In new part, the team that makes another shot at the Super Bowl with a new quarterback: the Los Angeles Rams!
Stafford can finally answer the question that everyone has been staring at for years: is Stafford a top QB held back by the pathetic Lions or does he not have the talent to lead a team to dreamland? If somewhere the Lions go into the scale, I am already inclined to choose what lies in the other scale. Whatever that may be.
Despite all the troubles about all the money that was invested in the toppers, the Rams were still able to keep Leonard Floyd on board. The choice of Floyd and not John Johnson (left for the Browns) was a surprise to many, because Floyd is also a product of playing like monster Aaron Donald. The Rams juggled numbers to get everything under the cap, and they succeeded. Strong magic will also have to be done with the kinés, because one DeSean Jackson arrived in LA. A gigantic weapon in the depths in its better days, but those seem far away due to injuries and old age.
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The Rams and the draft are just not good friends. Since McVay arrived four years ago, the Rams have never picked in the first round. That didn’t really have to be, because McVay found Cooper Kupp, John Johnson, Cam Akers, Gerald Everrett, among others, in the later laps. Again they opted for small projects in LA, with Tutu Atwell as the main outlier. He is of limited stature, but once he has the ball in his hands… Then the defense has a problem with his speed and agile feet. Meanwhile, McVay is also trying him out as a point returner.
Above, of course, I’ve already fired a bit of gunpowder: Stafford is the new quarterback and with Jackson and Atwell they picked up two new weapons with solid speed. That was still missing in McVay’s system, such a real speedster. Cupp and Robert Woods have shown themselves to be a complementary duo for years, but they do not have real afterburners.
The most painful injury may have come in LA as well: running back Cam Akers seemed poised to continue his excellent rookie season as a true RB1, but he injured himself and is out for the season. The Rams did not give up and brought in Sony Michel as a replacement. Darrell Henderson is a solid RB2 and complementary to the new starter.
With Aaron Donald, the Rams may have the very best player in the National Football League (NFL), if you equalize the quarterback’s value with every other position. Donald is so dominant that he is a certainty for top three in the Defensive Player of the Year award every year. Leonard Floyd and Dante Fowler are tens of millions richer because they can play alongside him while Donald eats three players and still makes it to the QB. Every team that plays against the Rams starts their team meeting with, “How do we stop Aaron Donald?” The answer? Not.
Jalen Ramsey yells and yells at everything and everyone. On and off the field. But above all, it is one of the best lockdown cornerbacks in an era where this is rarely possible. Thanks to all the rules in favor of the attack, Ramsey would be at a disadvantage, but you hardly notice that. If he gets the short straw once, that’s news. That in itself speaks for his excellence.
I didn’t look for a replacement for John Johnson. The rest of the defense is also not really to get wild about. Worth mentioning is Taylor Rapp, one of the better young safeties last year.
The Los Angeles Rams have taken a gamble by betting big on Matthew Stafford. A calculated guess, yes. But if this doesn’t work out and Stafford can’t do much better than Goff, then LA people will start swearing. The many magic tricks with the salary cap ensure that the Rams are very top heavy; the expensive birds are also real champs. The rest of the roster is basically mediocre. The coaching and the quality of those champs naturally obscure a lot, if not everything. With the trade of Stafford, the Rams immediately wiped out an excuse why it doesn’t work out like that. Namely Jared Goff.