Los Angeles Rams: Too good to be true?

LOS ANGELES (April 4, 2018)- Are the Los Angeles Rams too good to be true? They have clearly won the NFL offseason with good trades and large free agent signings such as Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, and Ndamukong Suh.

The old adage states that “if something is too good to be true, then it probably is.” If we take a look at the stats of these three particular players, one could see that in their own right, they are fantastic players on the field. Thing is, you have two veterans and a young rookie who all don’t listen to anyone but themselves.

Most of the current leaders of the team are in their first or second year playing in the league. These younger guys are going to look to continue their leadership roles from last season which led to great defensive success and an NFC West Division title. So now they have brought in Suh and Talib who both don’t like being told what to do by their coaches, to begin with. Now they are going to have to be told what to do by captains who have less experience in the league overall? That is not a recipe for success.

With Peters and Talib, here are two guys that are known for their outbursts on the field, and Suh who has been known to play dirty. That spells trouble for this Los Angeles Rams team. If these trends continue and their attitudes are not kept in check that can cause a lot of yards to be given up on straight penalties.

Did the Rams Do Too Much This Offseason?

The Los Angeles Rams are going to become the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NFL. Meaning that, prior to the 2017 season, the Cavaliers brought in players like Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, and Derrick Rose. This put the entire NBA on notice before the season started. Everyone was hyped about Cleveland and with good reason. They got all these big names, these players who used to be the faces of their franchise. So what happened? Why aren’t these big named players on the team anymore? Well, right at the trade deadline, the Cavaliers ended up trading almost everyone they picked up in the offseason and actually ended up being a better team.

This is what’s going to happen with the Los Angeles Rams. They’ve brought in these fantastic players, but these players are used to being the top dog in their locker room. Bringing them on the Rams creates a mighty tough task for the team’s current captains and coaching staff. Differences of views about how to play the game and how to run the locker room will cause this defense to implode.

If head coach Sean McVay and Wade Phillips can get control of these three, then they are poised for success. But, if history repeats itself, the San Francisco 49ers will win the division.

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