Dick Vermeil 'Greatest Show On Turf'?? These Rams Are Better!!


Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk ain't gonna like this ...

The ex-head coach of the original 'Greatest Show On Turf' Rams says this year's version is better ... AND more explosive!!!

"They're close," Dick Vermeil tells TMZ Sports. "But, I really think you'd have to say that this team overall might be a little better."

Of course, there were three versions of the 'GSOT' Rams ... coached by Vermeil in 1999 -- and then by Mike Martz in 2000 and 2001.

But, they were all badass ... with Warner and Faulk leading the way -- and potential Hall of Famers like Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt streaking down the sidelines too.

Yet when Vermeil crunched the numbers for us ... and compared them to Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and the guys in L.A. now -- he says this 2018 team wins.

"In looking at the Rams as they are today, just watching them, I'd have to give them the edge."

Kurt Warner Manziel Can Make It Back To NFL ... Here's How


Kurt Warner's got the blueprint for Johnny Manziel to make it back to the NFL ... revealing to TMZ Sports the ultra-simple game plan -- STOP THROWING PICKS!!

Yeah, we know ... enlightening stuff -- but Warner's speaking from experience!

Remember ... Kurt was an arena league QB and an NFL Europe signal-caller before finally becoming the Rams' and Cardinals' leader ... and he had PLENTY of games with four picks before NFL success.

So, he's telling us what got him back in the NFL ... and it's exactly what Johnny Football needs to do as well.

"Let's get down to zero interceptions, and make a whole bunch of plays," Warner says.

"And that's how he's going to make his way back."

Manziel's got a few hours to heed Kurt's advice ... his second start with the Montreal Alouettes kicks off at 5 PM against Ottawa.

Reggie Bush Rams Ordered To Pay $12.5 Mil ... For 2015 Knee Injury

Reggie Bush is set to get PAID ... 'cause a jury in Missouri just awarded the former NFL star a $12.5 MILLION payout in his lawsuit against the Rams.

Back in 2015, Bush -- a 49er -- was playing the Rams in St. Louis at Edward Jones Dome. While returning a punt, Bush was pushed out of bounds and slipped on a slab of concrete just outside the playing field.

Reggie tore his lateral meniscus -- a serious injury -- which ended his season.

RB filed a lawsuit against the Rams in 2016 -- accusing them of stupidly installing a ring of concrete around the field ... creating a big risk for players in cleats.

Last week the trial started ... and the jury awarded Reggie a massive payout Tuesday. Bush is set to get $4.95 million in compensatory damages -- money he was given to cover lost earnings ... and $7.5 million in punitive damages.

We reached out to the Rams for comment ... so far, no word back.

Jeff Fisher Rams Firing Video Released 'Sorry If I Let You Down'

Here's video of the moment Jeff Fisher told his Rams coaching staff he was just fired -- and Fisher was extremely emotional ... telling his coaches, "Sorry if I let you guys down."

The footage was shot during Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season (on or around Dec. 11) -- Fisher is breathing heavily and trying to collect himself before breaking the news in a team meeting room.

It's clear his staffers were completely blindsided by the announcement.

He promises he'll do everything he can to help get the other coaches new jobs.

In the video -- captured for this season's "All or Nothing" documentary on Amazon -- you can see assistant coach Mike Singletary walk up to Fisher to shake his hand and thank him.

The Rams have since replaced Fisher with 31-year-old Sean McVay. Fisher is currently unemployed.

Todd Gurley There's One Thing I'll Miss About STL


Cheer up, St. Louis Rams fans ... your ex-running back, Todd Gurley, says there's actually one thing he's gonna miss about your city ... even though he can still get it in L.A.

Gurley was out at LAX when our camera guy decided to flip the script on him ... instead of asking what he LOVES about L.A., we wanted to know what he's gonna MISS about St. Louis.

Check out the clip -- he throws out a delicious answer, but there's only one problem ... what he said he's gonna miss, he admits he can get here.

Guess when you're the star player in L.A. it really doesn't have to make a lot of sense.

Todd Gurley Destroys TMZ Camera Guy ... In $100 Jay Z Bet


How well does Todd Gurley know his Roc Nation boss Jay Z? Enough that he can destroy a TMZ camera guy who thought the Rams running back might be light on hip-hop knowledge.

Gurley was at LAX when we asked him about being mentored by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson ​and what that's meant to him as a man and football player.

TG told our guy that Dickerson basically told him not to be a damn fool -- good advice -- but it was when we challenged him to name three albums by Hova for $100 that he kinda made a fool out of us.

Check it out -- Gurley calmly rattles off the three answers like he's shredding an NFL defense and proving his loyalty to the Roc.

As for us ... we'll be making a $100 dollar donation to any charity Gurley wants ... seriously.

Reggie Bush STL Fires Back in Stadium Slip Lawsuit ... It's YOUR Fault!

Reggie Bush only has HIMSELF to blame for slipping, falling and injuring himself at the Edward Jones Dome back in November ... so says the city of St. Louis in new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports.

As we previously reported, Bush sued the city (which owns the stadium) -- claiming it stupidly installed a ring of concrete around the perimeter of the field ... incredibly dangerous for the players wearing slippery cleats.

Bush badly injured his left knee during a fall on the concrete on Nov. 1st -- just one week after another player injured his shoulder slipping on the surface ... and he says the city must pay.

But the city is calling BS -- saying Bush knew about the concrete ring and should have SLOWED DOWN before reaching it.

