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Random Ramsdom 7/3: How Wade Phillips Fits Into the NFL’s Coaching Youth Movement

You can teach an old defensive coordinator new tricks.

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How Wade Phillips Fits Into the NFL’s Coaching Youth Movement | The Ringer

Robert Mays explores what has allowed 71 year-old Wade Phillips to continue having success, even as the NFL trends younger offensive playcallers with newer, more iventive schemes.

Wade Phillips Praises Aqib Talib’s ‘tremendous’ Work Ethic | Rams Wire

Success doesn’t come without hard work, regardless of what profession you’re in. It’s especially true in the NFL, which is why the majority of the best players in league history were also some of the hardest workers.

Rams’ Mark Barron Says He Can Shoulder His Role as a Veteran Linebacker | LA Times

While he’s still rehabbing from ankle and heel spur surgeries, Mark Barron is looking forward to the opportunity to mentor some of the younger linebackers on the Rams Defense.

Every NFL Team’s Riskiest Move This Offseason | Bleacher Report

The Rams’ riskiest move? Trading a first rounder for Brandin Cooks. I wouldn’t call this risky, but I can’t think of anything riskier, so OK. We’ll go with this.

Rams Encouraged After “fine-tuning” Offense | ProFootballTalk

The Rams don’t have to rebuild their offense this season, there’s change at offensive play-caller, they’re in tweaking mode. This allows everyone time to improve and tweak rather than scrap and completely change up what they did last season. It’s a brave new world out there Ramily.

Despite Talent Influx, Jared Goff Remains Most Important Ram | ESPN

Goff needs to continue to go through his progressions and make sound decisions. He also needs to be more accurate on deep throws and do a better job of holding on to the football in the pocket.

Brandin Cooks Is Learning What Makes the Rams Offense ‘special’ | Rams Wire

After watching Sammy Watkins walk out the door and sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Los Angeles Rams knew they had to make a move to counter his departure. They probably didn’t think it would require trading away a first-round pick, but that’s exactly what they did to acquire Brandin Cooks.

Phillips Confident Rams Have ‘A Lot of Strength’ at Linebacker | The Rams

As L.A. looks toward training camp in late July, the LBs picture has become clearer. And though there was some uncertainty early on, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expressed confidence in the group’s strength moving forward.

One Reason Why the Los Angeles Rams Will Win the Division (and One Reason Why They Won’t) | Niners Nation

One thing is undeniable, the Rams have, on paper, the best roster in the division. This is something dripping with talent. Besides Jared Goff who is still unproven (he needs another year with defenses adjusting) they have Aaron Donald, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh on the defensive side of the ball. On the offensive side they have Todd Gurley, the emerging Cooper Kupp, and one of the best offensive lines in the league.