Ep. 2018:113 – L.A. Rams clinch No. 2 seed in NFC Playoffs, earn 48-32 victory over 49ers: Derek Ciapala and Johnny Gomez break down the Los Angeles Rams’ 48-32 victory over the San Francisco 49ers to clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs. Date: 12/31/18
Ep. 2018:112 – 12 things for Christmas, L.A. Rams – 49ers preview: Derek Ciapala sits down with 49ers Hub’s Kevin Molina to break down the Week 17 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Then Derek gives his list of 12 things he wants for Christmas. Date: 12/25/18
Ep. 2018:111 – L.A. Rams run over Arizona Cardinals: Derek Ciapala and Johnny Gomez analyze the Los Angeles Rams’ 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. They discuss how the offense changed with C.J. Anderson in the lineup and what still concerns them about the Rams moving forward. Date: 12/24/18
Ep. 2018:110 – L.A. Rams looking for answers against struggling Arizona Cardinals: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower, and USA Today Cards Wire’s Jess Root go live and break down the Los Angeles Rams’ visit to Arizona this weekend. They discuss the problems that have plagued the Cardinals this season and also look at what the Rams must do to save their season. Date: 12/19/18
Ep. 2018:109 – Los Angeles Rams suffer 30-23 loss to Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro break down the Los Angeles Rams’ devastating 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night football. They answer fans questions about the game and try to offer a little hope for the rest of the season. Date: 12/17/18
Ep. 2018:108 – L.A. Rams look to rebound against defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Ciapala, Steve Rebeiro and Bleeding Green Nation managing editor Brandon Lee Gowton break down the upcoming Los Angeles Rams’ upcoming matchup with the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. 12/14/18
Ep. 2018:107: Postgame – Chicago Bears send L.A. Rams home with a 15-6 loss: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower and Michael Stewart break down the blockbuster Sunday Night Football matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears. Date: 12/9/18
Ep. 2018:106 – Week 14 Preview: L.A. Rams face the Chicago Bears in primetime: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower speak with Will DeWitt from Da Bears Brothers to discuss this weekend’s huge showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears. Date: 12/4/18
Ep. 2018:105 – L.A. Rams clinch NFC West with 30-16 victory at Detroit Lions: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss the Los Angeles Rams’ hard-fought 30-16 victory over the Detroit Lions, which clinched the NFC West title. They also talked about the live experience, Jared Goff’s tough day, and everything else from an action-packed Sunday in Detroit. Date: 12/2/18
Ep. 2018:104 – Preview Show: L.A. Rams face the Detroit Lions in Week 13: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower speak with Erik Schlitt from USA Today’s Lions Wire about this Sunday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Detroit Lions. Date: 11/29/18
Ep. 2018:103 – Week 12 L.A. Rams playoff implications plus mailbag: Derek Ciapala takes a look at Sunday’s action and how it affects the Los Angeles Rams’ standing in the NFC. Also, he goes through the mailbag and discusses some ongoing questions concerning the Rams’ standing in L.A. Date: 11/26/18
Ep. 2018:102 – Looking Back at the L.A. Rams’ Big Night Ft. Vinny Bonsignore: Derek Ciapala flies solo for the Thanksgiving holiday. He welcomes the Athletic’s Vinny Bonsignore to discuss what on earth happened last Monday night between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. They break down the game’s impact on Los Angeles and where it puts the Rams in the L.A. pecking order. Date: 11/22/2018
Ep. 2018:101 – Los Angeles Rams win a nail-biter 54-51 over the Kansas City Chiefs in one of the best games in NFL history: The Rams Talk crew breaks down the Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. They look at all of the positives and negatives from one of the greatest games in NFL history. Date: 11/20/2018
Ep. 2018:100 – Matchup of the Mega Powers: Derek Ciapala is joined by the Kansas City Star’s Lynn Worthy to break down a possible Super Bowl preview between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. They discuss how the 2018 Chiefs were built, what they do well, and of course Sammy Watkins and Marcus Peters. Finally, Derek talks about the Cooper Kupp injury and other Rams’ news. Date: 11/14/18
Ep. 2018:99 – L.A. Rams hold off late charge to earn 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower, and Johnny Gomez break down the Los Angeles Rams’ hard-fought 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. They analyze what’s wrong with the defense, what’s working with the offense, and question whether or not Aaron Donald is paying the price for being the league’s most dominant defender. Date: 11/11/18
Ep. 2018:98 – The Rams Talk Radio Veteran’s Special w/ Former Rams QB Marc Bulger: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro bring back former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger for a wide-ranging conversation. They discuss the current Rams, Bulger’s years with the team in St. Louis, and the Marc Bulger Foundation. They also pay homage to our nation’s veterans as we enter this Veteran’s Day weekend. Date: 11/9/18
