Ever since the Rams moved back to Los Angeles, they have been one of the teams I’ve been really rooting for to become great again. In 2017, the Rams were the surprise team of the year and actually one of the most dominant in the entire league. They showed how a simple head coaching change can make the biggest difference. Winning AP coach of the year, Sean McVay turned around an organization that was thought to be completely lost. The talent had always been there. They’ve had the players, but had Jeff Fisher coaching them. Nonetheless, this past season was incredible for the Rams and the fan base. They are just a few pieces away from becoming the team to beat in the NFC. This past week, they found one of those missing pieces after acquiring star cornerback, Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs.
L.A. lacked in-depth in the corner back position over the past couple of seasons. Peters will come into Los Angeles as the No.1 cornerback, replacing Trumaine Johnson. Talk about an upgrade. Marcus Peters has taken the NFL by storm, having at least 5 interceptions in his first three seasons in the league. He was one of the Chiefs best defenders and was their best corner. Which made it that much more surprising to see them trade him away. It’s been assumed that he was traded for a handful of draft picks, but won’t be made official until the new league year begins on March 14th.
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Wade Phillips now has his first lock down corner since his time in Denver in 2015. You know, his Super Bowl winning defense. Also, with Aaron Donald about to receive a contract that will most likely have him become the highest paid defender in the NFL, the already solid Rams defense, got that much better.
Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and now Marcus Peters, are just some of the Rams young star talent. Last year was just a taste of the potential that this team has. All of these guys are only getting better. If you didn’t take the Rams seriously last season, you best be sure to in 2018. If they are even remotely similar on the offensive side of the ball from last year, I expect at the very least an NFC title.
“Do you really think ONE star corner back can make THAT BIG of a difference?”
YES! Absolutely. Look how far they made it, without a single star corner. Aaron Donald carried that defense all year-long and they still went 11-5 and made it to the playoffs in a BRUTAL NFC. Now he has help? Come on. How will there not be improvement? Having players like Donald and Peters, will motivate the rest of the defense and get them to start playing with a swagger. Look at the Jaguars this year and their “Sacksonville” defense. Jalen Ramsey and Calais Campbell set the tone for that entire defense and lead them all the way to their conference championship. If Donald and Peters can spark that same energy in the Rams defense, look out.
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It’s time to respect the Los Angeles Rams and take them seriously. Especially you fans in Los Angeles. FILL THAT STADIUM. Home field advantage is a real thing and after going 4-4 at home last season, it’s clear the team needs you guys! Rams fans, you have a special group and there is a storm brewing in Los Angeles that I don’t think you are even aware of. GET EXCITED. The 2018 season is a ways away, but I’m excited for this Rams team and their potential. After picking up Marcus Peters, L.A. has me all in on them to win the NFC in 2018.
– Collin Borron (Founder & Owner of The Gridiron Express)