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  • What is the number one thing that concerns you about the upcoming season?

    I have no idea how to post a poll. I do think, however, that it might be a good idea to de-escalate the tone of the current thread on why the site appears to be declining, and instead get back to talking about the actual team.

    The Rams have a very talented team. We are not deep on the offensive line and are thin at linebacker and edge rusher. We are certainly one of the teams that have a chance to win it all if things break our way and people play to their potential.

    So what concerns me the most? Luck with injuries. Last year the Rams starters missed the least games in the last seven years in the NFL. If we get banged up on the oline especially, goff and gurley are going to regress in my view. All the skill position players in the world dont help a ton if you dont have solid blocking up front.

    Said another way, what bothers me most is what the rams can't control, ie injuries. Will we stay super healthy, moderately, healthy or get really unlucky? As much as anything else, i think the injury factor will play a material role in how far we go this year. The fact that the eagles won the super bowl despite losing their all pro left tackle amd their starting qb during the year is really remarkable. I dont think the Rams can afford to lose whitworth among others.

    Ramming speed to all

    general counsel

  • #2
    I think you hit the nail on the head, GC. Injuries definitely concern me, especially to a couple of key positions...
    • Gurley: This offense runs through Todd Gurley, and if we lose him for any significant period of time, I think the offense will have trouble keeping up the pace.
    • Whitworth: The Rams have finally found a left tackle, albeit for the short term. He did an excellent job protecting Goff's blindside. While I like the long term upside of Noteboom, I think the Rams would be in trouble if Andrew went down and had to be replaced.
    • Starting DL: I think the Rams are fortunate that the ability of the front three to generate pressure on the quarterback will help (although not completely) mask any deficiency the team has in terms of its pass rush production from the linebacker spot. However, an injury to Donald, Suh, or Brockers would weaken the front seven and put the defense in a rough spot.

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    • #3
      Iím going to go with margin for error.

      With four other championship caliber teams in the NFC (Eagles, Saints, Vikings, Falcons), the Rams canít afford too many injuries or slips if they want to play in February.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by general counsel View Post
        I have no idea how to post a poll. I do think, however, that it might be a good idea to de-escalate the tone of the current thread on why the site appears to be declining, and instead get back to talking about the actual team.

        The Rams have a very talented team. We are not deep on the offensive line and are thin at linebacker and edge rusher. We are certainly one of the teams that have a chance to win it all if things break our way and people play to their potential.

        So what concerns me the most? Luck with injuries. Last year the Rams starters missed the least games in the last seven years in the NFL. If we get banged up on the oline especially, goff and gurley are going to regress in my view. All the skill position players in the world dont help a ton if you dont have solid blocking up front.

        Said another way, what bothers me most is what the rams can't control, ie injuries. Will we stay super healthy, moderately, healthy or get really unlucky? As much as anything else, i think the injury factor will play a material role in how far we go this year. The fact that the eagles won the super bowl despite losing their all pro left tackle amd their starting qb during the year is really remarkable. I dont think the Rams can afford to lose whitworth among others.

        Ramming speed to all

        general counsel
        I echo your sentiment on injuries. Hopefully our luck has not run out on the injury front, but there are definitely some key starters who we cannot afford to lose:

        1. Goff. I don't think Mannion would have a 2017 Nick Foles-type season if Goff went down due to injury.

        2. Gurley. Our offense thrived on successful play-action. Right now, we don't have a backup that brings the same type of dynamic playmaking ability that Gurley brings. Brown is solidly unremarkable and Kelly is unproven.

        3. Whitworth. I don't even know who our backup LT is. Darrell Williams? I hope to God it's not Williams. That guy is terrible. Noteboom? Unproven.


        It's funny how these 3 guys all happen to be on the offensive side of the ball. Hmm.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
          Iím going to go with margin for error.

          With four other championship caliber teams in the NFC (Eagles, Saints, Vikings, Falcons), the Rams canít afford too many injuries or slips if they want to play in February.
          This is a very good point. Of the Rams' eleven wins last year, four of them had a margin of less than seven points between the Rams and their opponents. Keeping composure and finishing close games will be key, because as you said, the NFC is too competitive right now, and too many slips could result in a fall.

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          • #6
            Simply put, my biggest worry is that the Rams will not live up to expectations. We've all watched enough sports to know that the most talented teams don't always win, and collecting "name" guys isn't an automatic ticket back to the playoffs. McVay, Phillips and company must take these parts and successfully mesh them together while making sure these guys remain focused and hungry.

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            • #7
              All good points thus far. Injuries, depth at key position, schedule, competition...all valid.

              i will add to the list, the locker room. Maybe it's nothing, but we brought in a lot of mercs who came from teams more than willing to part ways with them. Hopefully, Yoda Phillips can keep these guys in line, but I am concerned.
              The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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              • #8
                That Rams Fans won't have FUN and realize that it's now our time again. I'm concerned they are going to worry too much about things they just can't control, rather than relax and rejoice.



