Two Minute Drill: Los Angeles Rams
2015 Recap: Jeff Fisher’s dedication to mediocrity is actually impressive. In his first three seasons with the Rams, Fisher went 7–8–1, 7–9, and 6–10, so naturally last season the Rams went 7–9 again. The Nick Foles Experiment couldn’t have gone over worse, but there were several bright spots. Todd Gurley will be the NFL’s next premier running back if he can remain healthy, and Aaron Donald is arguably the best defensive lineman in the league not named J.J. Watt. Now, the Rams have moved to Hollywood and added a promising young quarterback from up north.
Appointment TV Player: In just two seasons, Aaron Donald has solidified his spot as the top defensive tackle in the NFL. The traditionally dimunitive Donald is an offensive lineman’s nightmare. In his first two seasons he accumulated 20 sacks. For reference, Ndamukong Suh only had 14.
Breakout Player: There’s a conspiracy theory (that I made up), that Pharoh Cooper would have been a 1st round pick if he played for a team with a good QB. In 2014, Cooper had near identical stats to Baylor WR Corey Coleman (1st round pick). In 2015, Coleman had roughly 400 more yards and 12 more TD’s. The difference? Baylor’s QB’s combined for 44 total touchdown passes while South Carolina’s combined for 16. The Rams offense hasn’t been known to be a place where receivers thrive, but if things can click in L.A., Cooper could be looked at as one of the 2016 draft’s biggest steals.
Socially Exceptional: Why wouldn’t you follow Hollywood’s QB?
2016 Expectations: Another 7–9 or 8–8 season from Fisher? Probably. L.A. has a lot of really bright spots such as Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, and Trumaine Johnson, but they won’t be a playoff team without a good QB. How top overall pick Jared Goff can acclimate to the NFL will be the storyline of this season. Even if Goff has a good rookie season by historical standards, the Rams ceiling is probably around 9–7.
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