There was an interesting little nugget in Peter King's MMQB this morning related to the Los Angeles Rams and their monster trade to snag the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft:
"Do we want to be the Chiefs, Texans or Jets?" That’s a question that bounced around the Rams’ hierarchy over the past three months, as they decided whether to break the bank to move up to No. 1. In other words, three franchises trying to go deep into the playoffs with strong defenses and questionable quarterback situations (though I’d argue Kansas City is better than that, but I’m not the one asking the question). The quest for the quarterback gained momentum as the off-season went on, got very serious at the Ole Miss Pro Day on March 28, and was consummated because it made too much sense for the needs of both teams.
It's an interesting question on two fronts.
First, it's interesting that the Rams opted not to build their team that way since that's what they've been doing for four years. Perhaps it was, as I assessed, the intent to do so had failed after four years and the attrition the team is now forced to take on requires a shift of strategy. It's a bit of a hard 180, but given that the Rams had yet to produce a winning record, it's pretty hard to criticize ahead of knowing whether or not whichever QB the Rams take at #1 will pan out.
But secondly, it's somewhat odd that the Rams saw three teams coming off of a winning season, two of which made the playoffs...and decided not to copy that blueprint. The Rams, who have averaged 6.75 wins per year under Head Coach Jeff Fisher, looked at three teams that collectively averaged 10 wins last year and said, "No, we do not like that trajectory."
Of course, given King's faux-homespun writing style that soaks up all the empty folksiness the NFL looooooooooooooooooooooooves to pander, it might have been paraphrased. King's source with the Rams could have just suggested that that style was what they had decided not to copy and not necessarily the teams.
In any case, it's another angle of the trade that merits some discussion this offseason as the Rams chart a new course for their franchise.