V- No wholesale changes, but changes are coming
Finally, the fifth and perhaps the most important fresh takeaway is the commitment to keep the same fundamental defensive positions in place. But, he added the caveat that situational and responsibility changes will be coming.
In his own words per Stu Jackson’s interview of Brandon Staley via TheRams.com:
"“The roles and responsibilities of a lot of the guys are going to remain the same, just, schematically, and maybe fundamentally, situationally, there’ll be some new things for them,” Staley said. “But in terms of the jobs that they’re going to be doing, they’re going to be doing the same job. So I think that gives the players a lot of confidence to know that, ‘Hey, I’m going to be performing the same role. Just maybe a little bit different.'”"
Same roles, new schemes. Confused yet? Now imagine you are one of the opposing teams’ quarterbacks. That’s where this begins to become fun for LA Rams’ fans.
What will change for the Rams? Well, the Rams have given ample opportunities out to lesser scouted prospects. Look for that to continue under Brandon Staley. He coached up undrafted free agent Malik Reed into an NFL talent. Reed hailed out of the University of Nevada and was deemed by many to be undersized to fill an outside linebacker role.
While Staley has coached great outside linebackers like Khalil Mack and Von Miller, he is equally adept at coaching up less experienced players. Look for progress from OLB Samson Ebukam, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Justin Lawler this year.
The LA Rams were looking for a fresh perspective from new defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. We’ve already uncovered five fresh perspectives. In the 2020 season, we’re bound to uncover a few more.