Los Angeles! The city of angels, Hollywood and, once again, the National Football League’s Rams. They have returned home to their rightful place!
Between 1995-2015, the Rams called St. Louis home and, even enjoyed the highest of high moments, as they brought the city of St. Louis a Vince Lombardi trophy, during the 1999-2000 season. Undrafted free agent quarterback Kurt Warner, who tookover for injured starter Trent Green, lit up the city, and the entire NFL, with an offense that gave defensive coordinators nightmares. An arsenal of weapons that featured running back Marshall Faulk, wide receivers Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, and Az-Zahir Hakim, Warner and company became “The Greatest Show On Turf”. This was a crew that tore into defenses in record fashion, from ’99 to ’02 and, while not impossible, we would still be hard pressed to come across an offensive juggernaut of that kind, to this day.
Tough times eventually came, as Warner moved on to the New York Giants in 2004, while Bruce continued to play with Marc Bulger until 2007. Bruce moved on to San Francisco for 2 years, in 2008 and 2009, while Holt had a stint wth the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Hakim with the Detroit Lions. Sam Bradford showed promise in 2010, as he earned the NFL’s Rookie Of The Year award but, injuries started to haunt Bradford over the years, as he was eventually traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Foles, before the start of the 2015 season. For the past few years, led by head coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams have shown signs of improvement, in particular on defense, where they are led by lineman Aaron Donald, and linebacker Alec Ogletree. 2015 rookie of the year, Todd Gurley, has brought excitement back to the offensive side of the ball, as he has already established himself as one of the NFL’s premier running backs.
The young nucleus of this improving Rams squad, makes the move home that more exciting, especially when you throw in California-native, and 1st round pick, Jared Goff at quarterback.
Jared Goff was drafted out of University of California-Berkley, to not only add competition to the QB position but, to bring in new blood for the future. Nick Foles had some bright spots for the then St. Louis Rams but, consistency, and holding the football too long, hampered and haunted him, as well as the Rams, before he was replaced by Case Keenum. This QB competition has heated up intensely and, in my opinion, will make the Rams that much better, whether it’s Foles, Goff or Keenum, leading the charge. Factor in the competition at QB, as well as a depth friendly backfield that features Tre Mason behind Todd Gurley, and one can assume that the Rams are excited to come home and challenge for a playoff spot. But, in order for that to happen, Foles, Goff or Keenum, will have to get going with wide receivers Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, and Bradley Marquez, etc. Playing in what is still a tough NFC West that features the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and a down but not out, San Francisco 49er squad, it is a must that the Rams become an offense that is not one demensional, in order to compete for a division title, as well as a wild card spot.
Are the Los Angeles Rams ready? The positive vibes say, they are! But, the vibes
must transfer, from the minicamps to the field, in regular season play.