After an offseason chock full of change, Rams fans are widely optimistic that their favorite team will field a better product in 2017. There are even the annual - albeit very faint - whispers of the Rams being a wild-card contender in Sean McVay’s first year.
Bleacher Report isn’t having any of that.
31. Los Angeles Rams
2016 Final Ranking: 30
I'm starting the Rams off with a low ranking to begin the preseason, though I do think this team will be remarkably better than it was last year. I certainly believe the team will finish the season higher than 31.
The Rams added a great offensive mind in Sean McVay as head coach. They also got Wade Phillips to come to town as defensive coordinator. These additions will have a tremendous impact. The team made some good roster additions too, like Andrew Whitworth, Robert Woods and Connor Barwin.
However, it could take some time to see marked improvement.
The development of quarterback Jared Goff is my big question with this team right now. I do expect him to make a big jump this year under McVay. Until he does, though, it's going to be difficult for this group to consistently win in the NFC West.
That’s a lot to digest. He’s ranking the Rams low, but expects them to be “remarkably better” than last year. He expects Goff to “make a big jump.” Yet they’re ranked under everyone but the New York Jets.