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                • #9
                  My biggest concern is still the O Line. I just don't think we have enough talent at the position to back up the starters.

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                  • #10
                    All good points so far. Mine would be: is the team capable of doing a better job of stopping the run this year? We got burned at crucial points last year and need to shut that down. Receivers too of course...I havenít slept at night since the days of Bruce, Holt and Prohel.
                    "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                    Jack Youngblood

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                    • #11
                      I think the main thing that concerns me has been addressed quite a bit so far and that's concerns about depth on offense in the event of injuries. So for conversation's sake I will add another concern, albeit one that has been discussed quite a bit this offseason: the linebacker position.

                      I don't think that losing 3 of our 4 starters from last season is going to be that detrimental to the team, as they weren't a particularly strong unit anyway. However, Littleton, Longacre, Ebukam, Ramik Wilson, the rookies.... a ton of unknowns there heading into the season. I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but I'd be kinda shocked if there weren't some growing pains along the way. Hoping the D line can do enough so that run defense isn't quite the liability that it was last season.

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                      • #12
                        On last seasons form, I think RB Todd Gurley's value to the team's offensive gameplan was no doubt extremely high. But in my mind, now the Rams have finally found a young franchise QB in Jared Goff. My biggest concern is an easy choice. Its an early season-ending injury to our QB.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
                          Simply put, my biggest worry is that the Rams will not live up to expectations. We've all watched enough sports to know that the most talented teams don't always win, and collecting "name" guys isn't an automatic ticket back to the playoffs. McVay, Phillips and company must take these parts and successfully mesh them together while making sure these guys remain focused and hungry.


                          This is my concern as well. It's been on my mind regularly of late. On paper, we look really good - improved over last year. That said, when the games that count start, will these shiny new roster additions live up to the hype? Will the Rams improve from being rather porous against the run to respectably solid? I wonder about that. Has Talib lost a step? I hope not. Mostly though I agree with others here who have voiced concern for our O-line depth. Injuries to any of our starters there could, and likely would hamstring our aspirations to another NFC West title.

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                          • #14
                            I'll go with the consensus, injuries. The Rams have proven they have the personnel to beat any team, any time, and things have gotten better IMO, but if there are any injuries to key guys, I'd be worried.

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                            • #15
                              Injuries are my concern also, particularly to the Oline ans Dline.
                              “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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                              • general counsel
                                What worries you the most about the upcoming season?
                                general counsel
                                We are coming off a sensational year, far beyond any reasonable expectations. We appear to have had a strong offseason and seem well positioned to repeat in the nfc west. Arizona and Seattle do not appear to be improving and while the whiners are obviously an improved and improving team, we appear to be ahead of them. So, what worries you the most for the upcoming season?

                                Many will say pass rush, especially from the outside linebacker spots in the 3-4. Others point out the linebackers run defense issue. Both are totally valid and legit and worry me.

                                However, here is what worries me the most. I read in a recent thread that last year's Rams had the least games lost to injury of any NFL team in the last 7 years. We lost ZERO games from the starters on the offensive line all year. We were the only team in the NFL that lost no games to injury on the offensive line (through 15 games).

                                Injuries are generally speaking just a question of luck. I am always amused when fans think that the trainers have anything material to do with how often players get injured. These teams all have front line fitness guys and medical facilities and resources. If you turn your knee the wrong way, you are going to get hurt no matter what kind of training you have. Can the Rams remain as lucky injury wise this year as they were last year? WIll it even out over two years (ie do we get clobbered injury wise this year since we were so lucky last year?)

                                My primary concern is risk of injuries to the offensive line. Whitworth and Sullivan are both older guys. Sullivan had a great year and it was a huge signing to retain him. We all know the history with Saffold. However, what kind of depth do we really have on the Oline? Blythe looked ok in really limited play last year, but we are incredibly dependent on the starting oline. If we get hit with injuries on the oline, all our shiny toys at the skill positions arent going to look so great. Was Goff miles ahead last year of his rookie season? Of course. But a big part of that was pass protection and room to run for gurley, giving goff a real ability to use play action and putting him in solid down and distance situations. If injuries on the oline put the rams back into the "drop back to pass and run for your life....and watch todd gurley run into a brick wall in the backfield again" mode, we could and likely will materially regress in terms of our record.

                                I would love to see us try for some solid depth oline wise in the draft. Those players will be unproven rookies and maybe if we get lucky we can pick up a decent vet or two on the cheap at the end of free agency. But for now, what keeps me up at night is less about pass rush (which generally stresses me out during the day rather than at 3am) and more about whether we can keep the offensive line healthy for another full season.

