Tim Godfrey

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  1. Was Johnson's 2016 season reason enough to let him walk in free agency? The Los Angeles Rams will have a No. 1 corner next year, and whether or not it's Trumaine Johnson will determine the strength of the secondary. Johnson's 2016 season was as forgettable as any, but it's no question that Johnson's presence on the team is not only strong, but necessary if the Rams are to have a chance at having a pass-defense. Before their move to LA, the Rams were faced with a frustrating conundrum: Should the team franchise tag Johnson or Janoris Jenkins? The plan was to tag one of the corners, while general manager Les Snead worked with other player to get a long-term deal signed, ensuring the team will be able to keep on of their corners should the other one choose to walk. Well, we know how that turned out. Jenkins walked away, frustrated that the Rams and he were so far apart on money despite negotiating for more than a year, and Johnson played under a tag of $13 million. Jenkins went on to have a great season and made the playoffs with the New York Giants. Johnson had a down year and went 4-12 with the Rams. Despite the down year, Johnson entered the final week of the season ranked 30th among the 119 corners in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. But it should also be noted that Johnson was a part of a defense on a general decline. Gregg Williams called his worst defense in 2016, resulting in many inconsistent games, and bad play-calling. Stats be damned at this point, there is plenty of film proving Johnson can play, and plenty of teams know that, expressing interest. Teams like the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Jets could all benefit from Johnson's services, and there is a good chance they will come to the free agency table with pocketbooks filled with cap space. Final Judgement: Re-sign. There is a laundry list of reasons why the Rams should do everything they can to retain Trumaine Johnson. Imagine if Johnson walked? Los Angeles would have EJ Gaines as the projected No. 1. Gaines is clearly not back to his 2014 form, and might never be. The No. 2 corner could be Troy Hill, or LaMarcus Joyner. Hill was the biggest liability in the secondary, and Joyner was delegated to manning the slot receiver coverage. That's it. His little experience as an outside man has also proven to be hindering. It's also doubtful the Rams would be able to find immediate help in the draft, especially without a first-round draft choice this year. LA has more cap room coming into the new league year, and a new attitude as a whole. While there are rumors of Fisher-era players being allowed to walk, Sean McVay would do well as a head coach to retain the best corner on the team, especially with Wade Phillips being the defensive coordinator. When Phillips arrived in Denver, the secondary was talented, but not really producing at their expected proficiency. Phillips fixed that. His 3-4 base defense might scare some, as the Rams defense has always been 4-3, but Phillips defense is tailor-fit for specific strengths of the defense. The aggressive play-calling is similar to Williams' except Phillips' actually works. Johnson might follow Jenkins and Rodney McLeod's paths and go to a competitive team offering a large payday. But the Rams need to prove they will be competitive in 2017, and put their money where their mouth is.
  2. Was Johnson's 2016 season reason enough to let him walk in free agency? The Los Angeles Rams will have a No. 1 corner next year, and whether or not it's Trumaine Johnson will determine the strength of the secondary. Johnson's 2016 season was as forgettable as any, but it's no question that Johnson's presence on the team is not only strong, but necessary if the Rams are to have a chance at having a pass-defense. Before their move to LA, the Rams were faced with a frustrating conundrum: Should the team franchise tag Johnson or Janoris Jenkins? The plan was to tag one of the corners, while general manager Les Snead worked with other player to get a long-term deal signed, ensuring the team will be able to keep on of their corners should the other one choose to walk. Well, we know how that turned out. Jenkins walked away, frustrated that the Rams and he were so far apart on money despite negotiating for more than a year, and Johnson played under a tag of $13 million. Jenkins went on to have a great season and made the playoffs with the New York Giants. Johnson had a down year and went 4-12 with the Rams. Despite the down year, Johnson entered the final week of the season ranked 30th among the 119 corners in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. But it should also be noted that Johnson was a part of a defense on a general decline. Gregg Williams called his worst defense in 2016, resulting in many inconsistent games, and bad play-calling. Stats be damned at this point, there is plenty of film proving Johnson can play, and plenty of teams know that, expressing interest. Teams like the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Jets could all benefit from Johnson's services, and there is a good chance they will come to the free agency table with pocketbooks filled with cap space. Final Judgement: Re-sign. There is a laundry list of reasons why the Rams should do everything they can to retain Trumaine Johnson. Imagine if Johnson walked? Los Angeles would have EJ Gaines as the projected No. 1. Gaines is clearly not back to his 2014 form, and might never be. The No. 2 corner could be Troy Hill, or LaMarcus Joyner. Hill was the biggest liability in the secondary, and Joyner was delegated to manning the slot receiver coverage. That's it. His little experience as an outside man has also proven to be hindering. It's also doubtful the Rams would be able to find immediate help in the draft, especially without a first-round draft choice this year. LA has more cap room coming into the new league year, and a new attitude as a whole. While there are rumors of Fisher-era players being allowed to walk, Sean McVay would do well as a head coach to retain the best corner on the team, especially with Wade Phillips being the defensive coordinator. When Phillips arrived in Denver, the secondary was talented, but not really producing at their expected proficiency. Phillips fixed that. His 3-4 base defense might scare some, as the Rams defense has always been 4-3, but Phillips defense is tailor-fit for specific strengths of the defense. The aggressive play-calling is similar to Williams' except Phillips' actually works. Johnson might follow Jenkins and Rodney McLeod's paths and go to a competitive team offering a large payday. But the Rams need to prove they will be competitive in 2017, and put their money where their mouth is. View full NFL news story
