The LA Rams did not make the postseason for the first time in the Sean McVay era. Changes must be made for the Rams to get back to the Super Bowl.
The LA Rams did not make the postseason for the first time in the Sean McVay era. This off-season, changes must be made for the Rams to get back to the Super Bowl. Here is a
I- Trade WR Cooks. The first transaction from the front office must include trading WR Brandin Cooks immediately. The team needs to find another receiver that fits in the Sean McVay system better. Although Brandin Cooks is a speedster who can stretch the field, his fragility has led to numerous health problems. While he contributed nicely to the 2018 season, his numbers did fall off a bit in 2019 because of his injuries. As the Rams offense found its rhythm in the final few weeks of the season, it seemed as though Cooks was the odd-man-out. Yes, the Rams need a deep threat who can go up and get the ball out of the air. I suggest that the Rams explore a trade with the Cleveland Browns involving a certain unhappy wide receiver that was formerly a New York Giant by the name of Odell Beckham Jr.
II- Trade Todd Gurley. Todd Gurley‘s 2019 performance dropped considerably, suggesting that his knee is worse than reports had indicated. He clearly didn’t look like his old self. General Manager Les Snead should explore the trading Todd Gurley and allow another team to absorb the overpaid contract. The four NFL Conference Final teams showed that you don’t need a running back drafted so early to win in this league.
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III- Trade Jared Goff. I KNOW I KNOW. Everyone assumes that quarterback Jared Goff is the Rams franchise quarterback. But he signed one of the largest quarterback payouts after the Superbowl. For 2020, he projects at a cap hit of $36 million. Even worse, he regressed this past season but it wasn’t fully his fault. The lack of cap space and depth played a major factor as well as injuries, inconsistent play and, regression on their ends as well. Why not give a quarterback that beat this team twice in the Super Bowl a shot.
IV- Add to the defensive front seven via free agency.
Defense wins championships. That being said, GM Les Snead needs to sign NFL free agents to solidify the defense’s seven-man front. Correction, the remaining front 6, because we all know that DT Aaron Donald‘s spot is set in stone. This off-season, the other 6 positions are more in flux. OLB Dante Fowler Jr. and ILB Cory Littleton are both free agents this year. While both are priorities for the Rams front office, the team currently doesn’t have much available cap space. Don’t rule out the team finding a way to re-sign both.
However, the team would be wise to feel out the entire NFL free agency market. Tampa Bay Buccaneer OLB Shaquil Barrett would be a long-shot, but he would help the pass rush immensely. We are confident in the team’s ability to clear up cap space. Once done, the team must find Aaron Donald another sidekick or two to help generate pressure. The Rams linebackers have not impressed as of late, so an upgrade there via free agency is long overdue. Finally, the Rams will need to draft some depth.
V -Overhaul the Offensive Line. Both left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right tackle Rob Havenstein played below average in 2019. The team needs to shop free agency or the team’s own depth chart for their replacements. Offensive linemen David Edwards and Bobby Evans played well enough for their first season as starters. Left guard Joe Noteboom played poorly before ending his season via injury, so don’t look for him to return to a starting role.
Free-agent guard Brandon Scherff from the Washington Football team is familiar with newly hired offensive Coordinator Kevin O’Connell‘s scheme and could be a nice addition. Indianapolis offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo is a free agent worth kicking the tires on, but he’s getting up there in age.