It’s been an offseason of much change around the league, including Sean McVay’s situation heading into his fourth year with the LA Rams. McVay has guided the franchise to much success, but the team is looking to rebound in the 2020 season. Before that all begins, the Rams head coach may have indicated the team’s next big move.
Rams experience massive change in the offseason
The Rams are coming off a disappointing 2019 season that saw them take a significant step back by missing the playoffs.
LA fell well short of competing for a second straight Super Bowl berth as they struggled with injuries and consistency. It has led to the front office to make notable changes to the roster with the departures of Todd Gurley, Clay Matthews Jr., and Brandin Cooks (via trade). It also featured the retirement of Eric Weddle while Wade Phillips was let go from his defensive coordinator role.
All that has guided the Rams toward a renewed sense to push forward after a tough campaign. Along those lines, Sean McVay may have just hinted at some big moves ahead.
Sean McVay suggests big moves ahead for the Rams
The Rams are wrapping an offseason that has featured much change to the roster and the coaching staff.
However, it hasn’t altered the team’s mindset in further securing its long-term future beyond the 2020 season. In the days leading up to Week 1 action, Sean McVay indicated that the Rams are nearing deals with “some of our players.” (H/T Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk)
“I think you know from covering us the last couple of years, those things, if we’re able to get something done, it’s usually right in these next couple of days is that window of time that’s kind of been consistent for some of our guys,” McVay said. “So, there’s a couple of key players that of ours that we are still working and whether or not we’re able to get that done, we remain optimistic. That that’s where we’re at with that. No further updates on any of those contract status with some of our players.”
McVay may have kept his comments vague, but it’s hard not to link to who those players are. It’s no secret that the Rams want to get a new long-term extension for Jalen Ramsey as he’s in the final year of his rookie deal. Meanwhile, the other possible player could be wideout Cooper Kupp as he’s in the last year of his rookie contract.
Ramsey has long been in the position for a massive payday while Kupp has emerged as one of the league’s top wide receivers. The Rams have had a long history of working out extensions before the start of the season, and it wouldn’t be shocking for them to do it again with Kupp and Ramsey’s respective deals.
2020 season expectations
It’s been quite challenging to gauge the external expectations regarding the Rams for the 2020 season.
The team has undergone some notable changes while there are still lingering concerns with their offensive line and linebacker position. Meanwhile, there remains no clarity on how their running back situation will unfold with their trio of options.
LA does possess the stability with Jared Goff having his two main receiving options in Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, along with promising tight end Tyler Higbee. The defense also has some critical factors with Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, and Leonard Floyd on the defensive line. It will see Jalen Ramsey and John Johnson III lead the secondary forward.
There will undoubtedly be an uphill battle in the increasingly difficult NFC West, which has become arguably the league’s best division. All that said, the cards are on the table for the Rams to push forward.