  3. Breakout performance should be enough to bring Kenny Britt back, right? Kenny Britt was one of the bright spots on the Los Angeles Rams and the best offensive player on the team by far. While Todd Gurley went on a tremendous decline in his sophomore season, it was Kenny Britt who had a breakout season, earning career highs in receptions, yards, and catch rate. The 2016 season was a disappointment, but it was a year that should make the Rams realize the importance of bringing Britt back on a multi-year contract. For whatever reason, Britt thrived in Rob Boras’ offense while everyone, except maybe Brian Quick (rebounded from 2015), suffered. Case Keenum and Jared Goff could not do much with the supporting cast, or the amount of time the offensive line gave them, Todd Gurley couldn’t get to the running lanes because there were no running lanes. Despite all of this, Britt was able to reach more than 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his seven-year career. While receivers like Tavon Austin and Lance Kendricks couldn’t hold onto the ball or get a pass their way, it was Britt who can be seen stretching the field for deep passes. When the ball came his way, there was a really good chance that Britt was going to end up snatching it out of the air. Along with a career-high in receiving yards, Britt turned in a career-high catch rate (54.8%). The 2016 season was his best, but since his arrival to the Rams in 2014, Britt has quietly been the Rams better receivers. However, the offense he’s played in has not always been in his favor. The Rams offenses have always been very bland, and have never taken consistent, aggressive drives towards the end-zone. This left Britt to catch a lot of garbage time passes, when the game is already over. Standing at 6’3”, Britt is the Rams tallest receiver and he’s shown that he has the ability to get the jump ball, and catch passes over-the-shoulder. It’s difficult to judge his market value at this point, being how it’s January and Britt is a bit of a mixed bag. He’s coming off a career season in the worst offense in the league, which makes some wonder whether Britt is legit or just a big fish in a small pond. Final judgement: Re-Sign The Rams offense, and the team as a whole, will be going through a change, and there will surely be struggles as new head coach Sean McVay works to rebuild the offense. While there will be a rebuild, the team will still have the goal to win games, and they cannot afford to lose any playmakers during this process. Britt is a skilled veteran and the best player on the offense. So, when rumors surfaced about Britt and other Fisher-era players being allowed to walk in free agency, it left me scratching my head. Britt is the best receiver, and there is no guarantee that Tavon Austin will be able to rebound from his lackluster 2016 or if McVay will be able to use him like he did DeSean Jackson. Britt has proven that he’s the lone consistent receiver throughout his three seasons with the Rams, and to allow him to test the waters would be careless. View full NFL news story
  4. Breakout performance should be enough to bring Kenny Britt back, right? Kenny Britt was one of the bright spots on the Los Angeles Rams and the best offensive player on the team by far. While Todd Gurley went on a tremendous decline in his sophomore season, it was Kenny Britt who had a breakout season, earning career highs in receptions, yards, and catch rate. The 2016 season was a disappointment, but it was a year that should make the Rams realize the importance of bringing Britt back on a multi-year contract. For whatever reason, Britt thrived in Rob Boras’ offense while everyone, except maybe Brian Quick (rebounded from 2015), suffered. Case Keenum and Jared Goff could not do much with the supporting cast, or the amount of time the offensive line gave them, Todd Gurley couldn’t get to the running lanes because there were no running lanes. Despite all of this, Britt was able to reach more than 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his seven-year career. While receivers like Tavon Austin and Lance Kendricks couldn’t hold onto the ball or get a pass their way, it was Britt who can be seen stretching the field for deep passes. When the ball came his way, there was a really good chance that Britt was going to end up snatching it out of the air. Along with a career-high in receiving yards, Britt turned in a career-high catch rate (54.8%). The 2016 season was his best, but since his arrival to the Rams in 2014, Britt has quietly been the Rams better receivers. However, the offense he’s played in has not always been in his favor. The Rams offenses have always been very bland, and have never taken consistent, aggressive drives towards the end-zone. This left Britt to catch a lot of garbage time passes, when the game is already over. Standing at 6’3”, Britt is the Rams tallest receiver and he’s shown that he has the ability to get the jump ball, and catch passes over-the-shoulder. It’s difficult to judge his market value at this point, being how it’s January and Britt is a bit of a mixed bag. He’s coming off a career season in the worst offense in the league, which makes some wonder whether Britt is legit or just a big fish in a small pond. Final judgement: Re-Sign The Rams offense, and the team as a whole, will be going through a change, and there will surely be struggles as new head coach Sean McVay works to rebuild the offense. While there will be a rebuild, the team will still have the goal to win games, and they cannot afford to lose any playmakers during this process. Britt is a skilled veteran and the best player on the offense. So, when rumors surfaced about Britt and other Fisher-era players being allowed to walk in free agency, it left me scratching my head. Britt is the best receiver, and there is no guarantee that Tavon Austin will be able to rebound from his lackluster 2016 or if McVay will be able to use him like he did DeSean Jackson. Britt has proven that he’s the lone consistent receiver throughout his three seasons with the Rams, and to allow him to test the waters would be careless.
