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  • cowboyhater
    started a topic Who to dump?

    Who to dump?

    Over the Cap has updated the salary cap numbers for this year. We are $14 million over. We will have to restructure or get rid of players.

    Looking at the roster, there are only 11 players that make enough to cut/trade/rework them for cap reasons alone.

    There has been talk of getting rid of Tyler Higbee. He's a significant cap hit of $9 million. He is also productive, and not easily replaced.

    Allen Robinson makes twice as much. Cutting him doesn't work cap-wise, but trading him would be $3 million dead money and $15 million in savings.

    Perhaps we could trade him for a low value player to a WR-needy team to clear some money off of the books. We can get by with Kupp, Skowronek and Atwell (both of whom I have blasted, but we no longer have OBJ or Woods).
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  • jjigga3000
    started a topic Obj

    Obj

    Mark my words OBJ will be in a Rams uni coming the start of the 2023 season....
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  • Los Angeles Rams 2023 coaching staff - Who’s here, who’s gone

    Los Angeles Rams 2023 coaching staff: Who’s here, who’s gone, what’s open?


    Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    The Los Angeles Rams are once again undergoing a makeover with their coaching staff. We know that Sean McVay is back, we know that he’s hired a new offensive coordinator to replace Liam Coen, and we know that he’s parted ways with at least a half-dozen other assistants. There’s so much we don’t know, so let’s review who is here and what jobs are needed, as well as who could still leave.

    Head Coach - Sean McVay, 7th season
    After much speculation that McVay would step down after six seasons, the head coach took a few days after the season to think it over and ultimately decided to come back for year seven. This shows confidence in McVay that the Rams are not finished with their championship window and that implies that the team will be active as buyers, not sellers. Unless McVay is interested in being part of a longer plan, which we should find out soon based on how L.A. plays the trade market, then expect the Rams to move forward like Super Bowl contenders again.

    Offensive Coordinator - Mike LaFleur, 1st season
    LaFleur spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons as the New York Jets offensive coordinator following a long career working as an assistant for Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco and Washington. LaFleur’s Jets were among the worst offenses in the NFL, but Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp are far more established than Zach Wilson and most of what New York had at wide receiver.

    Assistant Head Coach - Thomas Brown, 4th season
    Brown is officially listed as the tight ends coach as well, but he took over for Ra’Shaad Samples as running backs coach in the middle of the 2022 season. Whether Brown will hold that title again in 2023 remains to be seen and he’s interviewed for both head coaching and offensive coordinator roles with other teams in the last two years. Expect Brown to stay on as assistant head coach unless he leaves, whereas his position group is yet to be established. Brown played running back with the Falcons and Browns from 2008-2010 and worked with some high-profile backs at Georgia.

    Quarterbacks/Pass Coordinator - Zac Robinson, 5th season
    Robinson got a major promotion in 2022, going from assistant QBs coach to the main QBs coach and the pass game coordinator. He has interviewed as the offensive coordinator for the Chargers, a job he did not get, and it remains to be seen if he will retain these titles in L.A. after the Rams finished 27th in passing yards, 29th in net yards per attempt, and 28th in passing touchdowns. Even when Matthew Stafford was healthy, the passing offense was among the worst in the NFL. Robinson is a former college quarterback who was on the rosters of the Patriots, Seahawks, Lions, and Bengals from 2010-2013.

    Wide Receivers - Eric Yarber, 7th season
    Yarber is one of the few to survive/not be promoted...
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  • Rams Jalen Ramsey Earns Late Pro Bowl Nod

    By Matt Galatzan | Last updated 1/30/23

    Things did not exactly go the Los Angeles Rams' way in 2023.

    Following up their Super Bowl LVI win with a 5-12 record, the Rams suffered through countless injuries and frustrating losses, missing out on the playoffs for just the second time in the Sean McVay era.

    However, that doesn't mean there weren't a few positives to be had for LA fans - one of which was the play of star defensive back, Jalen Ramsey.

    And as a result of his play, Ramsey has now been awarded a late Pro Bowl nod.

    Ramsey will replace Eagles defensive back Darius Slay, who will be playing in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.