Ep. 2018:97 – The Rematch – L.A. Rams host division rival Seattle Seahawks: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower and guest Corbin Smith from Seahawk Maven break down this weekend’s rivalry game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. Also, Norm makes his defense of embattled cornerback Marcus Peters. Date: 11/7/18
Ep. 2018:96 – L.A. Rams lose first game of season in 45-35 shootout loss to New Orleans: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower and Michael Stewart commiserate over the Los Angeles Rams’ first loss of the 2018 season – a 45-35 defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. The guys break down what went wrong for the Rams, including tackling, Marcus Peters, and more. Date: 11/4/18
Ep. 2018:95 – Preparing for the Big Easy Showdown: Norm Hightower and Steve Rebeiro are joined by Fox Sports Radio 97.7 FM’s David Romero to preview the Week 8 showdown between the NFC’s top teams. They discuss the season thus far for the Saints, how Jared Goff can take advantage of a weak Saints secondary, whether the Rams can contain Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, and give predictions on what everyone expects to be a shootout in New Orleans. Later, Steve and Norm discuss the Dante Fowler trade and whether or not the Rams would play their starters if they were undefeated in Week 17. Date: 11/1/18
Ep. 2018:94 – Talking 8-0 with L.A. Rams’ great Jim Everett, plus mailbag: Derek Ciapala and Steve Goldstein answer fans’ questions in the mailbag. Plus, former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jim Everett talks about the team’s 8-0 start, including what’s working for the team thus far. Everett also touches on league finances, what’s up with Marcus Peters, and what makes Todd Gurley so valuable. Date: 10/29/18
Ep. 2018:93 – L.A. Rams remain undefeated with 29-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers: Former Los Angeles Rams defensive back Michael Stewart joins Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro to break down the team’s big 29-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers. They discuss Sean McVay’s playcalling, the officiating, Todd Gurley’s performance, and Marcus Peters’ struggles in a jam-packed postgame episode. Date: 10/28/18
Ep. 2018:92 – Enter the Gauntlet! L.A. Rams begin meat of their schedule against Green Bay Packers: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower preview this Sunday’s huge game with the Green Bay Packers. They welcome Packers writer and podcast host for The Power Sweep Jon Meerdink to break down everything surrounding the game, including how the Rams match up with future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. Date: 10/26/18
Ep. 2018:91 – Former Rams QB Marc Bulger Discusses His Career and Life After Football: Derek Ciapala and Steve Goldstein look back on former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger’s career in the NFL. Derek sits down with Bulger, who discusses everything from his relationship with Kurt Warner, Mike Martz’s brilliance, and his organization, the Marc Bulger Foundation. Date: 10/23/2018
Ep. 2018:90 – L.A. Rams smash rival 49ers 39-10: Derek Ciapala, Steve Rebeiro and Downtown Rams’ Jake Ellenbogen break down the Los Angeles Rams’ 39-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. They discuss everything from Aaron Donald’s four-sack performance to Corey Littleton’s development into a star. Date: 10/21/18
Ep. 2018:89 – Week 7 L.A. Rams vs. 49ers ft. Hubcast’s Kevin Molina: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower welcome 49ers Hub’s Kevin Molina to the show to analyze what’s going on with the San Francisco 49ers entering the big Week 7 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. Be sure to check out Part 2 of our preview podcast on the Downtown Rams feed. Date: 10/17/18
Ep. 2018:88 – Los Angeles Rams earn a cold one with 23-20 victory over Denver Broncos: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower break down the Los Angeles Rams’ 23-20 victory over the Denver Broncos. They address the various injuries, the playcalling, and some of the weird penalty calls in the game. Date: 10/14/18
Ep. 2018:87 – Week 6 L.A. Rams – Denver Broncos Preview Ft. Blitzed NFL Radio: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower break down the Los Angeles Rams’ visit to Denver with Blitzed NFL Radio’s Stats Guy. They discuss the problems going on with the Broncos, look at how the teams match up on the field, and debate where the Rams are right now. Date: 10/10/18
Ep. 2018:86 – L.A. Rams escape with 33-31 win over rival Seattle Seahawks: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower break down the Los Angeles Rams’ critical 33-31 road victory over the Seattle Seahawks. They discuss Marcus Peters’ tough day, the Kupp and Cooks injuries, and many other topics from the game. Date: 10/7/18
Ep 2018:85: L.A. Rams – Seattle Seahawks Preview w/Seahawk Maven’s Corbin Smith: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower sit down with Seahawk Maven’s Corbin Smith to break down the Los Angeles Rams visit to the Emerald City to play the Seattle Seahawks. They discuss the Earl Thomas situation, the improvements on the Seattle offensive line, and how the Seahawks’ defense will change the Rams’ offense. Date: 10/3/18
