After a monster offseason, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay will have his hands full managing expectations in 2018.
It’s been a ton of fun so far in this 2018 offseason, and whatever comes next for the Los Angeles Rams, the toughest and perhaps most unforgiving part of 2018 may be the huge expectations that will accompany it.
Expect head coach Sean McVay to be the point man on answering for each and every one of them.
The Rams by far have made the biggest splash in free agency, corralling some of the biggest names on defense. Beginning with Marcus Peters and veteran Aqib Talib, Los Angeles got maybe the biggest name remaining when Ndamukong Suh agreed to a one year deal last week.
Add ALL THAT to what would have been expected before Suh, and what was already a full plate is now bigger for LA and McVay, and they haven’t even drafted a player yet.
Moving forward, 11-5 and an NFC West crown will be the expectation.
I mean let’s be honest, San Francisco may be real interesting this coming season with 16 games expected from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but what LA promises should be more than a good story. It may not be Super Bowl or bust, but it might be darn close.
For McVay, his second season won’t be very forgiving. If he coughs up a coaches version of a sophomore slump, it will be a colossal failure given the talent on his roster.
That said, should he and Wade Phillips keep the locker room intact and with minimal interference, that in and of itself will be something of a victory.
Just not a very good one.
It may not be “Super Bowl or bust”, but McVay will have a truckload of expectations from the first exhibition game until the regular season completes all 17 weeks, and it’s hard to imagine a repeat division winner as a solid victory.
Unless the Rams follow that up with a run at an NFC title.