Undervalued decision with huge 2020 benefits
It was a surprising decision at the time. But it was one that we supported. The Rams had just hired three new coordinators and were frantically trying to compare notes, align their units with the goals of the team, and interact with the personnel department to effectively assess and shop for new rookie talent for the roster.
And so it made sense for the key coaches to hold their own sessions to enrich and familiarize the group with one another. Much like the new players would face months later, the Rams dug in at the office during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine and used that time to communicate with one another, develop a game plan for the team, and a playbook for the offense, defense, and special teams.
A lucky break
And just like that, the horrible luck from 2019 handed off to good luck early in 2020.
Was it a popular or unpopular decision? Ultimately, it proved to be a very wise and beneficial one. While nobody could have guessed at how COVID-19 would impact the NFL, the Rams stumbled into a very wise move by the team to get an early advantage. By creating the need to virtually interconnect coaching staff with personnel scouts and directors at a live event, the Rams IT department was prepared to roll out the solution for the Rams virtual orientation and training program.