Ep. 2018:84 – Just How Good are the 2018 Los Angeles Rams?: Derek Ciapala looks back at the Los Angeles Rams’ 38-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football. He discusses Rams’ QB Jared Goff’s performance, the wide receivers, and where the team’s offense stacks up against the Greatest Show on Turf. Date: 9/28/18
Ep. 2018:83 – Week 4 Preview: The L.A. Rams Host the Minnesota Vikings in National TV Showdown: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower preview the big Thursday night showdown with the Minnesota Vikings with Vikings Territory managing editor Sean Borman. The guys get to the bottom of the Vikings’ poor Week 3 performance and look at how both teams matchup with each other in what could be a critical matchup for both teams. Date: 9/25/18
Ep. 2018:82 – L.A. Rams earn costly 35-23 victory over L.A. Chargers: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower, and former Los Angeles Rams’ DB Michael Stewart look back at the team’s 35-23 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. They breakdown Jared Goff’s outstanding performance, as well as everything else that matters in the Rams’ costly win. Date: 9/23/18
Ep 2018:81 – Week 3 Preview: The Battle for Los Angeles ft. Bolts from the Blue’s Garrett Sisti: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower zero in the Battle for L.A. Week 3 matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Bolts from the Blue writer and Lightning Round host Garrett Sisti joins the show to give his perspective from the Chargers point-of-view. They discuss the matchups on both sides of the football and make their predictions on the game. Sisti also breaks down the atmosphere in Chargers Nation since the move to L.A. Date: 9/20/18
Ep 2018:80 – Breaking Down the L.A. Rams’ 34-0 destruction of the Arizona Cardinals: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower break down the Los Angeles Rams’ 34-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 home opener. They discuss whether or not this defense is elite, Jared Goff’s development, and Sam Shields’s first interception since coming back. Date: 9/16/18
Ep 2018:79 – Week 2 Preview: L.A. Rams to Host Sam Bradford and the Arizona Cardinals in Home Opener – Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower return to preview the Los Angeles Rams’ Week 2 matchup with NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals. They welcome USA Today Cards Wire’s Jess Root to look at how this game matches up. The Rise Up, See Red host breaks down the Cardinals’ problems in Week 1, and looks at what Arizona has to do to keep this game competitive. Also, Norm gives his thoughts on Week 1. Date: 9/14/18
Ep 2018:78 – L.A. Rams open season with 33-13 victory over Raiders ft. Michael Stewart: Derek Ciapala and former Los Angeles Rams safety Michael Stewart break down the team’s 33-13 season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. They discuss everything ranging from the aftereffects of the preseason to the adjustments made to solidify the defense in the second half. Date: 9/11/18
Ep 2018:77 – Week 1 L.A. Rams – Oakland Raiders Preview Ft. San Jose Mercury News’ Dieter Kurtenbach: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower welcome San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach to preview the season-opening matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders. They address the Khalil Mack debacle and break down how the game will play out Monday night. Date: 9/7/18
Ep 2018:76 – Rams Talk Radio NFL Season Preview: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower present their 2018 NFL season preview. They look at each division and present their division winners and playoff teams, including their prediction for the 2018 Los Angeles Rams. Date: 9/4/18
Ep 2018:75 – Aaron Donald signs massive extension with L.A. Rams: Norm Hightower and Derek Ciapala analyze the L.A. Rams’ huge deal with defensive tackle Aaron Donald. They look at how the contract fits into the salary cap and compare the Rams’ efforts to sign him with the Oakland Raiders’ inability to work with Khalil Mack. They also argue against ESPN.com writer Lindsay Thiry’s point about the Rams’ window closing with the signing. Finally, the guys look at the cuts as of recording. Date: 9/1/18
Ep 2018:74 – Preseason Week 3 L.A. Rams Breakdown: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower analyze the Los Angeles Rams’ 21-20 victory over the Houston Texans on Saturday, August 25. They discuss quarterback Sean Mannion’s viability as a starter and the emergence of several players on both offense and defense. Finally, the take a look at the real meaning of the preseason in the current NFL. Date: 8/26/18
Ep 2018:73 – Postgame L.A. Rams Beat Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders 19-15: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower give their thoughts on the Los Angeles Rams’ 19-15 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders. They discuss Sean Mannion’s performance and whether or not he’s showing that he can serve as an adequate backup to Jared Goff. The guys also talk about the other standout performances and the effect of the new helmet rules. Date: 8/20/18
