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

The 1986 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League, their 39th overall, and their 41stin the Greater Los Angeles Area. 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.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1986 NFL Draft

= 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.

Roster

This sports-related list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (April 2016)
1986 Los Angeles Rams roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Source: [3]

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 7 at St. Louis Cardinals W 16–10 1–0 Busch Memorial Stadium 40,347
2 September 14 San Francisco 49ers W 16–13 2–0 Anaheim Stadium 65,195
3 September 21 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–7 3–0 Hoosier Dome 59,012
4 September 28 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–34 3–1 Veterans Stadium 65,646
5 October 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–20 4–1 Anaheim Stadium 50,585
6 October 12 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–26 4–2 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 51,662
7 October 19 Detroit Lions W 14–10 5–2 Anaheim Stadium 50,992
8 October 26 Atlanta Falcons W 14–7 6–2 Anaheim Stadium 56,993
9 November 3 at Chicago Bears W 20–17 7–2 Soldier Field 64,877
10 November 9 at New Orleans Saints L 0–6 7–3 Louisiana Superdome 62,352
11 November 16 New England Patriots L 28–30 7–4 Anaheim Stadium 64,339
12 November 23 New Orleans Saints W 26–13 8–4 Anaheim Stadium 58,600
13 November 30 at New York Jets W 17–3 9–4 Giants Stadium 70,539
14 December 7 Dallas Cowboys W 29–10 10–4 Anaheim Stadium 64,949
15 December 14 Miami Dolphins L 31–37 10–5 Anaheim Stadium 62,629
16 December 19 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–24 10–6 Candlestick Park 60,366

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

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 .438 3–3 6–6 288 287 L1

Playoffs

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 records

Let's Ram It

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 also

Other Anaheim–based teams in 1986

References

  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.[dead YouTube link]
  6. ^ Patrin, Nate (February 12, 2016). "Revisiting "Let's Ram It," The L.A. Rams' Ode to… Ramming". Vice. Retrieved April 17, 2018.