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Hey everybody, my name is Kenneth and I’m chipping in around here, starting off with a links post to some Rams news today. And yes, you may know me from the fact that up until very recently I was running the Seahawks blog Field Gulls and would do those Q and A exchanges twice a year with Joe.

But another fact about me that dates back even further than my time at Field Gulls is that I’ve lived in Los Angeles since 2009. I know this city well and have invested a lot of time into studying the Rams over the years, so I hope you’ll accept my chip-ins as a sincere effort to maintain Turf Show’s already stellar record of quality content and high integrity among the community.

I’ve learned a lot from Joe as colleagues over the last decade, none better than how to kiss ass, so thank you for letting me chip in as we all figure out what the future of our sites look like.

Onto the links...

Taylor Rapp has a lot to build on from impressive rookie season | The Rams Wire

He played deep safety, strong safety and even lined up as a hybrid linebacker in the box at times, showing off his instincts and shiftiness in traffic. Assuming he continues this trajectory, he and Johnson are going to be a formidable duo for a long time – if the Rams choose to keep them together.

Jared Goff looks forward to fresh perspectives amid Rams coaching changes | The LA Times

Donald named to PFWA’s All-NFL, All-NFC teams | TheRams.com

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named to the Professional Football Writers of America’s (PFWA) All-NFL team, the organization announced Monday.

Donald’s placement on the team for the fifth consecutive season is the longest current streak of any active of player.

Patience, not money, fixes LA Rams offensive line woes | Ramblin’ Fan

The LA Rams offense was not a complete train wreck in 2019. But the offensive production plummeted from the year before. Did the Rams simply face stiffer defenses? Did injuries play a bigger role in the decline? And ultimately, does it mean the team needs to blow up the offensive line and start completely over? Or is this the time for restraint and patience? Where do we begin?

Can LA Rams retain LB coach Barry upon hiring DC Brandon Staley? | Ramblin’ Fan

The Rams coaching staff is a moving target right now. Linebacker coach Joe Barry could be a future defection, or he may stay. Ultimately, he must choose the right decision for himself and his family. The LA Rams will then move to fill whatever coaching positions remain open.

10 things with David Edwards | TheRams.com

David: [Austin] Blythe. Blythe’s my guy. One of the things I was nervous about when I first got drafted, was how veterans would treat me. [Andrew] Whitworth’s been great, Rob [Havenstein]’s been great. And Blythe and I formed a pretty cool friendship and I feel like Blythe would be the guy I miss most. I really hope that we can connect [this offseason]. I’ve been around him and his wife, his son, Reed. He’s a great dad. Just someone I look up to and admire.

LA Rams Nerd Nest embrace analytics | Ramblin’ Fan

You see, analytics has a game by game, play by play application which had not been emphasized by the LA Rams, until now. Hiring Kevin O’Connell as new offensive coordinator and Brandon Staley as the new defensive coordinator changes all that.

LA Rams Drop Curtain On Coliseum Stay After A Season That Didn’t Help Sell Tickets for 2020 | Forbes

That drive to fill SoFi Stadium was to be goosed by the Rams’ encore 2019 season which was to show that the previous Super Bowl season was no fluke. Unfortunately the Rams produced more funk than finesse, more missteps than milestone events. After winning consecutive NFC West titles, the Rams didn’t make the playoffs in one of the most significant seasons ever for the organization.