Ep 2018:72 – Preseason Week 2 Preview, Plus Catching Up With Former Rams DL Tyoka Jackson: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower analyze what they would like to see from the Los Angeles Rams in their Week 2 preseason battle with the Oakland Raiders. They discuss the need for Sean Mannion to mature into his role as a legitimate backup for Jared Goff and other concerns for the team. Finally, Derek sits down with former team captain Tyoka Jackson to learn more about his career in the NFL and life afterwards. Date: 8/17/18
Ep 2018:71 – L.A. Rams’ Opening Preseason Loss, Aaron Donald News and Mailbag: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower analyze the Los Angeles Rams’ opening preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens. They also discuss the recent report that the Rams are close to reaching an agreement with defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Finally, the guys go through the mailbag and answer listeners’ questions. Date: 8/15/18
Ep 2018:70 – The Rams Talk Around the League Season Preview Roundtable: Derek Ciapala sits down with podcast hosts from around the league to discuss the upcoming 2018 NFL season. He welcomes guests Garrett Sisti from the Lightning Round Podcast covering the Los Angeles Chargers, Drew Gier and Chris Krueger from the Rockpile Report covering the Buffalo Bills, Brandon Hazelett from the Da Bears Brothers covering the Chicago Bears, and Dennis Walsh from the KeepPoundDenn Podcast covering the Carolina Panthers. They discuss what they expect to be the stories of the NFL this season, division winners, and who makes it to the Super Bowl. Date: 8/10/18
Ep 2018:69 – As The World Turns Around Donald: Derek Ciapala and Justin Robinson (JRob) take a look at the ongoing Aaron Donald soap opera. They discuss the salary cap ramifications of signing Donald to a larger contract and also break down where he belongs on the pay scale. Also, they also analyze the observations coming out of the Los Angeles Rams’ camp as they prepare for their first preseason game. Date: 8/7/18
Ep 2018:68 – Meet the Diehard Rams Booster Club, L.A. Rams QB and RB Position Battles: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower introduce Gary “The Ram” Young, founder of the Diehard Rams Booster Club, to the show. Young talks about the booster club’s origins, what it means to be a Rams fan, and events currently being planned. Then the guys analyze the current roster to see which quarterbacks and running backs will likely make the team and which won’t. Date: 8/4/18
Ep 2018:67 – L.A. Rams Camp Notes Ft. NBCLA’s Nick Hamilton: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss the Los Angeles Rams’ first week in training camp with NBCLA’s Nick Hamilton. They touch on the progress in the Rams’ secondary, skill positions on offense, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald. Among other topics hit during the show include the Rams’ uniform changes, the importance of the tight end position and the Goff-Cooks connection. Date: 8/1/18
Ep 2018:66 – Talking football with former L.A. Rams LB Frank Stams: We pull this one from our archives. Former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Frank Stams sits down with our Derek Ciapala for a full conversation covering his career in the sport and life after the game. He discusses his draft experience, maturing in the game, and the differences between the Rams and Cleveland Browns locker rooms in the early 1990s. Date: 7/31/18
Ep 2018:65 – L.A. Rams RB Todd Gurley extends, what about DL Aaron Donald? Ft. Vinny Bonsignore: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower analyze running back Todd Gurley’s extension and defensive lineman Aaron Donald’s situation. First, Los Angeles Daily News Rams columnist Vinny Bonsignore talks about the surprise extension and explains what sources have told him about Aaron Donald’s asking price. Then the guys discuss what’s going on with Donald and ponder a possible future without him on the roster. Date: 7/26/18
Ep 2018:64 – L.A. Rams Training Camp Week Mailbag: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower answer questions from our audience about the Los Angeles Rams entering 2018 Training Camp. Among the questions discussed are Aaron Donald’s status, which contract struggle is next, and what the expectations are entering this season. Date: 7/24/18
Ep 2018:63 – Eddie Meador Visits the Show, Ramifications of the Brandin Cooks Extension: The guys discuss wide receiver Brandin Cooks’s five-year extension with the Los Angeles Rams and other team issues. Then Derek sits down with Rams’ great Eddie Meador to discuss his career and what it was like to play alongside the Fearsome Foursome. Meador also addresses the white elephant in the room, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Finally, he gives his advice to young athletes entering the NFL today. Date: 7/19/18
Ep 2018:62 – The Rams Talk Tour Around the League Finishes with Buffalo and New England: The journey around the NFL ends with a look at two franchises either in transition or heading towards transition. Derek Ciapala talks with NBC Boston’s Mike Giardi to learn about the future of the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick. Then the Rockpile Report’s Drew Gier and Chris Krueger join the show to discuss the Buffalo Bills’ offseason, including their quarterback situation and pretty much everything else on their minds. Date: 7/16/18
