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Updated: 2018-01-19T18:50:03-06:00


Tennessee Titans interview Los Angeles Rams Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur for vacant head coaching job



The Rams’ OC was in Nashville to interview for the Titans’ chief gig today.

Well, we knew it was coming, but today they made it official.

The Tennessee Titans confirmed today that they interview Los Angeles Rams Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur for their head coach vacancy.

While it’s not the ‘official’ award, it shows that McVay quickly earned respect after becoming the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. After enduring a Jeff Fisher regime not known for being friendly to the media (“kiss my ass”), McVay’s transparency was extremely refreshing.

He handled the Aaron Donald holdout with class was open and honest about his shortcomings - even if he stopped short of resolving some of them. It was a complete 180 from Jeff Fisher and the Rams responded extremely well to his leadership.

Great job coach.

Los Angeles Rams 2018 NFL Draft mock draft tracker



Here are all the major mock drafts we’ve covered at TST this yar.

New 2018 NFL Mock Draft from Pro Football Focus offers unusual pick for Los Angeles Rams


Time for something new. I always appreciate the mock drafts from Pro Football Focus. They’re never afraid to be original and bow away from conventional wisdom, something that most mocks do especially after the combine. So it’s worth keeping an open mind reading a new mock from PFF’s Steve Palazzolo today, something you have to do starting with the #1 overall pick. We’ve seen a ton of mocks already and many, if not most (all?), have the Cleveland Browns taking a quarterback. I’m not sure I’ve seen one that has them taking Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield...until now. Another shocker comes at #3 with the Indianapolis Colts taking Michigan Wolverines DL Maurice Hurst. And Colorado St. WR Michael Gallup at #19 to the Dallas Cowboys? That’ll get Cowboys fans’ attention. But for the Los Angeles Rams, I suppose things have to start with the CB watch for every mock as of now. Here, only one comes off the board before the 23rd pick, and it’s Iowa CB Josh Jackson to the Miami Dolphins at #11 overall. That leaves a ton of options for the Rams, but you knew PFF was going to have to do something new... EDGE Arden Key, LSU Need and value match up well here as Key is a top-10 talent, but the 2017 season brought question marks both on and off the field. At his best, he has the burst to challenge the edge and the length to win multiple ways, all leading to an 88.0 pass-rush grade that ranked 10th in the nation in 2016. Last season, he played only 409 snaps and played a lot more coverage than he had in the past, but when unleashed, he still showed the pass-rush ability to make an impact at the next level. There’s definitely a need and value matchup. The off-field question is one we haven’t really talked about in a long time. I know Misone and I danced around the idea of bringing in players with red flags on Turf Show Radio, but that was months ago before the Rams’ 2017 season took over. Here’s the rub. Rams Head Coach Sean McVay has, as all coaches do, limited bandwidth. He can only do so much. Handing off the defense to Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips allows McVay to spend more time doing, yanno, other things. Distractions from those other things impact his ability to oversee the offense and the other aspects of his general job responsibilities that he spend his time executing. One distraction he hasn’t had to deal with? Knuckleheads. And for a first-time head coach, this was certainly the wisest approach. Given the results, I’d be hard pressed to agree with any arguments against as much. But at some point, as all coaches do, talent beckons. There will be prospects who show up on tape that do something special, something that your team desperately needs. And when it comes in the package of a 20-year old who has peccadilloes that threaten to both divert his career and subvert his employer, well that’s always a tough decision. That’s the decision that beckons with Key. He flashes the ability you look for in an elite pass rusher. But it flashes. It’s not consistent enough to lock in. And Key took a personal leave of absence for reasons that were never disclosed (expect that to be a question brought up at the combine next month). Would Key be a worthwhile pick for the Rams at 23? Does the skill rushing the passer entice enough to merit the selection? And would the risk of bringing in someone who could disrupt #WeNotMe be too great to bear for a head coach as inexperienced as McBae? [...]

ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Los Angeles Rams in familiar territory in first 2018 NFL Mock Draft


The Hair has weighed in, and his pick for the Rams isn’t a shocker. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has his first mock draft of the year (behind ESPN’s insider paywall) and as always, it’s landing with major impact. Mock drafts always carry an air of disbelief, but Kiper always helps to cut through that given his longevity in the industry. No, the 2018 NFL Draft won’t bow to Kiper, but conventional wisdom always does even for the Los Angeles Rams (NOBODY was talking about Greg Robinson as a top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft before Kiper and of course he ultimately went #2 overall). And consider the impact his mock has on the conventional wisdom with the first overall pick. Kiper has the Cleveland Browns taking Wyoming Cowboys QB Josh Allen. Yeah. No real surprises otherwise in the top 10, but I would note that at #9 the San Francisco 49ers land Ohio St. CB Denzel Ward. We’ve seen him linked to the Rams a couple of times in mock drafts recently. Iowa CB Josh Jackson leaves at #15 to the Arizona Cardinals. And even UCF CB Mike Hughes goes before the Los Angeles Rams pick to the Buffalo Bills at #21. That perhaps is why Kiper’s pick for the Rams does merit some legitimate discussion: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn If the Rams had a weakness in their huge turnaround from 2016 to 2017, it was at cornerback. They have to upgrade. Trumaine Johnson was franchise tagged last offseason and is a free agent. Nickell Robey-Coleman is also a free agent. Troy Hill is a restricted free agent. This is a clear hole. Davis had a great season and is my fourth-ranked corner. At 6-1, 200 pounds, he has good size. I won’t argue on need, obviously. What’s interesting is that this is the fourth cornerback in the draft. It would mean the Rams pass on the top center in Kiper’s mock: Ohio St. OL Billy Price. It would mean passing on the third and fourth offensive tackles in UCLA OT Kolton Miller and Texas OT Connor Williams. Maybe most importantly, Kiper has the Rams taking Davis over Boston College OLB Harold Landry, often hailed as the top pass rusher in the class. Something to consider as Kiper’s mock begins eliciting reaction from around NFL media today. Would the Rams benefit more from a need pick at cornerback over top prospects of another position? [...]

Random Ramsdom 1/18: One more to the Pro Bowl


For the second year in a row, the Rams have a Pro Bowl long snapper (and the offensive player of the year.) 3 games that should feature the LA Rams in prime-time | Ramblin’ Fan Who do you want to see the Rams play on MNF or SNF? The Oakland Raiders? Green Bay Packers? Or how about Johnny G and the San Francisco 49ers? Honestly, don’t the Rams deserve at least two Sunday Night Football games? That’s going to be hard because they don’t play the Patriots next year... Rams snapper Jake McQuaide named to Pro Bowl for second year | LA Times For the second year in a row, Long snapper Jake McQuaide was named to the Pro Bowl. It’s the beard, isn’t it? Has to be the beard. Last year, Jake was the first long snapper in the history of the Rams franchise to make it to the Pro Bowl. So, now he is the first in Rams history to make it twice. I just made you read that. Cincinnati boy Jake McQuaide makes the paper! | In case you can’t get through the LA Times paywall, long snapper Jake McQuaide, aka: Elder High School standout, has made it to the Pro Bowl again. McQuaide is also a graduate of Ohio State. Ohio is very proud of Jake. Todd Gurley named PFWA offensive player of the year | Rams official site The Pro Football Writers of America know what’s up, awarding the offensive honor to RB Todd Gurley. Gurley is the first Rams player to be named PFWA Offensive Player of the Year since Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk in 2001, and the first RB since the Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray received the award in 2014. Rams 2018 mock draft roundup: first edition | Rams official site And so it begins. Or if you’re a big mock draft nerd, so it continues... but I don’t love all these mock drafts with cornerbacks going to the Rams. One amazing EDGE rusher, please. OG Jamon Brown needs your vote for NFL’s most valuable performer | SI I happen to be TST’s biggest Jamon Brown fan, so it makes sense that I’m excited to vote for him in Week 3’s competition. The guy has pipes! Vote him in, guys. Seriously, how can you not root for Jamon? How the NFL rookies ranked in Madden NFL ‘18 | ESPN This was an interesting rookie class that had a lot of pleasant surprises that popped up in the 3rd round. RB Kareem Hunt, RB Alvin Kamara, the Rams very own WR Cooper Kupp, and S John Johnson. [...]