The NFL world just got the shakeup it needed, bringing back professional football to Los Angeles.
As Biggie would say, the Rams are going ‘back back to Cali Cali’.
More precisely – – Inglewood, California. The $2 billion project is located right inside of LA next to LAX. More importantly though, what is Los Angeles really getting with this Rams team?
Let’s start with the Conference. LA hit the entertainment jackpot getting an NFC team over the two potential AFC teams in the Raiders and Chargers. Here’s why:
- The NFC is currently the better, younger, more entertaining conference to watch. If you look at the rosters top to bottom in the conference you can see why the Rams are the best choice for a relocation to LA.
- Just look at the quarterback position in the NFC. Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Matt Stafford, Jameis Winston…
- Now the AFC. Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger…Peyton Manning? There is some young talent with Marcus Mariota and Blake Bortles, but their teams have been bottom feeders over the past five years.
- Ram’s upcoming 2016 HOME schedule: Arizona, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Carolina, NY Giants, Miami, and Buffalo. The two worst games on that home schedule? The two AFC teams.
- Charger’s 2016 HOME schedule: Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, Tennessee, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Miami. Six of those teams had less than seven wins last season.
The Rams also have a very young and talented roster. This roster could bring life to LA, and with a good quarterback could possibly make the playoffs in the upcoming seasons. Let’s take a look:
- Todd Gurley- The stud running back who is oozing with potential. Elected to the Pro-Bowl as a Rookie, and draws comparisons to some of the NFL’s greatest running backs like Adrian Peterson and Marcus Allen.
- The Defense- Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn, two All-Pro selections who are both under the age of 25. These two lead one of the fiercest defensive lines in the NFL. With a up-and-coming linebacker core and a solid secondary, this Rams defense could be a formidable obstacle for offenses to face for years to come.
- Jeff Fisher, the Head Coach. Fisher is one of the most respected coaches in the league who is constantly trying to get over the .500 hump. LA could be the place it happens. Finding a talented quarterback is the true key to success for this young team, and with some key free agent signing this Rams team could push the envelope for the playoffs sooner rather than later.
Regardless, the NFL Owners made the right decision in which franchise to relocate. Luckily enough for the fans they get their beloved Rams back. For the rest of the NFL fans in LA, they too get the enjoyment of seeing some of the best players in the sport come to a stadium nearby.