Preface: 2024 is a brand new team
Perhaps one of the most difficult things about cheering for an NFL team is the acceptance that a new season truly is a brand new team. That can mean many things to many people, but it universally means that what was is not what will be. Let me explain:
Let's start at the point where we knew that the LA Rams meant business in 2023. The LA Rams loaded up a depleted coaching staff with new and reputable faces at this time last year. For the most part, it was the infusion of new ideas, dramatically esteemed experience, and a willingness to consider new concepts that truly laid a foundation for dramatic improvement for this team. To the NFL question that borders as enigmatic as the Chicken or the Egg paradox, the LA Rams proved once and for all that coaching surpasses talent.
So much so that the Rams organization's coaching staff is once more the best and most cohesive in the NFL. And in just one year, many have become irreplaceable.
The LA Rams were a very young team in 2023. With any rookie class, it takes time to acclimate to the new NFL experience. And so it was for the Rams rookies, While everyone on the Rams roster played their hardest, the team was a brand new configuration. From offensive line to secondary, even returning players had to acclimate to new teammates, new coaches, new strategies, and ultimately, and new way of doing things.
But the Rams were more than a combination of prior team veterans and new rookie faces. Despite having limited funds, the shrewd bargain-basement Rams front office snagged a number of key contributing veterans from the 2023 NFL Free Agency market who were willing to sign for the veteran minimum, with a chance to remake a name for themselves and reestablish their reputation as competitive football players.