Los Angeles Rams: Moving to LA and firing Jeff Fisher launched a dynasty
By Steve Rivera
The LA Rams have done a tremendous job of reinventing an organization. Beginning with the move to Los Angeles, California, and dumping their bumbling head coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams’ transformation is complete.
With a 23-20 come-from-behind victory over the up-and-coming Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, the one-time cellar-dweller Rams demonstrated a new way to win.
LA Rams HC Sean McVay, the National Football League’s boy wonder, has shown that he’s clearly head and shoulders better than any coach in the league. Granted, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor look to be closing that gap, but reasonable questions about ‘what’s next?’ within their respective organizations need to be answered.
In San Francisco, Shanahan is faced with a quarterback situation that looks tenuous at best. With QB Jimmy Garoppolo on the outs with the organization and awaiting the promised but not happening trade, the 49ers will look to second-year QB Trey Lance. Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, Taylor will have to prove the Bengals aren’t a one-year wonder. No such problems with the LA Rams.
It wasn’t that long ago that local and national sports talk radio said the Rams would not easily be embraced by a city that already had the Los Angeles Dodgers and the rich history of the Los Angeles Lakers. That sentiment has been answered definitively.
Upon their hasty return to Southern California, many fans didn’t seem to have a connection to their former one-time home team. The Rams had played in Los Angeles from 1946 to 1994, before moving to St. Louis. The organization found not just success, but two Super Bowl appearances and one Lombardi Trophy. Beating the Bengals last season showed that the organization has now come full circle.
Clearly, a fresh start in southern California and replacing Fisher with McVay has proven significant dividends. The Los Angeles Rams are now a favorite to win it all again in 2023 and perhaps beyond. Whether they can remains to be seen, but the days of being third on the depth chart in Southern California are long behind them, as everyone else tries to catch up.