You go back, Jack, do it again
The LA Rams seem to be rolling along in a three-year life cycle. If you examine the exhibit below, you will see the patterns staring back at you as plain as day. Ever since the Rams hired Sean McVay to become the team's head coach in 2017, the Rams have held true to a pattern of a struggling team, followed by a playoff season, followed by a season in which the Rams compete in a Super Bowl.
While McVay had no influence over the Rams record in 2016, the pattern of the Rams roster developing rapidly over that 3-year cycle has held true throughout the past eight years. Of course, the Rams are not yet in a position to compete in the post-season just yet, but we will address that matter in the next slide. For now, suffice it to say that if the Rams earn a berth for the playoffs this season, the team will have cemented a pattern that could lead them to the NFL Championship at the end of the 2024 NFL season.
2017: 11-5, 0-1 NFL Playoffs
2018: 13-3, 2-1 NFL Playoffs, Lost in Super Bowl LIII to NE Patriots 13-3
2020: 10-6 1-1 NFL Playoffs
2021: 12-5, 4-0 NFL Playoffs, Won in Super Bowl LVI over Cincinnati Bengals 23-20
2023: 10-7, 6th seed, NFL Playoffs
So far so good, or is it? With six games remaining on the Rams schedule, the Rams have to win no less than four games to have even a remote chance of earning a playoff berth. In reality, the Rams will be better off running the table, or at least winning five of the last six games. That will mean that the LA Rams, a team that could only win three of nine games before a Week 10 BYE, will need to finish the 2023 NFL season by winning seven of eight games after the BYE.
So far, the Rams are 2-0. Now, let's talk about why the Rams may be better as the season progresses.