Ep 2018:61 – RamFest Part 2 – Ft. L.A. Rams OLB Samson Ebukam and former Rams Harold Jackson, Eddie McMillan, Joe Sweet and Ivory Sully: The Rams Talk team brings it with a live podcast from RamFest. Former Los Angeles Rams’ WR Harold Jackson talks about his life in the game and how grateful he was to play it. Then Eddie McMillan discusses his efforts to raise fan enthusiasm and stay away from former Houston Oilers RB Earl Campbell. Joe Sweet then visits with the show and talks about what it means to be a Rams. He’s followed by current Los Angeles Rams OLB Samson Ebukam talks about the current linebacker corps, his favorite foods and Mark Barron. Finally, Ivory Sully finishes off the show with a spirited discussion about life and his passion for the Rams and the game overall. Date: 7/14/18
Ep 2018:60 – RamFest Part 1 Ft. Tony Zendejas and More: Part 1 of our 2-part podcast from RamFest hits the internet with a bang. This live podcast starts off with former Los Angeles Rams kicker Tony Zendejas, who talks about his life in the game and how kicking has changed in the NFL. Then Ram Central Booster Club’s Manuel Moreno stops in and discusses his favorite games and enters the Rams’ greatest running back debate. Ralph Valdez Jr. from the So. Cal Rams Booster Club follows up with a look at the impact of the team on families among Rams fans. He also gives his take on the Los Angeles sports market as a whole. Finally, former Rams running back Robert Delpino remembers his time in the NFL and thanks the fans for their supporting for both the team and players. Date: 7/9/18
Ep 2018:59 – Former L.A. Rams Safety Nolan Cromwell Visits: Los Angeles Rams great Nolan Cromwell stops by to discuss his career and life. He covers his experience being drafted, how the Rams’ system set him up for success, and the rest of his career. Then Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro give their thoughts on his career and whether or not Cromwell should be in the Hall of Fame. Date: 7/2/18
Ep 2018:58 – Rams Talk Tour Continues with the Jets and Panthers: Derek Ciapala visits with Turn on the Jets’ Joe Malfa and KeepPounDENN’s Dennis Walsh in our second to last edition of the Rams Talk Tour Around the League. Date: 6/29/18
Ep 2018:57 – Visiting with So. Cal Rams Booster Club’s Ralph Valdez, NFL Top 100 and Mailbag: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro bring a loaded podcast for Episode 2018:57. They visit with So. Cal Rams Booster Club founder Ralph Valdez to discuss the club’s beginning and the upcoming RamFest. Date: 6/26/18
Ep 2018:56 – The Tour Around the League Visits with the Browns and Colts: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower visit with Browns Wire’s Jeff Risdon and Stampede Blue’s Matt Danely to discuss the rebuilds taking place in Cleveland and Indianapolis. Date: 6/23/18
Ep 2018:55 – Touring with the Saints, Breaking Down the Rams’ UDFAs: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro visit with Fox Sports Radio 97.7 and BS & Beer host David Romero to discuss the New Orleans Saints and their moves this offseason. The guys also break down the Rams’ undrafted free agent signings and other good stuff. Date: 6/19/18
Ep 2018:54 – Talking football with Locked on Titans’ Terry Lambert and NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy: You know football season is creeping near when our Tour Around the League starts winding down. This week we visit with Locked on Titans’ Terry Lambert to discuss the Tennessee Titans’ moves this offseason. Then NJ.com and Newark Star-Ledger Giants beat writer Ryan Dunleavy discusses the current rebuild underway in the New York Giants organization. Date: 6/14/18
Ep 2018:53 – The Tour Visits Cincinnati and Washington: Derek Ciapala sits down with ESPN 1530/WLW 700’s Mo Egger to discuss the Cincinnati Bengals’ offseason and Redskins Capital Connection analyst and former Washington Redskin Robert Henson talks about his former club. Date: 6/12/18
Ep 2018:52 – The Tour Around the NFL visits with the Steelers and Ravens: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower venture into AFC North territory in this episode of Rams Talk Radio. First, Derek sits down with Steel City Underground founder and executive editor Joe Kuzma to get the lowdown on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2018 offseason. Then Russell Street Report analyst Ken McKusick joins the show to break down the Baltimore Ravens’ offseason moves. Date: 6/8/18
Ep. 2018:51 – Former L.A. Rams safety Michael Stewart visits, NBCLA’s Nick Hamilton gives his take: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower visit with former Los Angeles Rams safety Michael Stewart and NBCLA Rams/Chargers beat writer Nick Hamilton. Date: 6/6/18
Ep 2018:50 – Rams Talk tour checks in on Cowboys and Dolphins: Rams Talk’s Derek Ciapala checks in with Cowboys Cast host Bobby Belt and Welcome to Perfectville host Sam Marcoux.
Ep 2018:49 – Checking in With the Falcons and Lions, How Do the NFC’s Best Stack Up?: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower continue Rams Talk Radio’s tour around the league with Locked on Falcons’ host Aaron Freeman and USA Today Lions Wire writer and Lions Breakdown host Erik Schlitt.
