF MEDIA INFORMATIONCPEARCE@RAMS.NFL.COM - 314-516-8765
Coach Jeff Fisher 
PRESEASONDay Date Opponent Time TV
Sun. 8/12 at Indianapolis 12:30 p.m. KTVI
Sat. 8/18 Kansas City 7 p.m. KTVI
Sat. 8/25 at Dallas 7 p.m. KTVI
Thurs. 8/30 Baltimore 7 p.m. KTVIREGULAR SEASON
Sun. 9/9 at Detroit Noon Fox
Sun. 9/16 Washington 3:05 p.m. Fox
Sun. 9/23 at Chicago Noon Fox
Sun. 9/30 Seattle Noon FoxThurs. 10/4 Arizona 7:20 p.m. NFLN
Sun. 10/14 at Miami Noon Fox
Sun. 10/21 Green Bay Noon FoxSun. 10/28 New England* Noon CBS
Sun. 11/4 BYESun. 11/11 at San Francisco 3:15 p.m. Fox
Sun. 11/18 N.Y. Jets Noon CBS
Sun. 11/25 at Arizona 3:15 p.m. Fox
Sun. 12/2 San Francisco Noon Fox
Sun. 12/9 at Buffalo Noon Fox
Sun. 12/16 Minnesota Noon Fox
Sat. 12/23 at Tampa Bay Noon FoxSun. 12/30 at Seattle 3:15 p.m. Fox
2012 SCHEDULE
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Sunday, August 12, 2012, Lucas Oil Stadium, 12:30 p.m.
BROADCAST INFORMATION
TELEVISION
Fox (KTVI, Ch. 2 in St. Louis)
Play-by-Play:
Andrew Siciliano
Color Analyst:
Marshall Faulk
Sideline Reporter:
Maurice Drummond
RADIO
WXOS (101.1 FM)
Play-by-Play:
Steve Savard
Color Analyst:
D’Marco Farr
Sideline Reporter:
Tony SoftliTuesday, August 7
-Practice: 3:30 p.m.-Coach Fisher available onfield after practice.-Players available on fieldafter practice
Wednesday, August 8
-Practice: 5:30 p.m.-Coach Fisher available onfield after practice-Players available on fieldafter practice
Thursday, August 9
-Practice: 3:30 p.m.-Coach Fisher available onfield after practice-Players available on fieldafter practice
Friday, August 10
-Practice: 5:30 p.m.-Coach Fisher available onfield after practice.-Players available on fieldafter practice
Saturday, August 11
Travel DayNo Availability
Sunday, August 12
RamsatColtsLucas Oil Stadium12:30 p.m. (CST)
THIS WEEK’S MEDIA AVAILABILITY
 
THE HEAD COACHES
EFF 
ISHER 
NFL Coaching Year:
26th year
Rams Head Coach:
1st year
Regular Season:
142-120 (.542)
Postseason:
5-6 (.455)
ISHER 
,
AT 
 
A
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2012- St. Louis Rams
Head Coach
1994-2010 Houston Oilers/
Head Coach
Tennessee Titans1994 Houston Oilers
Defensive Coordinator
1992-93 San Francisco 49ers
Defensive Backs
1991 Los Angeles Rams
Defensive Coordinator
1988-90 Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive Coordinator
1986-88 Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive Backs
Jeff Fisher enters his first season as head coach of the St. LouisRams, after spending 16 full seasons as head coach of theTennessee Titans, 11 as executive vice president.In his tenure with Tennessee, Fisher guided the Titans to six playoffappearances (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008), three divisiontitles (2000, 2002, 2008), two AFC Championship games (1999,2002) and one Super Bowl appearance (XXXIV). In the 2000s,Fisher totaled 97 victories, the most successful decade in franchisehistory. One of the Titans’ most memorable seasons under Fisherwas the 1999 campaign, where he led the team to its first AFCChampionship and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV.Fisher originally joined the Oilers’/Titans’ coaching staff in 1994,after spending two seasons as the defensive backs coach for theSan Francisco 49ers. He was elevated to head coach in November1994, replacing Jack Pardee, for the final six games of the season.Prior to San Francisco, Fisher reunited with his college coach JohnRobinson, serving as the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator.Fisher began his coaching career as an assistant for Buddy Ryanand the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986, coaching the defensive backsfor three seasons before becoming the NFL’s youngest defen-sive coordinator in 1988. In 1989, the Eagles’ defense led theNFL in interceptions (30) and quarterback sacks (62). In 1990,Philadelphia’s defense paced the league in rushing defense andranked second in quarterback sacks.A former defensive back at the University of Southern California,Fisher played for Robinson in a star-studded defensive backfieldthat included future NFL stars Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith and JoeyBrowner. The versatile Fisher also served as the Trojans’ backupkicker and earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 1980.Originally a seventh-round draft selection of the Chicago Bears in1981, Fisher appeared in 49 games as a defensive back and returnspecialist in five NFL seasons. He earned a Super Bowl ring follow-ing Chicago’s 1985 Super Bowl season, despite spending the yearon injured reserve with an ankle injury that prematurely ended hisplaying career. During that season, Fisher began his post-playingcareer by assisting Ryan as an “unofficial” coach as the Bears ulti-mately defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.A native of Southern California, Fisher was a high school All-America wide receiver at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif.Fisher is an avid fisherman and golfer and he also does consider-able work off the field. He also gives back to the NFL, serving onthe NFL Competition Committee since 2000 and as a co-chairmanof the committee from 2001-2010.
AGANO 
,
AT 
 