    Ramsey finished the season with a career-high tying four interceptions, 88 total tackles, 18 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two sacks - the first of his career.

    However, despite his solid campaign, Ramsey has been the subject of trade rumors galore since the end of the season.

    A three-time All-Pro, Ramsey is under contract with the Rams until 2026 - but there's an option to part ways following next season, meaning the marriage could come to an early end either way.

    Ramsey, still just 28 years old, is undoubtedly one of the top cornerbacks in the game right now. A player of his caliber should get the Rams at least a first-round pick.

    But ultimately, it's simply rumored at the moment ... even if the situation appears to have few positive developments
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  • Rams' 2023 schedule is the 9th-hardest

    Rams' 2023 schedule is the 9th-hardest based on the opponent record in 2022

    Cameron DaSilva
    January 27, 2023, 7:11 am PT

    The Rams finished third in the NFC West at 5-12, one of the worst records in football. That doesn’t necessarily mean their schedule will be easy in 2023, though.

    Other than their division rivals, the Rams’ list of opponents next season includes the Eagles, Steelers, Packers, Cowboys, Ravens, and Bengals, among others. Collectively, the Rams’ 2023 opponents had a record of 152-133-3 (.533) this past season. That gives L.A. the ninth-hardest schedule in the NFL, with the Eagles boasting the toughest schedule (.566).

    The Falcons are set to have the easiest schedule in football, with their 2023 opponents going 119-167-3 this season.

    Of course, this isn’t a perfect way to predict the difficulty of a team’s schedule. Every team in the NFL will look different in September than it does now. There’s still free agency, the draft, and likely some trades on the horizon, which will shift the balance across the league.

    For instance, there’s a chance Aaron Rodgers won’t be on the Packers and Lamar Jackson won’t be on the Ravens in 2023, which would presumably make the Rams’ schedule a little bit easier, assuming those players don’t land with another team on L.A.’s list of opponents.

    The Rams could look much different, too. If they move some of their big-name players to clear cap space and recoup draft picks, this roster may not be as star-studded as it is now.
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  • Should Sean McVay let new OC Mike LaFleur call the plays?

    Should Sean McVay let new OC Mike LaFleur call the plays?



    Cameron DaSilva
    January 29, 2023 6:49 am PT

    When it comes to Sean McVay’s coaching staff, it’s been a revolving door at offensive coordinator since he started in 2017. He’s had Matt LaFleur, Kevin O’Connell, and Liam Coen as his OCs, but O’Connell was the only one who stayed more than one season. He also went two years in 2018 and 2019 without a true offensive coordinator.

    It’s hardly surprising that McVay has been the play caller his entire tenure in Los Angeles, given the turnover at the offensive coordinator position. But might McVay consider handing off play-calling duties to his new OC, Mike LaFleur? It’s certainly something he should consider.

    McVay flirted with retirement for the second year in a row and seems to be getting burned out by the job. One way to alleviate some stress on game days is by delegating the play calling to his offensive coordinator – something he’s never done.

    Doing that would allow McVay to have more of a big-picture view of the team during the game without solely focusing on which plays to call when the offense is on the field. Had the Rams hired a veteran coach like Frank Reich, this would be an easier decision. But with LaFleur being somewhat inexperienced, perhaps McVay will remain the play caller.

    McVay said in November during the Rams’ rough stretch that neither he nor Raheem Morris would give up play-calling duties. The offense was playing terribly, and the play calling wasn’t great, but the team was also missing a lot of starters.

    LaFleur was the Jets’ play caller for the last two years and also had to endure some of the same troubles the Rams had in 2022. There was no consistency at quarterback, Breece Hall missed most of the season with injury and the offensive line underwent a lot of changes, too.

    So, blaming him for the Jets ranking 28th and 29th in points scored the last two seasons is unfair.

    Like McVay, LaFleur’s play calls have been skewed toward the pass. The Jets ranked 32nd and 27th in rushing attempts the last two years, while they were 13th and seventh in pass attempts in that same span. That doesn’t tell the whole story, of course. The Jets played from behind a lot in the last two seasons, so the game script forced them to throw the ball in order to catch up.

