No excuse needed. LA Rams win 3rd title in 5 seasons for HC Sean McVay

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Soft is a word that is somewhat of an insult in a very physical and demanding world, and that is what has been used to describe the LA Rams this season. But I’m not buying it. Not in the least. Perhaps we, as a fan base, simply have expected a great deal from this team, and the fact is that this group has delivered again.

I’m not trying to sugarcoat anything here. But why isn’t anyone making a big deal over the fact that this LA Rams team has won its third NFC West Division Title in the past five seasons under head coach Sean McVay? Over that period, the Seattle Seahawks have won the Division Title once, and the San Francisco 49ers have won the Division Title once. As for the Arizona Cardinals? They were close this year but failed.

At the season’s end, this team has the ninth-ranked offense in terms of yards gained. And the Rams scoring offense is the eighth-ranked offense in the NFL. In raw terms of defensive performance, the Rams were the 17th-ranked defense in terms of yards allowed, and the 15th ranked defense in terms of points surrendered.

In terms of special teams? The Rams made serious improvements. While their kick return performance languished at the 23rd-ranked unit in the NFL, punt returns made it to the fifth-ranked unit, no doubt powered by the late-season heroics of Brandon Powell.

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The Rams field goal unit was the second-ranked in terms of accuracy in the NFL. Only the punting unit remained among the worst of the NFL, ending the season as the 26th-ranked unit in gross punting yards.  However, after factoring in return yards, The Rams ended the season as the 10th-ranked net punting unit.