Lamar Lundy was famous for his role as one of “Fearsome Foursome” and he loved the Los Angeles Rams. Lundy, Rosey Grier, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones could arguably be the “best” defensive line in NFL history. I would imagine all four would be happy to see the direction the Rams have taken.
First, the Rams are back where they belong in Los Angeles. Second, the Rams are one of the favorites in the NFC this season. In fact, many football experts believe the Rams will win it all.
Los Angeles made a dramatic turnaround last season after going 5-11 in 2016 to 11-5 in 2017. They want to prove it wasn’t a fluke. The Rams last won a Super Bowl in 1999 while in St. Louis. They have never won a Super Bowl in Los Angeles. In fact, the only time the LA Rams made it to a Super Bowl was in 1979…losing to the Steelers. Will this be their season?
This team didn’t stand pat during the off-season under Head Coach Sean McVay. Most would think the Rams were re-building instead of re-loading after adding DT Ndamukong Suh, CB Aqib Talib, CB Marcus Peters, LB Ramik Wilson, CB Sam Shields and WR Brandin Cooks. All six players have had their share of success and Pro Bowl invitations. Adding Suh on defense would have been enough to make the Rams much better, but adding six key potential starters? And, you added Suh with Aaron Donald. How do you block both of them?
This team has plenty of offensive firepower too. Los Angeles returns QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley. Goff threw for nearly 4,000 yards along with 28 TD’s. Gurley (NFL Offensive POY) may be the “best” RB in the NFL after rushing for 1,305 yards and led the team in receptions with 64. If Gurley can duplicate those numbers this season, it will be a safe bet the Rams will make a deep run in the playoffs.
Coach McVay (the youngest coach in NFL history) has done a great job in Los Angeles. He allowed the Rams to play and grow in the system. McVay helped Goff become an excellent quarterback after he struggled in his rookie season under Jeff Fisher.
The Rams were ranked dead last in offense under Fisher in his final season. Under McVay, the Rams scored twice as many points and added almost 100 yards per game. Now that’s a turnaround.
The Rams of 2018 look a lot like the Rams of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Talented, old-school and hard-nosed.
Now, are the Rams ready for the big stage? Did they add the right pieces to win a championship? I have a feeling if Lamar and the “Fearsome Foursome” were to make a prediction, they would tell us this year’s Rams team could be something very special.