    His background is in the aerial attack, though. He was the pass game coordinator with the ***** from 2017-2020 and has also coached quarterbacks in the past. So LaFleur does have more experience in that area than he does in the ground game.

    McVay should still think about letting him call the plays, though. With a veteran quarterback, an established No. 1 receiver, and a hopefully improved offensive line in L.A., LaFleur will be set up much better for success than he was in New York.

    ...
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  • Here are four things to know about LaFleur

    The Rams needed some changes on offense after finishing last in the NFL in yards last season, so the hope is that LaFleur will bring some new, innovative ideas to Los Angeles.

    Here are four things to know about LaFleur.

    1) He’s Matt LaFleur’s brother

    McVay is good friends with Matt LaFleur, so it’s likely that he’s crossed paths with Mike more than a few times. Matt was McVay’s offensive coordinator in 2017 before taking the same position with the Titans in 2018. He’s now the head coach of the Packers.

    Mike is the younger brother of Matt and has a shorter track record in the NFL, but Matt also has eight years on him in age.

    2) He’s only been an offensive coordinator for 2 years

    LaFleur has only been an offensive coordinator for one team: the Jets. He only held that role for two years before getting fired after the 2022 season. Robert Saleh made changes to New York’s coaching staff and after two disappointing years offensively, he decided to move on from the play caller on offense.

    3) The Jet's offense never ranked higher than 28th in scoring

    In the last two years, the Jets struggled badly on offense. They never ranked higher than 28th in points scored, finishing 29th this past season. They also ranked 26th in yards in 2021 and 25th this season.

    That’s not entirely LaFleur’s fault, however. There was a constant change at quarterback in 2022 and Zach Wilson doesn’t exactly have the makings of a starting quarterback. With a veteran like Matthew Stafford, LaFleur should have much more success.

    4) He hails from Kyle Shanahan’s coaching tree

    LaFleur has worked closely with Shanahan throughout his career. He was an offensive assistant under Shanahan from 2015-2016 while with the Falcons, then he followed Shanahan to the ***** in 2017 and was their passing game coordinator for four years until 2020. LaFleur is one of the smartest offensive coaches in the league, so landing a coach from his tree is wise.
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  • Mike LaFleur- new offensive coordinator...

    ...as per ESPN. Not really sure what to make of this. LaFleur had success working with SF from 2017-2020 as their passing game coordinator and receivers coach. He also presided over an awful Jets offense recently, one which featured the total implosion of Zach Wilson, a guy they drafted 2nd overall in the 2021 draft. How does all this translate into him being able to serve as offensive coordinator?

    On the one hand, he certainly isn't going to ruin Stafford, a thirteen year veteran. On the flip side, I never like hiring a guy coming off a pretty big failure, and the Jets' collapse qualifies as such; their defense played at a playoff-caliber for most of the year. It was their offense that cost them a shot.

    Interested in everyone's opinions on the move.
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  • Riley Dixon enjoyed a career season with Rams

    Riley Dixon enjoyed a career season with Rams | Free Agent Spotlight


    Stu Jackson

    Staff Writer
    After moving on from longtime punter Johnny Hekker following the 2021 season, the Rams turned to another veteran Riley Dixon as his replacement.

    Dixon, in turn, gave Los Angeles a career-best season, averaging a career-high 48.4 yards per punt, also landing 19 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

    Now, after playing on a one-year deal last season, Dixon is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 15.

    So, what's next for Dixon and the Rams?

    L.A. could choose to re-sign Dixon. Beyond his career year in terms of yards-per-punt average – which was also second-highest in a single season in franchise history – he also did well as the primary holder on field goals for kicker Matt Gay, who made at least 93.3 percent of his field goals for the second-straight season.

    If the Rams don't re-sign Dixon, they would likely go the route of free agency or the draft to find his replacement. They did have Brock Miller on their practice squad late in the 2022 season, but Miller was re-signed by the USFL's New Jersey Generals on Tuesday after playing for them last spring.
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  • Rams Nation sighs in disgust

    while the free world celebrates Dallas' loss
    Now it's up to the Eagles to stop Purdy boy's team
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    Last edited by ramsanddodgers; 1 week ago. Reason: clarification
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