The Los Angeles Rams are making a playoff push. Nothing is guarenteed but if the Rams can keeping winning then they should find themsevles playing past Week 18 of the regular season. Arguably the weakest part of LA’s game in the special teams unit. One of the issues on that unit has been the kickers. The team began the year with Brett Maher and then transitioned to Lucas Havrisik. I don’t really know if Havrisik has been better than Maher or not. Should LA try to make a chance at the kicking positon? It it too late to make a change? Can the Rams be fine rolling with Lucas?
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“So, will Los Angeles bring in competition for Havrisik?
“That’s not something that we’re interested in right now,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.
McVay cited the Rams’ loss of long snapper Alex Ward, who’s on injured reserve with a stinger in his neck, as a key aspect - and has resulted in a deep dive into the entire kicking process.
“When you look at the whole operation, it’s snap, hold and kick and when you haven’t had Alex Ward, that makes a big difference - he’s done a really good job,” McVay said. “So, all those things go hand in hand. I know the kicker is the one everybody wants to pin it on.”
“At No. 7, Seattle holds a 69 percent chance to reach the playoffs, and three teams in the NFC have already clinched postseason berths (49ers, Eagles, Cowboys).
As winners of back-to-back games and five of the last six, Los Angeles is carrying positive momentum into the final two weeks of the regular season. They will travel for those two games, however, beginning with a road trip against the New York Giants and concluding against the San Francisco 49ers.”
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“1. Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA
Perhaps I’m a little bit biased with Muasau as I’ve watched him since his days at both Mililani High School and the University of Hawaii. At both, he was a tackling machine. Upon transferring to UCLA, he only enhanced that reputation.
A rotational player but more likely to be a special teamer, Muasau finished the LA Bowl with 11 tackles, six being solo, and 2.5 tackles for loss. He understands gap responsibilities, he maintains gap integrity and he brings ball carriers down.
2. George Holani, RB, Boise State
A bruiser, Holani had himself a whale of a game. On 17 carries, he put up 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 45-yard reception. His numbers were impressive but it also needs to be noted UCLA could not stop the run in the first half and UCLA had an interim defensive coordinator.
However, we can’t dismiss the fact that Holani displayed a clear ability to understand, visualize and blast through the holes made in Boise State’s various blocking assignments. Holani would also have a 66-yard touchdown run in the second half.”