Even as the LA Rams continue to work with a very young and energetic roster, the truth is that there are so many new faces that it's impossible to get an objective bead on how this team will perform. There are plenty of positives to tout, to get excited about, and rely upon to be very optimistic for the 2023 NFL season.
But the objective side of me, and perhaps in many Rams fans right now, realizes that there will be many challenges along the way. The Rams are a new team in 2023, yes. But this team is a bit of a beta test, a team that we all know what it is supposed to do, but still with bit of uncertainty of whether or not the 2023 Rams roster can get it done. Even if this team does find ways to win, the number of rookies on the team practically ensures that it will be in different ways, without consistency.
Still, it's all part of the fun, isn't it? Happiness is not winning, but in the difference of what happens to what we expected to happen, in a positive direction. So if the Rams lose a game by a close score, how fans feel about the Rams performance is less about what the Rams did and more about what they expected the Rams to do. If you expected the Rams to win by a large margin, a loss by a close score will be very disappointing. But if you expected the Rams to struggle, and they were competitive until the final buzzer? Well, you will be delighted at the result.
Even as the LA Rams wade through the uncertainty, there are plenty of positives to note along the way. It's a chance to meet the new faces. It's a chance to welcome back familiar faces into new roles. And it's a chance for each of us to reset our own expectations for this team, and learn to appreciate the journey as much as the destination.
For starters, the LA Rams are starting their Behind the Grind series, with a new episode slated for Wednesday, June 7, 2023. I have to tell you, I really enjoy them. Not only do the video clips give a peek behind the scenes at the bonds between coaches, players, and front-office staff, but it gives a snapshot of what it's like to be a member of the LA Rams organization.
So the question is, does that make me an LA Rams homer? Well, before you jump in with a stream of negativity, consider this. I also enjoyed the Tweeted video made by the Tennessee Titans over their 2023 NFL season schedule release. You didn't see it? Well luckily for you, i have it embedded next:
I really enjoyed the video because it made a standard annual event, a schedule release, into something very fun and entertaining. I liked the Titans video for the same reasons I like the Rams videos: It has a fun and innovative approach to providing new information.
After all, if that's true, then am I a Tennessee Titans homer too?
Enjoying entertaining content doesn't make someone a homer, the president of a fan club, or even biased. In the end, entertainment is simply the willingness to be amused and appreciative of the artistic talents and expressions of others. In the end, if I am a homer of anything, it's the NFL. And that is great, because the 2023 NFL season is just about to kick into high gear.