Ep 2018:48 – Rams great Roman Gabriel discusses his career: Derek Ciapala is joined by the 1969 NFL MVP for a wide ranging discussion including Gabriel’s best moments with the Rams, the difference between the game then and now, and whether or not he should be in the Hall of Fame. Later, Derek and Steve Rebeiro discuss Steve’s guide for new bandwagon fans, Aaron Donald’s contract situation, and the season-ending injury to Morgan Fox.
Ep 2018:47 – Rams Talk checks in with the Packers and Eagles: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro continue Rams Talk’s tour around the league with Pack to the Future’s The Sweep host Fred Thurston and NJ.com Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Zack Rosenblatt.
Ep 2018:46 – Tour continues with the Chiefs and Texans: The Rams Talk tour around the league continues with AM 1510 and FM 94.5 ESPN Kansas City (Almost) Entirely Sports host Joshua Brisco and Houston Sports Talk and Locked on Texans host Robert Land to talk Kansas City Chiefs’ and Houston Texans’ offseasons.
Ep 2018:45 – The tour checks in with the Jaguars and Buccaneers: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower visit with USA Today Jaguars Wire managing editor and Jags Den podcast host James Johnson to talk about the Jacksonville Jaguars’ moves this offseason. Then we interview the Pewter Report’s Trevor Sikkema to get the lowdown on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ moves thus far. Each give their take on what the Los Angeles Rams have done this offseason as well.
Ep 2018:44 – Touring with the Broncos and Bears, Rams’ camp talk: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro check in with the Denver Broncos with Mile High Sports’ Bronco Blitz host Ronnie Kohrt. Then they visit with Da Bears Brothers’ Brandon Hazelett to discuss the Chicago Bears’ roster improvements. Finally, the guys talk about what they want to see out of the Rams’ young players in OTAs.
Ep 2018:43 – Tour continues with Raiders and Vikings, Jim Everett talks L.A. Rams: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower and Johnny Gomez continue Rams Talk’s Tour Around the League with Raiders Snake Pit’s Bill Williamson and Locked on Vikings’ Sam Ekstrom. Then former Los Angeles Rams’ great Jim Everett visits to talk about the team’s draft and offseason.
Ep 2018:42 – Rams Talks tours the NFL with the Cardinals and Chargers: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower and Johnny Gomez sit down with USA Today Cardswire’s Jess Root to get an overview of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2018 offseason. Then Bolts from the Blue’s Garrett Sisti joins the show to break down the Los Angeles Chargers’ offseason. Finally, the guys end the show with a brief, and let us stress brief, discussion on the newest Los Angeles Rams uniform news.
Ep 2018:41 – Checking in with the 49ers and Seahawks, Rams DE John Franklin-Myers visits: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower, and Johnny Gomez visit with Legion of 12/USA Today Seahawks Wire’s Corbin Smith to discuss the offseason up in Seattle. Then 49ersHub’s Kevin Molina joins to explain where the 49ers stand after an eventful offseason. Finally, Rams Talk Radio tops it all off with rookie Rams DE John Franklin-Myers, who addresses what it will take to be successful and prove himself in the NFL.
Ep 2018:40 – Analyzing the L.A. Rams’ 2018 Draft Class: Norm Hightower, Johnny Gomez, and Derek Ciapala break down the Los Angeles Rams’ 2018 draft class. They go through each pick and look at what role these young rookies will play for the Rams.
Ep 2018:39 – Coverage of Round 4 of the 2018 NFL Draft: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower and Johnny Gomez break down the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. They analyze the Rams’ two picks in the round and the players still left on the draft board.
Ep 2018:38 – Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, L.A. Rams take T Joseph Noteboom: Derek Ciapala, Johnny Gomez, and Norm Hightower pick up where they left off with the first round of the draft. They dissect the high impact picks and analyze the Los Angeles Rams’ only selection of the first three rounds, offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom.
Ep 2018:37 – Walking through the first 14 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower go through the first 14 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft. They debate the Cleveland Browns’ surprise decisions and analyze how the other teams met their needs.
Ep 2018:36 – Rams Talk’s 100th episode! Ft. CBS Sports’ Eric Galko and L.A. Rams Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood: The guys bring it with a packed 100th episode. Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower look at the 2018 NFL Draft with CBS Sports’ Eric Galko. Then Norm sits down with Rams’ legendary Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood to discuss his life and career on and off the field.
Ep 2018:35 – L.A. Rams schedule revealed, draft talk with NFL insider Benjamin Allbright: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower go over the 2018 Los Angeles Rams schedule, featuring five primetime games. They also discuss the upcoming draft with NFL insider Benjamin Allbright. Finally, they profile linebackers and edge rushers available in the draft.
Ep 2018:34 – The Battle for L.A. and the Rams’ outlook in 2018: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro look at the status of the Battle of L.A. and the Los Angeles Rams’ newfound status as a destination team. They also discuss a recent article arguing that it’s not a given the Rams reach the Super Bowl next season.