  5. Since When Does Jared Cook Ball Out?

    I know, I couldn't believe it, either. Jared Cook is playing his first season with the Green Bay Packers, and not only did he reach the playoffs for the first time in his career, but he produced the performance of his life Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Cook was cut from the Los Angeles Rams in March, along with James Laurinaitis and Chris Long. While many were upset the team was parting ways with Laurinaitis and Long, long-time fan favorites and the lifeblood of the team, not too many were that concerned with Cook's release. In fact, some may have been pleased to see Cook receive his walking papers. Despite being one of the leading receivers on the offense, Cook's inconsistency as the Rams No. 1 tight end irritated many fans and also stalled many would-be scoring drives. When Cook signed with the Packers, talk of his drops and taking plays off immediately came into the conversation. In 2015, Cook led all tight ends with 10 drops, and went 19 straight games without a touchdown. With the Green Bay Packers, Jared Cook is playing like anyone but Jared Cook. This is a side of Jared Cook the Rams rarely saw. Not just on this particular play, but on the last two plays specifically. First, Cook spreads the field for the deep pass, and uses his massive frame (6'5") to grab the ball out of the air, all the while being heavily covered by Morris Claiborne. On top of that, Cook is catching the ball with a safety closing in at full speed. Then, the following play, Aaron Rogers goes back to the guy that has become the can't-miss option. A fake run, which both Rogers and Cook play perfectly. This is a bad angle, but look at Cook sell the fake run. He stays in his block, even sealing off the defender, only to slip off of the Cowboys' defensive back to find the ball in the back of the end-zone. Cook's number wasn't just called on when it came to touchdowns. When the Packers needed a first down, Cook was there. Again, using his size and long arms to snatch the ball out of the air and secure it right on the sideline. Speaking of sidelines, here is where Cook made his mark on not only the Cowboys, but on the playoffs as a whole. As it stands now, this is the best play of the entire playoffs, and it stands a good chance of being the best after all is said and done. With a tie game, and only seconds remaining, a scrambling Rogers is looking for anyone who is open down the field. When he sees Cook crossing the field, headed towards the sideline on Rogers' left, the quarterback heaves it, hoping Cook can somehow make the catch. Unbelievably, he does. At first glance, it looks like Cook was out-of-bounds, but a challenge ruled the pass complete, setting the Packers up for the game-winning field goal and a ticket to the NFC Conference Game in Atlanta. Can you believe it? The same guy who could be seen doing this in St. Louis... Is the same guy who made this amazing catch. The 2016 season was by no means Cook's best season. He played in 10 games, starting only five, and finished the season with 30 catches, 377 yards, and one touchdown. He hasn't seen numbers that low since 2010, his second year with the Tennessee Titans. That was also the last time Cook caught fewer than 39 passes and had under 400 receiving yards. So, what's changed in Cook that has him progressing from inconsistent tight end to unstoppable weapon? As if you had to think about it: It's because his quarterback is Aaron Rogers. When Cook signed with the Packers last Spring, with a huge smile on his face, he said finding a proven quarterback was his top priority. “It was more than the top priority I was looking for. It was imperative that I find a person that’s known for getting the job done, and is good at what they do. I think that he’s probably one of the best in the league at doing it, clearly," Cook said to the Green Bay Post-Gazette.
