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Miami Dolphins to run both 3-4 and 4-3 under Brian Flores | Miami Herald
Put another way, the Dolphins are going to install their variation of the Patriots’ defense, which Flores ran to perfection in the Super Bowl. New England held the high-flying Rams to three points — the fewest in Super Bowl history — and 260 yards en route to a sixth world championship.

“I don’t want to live in the past,” Graham, who coached the Packers’ linebackers in 2018, said of the game Flores called, “but it was beautiful.”
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Eight Rams selected to Pro Football Focus Top 101, including Aaron Donald at No. 1
Eight Rams were selected to Pro Football Focus Top 101, including Aaron Donald at No. 1
The offseason is officially underway and Pro Football Focus has its list of the top 101 players from the 2018 season.
The ranking is created considering each player’s individual performance relative to what their position requires, both in the regular season and postseason. The PFF team of analysts included eight Rams on its annual ranking, which is the most selected from any team. The Chiefs, Patriots, Saints, and Bears each trail the Rams with seven top-101 selections.
Here’s a look at each member of the NFC Champion Rams that made the list:
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald makes his fifth appearance on the PFF Top 101 list and also claims the top spot in 2018. Donald took home his second-straight AP Defensive Player of the Year award in his team’s run to Super Bowl LIII after leading the league in sacks (20.5), quarterback hits (41), and tackles for loss (25).
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Joe Thomas: ‘I don’t see anybody slowing Aaron Donald down’ in future
Aaron Donald isn’t like other players. He’s a supposedly undersized defensive tackle who just led the NFL in sacks and set the all-time record for sacks at his position in a single season with 20.5.
He’s a rare talent and was an MVP candidate this past season, winning his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award. But what makes him so good? Is it his strength despite being smaller than offensive linemen? Is it his quick get-off that allows him to sneak into the backfield before the quarterback even gets to the top of his drop?
Former All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas has a new video series with the Browns where he breaks down film, and first up was Donald. He highlights key plays from Donald’s tape that show what makes him so good, saying he’s “the best inside pass rusher – inside defensive tackle – in the NFL, and probably one of the best of all time.”
Thomas simply doesn’t see anyone stopping Donald in the near future unless they completely change their blocking schemes to account for him as a pass rusher.
“Unless offenses change – which, they’re scoring a lot of points, so I don’t see them changing a lot in the near future – I just think Aaron’s going to be this disruptive force for many years to come,” Thomas said. “There’s really no slowing him down unless offenses come up with some new type of blocking scheme where they maybe hit him with a fullback out of the backfield.”
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Rams 2018 report card: Grading every position on defense
Most of the Los Angeles Rams’ offseason needs come on defense, especially with guys like Ndamukong Suh, Lamarcus Joyner and Dante Fowler Jr. set to hit free agency. As badly as it seemed the unit struggled in 2018, there were some position groups that performed particularly well.
Having already graded the offense, we now turn to the defense where we hand out final grades for the 2018 season.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Rams 2018 report card: Grading every position on special teams
The Los Angeles Rams had the best special teams unit in the NFL two seasons ago, and it wasn’t close. They had Pro Bowlers at every position, from punter to return specialist. This season, it wasn’t as dominant an effort as it was in 2017.
They had just one Pro Bowler in Cory Littleton, while Greg Zuerlein missed time with an injury early in the year. However, the unit still played well as a whole, which is why the special teams received a positive grade on this report card.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
2018 Football Outsiders Awards | Football Outsiders
Who is your choice for Defensive MVP for 2018? (Last Year's Winner: Aaron Donald)
68.9% Aaron Donald, DT, LAR
22.2% Khalil Mack, OLB, CHI
3.6% Stephon Gilmore, CB, NE
1.9% Fletcher Cox, DT, PHI
1.4% Darius Leonard, OLB, IND
0.7% J.J. Watt, DE, HOU
0.7% Marlon Humphrey, CB, BAL
0.2% Leighton Vander Esch, OLB, DAL
0.2% Von Miller, OLB, DEN
Donald wins this award for the second year in a row, and he made the top four in both 2015 and 2016. We are all lucky to witness an all-time great career like Donald's, and he was at his best in 2018, leading the league with 20.5 sacks (nearly doubling his prior career high of 11.0) and 25 tackles for loss. He added another half-sack and four more tackles for loss in the playoffs, nearly leading the Rams to a Lombardi Trophy.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Five 2019 offseason moves each NFC West team should make - Bill Barnwell predicts trades, free agency, cuts
Los Angeles Rams
...5. Don't extend Jared Goff this offseason. Teams have the option of extending their first-round picks with long-term deals after the end of their third seasons in the league. In most cases, they wait a year and reap the benefits of a fourth season priced in at well below market value. The exceptions are generally for transcendent superstars such as J.J. Watt and Patrick Peterson.
