The LA Rams, like every NFL team, reinvents itself each season. Not just a new uniform color scheme, but from the coaching staff to the 53-man roster, the old team disperses and a new team is formed. Some players stay. Some coaches stay. Some plays remain in the playbook. But for all intents and purposes what was is no more.
But the same personnel executives, general manager, and for the most part, coaches who assembled the NFL Championship roster last year are intact. And many of the players who contributed in ways we can only imagine, are still wearing Horns. So there is a solid and logical foundation to be optimistic.
But not everyone sees it that way. Whether it is just the fact that changes occurred or the fact that it’s easier to fret than to hope, I cannot say.
Pessimism presents itself
I was on the beach in Malibu. I like to enjoy the sunshine and the salty air. It’s a California lifestyle perk, and after a solid Super Bowl victory and what seemed like a pretty good offseason. Sunshine, sand, salty air. I was drinking it all in when I first heard it:
‘Man, the LA Rams have gotten much worse this off-season.’
An odd comment to say the least, especially to a guy who is decked out in LA Rams Super Bowl LVI gear. Perhaps he thought I shared his concerns? Perhaps he felt a bit shaken, and needed my reassurance? Who can say?
Now, I probably shouldn’t have harangued him in front of his girlfriend, but I stopped the guy right away. So I chuckled in a way you might chuckle at a child’s unsuccessful attempts to color within the lines. Then I asked him in a less humorous tone to explain himself.
Looking me up and down with a mixture of fear and curiosity, he accepted the challenge. So he began to list his reasons, or perhaps fears, for his statement.