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Random Ramsdom 1/21: Dante Fowler says he’s just getting started

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The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are in the Super Bowl. In fact, the Niners in the Super Bowl means that three of the four GMs in the NFC West have now built a Super Bowl team: John Lynch in San Francisco, John Schneider in Seattle, and Les Snead with the Rams. The fourth, Steve Keim, did help the Cardinals get to an NFC Championship game. This also makes 5 of the last 8 NFC title winners to come out of the NFC West. And Arizona should be better next season.

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LA Rams new DC Brandon Staley’s defense stumped McVay, so he hired him - Ramblin Fan

When it comes to the LA Rams choices of hiring a new defensive coordinator, the old saying comes to mind: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” But in the case of hiring Denver Broncos OLB coach Brandon Staley, it is more along the lines of “If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em.” And so he did. So far we’ve discussed the what, so now let’s focus on the impact of the decision and what we believe it will mean for the LA Rams defense.

LA Rams 2020 UDFAs can mean future impact players - Ramblin Fan

The LA Rams are trying to find the best players in the 2020 NFL Draft, despite just holding a projected six picks, and no pick on day one. But not all NFL stars are selected on day one of the NFL draft. In fact, some stars are not selected in an NFL Draft at all.

Sean McVay gives up a piece of Rams’ offense, grows as a head coach - ESPN

“Our inconsistency as a team ended up hurting us,” McVay said following the Rams’ elimination from playoff contention in Week 16. “We saw what we were capable of when the things were going well, and we saw how it can look when they’re not going well.”

Dante Fowler Jr. says he’s ‘just getting started’ after career year - RamsWire

The Los Angeles Rams only had Dante Fowler Jr. for half a season (plus the playoffs) in 2018 before deciding to give him a one-year extension worth up to $14 million. It was a big gamble on a player who hadn’t shown the ability to consistently produce as a pass rusher, but one that paid off for Los Angeles.

LA Rams S Eric Weddle recovery on track, as is diminished role - Ramblin Fan

The LA Rams signed veteran free agent safety Eric Weddle to a two-year contract worth $10.5 million in 2019. But a year after the fact, the same LA Rams are looking for ways to shave some expensive contracts to free up salary cap space for the 2020 free agency market. The team friendly contract used to sign Weddle up may be the same tool used to part ways with him.

Super Bowl LIV predictions, picks, odds, big questions for 49ers-Chiefs - ESPN

Here’s some early advice on Super Bowl LIV: Prepare for a lot of red. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers advanced Sunday out of their respective conferences, gifting us the NFL’s first Super Bowl matchup of teams that employ red as their primary color. (Let it also serve as a reminder that no fact is too minor during Super Bowl hype week.)

Top 50 NFL Player Sales for March 1, 2019 — November 30, 2019 - NFLPA

23. Todd Gurley

50. Jared Goff

Not Listed: Aaron Donald

NFL rumors: More signs Patriots’ Tom Brady’s days in New England are done -

NBC Sports Boston’s Gary Tanguay reports a “source told him Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen are looking to leave New England. ‘I was told today by a source the family is planning to leave the area,’ Tanguay said. ‘The priority this time is to let the kids finish school this year, then they’re gone.’”

2020 NFC Championship Game: 49ers’ Richard Sherman fires back at former NFL great Darrelle Revis after insult - CBS Sports

The Green Bay Packers had a plan to play “nice and loose” when they took the field at Levi’s Stadium to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, but they might’ve been too relaxed. It took more than a half of football for Aaron Rodgers to get going, but in the end the 49ers forced him into making too many mistakes, the final one closing shop on their 2019 season.

Titans DC Dean Pees retires after 16 seasons in NFL -

Pees was already beginning his retirement when Vrabel was hired as Titans head coach in 2018. That didn’t last long. Vrabel said Monday his second phone call placed after he was hired was to Pees to get him to come to Tennessee to coordinate the Titans’ defense.

Patrick Mahomes Is Headed for NFL Icon Status - Time

Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, is a football magician. In the AFC Championship game on Sunday, Mahomes tore up the Tennessee Titans with his nimble feet and graceful arm—sending Kansas City to its first Super Bowl in 50 years. At Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami, the Chiefs will meet the San Francisco 49ers, who crushed the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game and are seeking a sixth Super Bowl win in franchise history, but the first in a quarter century.