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QB Jared Goff showed a significant amount of growth in his second pro season, impressing his teammates and coaches.

Jared Goff accomplished plenty in 2017.

The second-year quarterback threw for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns to seven interceptions — leading L.A. to an 11-4 record in games he started. Goff led the league at 12.9 yards per completion and finished No. 5 with a 100.5 passer rating.

And even though Goff was clearly disappointed to be cleaning out his locker on Sunday morning rather than preparing to play another playoff game, the signal-caller was able to see many of the positives that came out of the 2017 season.

“It was a really fun year,” Goff said. “We were able to do a lot of good things in every facet of the game, every side of the ball — offense, defense, special teams. And I thought we grew a lot, us b Men’s Authentic Personalized Oakland Athletics Home White Baseball Jersey eing a young team and being as young as we are. But we are a mature team. So we great a lot in a lot of different ways, and feel good.”

Goff exhibited a tremendous amount of growth in his first year under head coach Sean McVay. Stable pass protection had a lot to do with that, as Goff was sacked just 25 times in 2017 after being sacked 26 times in just seven games Custom Athletics Jersey  his rookie year. And so did a full compliment of offensive weapons, including MVP candidate Todd Gurley.

But even before playing with Goff  Women’s Authentic Personalized New York Yankees Home White Baseball Jersey and developing a strong connection, wide receiver Robert Woods said he had a favorable impression of the quarterback.

“His mental toughness, how he stands in the pocket — that was one thing I saw before coming here,” Woods said. “He took some shots early. But he always stood in the pocket and trusted his receivers to get open. The line’s been protecting him really well and he’s able to stand tall and deliver it.”

And that’s part of why Woods, like many of the Rams players, say they recognized a lot of development in Goff this season. And feel he has plenty of room to improve in the future.

“He’s 23. It was really like his first year playing, first year getting experience, first year of the game,” Woods said. “And the way he competed at this level, I think, is just the start. He has to keep studying and keep it going. But it’s only going to get him better. For him to start off like that, w new york yankees custom jersey ith McVay and this new offense, and deliver as he did I think it’s just a great start for his future.”

“There’s always room for more improvement in anybody’s game,” Gurley said. “It’s only his second year, so, yeah, there’s definitely a lot of improvement. We have to get better around him to help him improve,  Men’s Authentic Customized Oakland Athletics Road Gray MLB Jersey Sale as well.”

The Rams’ youth is another element of what makes the team exciting going forward. Goff will have an opportunity to grow alongside many of the club’s young skill players as they all work to improve for 2018.

“I can’t wait,” wide receiver Cooper Kupp said of the prospect. “I mean, to be able to have an offseason together, to be able to grow and just continue to get reps and go through film together and just get that time just being able to build that relationship, I think, will be good.”

“Got a good group of guy oakland athletics custom jersey s — really, really strong group. And a really good defense — we’ve got some guys that’ll be here for a long time and some really good players, and same with offense,” Goff said. “So it’s hopefully just the beginning for this group, and a lot of good things to look forward to.”

Goff’s 2017 was by no means perfect. And the quarterback said he’s looking to improve all aspects of his game headed into next year in order to become a better player, leader, and teammate. But on the whole, there’s no doubt the QB took a significant step forward this season.

“He’ll be able to look at himself critically, learn from some of the mistakes. He did a lot of good things, too,” McVay said Sunday. “And I think it allows him to go into the offseason program with a lot of confidence, a lot of things that we’ll be able to pick out specifically what we feel like are going to be the key focal points, and points of emphasis for him.

“But in terms of custom mlb jersey  leading, just playing the position, the command overall, I’m very pleased with Jared,” McVay added. “And I thought he had a good year.”


“We’re going to work hard this offseason,” Goff said. “We’ve got a good core nucleus of guys, and a really driven group, and I don’t expect this to be the end for us by any means.”

Falcons le pusieron fin a la brillante temporada de custom Athletics jersey  los Rams

Dos errores tempraneros de Cooper en regresos de patada marcaron la pauta en una noche de frustraciones para Los Ángeles.

Los Rams recién habían quedado eliminados al perder ante los Falcons de Atlanta 26-13 en la ronda de comodines, pero lejos de ponerse a llorar en el vestidor, levantaron la cara, aceptaron la derrota y empezaron a hablar sobre el futuro.

