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Random Ramsdom: Most recent draft for LA ‘shocked the league’

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 2/2/24

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It really is incredible what the Los Angeles Rams were able to accomplish without a first round pick last year and the past few season. I keep thinking that the Rams traded away some first round picks to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford. One of those Rams picks ended up becoming wide reciever for Detroit, Jameson Williams, and don’t get me wrong he’s flashed real talent and potential. However LA was still able to land Puka Nacua, and I can’t stop thinking about that. What Les Snead and the orgainziation have been doing is really something.

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Despite no first-round pick, Rams rookies shocked the league (espn.com)

“But the rest of the Rams’ rookie class helped accelerate their “remodeling” process — as Snead called it — and the team made the playoffs in a season many outsiders did not expect them to. McVay and several veteran players, including quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, talked about the energy and joy the young players brought into the locker room this season.

Of the draft picks, the Rams have two in the running for end of season awards: Nacua (Offensive Rookie of the Year) and Turner (Defensive Rookie of the Year). During his rookie season, Nacua had 105 catches for 1,486 yards and six touchdowns, setting an NFL rookie record for the most receptions and receiving yards. Nacua’s yardage total broke a 63-year-old record, passing Bill Groman, who had 1,473 receiving yards in a 14-game season in 1960.”

Dolphins interviewing Rams asst. Chris Shula, grandson of Don Shula, for defensive coordinator job (nfl.com)

“Chris Shula has spent the past seven seasons with the Los Angeles Rams with 2023 standing as his first in the role of linebackers coach/pass rush coordinator. Prior to becoming a member of the Rams staff in 2017, Shula began his NFL coaching career in 2015 with the Chargers as a defensive quality control coach.

The 37-year-old Shula could be the latest branch of the Sean McVay coaching tree to extend to a more prominent position (see new Falcons head coach Raheem Morris as one of the latest examples), but he’s also sure to cause some excitement in Miami due to his surname.”

Former Gamecock, Rams Super Bowl champ shares what Joe DeCamillis will bring to South Carolina (on3.com)

“DeCamillis spent this past season as a special assistant to the head coach at the University of Texas. Prior to that, he spent over over 30 years coaching in the NFL including stints running the special teams for the Giants, Falcons, Jaguars, Cowboys, Broncos, and mostly recently the Rams, where he won Super Bowl LVI marking his second Super Bowl title of his coaching career.

“What I can tell you about Joe D is that he’s gonna be consistent with what he does everyday. As a special teams coordinator you need to be able to connect with the offensive line, defensive line, just every single player. I think that’s the biggest thing that stood out to me while being around him was the connections he makes with the players on a personal level. He really shows how much he cares about you and it makes it easy to fight for him and take what he teaches you in the meeting room and go do it for him.”