Okay, let's get right to the unextinguishable optimism that I, and perhaps many LA Rams fans, have with the team for the 2024 NFL season. While it's impossible to go with blind faith over the team before the LA Rams have restocked their coaching staff, as well as both the 2024 NFL Free Agency market and the 2024 NFL Draft have come and gone, there are many factors that point to brighter days ahead for the Rams and Rams fans.
How can I put this without sounding like a homer, or a guy who forgot to remove his rose-colored glasses? Well, perhaps some historic facts can help shed some light on the subject.
IV: That undeniable 3-year cycle
Does history repeat itself? Well, in many scientific circles, there is evidence of undeniable patterns that develop. Whether is is the natural oscillations that occur due to repetitive circular orbits of celestial bodies, or mere the pendulum effect of man-made occurrences, patterns continue. Right now the LA Rams appear to be entering Year 3 of the team's third 3-year cycle. And that means that the Rams will compete in the Super Bowl at the end of this season.
We have written plenty about the Rams' 3-year cycles, as far back as January 2023. Now, here we are, more than a year later, and the Rams are still locked in a 3-year cycle. Uncanny? Sure. But the defy logic, and are still going . . .
III: Rams roster will improve dramatically
The past two rookie classes for the LA Rams have been incredibly productive on the Rams roster in 2023. But the 2023 rookie class has taken the Rams current trajectory and fast-tracked the team ahead to a position for postseason competition. But what of 2024? Well, young players naturally and organically improve by returning for their next season of play.
LA Rams rookie OLB Byron Young finished the 2023 NFL season with 61 tackles and 8.0 QB sacks. He is only one of several rookies who should be much better in 2024.
Even those young players who struggled to see playing time have a much better chance of earning a rotational role or better for the Rams in 2024. If you doubt that assertion, just sit back and wait.
II: Rams finally defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the regular season
It was Week 18, and it was a victory that was for all intents and purposes an LA Rams junior varsity victory over a disinterested San Francisco 49ers varsity/ squad. But no matter how you paint the W in the record books, the Rams finally got a regular season win and have ended one of the team's most frustrating losing streaks of recent year.s
While it does not guarantee anything for 2024 directly, it most certainly does reset the tables for the 2024 NFL season, and remove that ridiculous losing streak to the 49ers from lazy national narratives.
I: Rams 7-1 run to the 2024 NFL Playoffs
Even as the LA Rams roster got better in 2023, the 2023 Rams schedule became much easier. Well, at least in terms of strength of schedule. As a result, the LA Rams began to blaze through the competition like a hot knife cuts through butter. In the last eight games of the LA Rams regular season, the Rams were 7-1. The only loss for the Rams was a road loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the AFC's top-seed, in overtime.
The Rams did not just have some fight left in them. This Rams roster proved to be a contender for the championship belt. And that ability to compete will almost certainly
Too much of a rosy glow for you today? Don't believe it. The Rams have done great things with the team with a variety of coaches and players. As long as the LA Rams boast GM Les Snead and HC Sean McVay, this team will be a contender.
History repeats itself. So, kick back and enjoy the 2024 NFL season.