1998 St. Louis Rams season
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Head coachDick Vermeil
Home fieldTrans World Dome
Results
Record4–12
Division place5th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDE Kevin Carter
Uniform
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The 1998 St. Louis Rams season was the team’s 61st year with the National Football League (NFL) and the fourth season in St. Louis. It was the second year for head coach Dick Vermeil. The team failed to improve on its 5–11 record from 1997, and instead finished the season 4–12 and missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, during which they had compiled a league-worst 45–99 record.

Despite all of this, the Rams showed signs of life during the season when they beat playoff teams such as the New York Jets (who would make the AFC Championship game during the season) and the New England Patriots (who would make a wild card). Some skeptics[who?] claim that those two wins helped them build signs of strong life into next season, when they won Super Bowl XXXIV against the Tennessee Titans.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1998 NFL Draft

1998 St. Louis Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Grant Wistrom  Defensive end Nebraska
2 37 Robert Holcombe  Fullback
3 65 Leonard Little  Defensive end
4 96 Az-Zahir Hakim  Wide receiver
Und Und London Fletcher  Linebacker John Carroll
      Made roster  

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Roster

1998 St. Louis 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

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 6 New Orleans Saints L 17–24 0–1 Trans World Dome 56,943
2 September 13 Minnesota Vikings L 31–38 0–2 Trans World Dome 56,234
3 September 20 at Buffalo Bills W 34–33 1–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium 65,199
4 September 27 Arizona Cardinals L 17–20 1–3 Trans World Dome 55,832
5 Bye
6 October 11 New York Jets W 30–10 2–3 Trans World Dome 55,938
7 October 18 at Miami Dolphins L 0–14 2–4 Pro Player Stadium 65,418
8 October 25 San Francisco 49ers L 10–28 2–5 Trans World Dome 58,563
9 November 1 at Atlanta Falcons L 15–37 2–6 Georgia Dome 37,996
10 November 8 at Chicago Bears W 20–12 3–6 Soldier Field 50,263
11 November 15 at New Orleans Saints L 3–24 3–7 Louisiana Superdome 46,430
12 November 22 Carolina Panthers L 20–24 3–8 Trans World Dome 50,716
13 November 29 Atlanta Falcons L 10–21 3–9 Trans World Dome 47,971
14 December 6 at Philadelphia Eagles L 14–17 3–10 Veterans Stadium 66,155
15 December 13 New England Patriots W 32–18 4–10 Trans World Dome 48,946
16 December 20 at Carolina Panthers L 13–20 4–11 Ericcson Stadium 50,047
17 December 27 at San Francisco 49ers L 19–38 4–12 3Com Park 68,386
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Atlanta Falcons 14 2 0 .875 442 289 W9
(4) San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 .750 479 328 W1
New Orleans Saints 6 10 0 .375 305 359 L3
Carolina Panthers 4 12 0 .250 336 413 W2
St. Louis Rams 4 12 0 .250 285 378 L2

References

  1. ^ "1998 St. Louis Rams draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2014.