The city of St. Louis says Bush could have "stopped, slackened his speed to have avoided the accident."

"[Bush] assumed the risk of running on concrete in shoes with cleats on them, and of all danger inherent of playing football."

The craziest part of this lawsuit ... Bush was PUSHED past the playing field and onto the ring.

Watch the clip -- you really think he had time to stop???

NFL's Todd Gurley Lakers or Clippers? I'm Still Deciding


L.A. Rams running back Todd Gurley has a decision to make ... a decision central to living and working in the city of Los Angeles ... one that will affect everyone he meets and everything he knows.

Lakers fan or Clippers fan?

BTW -- Todd let us know he's TOTALLY down for a bribe ... and whichever franchise ponies up the best graft for the new sports superstar of L.A. has the best shot at getting his fandom.

The American way.

USC Basketball Rams Shouldn't Come to L.A. 'They're Gonna Take Our Chicks!'


USC could have a new rival -- the L.A. Rams -- with players from the basketball team telling us they're not exactly pumped for the team to move to town ... 'cause they might steal all their chicks!

This video is pretty funny ... both Malik Martin and Chimezie Metu explaining why the Rams could screw up the good thing USC has going for it right now ... plus, they're really worried about traffic.

Obviously, it's all in good fun -- these guys are hilarious.

Lawrence Phillips Ex-Rams Player Hosting Tribute to Running Back

Several of Lawrence Phillips' former college and pro teammates are expected to fly to California for the running back's funeral this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Multiple people who were close with Phillips tell us ... the funeral is set for Saturday morning with a tribute to the ex-NFL star set to follow at a restaurant owned by another former Rams player, Tony Zendejas.

We spoke with the former Rams kicker who never played on the same team as Lawrence -- but they had several mutual friends -- and Tony says he feels compelled to help pay tribute to Phillips.

We're told Tony reached out to the family and offered to host the event at his restaurant in San Dimas -- the family accepted the offer.

Lawrence died last week after prison officials say he was found unresponsive in his cell. Phillips' close friends and family say they do NOT believe he took his own life.

Eric Dickerson to Rams: Beware of L.A. Skeezers 'This Ain't St. Louis'


Eric Dickerson has a warning to the Rams players -- BEWARE OF THE L.A. WOMEN!!!

The Rams legend was at LAX when he told us he knows what it's like to be young, rich and famous in L.A. -- and says the young guys moving west need to be VERY aware of the cleat chasers looking to take advantage of an athlete.

"Young players have to look out for some of these girls ... because let's just be honest this ain't St. Louis."

He adds, "There are some beautiful women out here and a lot of these girls they hear the Rams are coming to town they like, 'Oh, I'm gonna get me a football player ... I'm gonna get my rent paid."

Dickerson says he encourages the guys to have a good time and enjoy the spotlight -- but they need to be smart.

Metta World Peace There's Only ONE WAY I'd Root for the Rams


L.A. Lakers star Metta World Peace says he's HAPPY to be sharing the city with a NFL team -- but says there's only ONE WAY he would ever root for the Rams.

Here's a hint ... it all has to do with signing a certain beloved quarterback.

St. Louis Rams We're Going to Hollywood!! (Actually, Inglewood)

It's a homecoming for the St. Louis Rams -- NFL owners just approved the franchise returning to Los Angeles, and the vote wasn't even close.

The owners met in Houston on Tuesday to decided which teams if any would be moving. The Rams, Raiders, and Chargers all applied to make the jump to L.A.

The vote was 30-2 in favor of the Rams getting the nod. The Chargers were a sort of runner-up ... they got first option to go to L.A. later, and would share the stadium the Rams are building in Inglewood ... next to the Fabulous Forum where the Lakers used to play.

The Raiders will have 2nd option to move ... if the Chargers stay put in San Diego.

Eric Davis Chill, Raiders Fans You're Not Losing Your Team!


Raiders, Rams and Chargers fans up in arms about their teams trying to bolt to Los Angeles are looking at this the wrong way ... according to former NFL star Eric Davis.

Davis won a Super Bowl with the 49ers, so he's up on Bay Area fans -- and we asked if Oakland's Raider Nation might jump to the other team in town if the Silver and Black head south again. It's the question millions of fans in St. Louis (who've also been through this before) and San Diego are asking themselves right now.

Well, check out ED's answer ... it might calm nerves in all 3 cities. In a nutshell -- rep your team, not your city.

You buying that?

NFL in L.A. Raiders, Rams & Chargers ... OH MY!!

3 NFL teams are suddenly like waiters on the Sunset Strip ... trying to get a break in Hollywood -- the Chargers, Rams and Raiders all filed docs with the league to move to Los Angeles.

Rams' Stedman Bailey 'Walking, Talking' After Gunshots to Head

St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey is making tremendous progress after being shot twice in the head last month -- walking and talking again and "getting back to himself" ... his agent tells TMZ Sports.

We spoke with Tony Fleming ... who tells us Bailey is out of the ICU -- but is still hospitalized ... recovering in a special physical therapy facility in Florida.

"He is getting his strength back and just taking it one day at a time. He is scheduled to be released out of the hospital on the 23rd."

Fleming tells us the 25-year-old has been extremely grateful for the support of his team ever since the Nov. 25th shooting.

"The Rams are great. They have been talking to the doctors like once every few days staying on top of it."

Fleming also says several team officials have come to visit.

Of course, it's a long road ahead for Bailey -- with an intense physical therapy schedule after he's released -- but Stedman says he's still determined to get back on the field one day.

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