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    An interesting take on the Rams for 2020.

    https://www.nfl.com/news/state-of-th...rse-2019-slide

  • #2
    Interesting, good read. Thanks MDE.

    On the other hand, that the Rams were in Aaron Donald's shape! [Per video]

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    • #3
      The article correctly illustrates the many obstacles the Rams have to overcome including a tough overall schedule, an even tougher division, brand new coordinators, an unproven running game, questions on the offensive line, and the loss of pieces like Fowler and Littleton. Amidst all of that is the fundamental question about what we actually have in Jared Goff. And I totally agree this is a big year for McVay, who was anointed early (and probably unfairly) in his tenure but will be put to the test in 2020.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
        The article correctly illustrates the many obstacles the Rams have to overcome including a tough overall schedule, an even tougher division, brand new coordinators, an unproven running game, questions on the offensive line, and the loss of pieces like Fowler and Littleton. Amidst all of that is the fundamental question about what we actually have in Jared Goff. And I totally agree this is a big year for McVay, who was anointed early (and probably unfairly) in his tenure but will be put to the test in 2020.
        You touched on what I thought was the key issue raised in the article which is the value Jared Goff offers to the Rams. I do feel he is a very talented QB but for the Rams to reach/return to the championship level Goff must improve his decision making.

        The defense stopping scoring drives or the O-Line providing the cleanest pocket or a kicker who makes 100% of FG attempts means very little if Goff isn't leading the offense on a consistent basis putting points on the board.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post

          You touched on what I thought was the key issue raised in the article which is the value Jared Goff offers to the Rams. I do feel he is a very talented QB but for the Rams to reach/return to the championship level Goff must improve his decision making.

          The defense stopping scoring drives or the O-Line providing the cleanest pocket or a kicker who makes 100% of FG attempts means very little if Goff isn't leading the offense on a consistent basis putting points on the board.
          We weren't consistent in stopping the run on D last year - there isn't much Goff can do about that. This year we've got a lot of new faces on D, and maybe Brandon Staley can put the new faces in the right places .. Stopping the run is key. It's the old "box of chocolates scenario" - at this time we simply don't know what we'll get.

          Of equal importance is our running game. No running game and we'll find ourselves floundering in mediocrity. Goff isn't Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson - he can't make opposing defenses pay with his legs. However, he can make them pay with improved decision making. I believe he will with another year of seasoning under his belt. On the other hand - if he is running for his life half the time it will prove a hindrance to his development.

          Cam Akers looks great on his college film - especially given his ability to rack up the majority of his yards after contact. Can Akers segue that talent to the NFL? I dunno. The way things appear at this point, he'll definitely need to transition that ability to the next level as our O-line is a huge question mark at this point. I'm hoping we will be pleasantly surprised ..

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          • #6
            I think Maui is 100% correct. I dont think the offensive line issue pertains to providing the cleanest pocket for Goff. THe issue is a functional running game, which makes down and distance manageable and makes play action, a critical part of our offense effective. Our run blocking was a disgrace all last year. Sure, we allowed the fewest sacks in the nfl. The pass blocking wasnt the greatest, the sacks allowed stat is misleading, but the run blocking was just terrible and we were just horrible on third down, part of which was a distance issue. That is the single biggest need for improvement on this team. There is not qb that is going to be really effective in third and long over and over.

            Ramming speed to all

            general counsel

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            • #7
              Yeah as Goff needs to be in the clutch. When it comes down to it there. Need to see more of that.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by general counsel View Post
                I dont think the offensive line issue pertains to providing the cleanest pocket for Goff. The issue is a functional running game which makes down and distance manageable and makes play action a critical part of our offense effective.

                Ramming speed to all

                general counsel
                That sums it up in a nutshell folks ...

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                • #9
                  I think some of you have misunderstood my point. I certainly agree that improvement in the running game is critical for the Rams to succeed. My point about the "clean pocket" is more of an indication for enabling Goff to pass or hand-off. Bottom line, move the ball down the field. In order for that to occur, Goff needs to see what the defense is scheming and initiate the play. That is where the decision making comes into play. Look at Goff's TD/interception ratio and tell me that last year wasn't a decided drop for the previous 2 years. Decision making but also play calling.

                  As for the run defense, absolutely. That was our downfall last season. But at the end of the day the winning team has the most points on the board. Score TD's.

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