  6. I know, I couldn't believe it, either. Jared Cook is playing his first season with the Green Bay Packers, and not only did he reach the playoffs for the first time in his career, but he produced the performance of his life Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Cook was cut from the Los Angeles Rams in March, along with James Laurinaitis and Chris Long. While many were upset the team was parting ways with Laurinaitis and Long, long-time fan favorites and the lifeblood of the team, not too many were that concerned with Cook's release. In fact, some may have been pleased to see Cook receive his walking papers. Despite being one of the leading receivers on the offense, Cook's inconsistency as the Rams No. 1 tight end irritated many fans and also stalled many would-be scoring drives. When Cook signed with the Packers, talk of his drops and taking plays off immediately came into the conversation. In 2015, Cook led all tight ends with 10 drops, and went 19 straight games without a touchdown. With the Green Bay Packers, Jared Cook is playing like anyone but Jared Cook. This is a side of Jared Cook the Rams rarely saw. Not just on this particular play, but on the last two plays specifically. First, Cook spreads the field for the deep pass, and uses his massive frame (6'5") to grab the ball out of the air, all the while being heavily covered by Morris Claiborne. On top of that, Cook is catching the ball with a safety closing in at full speed. Then, the following play, Aaron Rogers goes back to the guy that has become the can't-miss option. A fake run, which both Rogers and Cook play perfectly. This is a bad angle, but look at Cook sell the fake run. He stays in his block, even sealing off the defender, only to slip off of the Cowboys' defensive back to find the ball in the back of the end-zone. Cook's number wasn't just called on when it came to touchdowns. When the Packers needed a first down, Cook was there. Again, using his size and long arms to snatch the ball out of the air and secure it right on the sideline. Speaking of sidelines, here is where Cook made his mark on not only the Cowboys, but on the playoffs as a whole. As it stands now, this is the best play of the entire playoffs, and it stands a good chance of being the best after all is said and done. With a tie game, and only seconds remaining, a scrambling Rogers is looking for anyone who is open down the field. When he sees Cook crossing the field, headed towards the sideline on Rogers' left, the quarterback heaves it, hoping Cook can somehow make the catch. Unbelievably, he does. At first glance, it looks like Cook was out-of-bounds, but a challenge ruled the pass complete, setting the Packers up for the game-winning field goal and a ticket to the NFC Conference Game in Atlanta. Can you believe it? The same guy who could be seen doing this in St. Louis... Is the same guy who made this amazing catch. The 2016 season was by no means Cook's best season. He played in 10 games, starting only five, and finished the season with 30 catches, 377 yards, and one touchdown. He hasn't seen numbers that low since 2010, his second year with the Tennessee Titans. That was also the last time Cook caught fewer than 39 passes and had under 400 receiving yards. So, what's changed in Cook that has him progressing from inconsistent tight end to unstoppable weapon? As if you had to think about it: It's because his quarterback is Aaron Rogers. When Cook signed with the Packers last Spring, with a huge smile on his face, he said finding a proven quarterback was his top priority. “It was more than the top priority I was looking for. It was imperative that I find a person that’s known for getting the job done, and is good at what they do. I think that he’s probably one of the best in the league at doing it, clearly," Cook said to the Green Bay Post-Gazette. View full NFL news story
  7. First obstacle for McVay, Snead: utilizing the late-round picks in this year's draft The last week of Los Angeles Rams football has been pretty fun, right? The intrigue of finding a new head coach, the excitement of finding out it was the youngest head coaching candidate Sean Mcvay, and the installation of a new batch of hope as the team heads towards the future with a still-rebuilding coaching staff. But now reality will send most crashing back to Earth, like Icarus with freshly melted wings, as the realization sets in that the Rams have only six picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, none of which fall in the first round. This will be the first challenge for McVay and general manager Les Snead. The new duo will have to decide which position gets addressed first, which positions need multiple picks, and most importantly, McVay and Snead will have to tackle the first question of an ever-growing test: can they use this year’s draft to contribute to the construction of a winning team? It’s a difficult question, one that will not truly be answered until the midway point of the 2017 season, at the earliest. While the draft is still months away, there is no doubt that McVay and Snead will be discussing it soon after McVay finalizes his coaching staff. But there is a good chance the two could agree that these positions should receive top priority in this year’s draft. CornerbackWhile Jared Goff got pummeled his rookie year, the offensive line is not the weakest unit on the Rams, although it takes a close second. Hell, it might even be 1B it’s so bad. But the secondary proved to be the worst unit on the Rams, and it’s a unit opposing teams took advantage of routinely. Trumaine Johnson was the Rams best corner at the No. 1 spot, and despite having a down year compared to 2015, he still managed