A
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2012- Indianapolis Colts
Head Coach
2011 Baltimore Ravens
Defensive Coordinator
2008-10 Baltimore Ravens
Secondary
2007 North Carolina
Defensive Coordinator
2005-06 Oakland Raiders
Defensive Backs
2001-04 Cleveland Browns
Secondary
1995-00 University of Miami
Secondary/Special Teams
1992-94 East Carolina
Secondary/Outside Linebackers
1990-91 UNLV
Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
1989 East Carolina
Secondary
1987-88 Boise State
Outside Linebackers
1986 University of Miami
Graduate Assistant
1984-85 Southern California
Graduate Assistant
HUCK 
AGANO 
NFL Coaching Year:
11th year
Colts Head Coach:
1st year
Regular Season:
0-0 (.000)
Postseason:
0-0 (.000)
Chuck Pagano enters his first season with the Colts and 11th yearin the NFL after being named head coach on January 25, 2012.Pagano brings a wealth of coaching experience, totaling 28 years inthe professional and collegiate ranks.Prior to joining the Colts, Pagano spent four seasons with theBaltimore Ravens and the last (2011) as the team’s defensive coor-dinator. In 2011, Pagano’s defensive unit finished third in the NFL intotal defense (288.9 ypg.), second against the run (92.6 ypg.) andfourth against the pass (196.3 ypg.), on their way to an appearancein the AFC Championship Game.Pagano served as the Ravens’ secondary coach for three seasons(2008-2010) before taking the reins of defensive coordinator. In hisfour seasons in Baltimore, Pagano’s defenses allowed the second-fewest points per game (16.3) and the second-fewest net yards(292.3) in the NFL. The Ravens also ranked third in the NFL in scor-ing defense during that span.Pagano posted a one-year stint as the defensive coordinator atNorth Carolina (2007), where he rejoined Butch Davis from previ-ous stops with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Hurricanes. UnderPagano, the defense improved from 92nd in 2006 to 35th in 2007.Prior to UNC, Pagano spent two seasons (2005-2006) as theOakland Raiders’ defensive backs coach. From 2001-2004, Paganocoached the Browns’ secondary under then-head coach ButchDavis.Pagano returned to the University of Miami (1995-2000) for his sec-ond stint at the school, coaching the Hurricanes’ secondary as wellas serving as the special teams coordinator.Pagano started his coaching career as a graduate assistant atSouthern California (1984-1985), before taking the same role at theUniversity of Miami (1986). In 1987, he started a two-year stint atBoise State where he coached outside linebackers. Pagano thenspent one season (1989) at East Carolina coaching the second-ary, before moving to UNLV where he led the secondary (1990)and eventually was named defensive coordinator in 1991. In 1992,Pagano returned to East Carolina, coaching the secondary and out-side linebackers for three seasons (1992-1994).
 
WR Brandon Gibson
 – Caught 36 passes for 431 yards and atouchdown last season.
LT Rodger Saffold
Started first 25 games of his careerbefore a pectoral injury ended his 2011 season after nine games.Was a 2010 All-Rookie selection.
LG Quinn Ojinnaka
Versatile lineman has started 50 gameswith Colts, Falcons and Patriots; spent 2011 training camp withRams.
C Scott Wells
Signed with Rams in March after eight sea-sons with Packers. Named to Pro Bowl last season. Started 100games with Green Bay from 2004-11.
RG Harvey Dahl
Mauling road grater enters second seasonwith St. Louis. Started all 16 games last season, including 10 at RGand six at RT after injuries forced him to slide over.
RT Jason Smith
Former second-overall pick started 15 ofthe team’s 16 games at right tackle in 2010 before seeing his 2011season cut short by injury.
TE Lance Kendricks
Second-round pick in 2011 had 28receptions for 352 yards as a rookie.
WR Danny Amendola
 – 
 
