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Random Ramsdom: Andrew Whithworth compares Rams to 49ers

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Andrew Whitworth did an interview on the Rich Eisen Show recently, and the entire interview is worth watching. However it’s him talking about the Los Angeles Rams that may interest you the most. He talks about how Sean McVay has been trying to match the San Francisco 49ers physicality. He admits that the 49ers have gotten the better of LA, especially in Whitworth’s time there. Now he sees the Rams trying to be more of a physical style team, as opposed to being all about playcalling.

Whitworth even compares Puka Nacua to Deebo Samuel. Check out the interview as I really can’t do it justice.

Do you think McVay has been trying to mimic the 49ers? Do you think that Mike LaFleur has helped LA copy/learn this physical style of play? Does that type of mentality change all start in the draft? Any other thoughts on Big Whit’s comments? Pretty wild that he confesses that the 49ers have basically owned LA, but that’s probably easier to do when you’re a happily retired Super Bowl champion.

Oh, and he beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship game to then get that Super Bowl win. How could I forget that minor detail?

Please comment on whatever you’d like and have a great Thursday!

New Orleans Saints as Los Angeles Rams: Predictions, picks and odds for NFL Week 16 game (usatoday)

“The NFL playoff race is heating up, and ”Thursday Night Football” will pit two teams looking to get the upper hand on each other when the New Orleans Saints (7-7) visit the Los Angeles Rams (7-7).

There was no Tommy DeVito magic happening in the Caesars Superdome on Sunday as the Saints beat down the New York Giants 24-6. Derek Carr had one of his best games in his first season in New Orleans, while the defense continued to shine, not allowing a touchdown in two straight games. Not only do the Saints remain in a tie for first in the NFC South, but they also are right in the wild card picture.

The Rams resurgence continued last week with a home win against the Washington Commanders, giving Los Angeles four wins in its past five games. Receivers like Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua continue to make life easier for Matthew Stafford, and Los Angeles now sits in the No. 7 spot for the playoffs, hoping to hold onto the spot with another win this week.”

2023 NFL season, Week 16: Four things to watch for in Saints-Rams on Prime Video (nfl.com)

“For the Rams, there might be slightly more on the line in this game. A loss won’t end their chances, but they can only get in as a wild card, with San Francisco sewing up the NFC West last week. As of Tuesday, Next Gen Stats gave the Rams a 52% chance of making the playoffs heading into the game. A win increases it to 73%, but a loss would knock them down to 15%.

New Orleans can still win its division. The Saints remain even with the Buccaneers, record-wise, in the quest of an NFC South title, although the Bucs currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker prior to their Week 17 meeting in Tampa. Although the Saints currently have a lesser postseason chance (41%) than the Rams, this game carries less relative weight, with a win raising their likelihood to 70% and a loss dropping them to 24%.”

Raheem Morris: I’ll be ready for head coaching opportunities, but trying to win games now (nbcsports)

“On Tuesday, Morris acknowledged his interest in being a head coach again and said he believes he will “be better than I was that first time around when I was 32 years old taking over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the interim coach midseason in Atlanta.” He also said that those feelings are secondary to his desire to help the Rams win more games in the coming weeks.

“When those opportunities present themselves, I’ve just got to be ready to present myself in the best version,” Morris said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “But to say you’re preparing or doing anything that you would do differently other than trying to win the next football game, I’d be lying to you.”

Rams Rule Rookie Out, Get Rob Havenstein, Tutu Atwell Back for Week 16 (ramsdigest)

“Fortunately, Los Angeles got some good news on Wednesday. Like its injury reports from Monday and Tuesday, injury designations were an estimate. Tuesday and Wednesday saw the Rams go through walkthroughs rather than a typical practice.

Los Angeles will welcome back tackle Rob Havenstein (groin) and receiver Tutu Atwell (concussion) back after missing Week 15’s home win against the Washington Commanders. The Rams dominated, winning 28-20 in a game that saw garbage time close the gap on the scoreboard.”