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Random Ramsdom, 1/23: More speculation on Rams new uniforms, but no timeline yet

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New digs often means new rags and for the LA Rams, that means new logo, colors, and uniforms in 2020. (I don’t know if “rags” is the right word for it, not to imply they’ll be tattered remnants left for oil stains, but what else fits well with digs?) And offseason speculation among fans as it relates to the Rams seems to be more heavily-centered on the uniform changes than it does on any roster or coaching changes.

And this team will have significant roster and coaching changes next season.

It appears as though signs are pointing towards the Rams choosing a uniform design that is simple, sleek, and harkens back to the Los Angeles franchise that existed before they moved to St. Louis in 1995. If you are going to throwback to the pre-St. Louis Rams, you also don’t do it by shouting out the 90s Rams, so rule that out. You might choose the ‘80s Rams, who went to the playoffs seven times, including two conference championship game appearances. But more likely than not, the ‘70s Rams are the ones who you want to focus your attention on.

They also went to the playoffs seven times, but the conference championship game five times and the Super Bowl once. And at the same time, when you spend $5 billion on the most futuristic stadium on planet earth (at least until the NFL expands to Dubai maybe), you don’t just tell your players to put on throwback jerseys.

The reveal, whenever it happens, should be interesting.

Rams may reveal new logo and colors before uniforms, no timetable set - RamsWire

It’ll come with new uniforms, helmets, colors and a logo, but the team hasn’t disclosed much in advance of the big unveiling. In fact, the Rams haven’t even said exactly when the curtain will be pulled back – unlike the Falcons, who recently announced they’ll be getting new uniforms in April.

More LA Rams fan designed concepts for the new uniforms - Behance.net

In spring 2020, the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams will unveil a new brand identity that “will tie to (their) deep roots in Los Angeles while also providing a sleek modern look that fits with (their) new, world-class home.” I thought, “How hard can that be?”

Top Los Angeles Rams Plays Of 2019 - LAFB Network

Double Reverse Flea Flicker

This is another pass from Jared Goff to Cooper Kupp, but that’s about the only thing it has in common with the previous play. This game was against the 0-8 Bengals and the game was played in London. Apparently, Sean McVay wanted to show the Brits just how dynamic American football can be by calling a double reverse flea flicker.

CEO Kevin Demoff implying something about the uniforms?

Receiving touchdown overachievers in 2019 based on expected fantasy production - PFF

Cooper Kupp was almost the opposite of Brown with a bulk of his fantasy production coming early in the year, but the Rams receiver did rattle off five straight games with a score to close out the season. His 4.2 scores over expectation marks the second straight season of extreme efficiency, as Kupp’s six scores in 2018 were 3.1 more than his expected number of 2.9 touchdowns. Touchdown regression would almost certainly move Kupp from a fringe WR1 to a back-end WR2 given his relatively low average depth of target.

Andrew Whitworth makes appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd:

One free agent each NFL team needs to pursue in the 2020 offseason - PFF

LOS ANGELES RAMS: G JOE THUNEY

Joe Thuney earned himself a massive contract as the last few seasons have evolved, and the Rams should do everything possible to bring him in. In each of the past three years, Thuney has ranked among the 10 most valuable guards in PFF WAR. He stepped it up in pass-protection, specifically, in his past two campaigns, ranking second in two-year PFF grade. Neither Austin Corbett nor Joseph Noteboom (the two to play the most at left guard for the Rams) qualify, but if they did, they would be around 28th and 35th, respectively, of 37 qualifiers.

SoFi Stadium/Hollywood Park Hype:

Vikings to name Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator - NFL

Gary Kubiak is back in the offensive coordinator chair.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Minnesota Vikings will tap Kubiak as the team’s new OC, per sources informed of the decision.

Kubiak spent the 2019 season as the Vikings assistant head coach and offensive advisor. He was heavily credited with importing the familiar run-scheme that dominated his stints as head coach in Houston and Denver.

Philadelphia Eagles win the PFF Offensive Line of the Year for 2019 - PFF

The other team with the strongest case for the best offensive line of the year were the Baltimore Ravens, who had the best pass blocking tackle in football in the form of Ronnie Stanley and even more impressive production numbers as an offense. Baltimore’s O-line benefited significantly from Lamar Jackson and the bespoke offense the Ravens run, however, putting them in advantageous situations in both the run game and from a pass protection standpoint. Because of that, the Eagles just topped them in grades and are worthy winners of this year’s Offensive Line of the Year.

NFL reveals 2019 injury data, hopeful rule changes are working - NFL

The number of diagnosed concussions suffered by NFL players in 2019 increased slightly over the previous season, an indication, the NFL hopes, that recent rules and equipment changes mean the dramatic drop in concussions in 2018 was not an anomaly.

In the 2019 preseason and regular season, 224 concussions were diagnosed, 10 more than were reported in the 2018 campaign. The data was released Thursday. Despite the slight uptick, the numbers are still a sharp drop from 2017, when a spike in concussions caused alarm among league officials. NFL officials were particularly pleased with a previously-reported drop in concussions suffered during preseason practices, from 45 in 2018 to 30 in ‘19. Last May, the NFL banned several high-impact activities, including the Oklahoma Drill, which could have contributed to the decrease.