Missed 15 games last season after suf-fering season-ending elbow injury in opener. In 2010, led the Ramswith 85 receptions for 689 yards and tied for the team lead withthree touchdown catches.
QB Sam Bradford
2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Yearcompleted 191 passes for 2,164 yards in 10 games last season.
FB Brit Miller
Appeared in 12 games with two starts at full-back last season and was a key contributor on special teams.
RB Steven Jackson
Three-time Pro Bowler rushed for 1,145yards last season. Is leading rusher among active NFL runningbacks and holds NFL’s longest active streak of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (7).
KEY CONTRIBUTORS
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
Caught seven passes for 83yards before suffering a season ending knee injury last season.
WR Greg Salas
Caught 27 passes for 261 yards before suf-fering a season-ending leg injury that cut his rookie campaign shortafter six games.
WR Brian Quick
First of three second round picks byRams caught 202 passes for 3,418 yards and 31 touchdowns atAppalachian State. Holds the school career-record for receptionsand ranks fifth in Southern Conference history.
RB Isaiah Pead
Second round pick was First-Team All-BigEast and Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. Ranks thirdin Bearcats history with 3,288 rushing yards and 27 rushing touch-downs.
WR Steve Smith
 – Led the NFC with 107 rec. in 2009. Careertotals include 231 catches for 2,510 yards and 12 touchdowns.
TE Matthew Mulligan
 – Appeared in 34 career games with theJets & started 11 while playing for Rams Offensive CoordinatorBrian Schottenheimer.
OFFENSE
LDE Chris Long
Led the Rams with career-high 13.0 sacks in2011. Also added 15 pressures and 16 QB hits to go along with 33tackles. Signed four-year contract extension in July.
LDT Kendall Langford -
Signed with Rams as a free agent inMarch. Played in 64 games with 55 starts with Miami. Collectedeight career sacks and posted 141 career tackles (101 solo).
RDT Michael Brockers
First-round draft pick was a Second-Team All-SEC selection at LSU. Started 15 games in two seasonsand was credited with 79 tackles (34 solo), two sacks (16 yards), 11tackles for loss (33 yards) and
ve quarterback pressures.
RDE Robert Quinn
Rams’ 2011 top draft choice had 5.0 sacksand 14 quarterback hits in 15 games. Was NFC Special TeamsPlayer of the Week in Week 8 after blocking a punt that led to a TDand blocked or partially blocked three punts.
SLB Mario Haggan
Tenth-year pro has appeared in 121games; spent four seasons in Denver after five with Buffalo; specialteams standout.
MLB James Laurinaitis
Led the Rams in tackles for third timein as many seasons with the club. Posted 142 stops. Has at least100 tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons. Also had 3.0sacks and two interceptions.
WLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Led all Saints linebackers with 90 tacklesin 2011; started 14 games last season; played four years in NewOrleans.
LCB Cortland Finnegan
Signed with St. Louis during openingweek of free agency after standout career in Tennessee. FormerPro Bowler has 79 career starts. Career totals include 14 intercep-tions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 touchdowns.
RCB Bradley Fletcher
Missed 12 games due to knee injurylast season. Led Rams with 4 interceptions in 2010. Has 22 careerstarts in three NFL seasons.
SS Craig Dahl
Totaled 54 tackles on defense and tied for theteam lead with 14 special teams stops.
FS Quintin Mikell
Second among Rams with 100 tackles.Also had a sack, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. Veteranfree agent joined St. Louis prior to 2011 after eight seasonswith Eagles.
KEY CONTRIBUTORS
DE William Hayes
Played in 48 games with 12 starts forTitans over a four-year campaign. Collected 181 career tackles(105 solo) and 8.0 sacks.
S Darian Stewart
Third-year pro finished third amongRams with 91 tackles in 2011. Led team with 10 passes defensedand had 3.0 sacks and one interception.
CB Josh Gordy
Led the Rams with three interceptions lastseason. Posted 53 tackles and three passes defensed while start-ing eight games.
DT Trevor Laws
Joins Rams after four seasons with Eagles;notched a career-high 40 tackles to go along with 16 quarterbackpressures in 2011.
DEFENSE
2012 RAMS PROJECTED STARTERS

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