3 reasons why the LA Rams were right to pay Jalen Ramsey
By Bret Stuter
Three reasons why extending DB Jalen Ramsey was the right move by the LA Rams
The LA Rams, like all NFL teams, has a bit of duality when it comes to creating an NFL roster. There is a need to get the most talent possible. But there is also the opposing force of trying to get NFL talent for the cheapest deal possible. Top-shelf talent at bargain-basement prices. It’s the same across the league. Everyone wants a champagne flavor on a beer budget.
The secret to NFL success is held by those coaches and general managers who learn along the way. Some roles can be short-cut. Other roles must be the best available talent in the NFL. Only the few who have been to the pinnacle know this. LA Rams general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay were just 11 points away from hoisting the Lombardi. They have an idea of what it takes.
The power of a shutdown cornerback
As a result of that near-experience, the pair is actually in on pretty solid ground when judging where the team must invest for the future, and for a championship-caliber team. Clearly, the team sees a shutdown cornerback as a critical component for a championship team. In almost all successful teams, the secondary is strong enough to stop the opposing offense. A starting quarterback can struggle if the secondary neutralizes the top receiver.
The best cornerbacks in the NFL are game-changers. They can literally change the momentum of the game. But perhaps even more importantly, they can prevent the opponent from ever generating momentum. Nothing is more frustrating to an NFL offense than the dreaded three-and-out.