Los Angeles Rams 2017 - Fans Have Reason to be Optimistic Ahead of 2017

After signs of progress in recent years, the Rams slumped to a 4-12 record in 2016 – a disappointing effort, to say the least. It was their 10th year in a row with less than a .500 record, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic ahead of what could be a memorable 2017 campaign.

With Jeff Fisher out of the picture, the now Los Angeles-based Rams can focus on building for the future. Last year, Fisher had a say in selecting Calfornia Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick but opted to stick by Case Keenum for the vast majority of the season; this contributed significantly to his eventual downfall.

The Rams showed plenty of trust in Sean McVay when naming him as Fisher’s replacement back in January. At 30 years old, McVay is the youngest head coach in NFL history, but that could actually help Los Angeles as they look to continue adapting following the move from St Louis in 2016. 

McVay is part of the long term project in Los Angeles; he isn’t there to secure immediate success. However, Rams fans will notice a change in mood and his positivity should give the entire squad a much needed lift ahead of the new campaign. To be fair, he flourished in his role as offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins and the Rams were well within their rights to take a chance on the youngster.

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As of March 28th, the Rams are 100/1 to win the Super Bowl and it may be a step too far for McVay’s men this year. If you are into bitcoin betting, Sportsbet lets you place wagers on the majority of American football action, although their odds will become available as the new season draws closer. Who knows, McVay could act quickly in free agency and cleverly during the draft to give Los Angeles a better chance of glory.

Offensively, McVay must focus on improving the line in front of Goff. Running back Todd Gurley is widely regarded as one of the elite options in the National Football League but he failed to make an impact due to Los Angeles’ glaring issues up front. A solid offensive line is crucial to success; ask those teams competing in last year's playoffs...

Meanwhile, the Rams are set on defence, especially with Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator. A couple of additions here and there will help to keep a few veterans on their toes but McVay will be relatively satisfied with his current crop of defensive stars. Led by Aaron Donald, the Rams can cause havoc on defense again this year.

It will take some time for the Rams to get fully accustomed to their new surroundings but McVay will do his best to mould this Los Angeles side into a competitive outfit. They aren’t blessed with talent but a strong defensive unit can lead you to the playoffs.

Defense wins championships at the end of the day and Goff should benefit directly from McVay's new style and methods at the helm. Write the Rams off at your peril; they will improve in 2017.

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