to have 11 pass deflections and an interception. But there is no guarantee he returns to LA in 2017. LaMarcus Joyner had a great 2016 season, despite having no interceptions. He allowed few catches, and those that were allowed, he did not allow too much on the reception. Joyner also allowed just one touchdown pass. But he served a specific role in covering the slot, unable to kick out to cover the No. 1 or No. 2 receivers. After those two, the remaining talent drops off at the freefall. E.J. Gaines failed to rebound to his 2014 form after returning from his injury, and the revolving door at the No. 2 corner spot did not help the Rams. If anything, it only helped opposing quarterbacks, who hardly had any trouble squeezing passes through tight coverage all season long. Troy Hill was ineffective in every game he played. The Rams need a good corner in the draft, one that can contribute immediately, as the Rams will need the corner help as soon as possible, especially if Johnson walks in free agency. Offensive Line Okay, now we can talk about the offensive line. The problem with the offensive line is that it’s not just a problem on the field, it’s a problem in the war room as well. How many offensive linemen should the Rams take in this year’s draft? If the every other position was playing on at least an average level, I would nominate the Rams use all six picks on offensive linemen. But that’s not the Rams’ current situation. There is still some promise left in guys like Robert Havenstein and Roger Saffold. Both men have shown they are capable in the past, but the 2016 game tape shows both struggled. Jamon Brown is on the fence of whether or not he can be a consistent starter. After those three, the Rams enter absolute uncertainty in their remaining depth linemen. The question is, what position do the Rams take? Left tackle. Greg Robinson’s time in LA is over. The game tape does not lie. Robinson has shown little, if any, improvement and his lack of discipline regarding penalties has made him a liability. Linebacker Alec Ogeltree and the linebacking corps have fallen from the graces they held just a few seasons ago, back when James Laurinaitis was the man in the middle. For whatever reason, Ogeltree doesn’t seem to be playing to his best ability. I am not saying the Rams should attack the middle linebacker position in the draft, but they should focus on getting him a better supporting cast. Mark Barron has been solid at outside linebacker, but do the Rams want to continue with an outside backer under 215 pounds? McVay and Snead should look for outside backers who can be just as quick and versatile as Barron, but with a few more pounds packed onto their frame. Currently, the Rams have a handful of young linebackers who have made appearances, and even some starts on the defense. Among them with the most potential is Josh Forrest and Cory Littleton. But those two have just a small sample size to go on when determining the position’s future. In the later rounds, or even the third round, the Rams should go after an outside linebacker.
  8. First obstacle for McVay, Snead: utilizing the late-round picks in this year's draft The last week of Los Angeles Rams football has been pretty fun, right? The intrigue of finding a new head coach, the excitement of finding out it was the youngest head coaching candidate Sean Mcvay, and the installation of a new batch of hope as the team heads towards the future with a still-rebuilding coaching staff. But now reality will send most crashing back to Earth, like Icarus with freshly melted wings, as the realization sets in that the Rams have only six picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, none of which fall in the first round. This will be the first challenge for McVay and general manager Les Snead. The new duo will have to decide which position gets addressed first, which positions need multiple picks, and most importantly, McVay and Snead will have to tackle the first question of an ever-growing test: can they use this year’s draft to contribute to the construction of a winning team? It’s a difficult question, one that will not truly be answered until the midway point of the 2017 season, at the earliest. While the draft is still months away, there is no doubt that McVay and Snead will be discussing it soon after McVay finalizes his coaching staff. But there is a good chance the two could agree that these positions should receive top priority in this year’s draft. CornerbackWhile Jared Goff got pummeled his rookie year, the offensive line is not the weakest unit on the Rams, although it takes a close second. Hell, it might even be 1B it’s so bad. But the secondary proved to be the worst unit on the Rams, and it’s a unit opposing teams took advantage of routinely. Trumaine Johnson was the Rams best corner at the No. 1 spot, and despite having a down year compared to 2015, he still managed to have 11 pass deflections and an interception. But there is no guarantee he returns to LA in 2017. LaMarcus Joyner had a great 2016 season, despite having no interceptions. He allowed few catches, and those that were allowed, he did not allow too much on the reception. Joyner also allowed just one touchdown pass. But he served a specific role in covering the slot, unable to kick out to cover the No. 1 or No. 2 receivers. After those two, the remaining talent drops off at the freefall. E.J. Gaines failed to rebound to his 2014 form after returning from his injury, and the revolving door at the No. 2 corner spot did not help the Rams. If anything, it only helped opposing quarterbacks, who hardly had any trouble squeezing passes through tight coverage all season long. Troy Hill was ineffective in every