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April 3, 2021 11:00 am
No one will tell you the Los Angeles Rams got better in free agency this year. They suffered a bunch of key losses on both sides of the ball, watching John Johnson, Troy Hill and Morgan Fox leave to sign elsewhere.
But despite those departures, the Rams still look better on paper than they did last year for one reason: Matthew Stafford. The blockbuster January trade that sent Jared Goff to the Lions for Stafford has the Rams poised to make a deep postseason run in 2021, assuming the defense can replace those who left in free agency.
In power rankings throughout the offseason, the Rams have been on the rise. USA TODAY’s Nate Davis bumped Sean McVay’s team up one spot coming out of free agency, moving the Rams from No. 5 to 4.
4. Rams (5): Their top-ranked defense took a few hits in free agency. But can’t wait to see what the Matthew Stafford-Sean McVay marriage – not to mention the dimension speedy WR DeSean Jackson adds – means for an offense that ranked 22nd in points scored.
It’s hard to expect the Rams to finish next season with the No. 1 defense again, given the departures of key players as well as coordinator Brandon Staley. They still have Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Darious Williams and Leonard Floyd, but the defense didn’t improve at any position.
Players such as Terrell Lewis, Terrell Burgess, A’Shawn Robinson and David Long Jr. will need to step up as potential starters because there are a lot of shoes to fill.
As for the rest of the power rankings, the Bucs top the poll at No. 1, followed by the Chiefs, Packers, Rams and Bills to round out the top five. The 49ers jumped from 19th to ninth, the Seahawks are 10th, and Arizona is ranked 17th, dropping four spots despite adding J.J. Watt, Rodney Hudson and A.J. Green, among others.


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Shuie3225

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Straight up Unacceptable with the talent they had. Should have been top 12 at worst.
Yea well McVay made the change many felt needed to happen this off-season. With a full season of Akers + Stafford and DJax we should absolutely finish top 10 this year. Good chance for top 5 IMO.

Even with a slight regression on defense which is expected, we should still be a better team overall. Hecker should have a bounce back season too as he was uncharacteristically bad last year, and Matt Gay has stabilized the kicking game.

One or two impact players from the draft that can immediately contribute should allow us to contend for the SB.
 

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I’ve seen #4 and I’ve seen #14. Neither matter for much but I’d say Rams have talent to go deeper in the playoffs this year. IF they protect Stafford and IF they establish a deep threat WR.
 

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First post by Deadpool.

I have found the first few on the power rankings to be pretty accurate over time.

I personally put much more weight on the rankings after camp. Sometimes camp isn't very friendly to some teams.
 

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First post by Deadpool.

I have found the first few on the power rankings to be pretty accurate over time.

I personally put much more weight on the rankings after camp. Sometimes camp isn't very friendly to some teams.
Welcome to the “other board”, Dead! Thought I’d never get you over here, too.

This board’s IQ just went up an average of 5 points, y’all. He is considered a treasure on another board.

Hopefully, Dead will share his thoughts in the Draft Forum, as well. That is his greatest love and area of expertise.

Hot Damn!
 

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Welcome to the “other board”, Dead! Thought I’d never get you over here, too.

This board’s IQ just went up an average of 5 points, y’all. He is considered a treasure on another board.

Hopefully, Dead will share his thoughts in the Draft Forum, as well. That is his greatest love and area of expertise.

Hot Damn!
Can't wait to see a mock draft by him, if that's the case.
 

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First post by Deadpool.

I have found the first few on the power rankings to be pretty accurate over time.

I personally put much more weight on the rankings after camp. Sometimes camp isn't very friendly to some teams.
Welcome home :cheers2:
 
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Welcome to the “other board”, Dead! Thought I’d never get you over here, too.

This board’s IQ just went up an average of 5 points, y’all. He is considered a treasure on another board.

Hopefully, Dead will share his thoughts in the Draft Forum, as well. That is his greatest love and area of expertise.

Hot Damn!
1) there’s other boards?
2) why?
 

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Welcome to the “other board”, Dead! Thought I’d never get you over here, too.

This board’s IQ just went up an average of 5 points, y’all. He is considered a treasure on another board.

Hopefully, Dead will share his thoughts in the Draft Forum, as well. That is his greatest love and area of expertise.

Hot Damn!
Oh boy. Man do I feel smart and loved. But here comes the embarrassing truth. I ain't that other "Deadpool". And wouldn't dare to take the name from any forum I frequent.

He sounds great. If he comes here I will do the respectful thing and I will give up my number (username) to him.

I am obviously not worthy. Now I hope he comes over. I can easily do Deadpool2. :biggrin:

Sorry friends.

Go Rams!
 

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Oh boy. Man do I feel smart and loved. But here comes the embarrassing truth. I ain't that other "Deadpool". And wouldn't dare to take the name from any forum I frequent.

He sounds great. If he comes here I will do the respectful thing and I will give up my number (username) to him.

I am obviously not worthy. Now I hope he comes over. I can easily do Deadpool2. :biggrin:

Sorry friends.

Go Rams!
Hey, don't sweat it. He'll have to take another name; first come, first serve, after all. Still can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Rams. :D
 

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Hey, don't sweat it. He'll have to take another name; first come, first serve, after all. Still can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Rams. :D
Right now love through thick and thin. Been plenty of thin. With good moments of thick.

Love our Rams more than most things in life. It has been my childhood obsession for almost 50 years now.

More of a lurker. Safer that way. :biggrin:
 

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I think whether we are 1st, 4th or 8th in power rankings it really means Rams will be in the playoffs and at that point anything can happen. Remember when the Giants won the Superbowl they just made it in by a hair and went onto win it all.
 
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