The marriage between Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams hit it’s first bump yesterday. The Rams were continually run over by the Redskins offense and made far too many mental errors. Despite some hope in the 4th quarter, a poor decision by Jared Goff on his final pass of the game ultimately ended the game.
Not to worry though. The Rams have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue to help guarantee ‘fertility and prosperity’ in their new marriage with McVay.
While Todd Gurley isn’t old by any stretch of the imagination (he’s 23), his lack of production has certainly gotten old since breaking into the NFL in 2015. In his third season - and his first under a competent offensive coordinator - Gurley seems primed for a breakout.
While he didn’t reach 100 yards rushing, his 138 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns deserve some credit. More impressive to me though was the burst that Gurley seemed to find. He hurdled defenders on multiple occasions and looked like the 2015 Rookie of the Year version as opposed to the 2016 Fisherball version.
Heading into this season, most experts were predicting Tyler Higbee as the starter at TE for the Rams. Gerald Everett is having none of that. Everett is proving to be as good as advertised and has virtually locked down the starting TE position after 2 games.
Everett had 3 catches for 95 yards and is averaging a ridiculous 33.5 yards per catch. Hell, if it wasn’t for the Jared Goff - Cooper Kupp bromance Everett might be having an even bigger impact for the Rams.
During his tenure with the Rams, Jeff Fisher wasn’t afraid to attempt fake punts. In fact - he did it so often that it became less of a surprise as much as it was a disappointment for fans.
John Fassel seems a bit more rational than Fisher, so we’re unlikely to see it as frequently. But boy was it effective yesterday. Fassell borrowed from Hekker’s prior QB experience and was able to aid a drive that ended in a FG for the Rams.
There is definitely growing optimism though due to the tenacity the Rams displayed. Down 13-0, they were able to overcome their mistakes to tie the game at 20 in the fourth quarter.
The final nail in the coffin courtesy of a Jared Goff interception left fans feeling deflated - and a bit blue.
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