NBA Moves Before the Season Starts
The NBA season officially starts tomorrow and teams were getting last minute tasks done. See what went down hours before the NBA season kicked off.
The Los Angeles Rams created a new regime last season and they passed with flying colors. Sean McVay became the new head coach and the Rams offense became unstoppable. Todd Gurley became his oldself again and quarterback Jared Goff got better as the season went on. The Rams offense was the worst in the league in 2016.
Los Angeles has one of the best rosters in the entire league. They upgraded the roster even more in the offseason. The Rams traded for Aqib Talib, Marcus Peter, and Brandin Cooks. Los Angeles also signed Ndamukong Suh. They could be an even better team this season, but they may not be because of how loaded the NFC is.
The Los Angeles Rams finished with a 11-5 record last season and came in first place in the NFC West. It is the first time since the 2003 season they won the NFC West title. Los Angeles will begin training camp on Wednesday July 25.
The Rams lost offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to the Tennessee Titans this offseason. He is now Tennessee's offensive coordinator. Los Angeles will have two guys calling the plays this season. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will be the running game coordinator and tight ends coach Shane Waldron will be the passing game coordinator.
Jared Goff will be the starting quarterback. Sean Mannion will be the backup quarterback. Brandon Allen and rookie Luis Perez will compete for the third quarterback spot on the roster.
Todd Gurley will be the starting running back. Malcom Brown will be the second running back. Justin Davis and rookies John Kelly and Nick Holley will compete for the final two running back spots on the roster.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Brandin Cooks will be the top three receivers on the roster. Pharoh Cooper will be the fourth receiver. Josh Reynolds, rookie Steven Mitchell Jr., Mike Thomas, and Fred Brown will compete for the final two wide receiver roster spots.
Tight end is the weakest offensive position on this roster. Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett will be the top two tight ends. Temarrick Hemingway, Henry Kriger-Coble, and Johnny Mundt will compete for the third tight end job.
The Rams offensive line improved last season. Andrew Whitworth will be the starting left tackle. Rodger Saffold will be the starting left guard. John Sullivan will be the starting center. Jamon Brown will be the starting right guard. Rob Havenstein will be the starting right tackle. Cornelius Lucas, rookie Brian Allen, Austin Blythe and Darrell Williams will be some key backup offensive lineman.
Los Angeles plays a 3-4 defensive scheme. Wade Phillips is the defensive coordinator. The defense is hit or miss from week to week.
The Rams starting defensive line will be Michael Brockers, Ndamukong Suh, and Aaron Donald. Ethan Westbrooks, Omarius Bryant, and Dominique Easley will be the backup defensive lineman. Rookies Justin Lawler and Sebastian Joseph-Day, and Tanzel Smart will try and compete for a defensive line spot.
The Rams starting outside linebackers will be Matt Longacre and Samson Ebukam. Rookies Trevon Young and Ogbonnia Okornkwo will be the backup outside linebackers. They lost Connor Barwin to the New York Giants. Bryce Hager and Mark Barron will be the starting inside linebackers. Ramik Wilson and Cory Littleton will be the backup outside linebackers. Rookies Micah Kiser and Tegray Scales, and Garrett Sickles will compete for other roster spots. The Rams traded inside linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants in the offseason.
Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters will be the starting cornerbacks. Lamarcus Joyner and John Johnson will be the starting safeties. Nickell Robley-Coleman and Troy Hill will be the third and fourth corners on the roster. Kevin Peterson, Sam Shields, and Dominique Hatfield will compete for the final cornerback spot. Blake Countess will be a key backup safety.
Greg Zuerlein will be the Rams kicker and Johnny Hecker will be the Rams punter. Pharoh Cooper will be Los Angeles's kickoff returner and punt returner.
The Rams will open up the season on the road on Monday Night September 10 against the Oakland Raiders. Los Angeles is the favorites to repeat as NFC West Champions. They haven't repeated as division champions since 1984 and 1985. The Los Angeles Rams will be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season. They will win somewhere between 10-13 games.