Ep 2018:33 – L.A. Rams preseason schedule, Color Rush uniforms, and Robert Quinn: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro discuss the Los Angeles Rams’ 2018 preseason schedule, the end of the “Color Rush” uniform, and Robert Quinn’s remarks about the Rams.
Ep 2018:32 – Grading the L.A. Rams’ offseason moves: Steve Rebeiro and Johnny Gomez grade the Los Angeles Rams’ offseason moves. They also look at the team’s options in the third round of the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
Ep 2018:31 – Surprise! L.A. Rams trade for WR Brandin Cooks: Norm Hightower and Derek Ciapala break down the L.A. Rams’ deal for New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks. They debate the overall value of the deal and what else the Rams can do to fill holes on the 2018 roster.
Ep 2018:30 – Gronk, OBJ, and L.A. Rams mailbag: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower debate a rumored move for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. They also answer your questions in a huge mailbag.
Ep 2018:29 – Are the L.A. Rams getting arrogant?: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower look at the L.A. Rams’ possible trade for New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. They also respond to Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock’s comments on the Rams being arrogant. Finally, they break down the impact Ndamukong Suh will make on the roster.
Ep 2018:28 – Suh signs with L.A. Rams, could Odell Beckham Jr. also be on the way?: Derek Ciapala, Norm Hightower and Steve Rebeiro break down the Los Angeles Rams’ signing of 5-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. They also address rumors the Rams are interested in New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Ep 2018:27 – L.A. Rams wait for Ndamukong Suh: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss the Los Angeles Rams’ wait on DT Ndamukong Suh and the remaining free agency market. They also discuss which teams were the best in Rams’ history.
Ep 2018:26 – Will the L.A. Rams sign DL Ndamukong Suh?: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss DL Ndamukong Suh’s visit with the Los Angeles Rams. They look at how he fits on the roster, how much he’d cost, and what potentially signing him says about the team. The guys also question whether or not another free agent, Johnathan Hankins, is a better fit.
Ep 2018:25 – L.A. Rams keep Austin and Sully; Now what?: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss the Los Angeles Rams’ re-signing of Tavon Austin and John Sullivan. They also talk about what’s next for the Rams with most of the prospective high-end free agent targets signed elsewhere.
Ep 2018:24 – Sammy Watkins leaves, Nickell Robey-Coleman stays with L.A. Rams: Derek Ciapala goes over the last day of the “legal tampering” period before the NFL begins free agency. Among the news items, WR Sammy Watkins leave the Los Angeles Rams, and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman stays.
Ep 2018:23 – L.A. Rams great Jim Everett talks free agency, salary cap and more: Los Angeles Rams great Jim Everett joins the show to give his take on the team’s moves this offseason. He breaks down the salary cap, looks at positions the team should address next, and gives an honest take on big money contracts.
Ep 2018:22 – L.A. Rams sign Sam Shields, trade for Aqib Talib: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower bring their quick hot takes on the Los Angeles Rams’ signing of Sam Shields and trade for Aqib Talib. They briefly look at the impact on the team and consider what’s next as the Rams enter free agency.
Ep 2018:21 – L.A. Rams franchise Lamarcus Joyner, trade Alec Ogletree: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower react to the Los Angeles Rams’ decisions to franchise Lamarcus Joyner and trade Alec Ogletree. They ponder what’s coming next as the Rams reload on defense.
Ep 2018:20 – The L.A. Rams have some work to do: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower analyze the Robert Quinn trade and ask the question: what next? With numerous holes on the roster, they look at what avenues the Rams can take in free agency and the draft to fill those needs.
