Can these 3 LA Rams sequels be better than the original?
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams play in the backyard of Tinseltown USA. That’s right Hollywood, California, the movie-making capital of the world. While the NFL and the general entertainment industry have unique and contrasting differences, there are some aspects of each that both share in common. Both are entertainment industries, meaning that the ‘product’ is the escapism experienced by those who purchase tickets to sit in seats.
But one aspect of movie-making that is not quite the same as the NFL is the making of a sequel. For the movie industry, making a sequel ensures a target audience. But sequels rarely recapture the magic of a successful first-run movie. For the LA Rams, the organization is banking on the opposite being true.
The Rams were able to win Super Bowl LVI last season and did so despite extreme adversity, numerous injuries, and at times a makeshift roster. But it all paid off, as the end result was Super Bowl success. So what do I mean by sequels? Well, the LA Rams that the second season is better than the first with these three:
III – ILB Ernest Jones
After a solid rookie season, can Ernest Jones truly improve while trying to play next to All-Pro ILB Bobby Wagner? You bet. In fact, his development could be even more dramatic than expected. For the foreseeable future, Jones will have the chance to play alongside one of the best inside linebackers in the game today, Bobby Wagner. While doing so, he will be learning on each play, both with the communication necessary to run the defense and to work with one of the best.
Jones appeared in 15 games last season, starting in seven. That amounted to 440 defensive snaps and generated 61 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack. With Wagner next to him those numbers could increase significantly. For starters, Jones will have the opportunity to coordinate blitzes and pass coverage. With Aaron Donald on the defensive line, Jalen Ramsey in the secondary, and Wagner alongside, Jones can take some chances in playmaking while knowing his teammates will have his back.