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24 Hours With ... Sean McVay
He may be the youngest coach in NFL history, but the Rams’ new head man is in unquestioned command of his team. Word for the wise—no daydreaming in meetings!
By Andy Benoit
After seven years in Washington, the last three as Jay Gruden’s offensive coordinator, a soon-to-be 31-year-old Sean McVay took over the Los Angeles Rams in January, becoming the youngest head coach in NFL history (modern era).
It’s been a whirlwind first off-season, though if you observe McVay running the team, you’d think he’s been at it for a decade. In May, during the Rams’ third OTA session (which meant full days with the players and live practices), McVay welcomed us behind the curtain.
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Los Angeles, Calif.
May 24, 2017
9:43 p.m. PT
Sean McVay answers...
Andrew Whitworth brings protective services to Rams
By Gary Klein
During the last eight of his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrew Whitworth played left tackle and protected a couple of very good quarterbacks.
With Whitworth minding their blind side, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton each led the Bengals to the playoffs.
So it was no surprise in March when the Rams and new coach Sean McVay pursued the three-time Pro Bowl selection, and guaranteed him a handsome sum, to protect quarterback Jared Goff, the top pick in the 2016 draft.
Whitworth already sees traits that Goff shares with his previous high-profile teammates, especially the more “laid back” Palmer.
“It’s just getting him to let it out and be confident and be assertive and run the show,” Whitworth said of Goff, adding, “We all go as far as the quarterback goes and it’s our job to make his job easier.”
The Rams signed the 6-foot-7, 333-pound Whitworth to keep Goff upright, provide team leadership and...
Robert Woods is looking out for No. 1 receiver role
Rams wide receiver Robert Woods participates in organized team activities last week in Thousand Oaks. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
By Gary Klein
In a recent ceremony at his old high school, legendary status was bestowed upon Robert Woods.
Gardena Serra made the new Rams receiver the first recipient of “Serra Legend” recognition. In honor of his performance on the field, and the character he displays on and off it, a patch bearing Woods’ name will adorn the jerseys of all future players who wear No. 2 for the Cavaliers.
The Rams were not in search of a legend this offseason when they wooed Woods home with a five-year, $34-million free-agent contract.
New coach Sean McVay wanted a dependable, sure-handed route runner, a respected veteran to set an example for younger players in the locker room.
Woods, however, insists he can be more.
Los Angeles Rams Mobile: Rookie Profile: Cooper Kupp
He says all the right things that's for sure. I also fell in love a bit more, he's watching tape of Ike in this clip if you watch closely. I don't see how this guy isn't ready to contribute mentally on day one.
If he can get open against Tru in camp, we might have found a gem.
Just taking a stab at it. No doubt either a UFDA or a camp cut from another team moves up, but as of today ...
How are you guys seeing it ?
Offense (25) :
QB - Goff, Mannion
LT - Whitworth, Williams
LG - Saffold, Donnal, Brown
C - Sullivan, Wichmann
RG - Havenstein, Brown
RT - Robinson, Donnal
RB - Gurley, Dunbar, Brown
FB - Rogers
TE - Higbee, Everett, Hemingway, Harkey
WR - Austin, Woods, Kupp, Reynolds, Cooper, Thomas
Defense (25) :
NT/DT - Brockers, Walker
LDE - Easley, Smart, Walker
RDE - Donald, Trinca-Pasat
OLB - Quinn, Barwin, Ebukam, Price or Carlos Thompson
ILB - Ogletree, Barron, Forrest, Hager
SS - Alexander, I. Johnson, Barron
FS - Joyner, J. Johnson, Randolph, Davis
CB - T. Johnson, Webster, EJ Gaines, Robey-Coleman, Jordan, Joyner
Special Teams :
P - Hekker
K - Zuerlein
LS - McQuaide
Practice Squad :
OLB - Carlos Thompson or Ejuan Price
ILB - Cassanova McKinzy
DE/OLB - Morgan Fox (not sure if still eligible)
RB - Aaron Green, Justin Davis
A few sites I've seen linked that track UDFA.