The Rams are the exception to the exception: They've done several fourth-year extensions under GM Les Snead, including deals for Tavon Austin, Robert Quinn and, most recently, Gurley. You can see how those moves went. Austin was a disastrous contract from the jump. Quinn fell off dramatically after posting 19 sacks in Year 3, although he looked like an absolute star. Gurley was an MVP candidate for half of 2018, but he was struggling by the end of the season with a mysterious knee injury, and the Rams didn't skip a beat when they replaced Gurley with Anderson.
Jared Goff finished the regular season with 32 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions, but he struggled in Super Bowl LIII. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
It's too early to evaluate the Gurley deal, but as we get to Goff's future, look no further than the Super Bowl. The Patriots flummoxed Goff in a way that might end up being telling. He made a few excellent anticipatory throws, but he spent most of the game out of rhythm waiting for somebody to get open.
Earlier this year, I brought up the idea of a team constantly remaining on the rookie quarterback cycle by drafting a quarterback, developing him into a star, and then trading him at the end of his rookie deal for a high draft pick to repeat the process. The right team would have a brilliant offensive mind for a head coach and oodles of offensive talent, players the team otherwise would have to let go to pay their quarterback a premium.
The Rams are the most obvious example for this concept, although it's clear they believe Goff is a bona fide franchise quarterback. I don't think the Rams will hop back on the rookie passer cycle. I don't think they should trade Goff at the end of his rookie deal, either. I don't know whether any team will ever have the guts to do it, because getting that rookie quarterback evaluation wrong as a GM means you're getting fired and becoming the butt of jokes for a decade. It's too much pressure.
At the same time, I don't think Goff is such an obvious perennial Offensive Player of the Year candidate that the Rams need to start extending him immediately. It has to at least be a little concerning that Goff's numbers fell off once Kupp was injured, especially because Kupp is the exact sort of luxury the Rams would struggle to keep around at the going rate for wide receivers once they give Goff a raise.
There's no rush here. Get another year of information, and if Goff is the player the Rams think he is, they'll still have tons of leverage to extend him after Year 4. The Rams can use their cap space now to add veteran talent or roll it over to have extra money when Goff does get expensive. And if Goff does take a step backward in 2019, well, it could save the Rams from a Derek Carr-esque conundrum...
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4 days ago by rgl7194
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell identifies five major offseason moves for LA Rams - Turf Show Times
Barnwell has five offseason moves for every team that could improve their fortunes next season.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has a series going in which he identifies five moves for every NFL team that will improve their situations this offseason. Today, he’s looking at our beloved NFC West. The Arizona Cardinals have the top overall pick. The Seattle Seahawks are eyeing for another playoff berth,. The San Francisco 49ers are hopeful their injury horrors are over. For the Los Angeles Rams however, Barnwell has a few interesting suggestions that could work out (moves included, but for his extended opinion, check out the story link)
1. Convince Andrew Whitworth to come back.
2. Bring back Rodger Saffold and C.J. Anderson.
3. Trade down from the 31st pick.
4. Sign Clay Matthews and wait out the market on veterans.
5. Don’t extend Jared Goff this offseason.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
The Rams didn't fail — they lost a hard game against a more experienced Super Bowl foe - Los Angeles Times
To the editor: To refer to the Rams as “lambs” in your Monday front-page headline because they lost the Super Bowl on Sunday — a game that was tied with seven minutes to play — is simply an act of meanness.
The New England Patriots’ experience was the obvious difference, and they have the greatest coach and quarterback in Super Bowl history. The Rams are a young team, and they were not trounced by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, if receiver Brandin Cooks had not dropped a pass in the end zone, the Rams would have tied the game with three minutes to go.
The Super Bowl was a back-and-forth battle of great defensive teams, and the more seasoned squad prevailed. To insult the Rams with a sophomoric headline was in poor taste.
Michael T. McAlevey, Santa Monica
To the editor: Give the Rams a break. They had a stellar season and deserve a hearty round of applause.
With a young coach at the helm and and even a younger quarterback in the pocket, backed up by superb professional athletes, the Rams won more games than all but one other team. They’re much better prepared to lock horns next season.
We love you Rams — you’re no Lambs.
Zorik Mooradian, Tarzana
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4 days ago by rgl7194

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