                                Ramming speed to all

                                general counsel...
                                -04-05-2018, 05:55 PM
                              • AvengerRam
                                Which player turnaround/breakthrough do you think is most likely in 2017?
                                AvengerRam
                                Some players have not reached their perceived potential.
                                Some have slumped.
                                Some have been slowed by injuries.

                                Which do you think is most likely to have a turnaround or breakthrough season in 2017?
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                                9.09%
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                                Todd Gurley makes people forget 2016.
                                90.91%
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                                Greg Robinson finds his role at RT.
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                                -04-20-2017, 01:29 PM
                              • MauiRam
                                Bonsignore: Five things the Rams must accomplish in training camp
                                MauiRam

                                The Rams are counting on new left tackle Andrew Whitworth to bolster a position that has been a problem area for the team for years. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)


                                A year ago this time the Rams were still getting used to their new Southern California surroundings after making the 1,825-mile trip back home from St. Louis.

                                There was so much still hanging in the air.

                                An entire franchise was making the move across country. A practice facility was hurriedly being constructed to be ready in time for the regular season.

                                Families were still settling into new homes and neighborhoods and schools. Directions were required to find the nearest grocery store, let alone figure out how to get from one temporary practice site to another across three counties and more than 100 miles.

                                ďIn fluxĒ is as good a way to describe it as any. And thatís not even getting into the actual football side of things. Although we all know how that turned out.

                                That isnít to excuse the depths the Rams fell to in the eventual 4-12 season. Many of their problems were carryovers from their former home, unrelated to distance and upheaval.

                                Itís simply to point out there was an obvious and constant undercurrent of instability this time last year. And no matter how much the Rams tried to deny or manage or work around it, it was just wishful thinking. Instead they spent a year trying to get comfortable while never really getting comfortable.

                                The difference now canít be understated. The Rams are no longer the new family on the block. They are established members of the community.

                                And as they approach their second training camp at UC Irvine as the Los Angeles Rams, you get the sense 100 percent of the focus is back on football rather than spread across various different areas.

                                The question is, will stability equate to a much-needed on-field turnaround?

                                For that to be the case, here are five things the Rams much accomplish over the next four weeks:

                                OFFENSIVE LINE MUST GET SQUARED AWAY

                                It would be easy to point to second-year quarterback Jared Goff or running back Todd Gurley as the keys to finally getting the Rams offense out of first gear, and their contributions are critical. But the reality is Goff and Gurley remain beholden to the point of attack.

                                There are tangible reasons, however, to believe the offensive line can at least elevate itself to average rather than the league worst it was last season.

                                The addition of free agent left tackle Andrew Whitworth changes the whole dynamic. A two-time Pro Bowler who continues to get better with age, Whitworth, 35, immediately locks down a position that has baffled and sabotaged the Rams for years. It means Goffís backside is better protected, often as a one-man operation that allows tight ends to be more active in the passing game. It means Rodger...
                                -07-25-2017, 10:06 PM
                              • Ram Dragoon
                                Summing it all up and a crystal ball look into the future
                                Ram Dragoon
                                The slate is clean and its a new era for the Rams...

                                So how did {you} do making prediction going into 2016 season with the Rams and in general the whole of the NFL? This is more to be a FUN take of {your} understanding of the game.

                                For myself I was right to question the reliability of the OL, but way off when it came to the running game of the Rams; my thoughts where Gurley would have a better then average production and Keenum would be in the role of game manager. I didn't have a clue just how bad a manager Keenum would be and Gurley would be totally shut down. With the defense I was correct to be concerned about the secondary, but was totally blown away how poorly the defense played the run. Donald was a no brainer but the constant injuries to Quinn was unexpected-- K. Britt, had an idea he would have a reasonable productive year and Quick was pretty much useless and the Rams couldn't find a role for TA, but how useless TA and his lapse would be--WOW! I missed that one. The Goff experiment would be a GOOF...Goff coming out of a system alien to the NFL and being pitted against the elite defensive players.

                                Had a feeling this was Fisher's make or break year, though when he got his contract, it looked like I would have egg on my face. Fortunately I got some vindication. Knew the Ryan brothers where done at the beginning of the season in Buffalo and secretly worried one of them the Rams would hire.

                                Looking forward:

                                Its back to KISS.
                                Keep It Simple Stupid for Goff and the offense. I expect movements to be done to address the OL. Likely some more offensive tools would be added but I don't expect any explosive weapons mainly do to giving up so much to get Goff

                                Its still going to be defense, defense, and defense to win games. And I think its LBs the first order of business. Opponents' ability to run the ball negates any value of a pass rush. I also expect more depth in the secondary. For lack of a better term, its a re-build in the fundamentals but not a total overhaul. Picking up a leader would add an attitude to bring out the best in what should be a solid defense
                                -01-22-2017, 03:50 PM
                              • AvengerRam
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