Dealing draft picks
The addition of Sony Michel and Von Miller has cost the LA Rams a second-round draft pick, a third-round draft pick, and a sixth-round draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. For Odell Beckham Jr., the team merely signed him to the roster as a free agent.
But investing that much value into less than one-year rentals is a pretty hefty price to pay, and that automatically sets rather high expectations on a return on the investment. Now, granted. The team that made the move to trade for Sony Michel and for Von Miller was considered to be one of the best teams in the NFL.
They aren’t at the moment. In fact, the team is 0-3 since adding both Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. While the losing streak is certainly not due to the addition of both players, the presence of Michel, Miller, and Beckham had no role in stopping the losing streak either.
That has to change today.
Time to stop the excuses and jokes, and start playing Rams football
There are no more excuses. No more games where the Rams can commit blatant mistakes or errors. There are no more moments where we can believe that the Rams are better than the performance they put on the football field. Veterans know when it’s time to put up, and that moment is now.
There have likely been far greater moments in the careers of Sony Michel, Von Miller, and Odell Beckham Jr. But surely they have taken note of the disdain and contempt that seems to be finding its way to the airwaves now, haven’t they?
Of course, Fox Sports commentator Troy Aikman aimed at the LA Rams from the cozy comfort of Dallas, Texas. And he’s quick to spin that yarn at the LA Rams, but ignores the fact that many of these moves were precipitated due to devastating injuries.
It comes down to this. Either the recently added veterans earn some respect by playing well for the Rams, or simply settle in as the punchline for another year of jokes at their expense. Either way, that path starts today. If this doesn’t piss off the Rams enough to play lights out, I’m really not sure what will.