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ESPN NFL Offseason Grades: Los Angeles Rams Earn A ‘B’

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The Rams replaced their coaching staff and bolstered their offense. That’s good enough for a decent grade.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams-Minicamp Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s stable of NFL writers graded all 32 teams on their offseason moves today, lining up Alden Gonzalez to judge the Los Angeles Rams’ last six months. Most reporters (17 of 32) gave their teams a B or B- with only eight teams earning a grade at a B+ or higher.

For the Rams, Gonzalez commended the Rams for focusing on an offensively-minded staff and turning over a large portion of the roster and starting lineup.

Offseason goals/grade: The Rams' roster was at its maximum of 90 players as of Thursday night. Of those players, 34 were not there when the 2016 season ended. When the 2017 season begins, the Rams expect to have as many as six new starters on offense and three new starters on defense, not to mention three returning starters transitioning to new positions. It will all be overseen by a coaching staff that has only three holdovers from the Jeff Fisher regime. Last year, the Rams relocated. This year, they reconfigured. They needed an offensive-minded head coach, so they got one in 31-year-old Sean McVay. They needed to address their offensive line and their passing game, so they spent on a left tackle and a wide receiver. They needed to add players who fit the 3-4 scheme of new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, so they brought in a linebacker and a cornerback who have history with him. The Rams still have a lot of work to do and a lot of holes to fill, but they made some solid moves that should finally set them on the right path. Grade: B.

In addition to adding many players on the offensive side of the ball, the Rams also added one of the best defensive coaches in Wade Phillips to lead the defense. The Rams notable additions are their draft picks at offensive skill positions (Gerald Everett, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds) along with free agent signings in Andrew Whitworth (a huge upgrade to now Detroit Lion Greg Robinson) and Robert Woods.

Most people are optimistic about their teams in the offseason so the relatively positive review comes with no surprise.