After a shootout win against the San Francisco 49ers 41-39, the Los Angeles Rams head to Dallas in a game that may be winnable after all.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay looks to be beyond his years. Last night, NFL Network did a brief montage of notable NFL coaches who were making the climb up the professional hill at the age of 31. For the rookie head coach, truly a rookie no more, what he’s done with a long underachieving team is nothing short of remarkable.
Yeah, it’s still early. Week 3 won’t decide much if you wind up 4-12 like last year’s edition of the Rams. Remember, after Week 4 of last season, LA was 3-1, and heading home for a game against an unimpressive Buffalo Bills. That game began a succession of losses and only one more win that cratered the team and caused Jeff Fisher to lose a job.
Rightfully so, I must add.
But 2017 has a different feel.
Last season, quarterback Case Keenum, a Fisher favorite, never made you feel like he was better than a backup holding a clipboard.
Not so with Jared Goff.
Same can be said for McVay.
After the London loss, you could sense it getting away from Fisher. After the debacle against eventual Super Bowl participant Atlanta, the wheels were off, and the “good feelz” players had expressed about his extension the previous week in New England dissolved. The losses continued, and the season was shuttered.
It’s amazing what scoring points can do, isn’t it? As bad as the Rams defense has been, the prospects of where Los Angeles is headed leaves an impression that this team won’t be out of any game.
When the schedule first came out, and even as the season was kicking off, one tended to circle the game in Dallas as a loss.
Frankly, most still likely do.
But after last night and 41 points, McVay showed his team will keep coming at you.
Goff looks like a quarterback who will drop back without fear of getting lit up. His offensive line, anonymous as it may seem, is doing an amazing job.
Todd Gurley looks like a new versatile version of what we’d previously seen, and the organization has done a tremendous job of giving the second year QB options.
The kind that a quarterback can trust.
With a bye week and 10 days to get healthy AND get the defense right, you get a feeling a road trip to Dallas might not be an automatic ‘L’ in the win/loss column after all.
Los Angeles Rams football is exciting again.
Making playing the Cowboys just another winnable game.