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The LA Rams Are The Most Improved In The NFC West

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Most Improved Team in the NFC West

As of April 3, 2017, through off-season acquisitions the Los Angeles Rams are the most improved team in the NFC West. That according to Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report, I agree with you!

Before the firing of Jeff Fisher on Dec 13, The Rams in my opinion were dead in the water, stuck in a hard place, whatever cliche metaphor you would like to apply here feel welcome. The point being there was nothing to be optimistic about heading into the off-season. Rams fans needed a positive change to believe in, not to mention the Rams are still trying to revive the old Los Angeles Ram fan base.

Owner Stan Kroenke and General Manger Les Snead in my opinion committed to doing exactly that this off-season, from hiring a new coach, to changing the helmets, to resigning Trumaine Johnson. In my opinion the Rams have all A’s in their classes so far, and right now we are at the “mid-term” phase of the off-season.

I will breakdown key acquisitions made so far and explain in my opinion why they make sense.

Lance Dunbar; RB

Lance Dunbar being phased out with the Dallas Cowboys is a result to possibly drafting the best running back in 15 years, that being Ezekiel Elliott. But it is worth to be noted how much Dallas liked Lance. He suffered two separate season ending injuries, one in 2013 when he tore his PCL. And the other most recently in 2015 when he tore his ACL.  In spite of that the Cowboys kept him on the 53-man roster both times. Head Coach Jason Garrett always raved about the ability of Dunbar. A great option out of the backfield in the passing game. He will be a nice change of pass in the mix with Todd Gurley. Head coach Sean McVay plans to use him as a third-down back.

Robert Woods; WR

The former USC receiver, Robert Woods is returning home after signing a five-year deal, worth $39 million. That may be a lot of numbers for a guy who has never recorded more than 5 touchdowns in a season. In spite of that, the Rams are getting a 25-year-old who’s best football is definitely in front of him. The Rams are not asking Woods to be a traditional number one receiver. However the addition of Woods with a progressing Tavon upgrades the receiving core, and keeps them young. In my opinion the young part is very important, player who could be important piece of foundation for seasons. His sure hands and strength in run blocking makes Woods very viable in Los Angeles.

Andrew Whitworth; OT

This signing could be argued as the best signing so far in the NFC West. I am willing to bet Jared Goff threw a Project X style house party after receiving news this 11-year veteran was moving to Los Angeles.  I would have!

The offensive line was horrid last season, and former first round pick Greg Robinson struggled, a lot.  . Robinson was flagged 14 times and surrendered eight sacks and 40 QB pressures. Whitworth’s experience and overall talent level will help the development of Robinson. A seasoned veteran paired with a young under study if you will, is always beneficial, in my opinion.

Connor Barwin; OLB/DE

This signing is all about familiarity. As Barwin is reunited with his former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. The two spent time together in Houston. Wade in implementing his base 3-4 scheme to a defense that ran the 4-3 last season. I’m sure that Phillips could use as many players in the room that are familiar with him and his scheme as possible.

Sean McVay; Head Coach

I have been signing the praises of this signing all off-season. I can not emphasize how drastically good this relationship between McVay and the Rams can be. Part of that reason for optimism is in part to how bad things were last season. Things can only go up right?

A new guy is exactly what was needed, and not just a new guy, but a new innovative offensive guru type of guy. After seeing what McVay had a part of in regards to the success of Washington Redskin’s quarterback, Kirk Cousins. It’s hard not to get juicy thoughts thinking of what McVay will do for Jared Goff.

The young energetic persona of McVay is picture perfect geographically in Los Angeles, and as a fit for his young team.

You go from an old school traditionalist in Jeff Fisher, who in my opinion has no idea how to groom a quarterback in today’s game. To perhaps one of the best offensive minds in football.

 

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