How long will the LA Rams SB window remain open this time?

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The LA Rams are back in the discussion of the NFL Playoffs. But how long will the window remain open this time?

The LA Rams competed in Super Bowl 53 after a 13-3 record in 2018. The 2019 season found the Rams fall to 9-7 and not earn an opportunity to compete in the NFL Playoffs. In 2020, the LA Rams have a 9-4 record, seventh-best in the NFL, and will likely compete in the NFL playoffs once more. So the question is, how long will the window for the Rams remain open this time?

Even as the dust settles in the minds of NFL pundits and prognosticators, that will be the first question to form in the glorious aftermath. After all, the NFL narrative is either tearing a team down or hyping a team to a lofty place among other NFL teams. Now, just hours after the Rams rose to a 9-4 record, the talk of the Rams going to the NFC Championship game is underway.

While that debate begins to form, let’s focus on something more fundamental. Simply stated, how long will this opportunity last?

Rams perfect storm

The LA Rams are standing in the eye of a hurricane once more.  Just two years after their Super Bowl appearance, the team has all the characteristics of a playoff-caliber team once more. The Rams are playing great defense. The Rams are putting points on the board. And the Rams have finally found a running back who appears to have all of the characteristics of a strong-featured back in the NFL.  So what’s the problem?

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All good things must come to an end. The unofficial nickname to the NFL is ‘not for long’ and for good reason. As soon as an NFL team finds success, they draft last, they play against the NFL’s best, coaches are offered promotions to coach elsewhere, and players want to get paid for their role in the team’s success.  The NFL has plenty of forces to limit the window of opportunity for successful teams.