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Are Sean McVay and the Rams being overlooked in 2023?

May 23, 2023 10:22AM
[www.turfshowtimes.com] Are Sean McVay and the Rams being overlooked in 2023?
With low expectations heading into the 2023 season, are the Rams being overlooked

By BlaineGrisak@bgrisakTST May 23, 2023, 2:15pm CDT

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It would be more than fair to have a sour taste in your mouth when it comes to the Los Angeles Rams and Sean McVay following the 2022 season. For the first time since 2016, the Rams had a losing record. On top of that, McVay was mentally checked out and seriously considered broadcasting.

Instead of making the big, splashy moves that they have typically made since moving to Los Angeles, the Rams stood pat and instead released some of their big stars. Leonard Floyd was cut along with Bobby Wagner. Jalen Ramsey was traded away to the Miami Dolphins.

The Rams didn’t do much to get better for the 2023 season and instead have a clear focus on 2024. Because of this, there are low expectations for this team heading into the season. ESPN’s Mike Clay has the Rams projected win total at 4.9. NFL.com’s Cynthia Frelund is a little higher on the Rams, projecting them at 6.9 wins. Frelund’s projection lines up more with Vegas which has set the Rams win total at 6.5.

It’s the bleakest outlook for the Rams since McVay took over.

These win totals seem to be an overreaction on the 2022 season. That overreaction is fair, but let’s not forget that the Rams were consistently one of the best teams in the NFL under McVay in the five years prior.

One thing that tends to get forgotten quite often is that coaching in the NFL matters. A good head coach can make a big difference. Good coaches typically find ways to put out competitive teams and win games. Look no further than the Seattle Seahawks last season.

After trading away Russell Wilson and cutting Bobby Wagner, the Seahawks were projected to have 5.5 wins in 2022. It was as if the media and analysts forgot that Pete Carroll had gone to the playoffs with a 35-year old Matt Hasselbeck and won a playoff game with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback in 2010. Wilson wasn’t a top draft pick and instead was selected in the third-round. Carroll helped develop Wilson into a top quarterback in the NFL.

With Geno Smith who had been considered a draft bust and career backup, the Seahawks nearly doubled their projected win total and finished 9-8. Their season came to an end in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite starting a washed up Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, Mitchell Trubisky, and rookie Kenny Pickett, Mike Tomlin still has never had a losing record with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There are other examples as well where good coaching prevailed.

Very few fanbases should understand the importance of coaching than the Rams. After over a decade of losing, McVay came in during his first season and led the Rams to the playoffs. He helped revive Jared Goff’s career after a poor rookie campaign and Todd Gurley won Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. Gurley probably wins it again in 2018 if he doesn’t get hurt.

McVay is certainly in the upper echelon of NFL coaches with Carroll and Tomlin. Yet, it’s expected that the Rams have repeat of 2022.

This isn’t to say that the Rams are going to make the postseason in 2023. While coaching matters, at some point you still need talent. As it stands, it can be argued that the Rams are one of the least talented rosters in the NFL.

However, there are some projection models that have the Rams with less than five wins and a 50 percent chance at a top-10 pick. Will a Sean McVay coached team really finish with a top-10 pick in back-to-back seasons? That seems unlikely even with the current roster.

It took a historically injured offensive line along with injuries to Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Aaron Donald for it to happen once. Will those circumstances repeat themselves? Again, it seems unlikely.

The public is very down on the Rams heading into the 2023 season and for good reason. However, don’t be surprised if the Rams do exceed expectations. The only direction for the Rams to go after last year is up. It would take an awful lot for the same set of circumstances that plagued the Rams in 2022 to repeat themselves. Sean McVay is still in charge and in the NFL, a good coach and culture can make all the difference.

  Are Sean McVay and the Rams being overlooked in 2023?

BerendsenRam338May 23, 2023 10:22AM

  I think that Rams and their coaches are being overlooked by most ‘experts’…

Rams43102May 23, 2023 12:38PM

  Re: I think that Rams and their coaches are being overlooked by most ‘experts’…

BerendsenRam93May 23, 2023 01:00PM

  Areas of weakness on this roster for 2023

merlin139May 24, 2023 07:48AM

  Re: Areas of weakness on this roster for 2023

BerendsenRam67May 24, 2023 08:03AM

  merlin nailed it again

Ramsdude120May 24, 2023 08:18AM

  Re: merlin nailed it again

BerendsenRam48May 24, 2023 10:05AM

  Re: Areas of weakness on this roster for 2023

JimYoungblood5373May 24, 2023 10:31AM

  Re: Areas of weakness on this roster for 2023

BerendsenRam55May 24, 2023 10:45AM

  Reminds be of 1983 in some ways

JimYoungblood5376May 24, 2023 11:08AM

  HOW was that FORTY years ago??????

Ramgator65May 24, 2023 11:44AM

  Could have easily lost the season finale vs Saints but

JimYoungblood5355May 24, 2023 11:49AM

  Re: HOW was that FORTY years ago??????

BerendsenRam54May 25, 2023 07:43AM

  that was a really interesting preseason

LMU9384May 24, 2023 12:39PM

  Starr was outstanding

21Dog68May 25, 2023 05:31AM

  Re: Starr was outstanding

BerendsenRam55May 26, 2023 07:35PM

  Re: that was a really interesting preseason

BerendsenRam52May 26, 2023 07:24AM

  Re: Robinson

RamsFanSince6954May 27, 2023 08:13AM

  A'Shawn was not a nose. He was a 4i/5T, played on a tackle Attachments

JimYoungblood5340May 27, 2023 09:35AM

  Re: Thanks

RamsFanSince6942May 27, 2023 06:30PM

  No problem. Robinson is big so people think he's was a 1T, he wasn't

JimYoungblood5341May 29, 2023 06:18PM

  A couple more, just for examples Attachments

JimYoungblood5341May 27, 2023 09:42AM

  End zone view Attachments

JimYoungblood5338May 28, 2023 11:56AM

  I think it's Edge and CB more specifically

LMU9370May 24, 2023 12:32PM

  Re: Areas of weakness on this roster for 2023

David Deacon46May 27, 2023 04:16AM

  Re: Areas of weakness on this roster for 2023

Rams4338May 27, 2023 06:07AM

  I have been asking that same thing 43!

Ramsdude46May 27, 2023 06:26AM

  Re: Raheem Morris

den-the-coach48May 27, 2023 06:40AM

  You may be right den

Ramsdude47May 27, 2023 06:56AM

  Re: I have been asking that same thing 43!

BerendsenRam46May 27, 2023 08:08AM

  Re: Areas of weakness on this roster for 2023

David Deacon46May 27, 2023 09:48AM

  It'll be conservative, with good reason

mtramfan36May 29, 2023 06:55PM