Ep 2018:19 – Analyzing L.A. Rams GM Les Snead’s tenure: Blaine Grisak and Steve Rebeiro break down the tenure of L.A. Rams general manager. What mistakes has he made? What about his successes? They try to reach a consensus on Snead. Date: 3/1/18
Ep 2018:18 – Talking the L.A. Rams’ trade for Marcus Peters Ft. The Chiefs Wire’s Wesley Roesch: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower sit down with USA Today’s The Chiefs Wire managing editor Wesley Roesch. They discuss what Marcus Peters brings to a defense, how the trade is being handled in Kansas City, and the overall ramifications of the deal. Date: 2/27/18
Ep 2018:17 – L.A. Rams agree to trade for 2-time Pro Bowl CB Marcus Peters: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss the Los Angeles Rams’ blockbuster trade for Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters. They look at the numbers and compare Peters to last year’s No. 1 CB Trumaine Johnson. Date: 2/23/18
Ep 2018:16 – Who stays with L.A. Rams? Ft. USA Today RamsWire’s Cameron DaSilva: Derek Ciapala, Steve Rebeiro, and Martin Cruz play “Stay or Go” with USA Today RamsWire’s Cameron DaSilva. They break down the Rams as free agency draws closer. Specifically, the guys spend the last part of the show looking at the case for the Rams paying big money to Aaron Donald and Lamarcus Joyner. Date: 2/22/18
Ep 2018:15 – What should the L.A. Rams do with Trumaine Johnson?: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower go through the data and discuss what the Los Angeles Rams should with cornerback Trumaine Johnson as free agency draws near. Date: 2/20/18
Ep 2018:14 – Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, and the Hall of Fame: Arguing for keeping Sammy Watkins: Derek Ciapala and Steve Rebeiro look at the Hall of Fame credentials for Rams’ greats Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. They also look at the case of current Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins and whether or not the team should re-sign him or even franchise him if necessary. Date: 2/15/18
Ep 2018:13 – The First Annual Rams Talk Awards: Derek Ciapala, Steve Rebeiro, and Norm Hightower close the door on the 2017 Los Angeles Rams with our own awards show. We look at the Rams’ best game, their MVP and more. Date: 2/13/18
Ep 2018:12 – Catching up with former Rams DE Kevin Carter: Derek Ciapala continues our series catching up with Rams greats. This time we sit down with 1995 first round pick Kevin Carter. He discusses his career with the Rams and what he’s been doing since retirement. Date: 2/9/18
Ep 2018:11 – L.A. Rams nearly sweep major awards, Jeff Fisher’s firing justified … again: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower break down the performances of former Rams in the playoffs and reach a common sense conclusion. They also talk about the Rams’ dominance at the NFL awards and what we can look forward to in 2018. Date: 2/6/18
Ep 2018:10 – L.A. Rams great Johnnie Johnson talks about his career and life after football: Derek Ciapala sits down with L.A. Rams great Johnnie Johnson to discuss his career in the NFL and what he’s doing to make an impact today with the Moving Families Initiative. Date: 2/1/18
Ep 2018:9 – Senior Bowl, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss the week that was for the Rams in relation to the Senior Bowl and the Pro Bowl. They also look ahead to the Super Bowl and answer what they think the first move the Los Angeles Rams should make in the 2018 NFL offseason. Date: 1/30/18
Ep. 2018:8 – The Senior Bowl takes center stage, L.A. Rams’ Jared Goff goes to Pro Bowl: Derek Ciapala and Blaine Grisak analyze the Senior Bowl prospects that the L.A. Rams are likely looking at. They also talk about Jared Goff making the Pro Bowl and Isaac Bruce’s chances of joining the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Date: 1/25/18
Ep 2018:7 – Where do the L.A. Rams begin with the 2018 NFL Draft?: Derek Ciapala and Mike Francini look at the Los Angeles Rams’ options in the 2017 NFL Draft, including cornerback prospects and GM Les Snead’s willingness to operate outside of the box. Date: 1/23/18
Ep 2018:6 – Part 2 – L.A. Rams free agency primer ft. L.A. Daily News’ Vinny Bonsignore: The Rams Talk crew speak with L.A. Daily News Rams beat writer Vinny Bonsignore about the team’s future and how the team will handle the upcoming offseason. We focus mostly on the players that need to be signed or let go on defense in Part 2 of our opening primer on free agency. Date: 1/17/18
Ep 2018:5 – L.A. Rams free agency primer ft. L.A. Daily News’ Vinny Bonsignore – Part 1– The Rams Talk crew speak with L.A. Daily News Rams beat writer Vinny Bonsignore about the team’s future and how the team will handle the upcoming offseason. We focus mostly on the players that need to be signed or let go on defense in Part 1 of our opening primer on free agency. Date: 1/16/18
Ep 2018:4 – Looking ahead to the L.A. Rams offseason: Derek Ciapala outlines several personnel issues the Los Angeles Rams face this offseason. He also closes the book on the Rams’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night by addressing concerns with Jared Goff. Date: 1/10/18
Ep 2018:3 – L.A. Rams lose 26-13 to Falcons in NFC Wild Card Game: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower break down the Los Angeles Rams’ 26-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in their NFC Wild Card Game. They also look ahead to the offseason and the issues the Rams will face, including Sammy Watkins’ contract. Date: 1/6/18
Ep 2018:2 – Looking back at a Hall of Fame career with Rams great Isaac Bruce: Derek Ciapala sits down with 2018 Hall of Fame finalist and all-time Rams’ great Isaac Bruce. They discuss his career, his legacy and life after football. Date: 1/5/2018
Ep 2018:1 – L.A. Rams Wild Card Preview with author Jay Paris and Locked on Falcons’ Aaron Freeman: Derek Ciapala and Norm Hightower discuss the Rams’ playoff history in Los Angeles with Game of My Life Rams author Jay Paris. They follow it up with an analysis of the Rams’ Wild Card showdown against the Atlanta Falcons with Locked on Texans and Falcons Central’s Aaron Freeman. Date: 1/4/2018