2017 Los Angeles Rams Offseason Preview
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2016 Season Recap
The Rams brought football back to the city of Angels in 2016. Unfortunately for Los Angeles citizens, it was a very ugly brand of football, as the Rams went just 4-12, finishing the season like a dumpster on fire, losing their last seven games.
Jeff Fisher had to be fired just because someone had to pay for the Rams crappy performance. Jared Goff didn’t live up to the hype that came with him when he was drafted first overall in the 2016 draft. The Rams’ offense was abysmal, averaging just 14.0 points per game, ranking last in total yards, and was 31st in both passing and rushing. The team must be thankful for the Cleveland Browns, whose presence in the NFL insulated the Rams from being called the worst in the league.
Top Free Agency Needs
For a team that sucked so hard, there surely has a ton of work left for the Rams this offseason. The offensive has to be reworked after allowing 49 sacks in 2016, second most in the league. Still on offense, the Rams have to find new playmakers downfield.
Kenny Britt wasn’t that effective as the top option for Goff and neither was Brian Quick. The free agent market should offer viable options for the Rams, who finished the 2016 season with an embarrassing output of 14 receiving touchdowns.
The Rams should also prioritize keeping Trumaine Johnson, who was one of the few bright spots on defense. Johnson’s play on the secondary is going to be missed if he elected to leave in free agency, though the Rams could find replacement and add some more in the same market that’ll also have names like Stephon Gilmore, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Morris Claiborne.
Top Draft Needs
Left Tackle. The fact that the Rams benched Greg Robinson—a no. 2 pick overall—twice last season reflects the dire situation of the team’s offensive line. Robinson has clearly not delivered so it might be time for LA to find a replacement.
Wide Receiver. As mentioned earlier, the Rams need playmakers on offense. Britt could leave for free agency , thus putting more concern on this position.
Safety. Like Britt, T.J. McDonald is about to hit free agency so the Rams might be forced to cover for his possible departure by drafting a safety.
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