It's about time the Rams moved their training camp to Loyola Marymount

Loyola Marymount University's 2024 Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Loyola Marymount University's 2024 Graduate Commencement Ceremony / JC Olivera/GettyImages

The logistics required to get players and coaches for an NFL team where they need to be and when they need to be there is just something that we all take for granted. But for the logistics equation that requires the LA Rams players and coaches to be where they need to be, and when they need to be there, the ensuing challenges can seem insurmountable at times.

Most NFL teams are located in the most populated areas of the nation. That is by design, because the more people in the surrounding area equates to more fans sitting in the stands for football games. But that same population density that packs stadiums with fans also means that commuting on the streets and highways can be nightmarishly congested over rush hour traffic.

The very reasons why the football team plays where they do creates logistic paradoxes. Such was the case for the LA Rams. Let me explain.

In Albert Breer's latest Monday Morning Quarterback (The MMQB), he covers a wide swath of current NFL stories and news worthy topics. One of which surprisingly involves the LA Rams latest move of training camp to Loyola Marymount:

In his article, Albert Breer explains that the move by the Rams to Loyola Marymount was an objective-based decision by the team:

"The Los Angeles Rams take efficiency in their workplace pretty seriously. The team’s move from UC-Irvine in Orange County—their camp site since returning to Los Angeles in 2016—to Loyola Marymount on the west side of L.A. was completely driven by the football team’s ability to get work done."

NFL Insider Albert Breer

He goes on to explain that the Rams use of dormitories at the University of California at Irvine was less than optimal because the dormitories at the school were a bit antiquated. So, the team sought and contracted for more modern housing at a nearby VEA hotel, where they would set up their offices and rooms. The team then began to experience frustration because the commute from dorms to their practice fields (10 minutes away on a good traffic day), began to consume up to 2.0+ hours out of their available time allotment per day due to two round trips from practice fields to hotel.

By selecting their new training camp location at Loyola Marymount, the Rams have co-located their lodging and training fields within walking distance of one another, carving out two hours of commute time and essentially plowing that time back into the days drills and practices.

While not earth-shattering news, it's one more piece of interesting developments that can lead to a positive outcome for the team this season. And I found it to be quite interesting, so I am sharing it in the interest of other fans and readers.

As always, thanks for reading.