The LA Rams have been the talk of the NFL offseason this year for many reasons. The Rams were one of the mild surprises in 2020 by advancing as far as the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The Rams were one of the teams that produced a fairly large number of coveted NFL Free Agents who were able to sign on with a new team this offseason.
But the top story of the 2020 NFL offseason was hands down the trade between the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams. This trade for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford attracted offers from as many as a dozen teams and phone calls of inquiry from all 31 other NFL teams. The LA Rams won the bidding wars, topping all other offers by offering up Super Bowl appearing starting quarterback Jared Goff, one 2021 third-round pick, and a first-round pick in each of the next two consecutive seasons
To place it all into proper perspective, the Ramblin’ podcast hosted by Saroma Morales welcomed the ingenious insight of one of my favorite NFL analysts, NFL Network’s very own Brian Baldinger. Baldy doesn’t mince words when it comes to praising a player or team, and he certainly does not hold back anything here.
That’s far more important to hear than the typical jibber-jabber of ‘they suck’ or they’re great’ that seems to pervade the NFL airways nowadays. Tough-taking truths about the real capabilities and vulnerabilities are so very important to discuss in preseason analysis, as it helps set the tone for realistic expectations. The elation or frustration from a fan base has less to do with the actual play of the team and is more dependant upon how fans expected the team to perform. Beating those expectations draws the cheers.