Here’s a look at the team preview for the Los Angeles Rams:

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach– Sean McVay
  • Offensive Coordinator–Jedd Fisch
  • Defensive Coordinator– Wade Phillips
  • Special Teams– John Fassel

ODDS TO WIN:

  • NFC Championship-9/2
  • Super Bowl- 9/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 9

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 6
  • 2015- 7
  • 2016- 4
  • 2017- 11

The Offense

Quarterbacks:

Jared Goff was not special until he started the 2017 season and he along with the players surrounding him took off.  Goff threw for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns to have an All-Pro Bowl type of season. He vaulted the offense from the worst to a top ten team in one season. the backup is likely Brandon Allen.

Running Backs:

Everyone that follows football had been waiting for the emergence of running back Todd Gurley II. He emerged. Last year he ran for 1,305 yards and hit the goal line 13 times. He became a viable, fearful running back in one year. His primary backup will be Malcolm Brown. In the draft, John Kelly from Tennessee was drafted to get experience and wait in the wings for his opportunity.

Receivers:

The same story happened with the receivers as they were really bad in 2017 and caught fire in 2018. Robert Wood caught 56 passes for 781 yards and five touchdowns along with Cooper Kupp and his 62 catches. Brandin Cooks was added to give them another weapon as he has three consecutive seasons of 1,000 yards. Gerald Everett at tight end is a very good pass catcher that will be a target of Goff.

Offensive Linemen:

Center John Sullivan and Andrew Whitworth anchor this unit and protect the quarterback from his blind side. Left guard Rodger Saffold had a good year along with Jamon Brown right guard.

The Defense

Defensive Linemen:

Aaron Donald was named the defensive player of the year as he eased into the 3-4  defense very well. Ndamukong Suh will be an asset and can be a physical presence on this unit. Michael Brockers, if healthy, can knock them down with the best in the league. This is a very good unit.

Linebackers:

Gone are Richard Ogletree and Robert Quinn and now this unit is a concern. Mark Barron is back to man an inside spot and Samson Ebukam will be called on to become an impactful player.

Secondary:

Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib come in and will help the secondary along with Sam Shields, Nickell Robey-Coleman. Lamarcus Joyner had an impressive first season and can cut through the opposition but don’t sleep on Travin Howard from TCU to earn a spot as a rookie.

Special Teams

The Rams have one of the best special teams units in the NFL. Greg Zuerlein is the kicker, Johnny Hekker is a Pro Bowl punter and long snapper Jake McQuaid are the best in the business. Look for return specialist Pharoah Cooper to continue to help this outstanding unit.

The Schedule

(all games Pacific time)

Preseason Schedule:
* Thu Aug 9 7:30 pm ET @BAL
* Sat Aug 18 4:00 pm ET NFLN OAK
* Sat Aug 25 4:00 pm ET HOU
* Thu Aug 30 8:00 pm ET @NO

Regular Season:
Mon Sep 10   7:20 @OAK
Sun Sep 16    1:05     ARI
Sun Sep 23   1:05      LAC
Thu Sep 27   5:20      MIN
Sun Oct 7     1:25   @SEA
Sun Oct 14   1:05  @DEN
Sun Oct 21   5:20  @SF
Sun Oct 28   1:25      GB
Sun Nov 4   1:25   @NO
Sun Nov 11 1:25      SEA
Mon Nov 19 5:15      KC
Sun Dec 2    10:00  @DET
Sun Dec 9    10:00  @CHI
Sun Dec 16  5:20      PHI
Sun Dec 23  1:15   @ARI
Sun Dec 30  1:25       SF

Other Information

Owner- E. Stanley Kroenke

General Manager- Les Snead

Website-  www.therams.com

Stadium-  Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Capacity- 93,637

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