If you knew the future beforehand, would that change your destiny? Well, don't look now, but the LA Rams have all the appearance of extending another 3-year cycle that has been occuring over the past eight seasons. Right now, every shred of evidence suggests that it's about to happen all over again.
By now, you are either waking up drowsily with a warm and fuzzy feeling over the LA Rams or you have been facing Friday, December 22, 2023, with an unshakable smile on your face. In either case, you know that the LA Rams (8-7) have just won their fifth of six games and a very much in the hunt for a berth in the NFL Playoffs once more.
And yet, when these same Rams limped into their Week 10 BYE with a record of 3-6, nobody was thinking a second thought about the playoffs. In fact, there was far more attention being placed on the 2024 NFL Draft. But the LA Rams organization had other plans.
All-In takes a toll on everyone in the Rams organization
Is this some form of self-fulfilling prophecy? Are the mental and physical strains of climbing the mountain of NFL success to compete for an NFL Championship so great that it takes a full three years to recharge for another run? Perhaps. While I don't think that plays a role in all NFL teams' ability to reach the pinnacle in the NFL, it certainly has an impact when the LA Rams are involved.
The Rams have gone All-In to reach the Super Bowl, and have been accused of mortgaging the future for present day success. While that could be a casual conclusion, the idea does not stand up to the evidence of the Rams history of success under HC Sean McVay and GM Les Snead.
The flaw with that line of reasoning would lead to the conclusion that the team was willing to win once, but would pay a huge cost in the aftermath. But the LA Rams have had no such 'hangover' in terms of falling to the bottom rung of the NFL ladder for years at a time. Rather, like a super ball, the Rams hit the floor hard, but seem to bounce even higher in the next cycle.
So, let's take a look at how this Rams team has fallen into a familiar pattern once more.