game he played. The Rams need a good corner in the draft, one that can contribute immediately, as the Rams will need the corner help as soon as possible, especially if Johnson walks in free agency. Offensive Line Okay, now we can talk about the offensive line. The problem with the offensive line is that it’s not just a problem on the field, it’s a problem in the war room as well. How many offensive linemen should the Rams take in this year’s draft? If the every other position was playing on at least an average level, I would nominate the Rams use all six picks on offensive linemen. But that’s not the Rams’ current situation. There is still some promise left in guys like Robert Havenstein and Roger Saffold. Both men have shown they are capable in the past, but the 2016 game tape shows both struggled. Jamon Brown is on the fence of whether or not he can be a consistent starter. After those three, the Rams enter absolute uncertainty in their remaining depth linemen. The question is, what position do the Rams take? Left tackle. Greg Robinson’s time in LA is over. The game tape does not lie. Robinson has shown little, if any, improvement and his lack of discipline regarding penalties has made him a liability. Linebacker Alec Ogeltree and the linebacking corps have fallen from the graces they held just a few seasons ago, back when James Laurinaitis was the man in the middle. For whatever reason, Ogeltree doesn’t seem to be playing to his best ability. I am not saying the Rams should attack the middle linebacker position in the draft, but they should focus on getting him a better supporting cast. Mark Barron has been solid at outside linebacker, but do the Rams want to continue with an outside backer under 215 pounds? McVay and Snead should look for outside backers who can be just as quick and versatile as Barron, but with a few more pounds packed onto their frame. Currently, the Rams have a handful of young linebackers who have made appearances, and even some starts on the defense. Among them with the most potential is Josh Forrest and Cory Littleton. But those two have just a small sample size to go on when determining the position’s future. In the later rounds, or even the third round, the Rams should go after an outside linebacker. View full NFL news story
  9. Looks like McVay got job through connections, not experience, Smith says. They say age is just a number, but when it comes to the NFL, age is everything. When a player turns 30, no matter his position or talent level, there is a general understanding that player is “getting up there” in age, and has little time left in the league. But when a man is 30 years old, he is somehow unqualified to run a football team. On Friday, the Los Angeles Rams introduced their new head coach, soon to be 31 year-old (Jan. 24 is his birthday) Sean McVay. The hire, more than a week before his birthday, makes McVay the youngest head coach in league history, beating out Lane Kiffin. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s First Take had a few reservations on the recent hire. “When you think about the people who have put in their work, the trials and tribulations they have obviously overcome, both black and white; and then you look at it from the standpoint that a 30-year-old dude, wet behind the ears, gets this opportunity….I just think that, it’s a bit stretched to say the least. It’s one of those situations where clearly you are asking individuals to be leaders of men. “At 30 years of age, some argue that you are learning to become a man yourself,” Smith said. Smith also said that, despite Mike Tomlin getting hired at 34, there are not many opportunities like this for black or white men. “It just reeks of who you know, who you’re comfortable with, how you were able to ingratiate yourself with them as opposed to your legit qualifications,” Smith said. Former defensive tackle Damien Woody said he disagreed with Smith, saying he gave the Rams credit for thinking outside the box. Then he said something that hit the nail on the head, and arguably squashed the point that Smith built his argument on. Woody said that there are plenty of guys in the league with experience who have failed in multiple coaching opportunities. “How many times has Norv Turner gotten a job in the National Football League and come up lame,” Woody asked. Boom. Woody, like many others with common sense, know that age doesn’t mean anything when it comes to coaching. Just look at the Rams last head coach. Jeff Fisher is almost twice McVay’s age, has decades of experience, and only had four seasons with a winning record as a head coach. He currently holds the No. 2 spot for most losses as a head coach. People are quick to find fault with someone who hasn’t even been on the job a full day and exclude his successful coordinating years in Washington, all because the guy barely looks old enough to buy beer. The most talked about aspect of McVay has been his age, which is rather insulting. But thankfully, the players are quick to recognize McVay’s ability to coach and be a leader of men. Even veteran players like Chris Cooley said that McVay’s ability to coach and teach players the offense was impressive and helpful. That was back when McVay was in his early 20’s. Talk to anyone on the Washington Redskins’ offense, and they will have nothing but great things to say about McVay, who was the offensive coordinator through the final years of his 20’s. Or, better yet, look at the stats from the Redskins’ offense the last three seasons. See the progression of the offense as a whole and of individual players like Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed; then we’ll see if age really has anything to do with being a coach.
