On Sunday night, the whole country sat and witnessed the Buccaneers out-physical and out-play the reigning Super Bowl champions to win their second title in franchise history.
They did it with a combination of their mauling offensive line and ferocious defense, including a young and disruptive secondary that plays with a ton of confidence in themselves and their abilities to beat the man in front of them.
Similar to the way the Bucs were just one year ago — albeit the Rams are a bit better than Tampa Bay was at that point — are the Rams in a place to make a similar leap forward with the addition of a dynamic quarterback in Matthew Stafford?
The defense was the number one unit this past season. It was better and more consistent than the Bucs’ unit for the majority of the year. I don’t believe there’s any reason why it’s not a possibility for the Rams to improve in 2021 as a whole.
Behind the arm of Stafford, McVay can now be much more aggressive and attack down the field at a much higher rate. The need to scheme pass-catchers open is no longer the number-one priority. The door to the playbook has been kicked wide open.
Before I rattle on even more, I’m going to flip this over to you all. The official offseason is here and with it comes new expectations, hopes, and plans. I want to hear all of yours. Let us know in the comments below.
Now for today’s links.
Aaron Donald named NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year (TheRams.com)
Watch highlights from Aaron Donald’s 2020 season (The Rams Wire)
Marvin Jones reportedly wants to follow Matthew Stafford to L.A. (Ramblin’ Fan)
Torry Holt remaining patient for his call to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (The Rams.com)
Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl, fifth SB MVP (ESPN)
Patrick Mahomes gave credit to the Bucs defense for his worst game in the NFL (ESPN)
Who will the Bucs face to open the 2021 season? (NFL.com)
Check out all of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl records (ESPN)
Top plays that defined Super Bowl LV (CBS Sports)
Rob Gronkowski is not retiring, will return in 2021 (NFL.com)