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Edit: I posted this Rams link thread moments before it was announced that Los Angeles legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in LA. Use this forum as a place to talk about Kobe if you’d like to do that as well.

One thing that can’t be overlooked for Sean McVay and the LA Rams over the last three years is the number of coaching changes they’ve had to go through because of their successes — and in some cases, failures.

McVay’s staff in 2017 included offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and assistant wide receivers coach Zac Taylor, now both NFL head coaches. His defensive coordinator was Wade Phillips, who was recently replaced by Brandon Staley. His special teams coordinator was John Fassel, who is now holding that job for the Dallas Cowboys.

So in three years, he’s had to replace all three coordinators at least once.

Jedd Fisch was an assistant offensive coordinator in 2019 and he’s now rumored to be leaving for the New England Patriots. Matt Daniels is expected to join Fassel in Dallas, where he’ll be an assistant on special teams once again. Skip Peete coached running backs from 2016-2019 and is also now with Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys staff. The QBs coach job has gone from Greg Olson to Taylor to Shane Waldron. Bill Johnson coached the defensive line in 2017-2018 and just won a national championship coaching that same position with LSU.

That presents an interesting challenge for any head coach to constantly be shifting around the names at these key positions without losing any steam in development. It takes strong organizational philosophies and integrity, something that McVay does not seem to struggle with. That news and more in today’s Random Ramsdom...

NFL Rumors LA Rams Coach Daniels defecting to Dallas - Ramblin’ Fan

The LA Rams continue to be a source for Dallas Cowboys new head coach Mike McCarthy in building his new staff. It was not enough for the Dallas Cowboys to poach Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel from the Rams coaching staff. Today, the same Cowboys are rumored to be poaching the Rams assistant special teams coordinator Matt Daniels to join Fassel.

Patriots hiring Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch - RamsWire

The Los Angeles Rams have lost yet another coach from Sean McVay’s staff. As first reported by the Boston Globe and confirmed by ESPN, the Patriots are hiring Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch to their staff.

Fisch has spent the last two years with the Rams, first serving as a senior offensive assistant in 2018 before being promoted to assistant offensive coordinator in 2019. He was previously UCLA’s offensive coordinator for one year.

LA Rams WR Kupp defends QB Goff at LAX - Ramblin’ Fan

So it was that the TMZ sports crew ran into LA Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp at LA International airport and posed that question. To no surprise, Kupp did not hesitate to defend his quarterback

“We have all the faith in the world in Jared,” the Rams superstar receiver says. “Absolutely love him. We’re going to be just fine.” – LA Rams WR Cooper Kuppp to TMZ Sports

Former Lions GM Martin Mayhew regrets not drafting Aaron Donald with Detroit - ClutchSports

“I wish I would have taken Aaron Donald,” he said. “That’s no knock on Ebron. I wish I would have taken him. It’s not a decision that’s made in a vacuum. We talked about a lot of different scenarios, different situations. Man, I wish I had taken him.”

LA Rams Mock 2020 NFL Draft 1.0 Need vs BPA - Ramblin’ Fan

I presume that the LA Rams 2020 NFL Draft “Team Needs” are offensive tackle, center, offensive guard, edge rusher, defensive lineman, linebacker, and finally wide receiver. Drafting for need will mean choosing the position of need in order. If no position player appears on the board’s top prospects, the selection must be made for either an unfilled need or a position previously filled by a drafted player. For the best player available (BPA) draft, the Rams will simply select the best prospect (among the top 5) on the board at the pick.

Offseason Outlook: Dante Fowler Jr. set to enter free agency for the second time in as many years - Rams

In that contract year, Fowler was a crucial piece to L.A.’s pass rush. His career-high 11.5 sacks ranked second on the team behind defensive tackle Aaron. Perhaps most impressive, though, was that the total exceeded came in his first season as a full-time starter. Another half of a sack, and he would’ve matched his total from 2016-18 combined.

Pac-12 football: Christian McCaffrey, Marcus Mariota and Brandin Cooks lead the Hotline’s all-decade team - Denver Post

Welcome to the first of two installments of the Hotline’s review of Pac-12 football in the 2010s — a decade that began with success and respect and ended with angst and disregard.

Andrew Whitworth evaluates Nick Bosa’s game, says he’ll be special - RamsWire

A good portion of the credit for the 49ers’ success this season goes to the defensive line, which features five former first-round picks. Nick Bosa might wind up as the best of the bunch, showing that he should not only be in contention for Defensive Rookie of the Year, but Defensive Player of the Year.

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