  10. Looks like McVay got job through connections, not experience, Smith says. They say age is just a number, but when it comes to the NFL, age is everything. When a player turns 30, no matter his position or talent level, there is a general understanding that player is “getting up there” in age, and has little time left in the league. But when a man is 30 years old, he is somehow unqualified to run a football team. On Friday, the Los Angeles Rams introduced their new head coach, soon to be 31 year-old (Jan. 24 is his birthday) Sean McVay. The hire, more than a week before his birthday, makes McVay the youngest head coach in league history, beating out Lane Kiffin. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s First Take had a few reservations on the recent hire. “When you think about the people who have put in their work, the trials and tribulations they have obviously overcome, both black and white; and then you look at it from the standpoint that a 30-year-old dude, wet behind the ears, gets this opportunity….I just think that, it’s a bit stretched to say the least. It’s one of those situations where clearly you are asking individuals to be leaders of men. “At 30 years of age, some argue that you are learning to become a man yourself,” Smith said. Smith also said that, despite Mike Tomlin getting hired at 34, there are not many opportunities like this for black or white men. “It just reeks of who you know, who you’re comfortable with, how you were able to ingratiate yourself with them as opposed to your legit qualifications,” Smith said. Former defensive tackle Damien Woody said he disagreed with Smith, saying he gave the Rams credit for thinking outside the box. Then he said something that hit the nail on the head, and arguably squashed the point that Smith built his argument on. Woody said that there are plenty of guys in the league with experience who have failed in multiple coaching opportunities. “How many times has Norv Turner gotten a job in the National Football League and come up lame,” Woody asked. Boom. Woody, like many others with common sense, know that age doesn’t mean anything when it comes to coaching. Just look at the Rams last head coach. Jeff Fisher is almost twice McVay’s age, has decades of experience, and only had four seasons with a winning record as a head coach. He currently holds the No. 2 spot for most losses as a head coach. People are quick to find fault with someone who hasn’t even been on the job a full day and exclude his successful coordinating years in Washington, all because the guy barely looks old enough to buy beer. The most talked about aspect of McVay has been his age, which is rather insulting. But thankfully, the players are quick to recognize McVay’s ability to coach and be a leader of men. Even veteran players like Chris Cooley said that McVay’s ability to coach and teach players the offense was impressive and helpful. That was back when McVay was in his early 20’s. Talk to anyone on the Washington Redskins’ offense, and they will have nothing but great things to say about McVay, who was the offensive coordinator through the final years of his 20’s. Or, better yet, look at the stats from the Redskins’ offense the last three seasons. See the progression of the offense as a whole and of individual players like Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed; then we’ll see if age really has anything to do with being a coach. View full NFL news story
  11. The Los Angeles Rams make the youngest coaching hire in NFL history.
  12. A day after his second interview, McVay becomes youngest head coach in NFL history Since 2012, the Los Angeles Rams have had the youngest or one of the youngest roster in the league. Now, the team will have the youngest head coach not only in the league but in the history of the NFL. On Thursday, the Rams officially named Sean McVay their new head coach. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said McVay could receive a five-year contract, the value of which is unknown. The team will hold a press conference to introduce McVay as their head coach Friday at 12:00 p.m. (PST). Here’s to the youth movement. Younger than some of the Rams’ veterans, McVay comes to the Rams with the least experience compared to some of the other candidates like Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels. However, since 2008, the experience McVay has acquired during that time has been eye-opening. According to MMQB.com, he was hired right out of the University of Miami (OH) as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant wide receivers coach by none other than the former No. 1 Rams head coaching target, Jon Gruden. Fast forward to the days of the UFL, the short-lived experiment league which featured veteran players and coaches of yesteryear. McVay spent time in that league as a tight ends coach, and had frequent powwows with Gruden, his brother Jay Gruden, and former Rams defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett. McVay and Jay Gruden would discuss offenses frequently, studying film and discussing a variety of topics and ideas. After his solo season, McVay was hired as a tight ends coach by the Washington Redskins, and after Jay Gruden became the head coach of the team in 2014, he was promoted to offensive coordinator. During his rise from tight ends coach to offensive assistant to offensive coordinator, McVay is credited with the development of several players and the offense as a whole. Under the McVay-Gruden offense in 2014, the Redskins cracked the Top 10 in yards-per-play, and Top 15 in passing yards. Small potatoes in his first season, but this was all done under three different quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III, Sean McCoy, and Kirk Cousins. His final season in Washington saw the offense finish as the No. 3 overall offense and No. 12 in scoring. The offense also ranked second in the league in passing yards per game (297.4), passing yards per play (7.84), and yards per play (6.4). The Redskins had a franchise-best average of offensive yards per game with more than 400. Now, the Rams are hoping McVay can do that with their offense, which had a league-worst performance in 2016. Another positive of McVay that is sure to get the fan base and Jared Goff excited is the McVay is credited with the development and rise of Kirk Cousins. The Redskins quarterback had a career year under McVay’s offense, and the team had one of the deepest offenses thanks to his mindset of getting all offensive players involved. “I could be here a long time talking about Sean's help in my development and his ability to call plays for our offense and lead our offense,” Cousins said of Mcvay in the piece by Andy Benoit. “I think his belief in me and his support and his encouragement was what enabled me to eventually have the opportunities that I had.” Goff’s rookie year went