What does the Chargers move to LA mean for the Rams?

In January, the Chargers announced that they would be leaving San Diego for Los Angeles; a move that means that the newly relocated Rams will be sharing their stadium in Inglewood upon completion ahead of the 2019 campaign. For now, the Chargers will play all of their home games at StubHub Center in Carson.

Being completely honest, the situation is hardly ideal for either franchise. The Rams are in the middle of the relocation process whilst the Chargers are at the start of theirs; that is the main difference between the two moves.

In addition, San Diego are moving a few hours north compared to the Rams’ move across the country – and that could hinder the Rams in the long term.

More Los Angeles-based football fans are likely to side with the Chargers based purely on the fact that they may have watched more San Diego football than St Louis football in previous years.

You could claim that fans who already support a team won’t change their allegiance but the chance to watch football in the local area may attract a decent crowd.

The best sportsbooks in Las Vegas will tell you that the Chargers have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl and that is down to two things.

Firstly, the Rams are in a much tougher division – not much can be done about that. But secondly, they have a potent offensive unit and we all saw what Kyle Shanahan and Dan Quinn did with the Atlanta Falcons this year…

Chargers fans weren’t exactly happy with the move, as referenced by Melvin Gordon in a recent article on Betting Sports’ website, but they will come around in time. On paper, you could argue that the Rams have a better defensive unit than the Chargers but offensively, Anthony Lynn’s men are much stronger.

Most neutrals want to see plenty of points and offensive play so the Rams have to do their best to win over any ‘fence-sitters’ in the Los Angeles area.

This new Rams regime must hit the ground running in 2017 and Jared Goff simply has to start – Jeff Fisher’s treatment of Goff last season was disgraceful considering how much the Rams gave up to acquire the former California college star.

The Rams have to make the most of a bad situation as they plan to share football in the Los Angeles area. On paper, the Chargers are in a better situation on the field but the best sportsbooks in Las Vegas may swing back in favor of Sean McVay’s men before the start of the new season.

Jeff Fisher’s regime is over and the Los Angeles Rams will be expecting a much improved year in 2017…

Rams Bringing in Wade Phillips to Coach the Defense

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With Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay getting the gig as the new head coach of the Rams, the team is bringing in Wade Phillips to coach the teams’ defense.

His last job was as Defensive coordinator for the Broncos, which he did for the last two seasons, leading Denver to a Super Bowl last season.

If Redskins OC Sean McVay Gets Hired; Look for Wade Phillips to Come in as Rams DC

Sean McVay

Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay has reportedly interviewed for the Rams head coaching vacancy twice and if he gets the job he is looking to bring Wade Phillips along to coach the defense, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Phillips is one of the premier defensive coaches in the league and would help bolster McVay’s chances.

Rams Request a Number of Head Coaching Interviews

Josh McDaniels

The Rams now have requested head coaching interviews with Buffalo’s Anthony Lynn, and New England coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports citing sources.

Additionally Schefter says that the team has requested permission to interview Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

Rams QB Sean Mannion Ready to Return to Backup Role Sunday vs 49ers

Sean Mannion

Quarterback Sean Mannion has not been on the Rams’ active game-day roster since the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

But with two games left in a lost season — and a new head coach to be hired — the Rams are beginning to look to the future, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mannion appears on track to return to the backup role on Saturday when the 49ers visit the Coliseum.

Rookie quarterback Jared Goff, who grew up in Northern California and played in college at California, participated in the team’s light workout Monday. He is expected to clear concussion protocol at some point this week and start against his hometown team.

But Mannion – not veteran Case Keenum – could be the No. 2 quarterback.

“We’ve talked to him about that being a potential,” interim Coach John Fassel said.

Fassel said a determination about Goff’s status would almost certainly be made by Thursday, the day of the Rams’ final practice for the 49ers.

And if Goff is not able to play?

“We’ve talked about both Case and Sean,” Fassel said. “We’d love to get Sean some reps in the situation like last week, where something happens to Jared – whether he can’t find his helmet or his shoelace breaks – get Sean in there for a little bit of work.

“Case has performed well when required, but it would be good for the team to get a look at Sean and see what he can do if pressed into service by necessity.”

Rams Place DE Robert Quinn and RB Benny Cunningham on Injured Reserve

Robert Quinn

The Los Angeles Rams today made a couple roster moves with some veteran players, putting placed defensive end Robert Quinn and backup running back Benny Cunningham on injured reserve.

The official reason for putting Quinn on IR is a concussion that has kept him out the past two games but 2016 in general has been an injury-plagued, disappointing season for the star pass rusher.

Quinn also underwent back surgery during the offseason and was briefly hospitalized with a mystery illness last month. Although he is still only 26 years old an signed to a mega-contract through 2019, Quinn has been a disappointment the past two seasons with only nine sacks in 17 games played.

Cunningham, normally the Rams’ third-down back and kick returner, went down with a neck injury in Week 13. He has had only 21 carries and 37 touches for the worst offense in the NFL in 2016 and will be a free agent at the end of the season. As with virtually every other area of the team outside their defensive front four, the Rams will need to upgrade the talent level of their running backs corps this offseason.

It’s been a season of disaster with the Rams already with Jeff Fisher getting fired already this week and the team’s move to Los Angeles not going as smoothly as planned.

It sounds more and more like with a new coaching staff there’s going to be a complete overhaul of the team as well as the roster. We shall see if it puts this team in a position to compete in 2017.

Rams vs Seahawks NFL Week 15 Inactives

C.J. Prosise

Rams: QB Sean Mannion, CB Steve Williams, S Maurice Alexander, CB EJ Gaines, G Cody Wichmann, T Pace Murphy, DE Matt Longacre. DE Robert Quinn and RB Benny Cunningham

Seahawks: RB C.J. Prosise, RB Kelvin Taylor, S Tyvis Powell, LB Brock Coyle, LB Ronald Powell, DT John Jenkins and DE Damontre Moore

What if the Rams Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Rams will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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