1. CLE - Myles Garrett, DE
2. CHI - Mitchell Trubisky, QB
3. SF - Solomon Thomas, DE
4. JAX - Leonard Fournette, RB
5. TEN - Corey Davis, WR
6. NYJ - Jamal Adams, S
7. LAC - Mike Williams, WR
8. CAR - Christian McCaffrey, RB
9. CIN - John Ross, WR
10. KC - Patrick Mahomes, QB
11. NO - Marshon Lattimore, CB
12. HOU - Deshaun Watson, QB
13. AZ - Haason Reddick, LB
14. PHI - Derek Barnett, DE
15. IND - Malik Hooker, S
16. BAL - Marlon Humphrey, CB
17. WAS - Jonathan Allen, DE
18. TEN - Adoree' Jackson, CB
19. TB - OJ Howard, TE
20. DEN - Garett Bolles, OT
21. DET - Jarrad Davis, LB
22. MIA - Charles Harris, DE
23. NYG - Evan Engram, TE
24. OAK - Gareon Conley, CB
25. CLE - Jabrill Peppers, S
26. ATL - Takkarist McKinley, DE
27. BUF - Tre'Davious White, CB
28. DAL - Taco Charlton, DE
29. CLE - David Njoku, TE
30. PIT - TJ Watt, LB
31. SF - Rueben Foster, LB
32. NO - Ryan Ramczyk, OT
ADDED AFTER ROUND 2:
33. GB - Kevin King, CB
34. JAX - Cam...
RAMS 2017 SCHEDULE (Day, Network | PT time)
Preseason Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Preseason Week 2: at Oakland Raiders
Preseason Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Preseason Week 4: at Green Bay Packers
Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, CBS) | 1:05 p.m.
Week 2: vs. Washington Redskins (Sunday, FOX) | 1:25 p.m.
Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers (Thursday, NFL Network/Amazon Prime) | 5:25 p.m.
Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, FOX) | 10 a.m.
Week 5: vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, CBS) | 1:05 p.m.
Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, FOX) | 1:05 p.m.
Week 7: vs. Arizona Cardinals (Sunday, FOX) | 10 a.m. London
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: at New York Giants (Sunday, FOX) | 1:05 p.m.
Week 10: vs. Houston Texans (Sunday, CBS) | 1:05 p.m.
Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, FOX) | 10 a.m.
Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints (Sunday, FOX) | 1:05 p.m.
Week 13: at Arizona Cardinals (Sunday, FOX) | 1:25 p.m.
Week 14: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, FOX) | 1:25 p.m....
By Myles Simmons
When it comes to the Rams’ new staff and schemes, most of the attention has gone to the offense head coach Sean McVay will implement. But there are changes coming to the defense as well, with coordinator Wade Phillips transitioning the unit to a 3-4 base set.
While having three down linemen and four linebackers in the club’s front seven will be an adjustment, McVay has said the club will remain a one-gap, aggressive, penetrating defense — which is largely what it was under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. But in a 4-3, the offense knows the four down linemen will pass rush. As Phillips has explained, the difference with his 3-4 is that from play-to-play, offenses don’t know where the fourth pass rusher is coming from.
“It’s a 3-4, but it’s still a nose tackle, it’s still a three technique, and things like that,” defensive tackle Aaron Donald said Monday. “It’s called a 3-4 because, I guess the guys on the side” — outside linebackers — “are standing....
As I'm looking at it with the latest signing lets discuss the depth chart. The only thing IMO that is really up in the air is the LDE and NT and their rotations. I'm not really assigning roles to the CB group just top 3 and backups at any and all position. This is my take on it this is 31 people which is much more than we'll carry for a 53 man roster (likely 25ish).
RDE: Donald, Longacre
NT: Walker, Easley, Brockers
LDE: Brockers, Easley, Trinca Pasat
WLB: Quinn, Fox
ILB: Ogletree, Forrest, Grigsby
ILB: Barron, Hager, Northrup
SLB: Barwin, Thompson, Littleton
CB: Johnson, Jordan, Christian
CB: Webster, Hill, Countess
CB: Robey-Coleman, Gaines
FS: Joyner, Davis, Christian
SS: Alexander, Randolph, Johnson
Seriously, why? Wasn't Hard Knocks and actually watching the games punishment enough?
Okay, some of this will garner immediate disagreement, but hear me out.
I see a chance for this WR corps to be a) among the best in the NFL and b) from a karma standpoint to be a rallying point for this team.
Well, first, let me just say what I'm thinking and then I'll go into why. I think our WR corps could end up being this, presuming we keep six guys.
Josh Gordon, Robert Woods, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Pharoah Cooper and Bradley Marquez.
Now, let's go through them.
1) Josh Gordon's talent isn't in question. He's been mad working out and at only 25, there's no chance his skills have diminished. The ONLY question is has he matured and embraced playing and living within the restrictive rules that would be placed in front of him. I think he has embraced sobriety and desperately wants to prove himself. So much so, in fact, that I'd trade a late round pick to Cleveland to ensure that he doesn't hit the waiver wire. Having a squared away Josh Gordon as our #1 would be...
Rejoice friends!!! Many of us, including myself, wanted this one bad.
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