Let the countdown begin! In just 100 days the 2016 NFL season will kick off. That being said, and in the spirit of this morning’s ESPN article, which covered 100 predictions for the entirety of the NFL, let’s take a crack at making 100 predictions for the Los Angeles Rams for the upcoming year.
Nick Wagoner got us started off, as three of his 2016 predictions made ESPN’s list.
Although the Rams will say all the right things about remaining patient, No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff will start at quarterback on opening night against the San Francisco 49ers. The investment to get him was too big and the alternatives so uninspiring that the Rams will ride with their rookie.
No argument here.
Rams DE William Hayes will have HBO subscribers believing in mermaids and rejecting the notion that dinosaurs ever existed after five weeks of watching "Hard Knocks." OK, maybe we shouldn't go that far, but Hayes will be the show's breakout star.
Man, if Chris Long were around, he’d be the star of the show. I think Wagoner is on to something here. Let the show begin!
Even with Jared Goff and new passing game coordinator Mike Groh in place, the Rams' offense will still revolve around RB Todd Gurley. So long as Gurley remains healthy, he'll average 20-plus touches per game.
Todd Gurley is the best player on this offense. Period.
...That leaves on 97 more for the good folks of Turf Show Times. No sweat! Be they bold, or otherwise, let’s hear your best prognostications for the Rams this season.
(I’ll offer up one of my own)
Robert Quinn returns to full health, and plays the entirety of the season. Michael Brockers is playing for a big payday in 2017. Big Will Hayes takes full advantage of increased playing time in his new role as a starter. Newly added free agents Quinton Coples and Dominique Easley get to feast playing next to these studs. And Aaron Donald is once again the best interior defensive player in the NFL. The Rams lead the league in sacks this season....with 60.