Los Angeles Rams: 3 Questions The Rams Will Face In 2018
Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams won’t be able to sneak up on the competition this year like they did last season. After the Rams posted an 11-5 record in 2017 they will try to make the transition from being hunters to being hunted. They came out of nowhere, winning the division by two full games. Expectations are high in Los Angeles and there are Super Bowl aspirations in place. The Los Angeles Rams will face three questions in the 2018 season.
Will Aaron Donald be motivated this season?
After another off-season, the Los Angeles Rams have not given Aaron Donald a big money contract. However, the organization expects Donald to continue to play at a high level and lead the defense. Donald not being compensated by the front office may or may not be able to do stay motivated. That remains to be seen. Donald is widely regarded as a top defensive player in all of football. His impact on the defensive side of the ball transcends what defensive tackles usually can do. If the Los Angeles Rams hope to make a deep playoff run, Donald has to be dominant. The contract status cannot become a distraction. This means the coaching staff will need to find other ways to motivate Donald. McVay and the staff will need to find ways to keep Aaron Donald engaged in 2018.
Can Coach McVay manage the egos on the Los Angeles Rams roster?
Sean McVay will need to prove to everyone he can be one of the best psychiatrists in the league in 2018. He already established himself as one of the best offensive coaches in the NFL in 2017. His front office has given McVay a lot of talent, but a lot of egos as well. Indeed, McVay will have to manage them this season. Some players you could say have these egos, including Aquib Talib, Marcus Peters, Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Jared Goff, and Todd Gurley.
Aaron Donald may be the best player on the team, but he’s not even the highest paid defensive tackle. Suh is the highest paid and that’s going to be awkward. Jared Goff had a great season, but Todd Gurley was the emotional leader in 2017. So how will that change in 2018? There are a ton of personality landmines McVay will have to dodge this season. Above all, this will be a key piece for the Los Angeles Rams success in the 2018 season.
Can Jared Goff take another leap forward?
The progress was outstanding from his rookie season to sophomore season. Goff went from a rookie who looked like a bust in 2016 to performing like a Pro Bowl player in 2017. The question is does Goff have another gear? He leaned on McVay’s scheme and Gurley’s rushing attack. This year defenses are going to make Goff beat them outside his comfort zone. A lot of Goff and the Los Angeles Rams big plays last season came off play action. The real key will be seeing if Goff can succeed without faking the handoff to Gurley. This will be key to the Rams having success in 2018 and another run at the playoffs.
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