By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78
So many people fear change, but it’s so different as a football fan. We know how needed change is and we welcome it! Hi, Los Angeles Rams.
The first loss, ok, every team has to lose a game. Two in a row? Concerning. Now we’re at three consecutive losses and change have to be made.
Thankfully, all of a sudden on Tuesday afternoon, the Rams started making moves.
The first move sent cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens, in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. I like it. Peters play seems to go down each season and I like the stats I’m seeing for Young.
The bigger move came next with the Rams acquiring cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars. BIG MOVE. Does it feel a bit impulsive to anyone else? On the one hand, it’s awesome. Ramsey is an amazing player and seemingly will fit in well, but it did come with a huge cost. In exchange for Jalen Ramsey, the Rams sent first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2021 to the Jaguars.
#Jaguars first round picks:
2014: Blake Bortles
2015: Dante Fowler
2016: Jalen Ramsey
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 16, 2019
Perhaps impulsive isn’t the right word, as the Rams have expressed an interest in Ramsey for weeks, once he became increasingly vocal about wanting out of Jacksonville. And it’s not like the Rams haven’t made big trades before – last season Rams GM Les Snead traded a ton of draft picks as well, to bring in CBs Peters and Aqib Talib, and then DT Ndamukong Suh. And it worked well – those trades almost brought the Rams to the Super Bowl. Perhaps Tuesday’s moves aren’t as desperate as they first felt? We can only hope. These moves aren’t exactly “fixing” the issues.
The offense is where Los Angeles’ current issues are, not the defense. If you were to ask me to pinpoint the issues with the Rams, without hesitation I’d say it’s Gurley and Goff. Quarterback Jared Goff is not the same Goff that led Los Angeles to the Super Bowl last season. In 2017, Goff’s first season with Sean McVay, Goff ranked no. 1 in the league in adjusted net yards per pass attempt (touchdowns, sacks, and interceptions.) In 2018 Goff dropped to no.6 and this season, he’s at 25th. At the same time, top Goff target, running back Todd Gurley, is missing more and more games with his arthritic knee.
The Rams are not out of playoff contention. They should take the win Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
What do YOU think of these recent trades? Tweet me @lucyrk78 and let me know!
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