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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!"

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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?
                                by 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, 04:55 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Everybody's An Expert On The Rams Woes.........
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                              • NJ Ramsfan1
                                Thoughts and Observations
                                by NJ Ramsfan1
                                The Rams picked the absolute worst time for an offensive clunker, laying an egg in the Super Bowl, and there were plenty of culprits. Start with Gurley, who showed again that he's obviously hurt, despite the repeated and ridiculous proclamations to the contrary by the organization, McVay and Gurley himself. Was a tight end's name mentioned all night? Higbee and Everett apparently went into Witness Protection, because they were totally invisible. Ditto for Robert Woods, who contributed virtually nothing. Only Reynolds and Cooks carried their weight offensively though Cooks' two drops killed us (more on this later).

                                Goff could never get it going. He wasn't helped, as his offensive line played poorly for much of the night, especially Austin Blythe, who was tossed around like a salad every time I watched him. Goff nonetheless took a couple of ill-advised sacks and was skittish on throws when pressure came. He continued his pattern of making bad reads from time to time, trying to hit covered receivers while others roamed free. It's his biggest weakness, IMO, and one has to hope it's the byproduct of youth which will be improved with reps and experience.

                                Three pivotal plays changed the course of this game. One was the phantom holding call on Sullivan during Gurley's 27 yard run- a call that changed the drive and forced a punt. Terrible, over-officious call. And plays two and three were the drops by Cooks- difficult catches for sure, but ones made by big time players in big time moments. The 2nd one in particular on a beautifully thrown ball by Goff REALLY hurt, as a possible 10-10 tie was replaced by an interception thrown one play later. Game over.

                                McVay was outcoached. One can safely say that because when a man's bread and butter- offensive football- is reduced to a pile of trash on the biggest stage in the sport, he didn't do a good job and had no answers. Why weren't the tight ends incorporated more? Why wasn't CJ Anderson given a bigger role given Gurley's continued troubles? The Goff fake handoff and play action fooled no one. And I think if the offense is predicated too much on the success of one guy (Gurley), you're going to have problems, as evidenced tonight.

                                Credit Phillips, who had the defense ready. They played well enough to win, and despite their lousy coverage of Edelman, made stops when needed and kept New England off the scoreboard. We'll certainly see some changes for next year, but couldn't have asked too much more from them- this defeat rests squarely on the offensive side of the ball. And if you had bet me this would be the way the game would go, I'd have lost my shirt.

                                In time, I'll appreciate the season we had, but in sports, you must take advantage of opportunities given to you in Championship Games, because you never know if or when you'll ever get back. A bitter pill to swallow on so many levels....
                                -02-04-2019, 04:29 AM
                              • AvengerRam
                                Which player turnaround/breakthrough do you think is most likely in 2017?
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                                Some players have not reached their perceived potential.
                                Some have slumped.
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                                Which do you think is most likely to have a turnaround or breakthrough season in 2017?
                                Jared Goff starts to look like a franchise QB.
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                                Todd Gurley makes people forget 2016.
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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                C.J. Anderson: Gurley Was 'More Hurt Than We Thought" When He Signed With Rams
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                C.J. Anderson says Todd Gurley was 'more hurt than what we thought' when he signed with the Rams

                                Gurley barely saw the field in the playoffs, but the Rams have insisted that he was completely healthy

                                by Sean Wagner-McGough
                                @seanjwagner
                                15 hrs ago ē 4 min read

                                It's been two weeks since the Super Bowl and the mystery surrounding Todd Gurley's strange absence has yet to be cleared up.

                                All along, the Rams have maintained that Gurley was healthy during the playoffs and attributed his lack of playing time to football reasons -- with Gurley saying he simply got out-played by C.J. Anderson in the NFC Championship Game and Sean McVay saying he didn't do a good enough job getting his star running back involved. To no one's surprise, neither of those responses have been considered satisfactory answers to the biggest mystery of the playoffs.

                                On Tuesday, Anderson provided more support to the theory that Gurley was dealing with a knee injury during the playoffs, hence his decreased workload. During an appearance on FS1's "Undisputed," Anderson revealed that when he arrived in Los Angeles, Gurley was more hurt than anyone initially thought, including the Rams and Gurley.

                                "He was more hurt than what we thought," Anderson said. "The injury was a little bit more than what everybody in the building thought, including himself."

                                So what was the injury? Anderson described it as a sprained knee, but he couldn't call it that with any kind of certainty.

                                "He'd never really tell me. It was tough. I would say sprained knee," Anderson said. "Obviously, it's the same knee injury he's had before in his career. Obviously, I had surgery on my meniscus and once you have a knee, you always have a knee. So it aggravates. If he was getting a lot of touches earlier in the year -- obviously, him being one of the best running backs that probably was the case."

                                Gurley dealt with a knee injury at both the beginning and the end of the regular season, which led to the Rams sitting him for their final two games of the season and signing Anderson to fill in. Anderson played well in relief of Gurley in Weeks 16 and 17, rushing for 299 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams secured a first-round playoff bye.

                                When it came time for their playoff run to begin against the Cowboys in the divisional round, Anderson and Gurley shared touches, and both of them thrived. Gurley rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries while Anderson racked up 123 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

                                Gurley certainly looked healthy.

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                                But Gurley was almost entirely absent in the NFC title game, garnering four carries for 10 yards and dropping a couple of passes in the early going while Anderson carried the ball 16 times for 44 yards.

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                                -02-20-2019, 07:38 AM
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