as badly as it could, seeing the rookie throughout the season as he tried to get his NFL career started on the right foot. No one should be more relieved of McVay’s arrival than Goff. McVay, Los Angeles moving towards a brighter future The Rams seemed to be all too excited for McVay, as he received a second interview before some of their coaching candidates received their first. “This is a great day as we welcome Sean McVay as our new head coach,” Rams Owner and Chairman Stan Kroenke said on his team site. “The accomplishments and success that he has had in less than a decade in our league are impressive. “We are confident in his vision to make this team a consistent winner and we will all continue to work together to achieve our ultimate goal – bringing a Rams Super Bowl championship home to Los Angeles.” Consistency and winning were not what the Rams saw from their former head coach Jeff Fisher, which grew to be quite frustrating for the fans in both St. Louis and Los Angeles. Some believe the sole purpose of Fisher’s time with the Rams was to help the team transition from city-to-city during the relocation. While ownership has not confirmed that theory, the lack of production from Fisher only fueled speculation. Under Fisher, the Rams went 31-46. Los Angeles believes that will change under Mcvay. Even though Mcvay is 30 and might still be considered rather green (he’s been in the league eight seasons), he’s earned quite the reputation among coaches and players alike. According to ESPN.com, McVay received nothing but glowing remarks from his tight ends when he was the position coach with the Redskins. Former tight end Chris Cooley, who played just under two seasons with McVay, said the young coach had the highest understanding of an offense any position coach Cooley’s ever played with. “We’d go back and forth in meetings on scheme, why and how. There was always an answer. I love that in a coach,” Cooley said. Logan Paulsen said McVay’s teachings made it easier for players to digest the offense. “His ability to digest a game plan and give it to his players in a streamlined manner allows us to digest us efficiently making sure to emphasize details that are important,” Paulsen said. McVay has high praise and results on the offensive side of the ball, but reports say he is already getting started on the defense. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Wade Phillips has already agreed to terms to be the new defensive coordinator for the Rams. View full article
  13. BREAKING: Rams Hire Sean McVay as Head Coach

    Almost a day after the Chargers steal the headlines announcing their move to Los Angeles, the Rams steal the them right back after hiring the youngest coach in NFL history. Sean McVay, 30, will be the new head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. McVay Spent the last three years as the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator. Under McVay, the Redskins offense rose to become the No. 3 offense in the NFL. Before his rise to OC, McVay was the Redskins tight ends coach. This will be McVay's first stint as a professional head coach at any level.
  14. Almost a day after the Chargers steal the headlines announcing their move to Los Angeles, the Rams steal the them right back after hiring the youngest coach in NFL history. Sean McVay, 30, will be the new head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. McVay Spent the last three years as the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator. Under McVay, the Redskins offense rose to become the No. 3 offense in the NFL. Before his rise to OC, McVay was the Redskins tight ends coach. This will be McVay's first stint as a professional head coach at any level. View full NFL news story
  15. McVay reportedly impresses enough to get second interview before Shanahan's first If the head coaching search for the Los Angeles Rams was a race, then Sean McVay is clearly ahead of the pack. But whether or not he wants to become the leading man at the end remains to be seen. When the 2016 season ended, and the rumors of Jon Gruden being an actual candidate for the team’s next head coach died down, it was Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels who were the leading men. Both coaches were experienced as offensive coordinators and had the reputations of deep offensive intellect. Even though he was fired, McDaniels was the only man of the two to have experience as a head coach, of the Rams no less, back in 2009. As we come to the middle of January’s second week however, it appears that McVay is the man the Rams are most fond of. Multiple sources, including NFL Network’s Mike Silver, have reported that McVay had his initial interview with the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Silver reported that McVay “crushed” both. In fact, McVay apparently wowed Los Angeles so much that he was called back for a second interview, which is happening as of the time of this report. This all comes before Shanahan has had his first interview.Although, Shanahan’s first interview with the Rams was delayed due to inclement weather at the time. Still, the time Mcvay has gained with the Rams’ hiring committee, which consists of general manager Les Snead and Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff, could prove to be the deciding factor. If the Rams hired McVay today, he would be the youngest head coach hired since Lane Kiffin. McVay is 30 years old and will be 31 on Jan. 24. In those 30 short years, McVay has managed to immerse himself in the language of football with the likes of Jon and Jay Gruden, and former Rams defensive coordinator and interim head coach Jim Haslett. McVay was hired by Jon Gruden in 2008, right after graduating college, to become an assistant wide receivers coach. Fast forward to Jay Gruden’s hire as the Washington Redskins head coach in 2014, McVay was promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator, and then later given play-calling duties in 2015. In three years as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, Washington has gradually finished as the No. 3 offense in the league, and is ranked No. 12 in scoring at the end of 2016. Kirk Cousins has become a franchise quarterback, and the Redskins’ offense has become one of the deepest offenses in the league. Few teams have been able to spread the ball around like Washington has in the last three seasons. McVay’s football genius has been brought to light over the last year, and if the Rams decide he is the man to lead their team into the next few years, then they will be getting an offensive mind the team has been in desperate need of since maybe Mike Martz. However, McVay is interviewing with other teams, including the 49ers, a team that has his roots. His grandfather, John McVay, is credited with building the team into a five-time Super Bowl champion. View full NFL news story