It’s been 21 long years, but my Rams finally made their way back home to Los Angeles! While they’ll technically be playing in Inglewood, it’s a heck of a lot closer than St. Louis.
I saw that the Chargers have the option to lease and “share” the new stadium for a year once it opens in 2019, but I’m hoping they either move out of town or do something that doesn’t involve sharing stadiums. Both the Bolts and Raiders can move on for all I care!
It’s been a few years of ups and downs for the Rams record-wise, but I’m optimistic that the move will invigorate the franchise. I pulled their odds to win the Super Bowl next season from BoydsBets.com, who list them at 50-to-1. That’s not a great outlook by any means, but it’s similar to teams like the Dolphins and Redskins, and I’ll take that at this point.
Now, the big news is Jared Goff coming in at QB. It’s hard to tell what to think of him. He looked good at Cal, but I am a little concerned about his trouble with fumbling the ball. Either way I’m sure it’s going to take him a season or two to feel comfortable making the transition to the pro game.
The good news is that the Rams have a great running game and defense to pick him up, so as long as he doesn’t try to do too much – and they don’t try to put too much on him right away, he’ll have room to develop. That defense looked downright filthy last year, especially against the rush and when it came to getting to the opposing quarterbacks.
I’ll be looking forward to many many years of enjoying the Rams back in LA. It’s been far too long since Los Angeles has had their own NFL team (I don’t count the Raiders brief stint). I think they’ve done well in the latest draft and will end up in the playoffs this year. Am I being too optimistic? No way! I have a feeling the excitement of coming to LA for most of these guys will be enough to feed them to at least 9 wins in a relatively weak division!
The Seattle Seahawks have been on top for way too long. They have had to start paying their guys and when you do that, important pieces fall to the way side.
Arizona was nice last year but both Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer are getting old. I see them as being past their peak and the downfall will come quicker than you think.