 “Ciertamente no estamos contentos con la manera en que terminó esta temporada para nosotros”, dijo Sean McVay, el entrenador en jefe que en su primera temporada condujo a los Rams a los playoffs. “Pero eso no nos quita el hecho de que nuestros jugadores y nuestros entrenadores lograron muchas cosas para poner los cimientos de este equipo. La trayectoria de los Rams apunta hacia arriba”.

Errores propios de ejecución y una buena actuación del equipo visitante dieron por inevitable resultado que los Rams se quedaran cortos en su primer juego de playoffs como franquicia desde la temporada de 2014 y su primero como locales en el Memorial Coliseum desde enero de 1979.

Pharoh Cooper, infalible toda la temporada devolviendo patadas, cometió dos pifias en el pr Custom Athletics Jersey imer periodo que fueron aprovechadas por Atlanta para construir una ventaja de 13 puntos. Primero, Cooper no se comunicó bien con su compañero Blake Countess, quien se encontraba en labores de bloqueo en una alta patada de despeje de los Falcons.

El balón golpeó a Countess y le rebotó a Cooper, para acabar siendo recuperado por Atlanta en la yarda 17 de Los Ángeles. Matt Bryant lo convirtió en puntos con el primero de sus cuatro goles de campo.

Luego, tras el segundo gol de campo de Atlanta, Cooper soltó el balón en el regreso del kickoff debido a un golpe de Damontae Kazee y los Falcons recuperaron en la yarda 32, desde donde avanzaron para anotar en carrera de 3 yardas de Devonta Freeman a principios del segundo periodo (13-0 new york yankees custom jersey ).

Cooper fue muy valioso toda la temporada, incluso siendo elegido al juego de estrellas o Pro Bowl. Nadie en los Rams va a señalarlo por la derrota, pero él fue el primero en reconocer sus fallas. “Fue mi culpa, no puedo dejar que esas cosas sucedan. El equipo pone su confianza en mí, ellos son mis hermanos, son mi familia”.

Erupción en el segundo cuarto

El 13-0 era un déficit considerable, pero igualmente importante fue que la ofensiva angelina, líder de la NFL en puntos anotados, vio poca acción en el inicio y por tanto le tomó mucho tiempo para carburar.

Fue hasta cuando restaban 2:34 de la primera mitad que los Rams se pusieron en la pizarra gracias a un bonito pase de Jared Goff a Cooper Kupp de 14 yardas (13-7). El Memorial Coliseum hizo erupción y la defensa de los Rams se encendió a continuación al capturar al quarterback Matt Ryan en jugadas consecutivas, una de Robert Quinn y la otra compartida por Morgan Fox y Connor Barwin, para obligar a Atlanta a despejar.

Los Rams se fueron al descanso motivados tras sumar un gol de campo de 35 yardas de Sam Ficken (13-10) para coronar una serie en la que Robert Woods hizo una de las mejores atrapadas de la temporada para su equipo, lanzándose de cabeza para completar un pase de Goff de 38 yardas. Woods fue el mejor hombre de la noche para L.A. con 9 recepciones para 142 yardas.

Pero los Falcons, el mismo equipo que en febrero pasado en el Super Bowl dejó escapar una ventaja de 25 puntos contra Nueva Inglaterra, no iban a perder su ventaja ante los Rams.

Abriendo la segunda mitad, los campeones de la NFC volvieron a adueñarse del balón, esta vez gracias a una serie de 16 jugadas –11 carreras– culminada por otro gol de campo de Bryant, de 25 yardas, para mover el marcador a 16-10. Para cuando los Rams volvieron a tener el balón ya sólo restaban 6:45 del tercer periodo. El famoso “momento” del partido se los habían arrebatado.

La estrategia de los Falcons de mantener fuera del campo a Goff, al estelar corredor Todd Gurley y al resto del arsenal le funcionó a las mil maravillas. Y luego la desventaja para los Rams creció a dos posesiones debido al segundo gol de campo de más de 50 yardas para Bryant, el pateador de 42 años de edad de los Falcons, esta vez de 54 yardas casi al terminar el tercer periodo (19-10).

Acarreos seguidos de 14 y 33 yardas de Gurley pusieron a los Rams en  Women’s Authentic Personalized New York Yankees Home White Baseball Jersey posición de acortar distancias con el gol de campo de 32 yardas de Ficken (19-13). El juego estaba en el aire, pero entonces apareció el talento de Matt Ryan y sus receptores.

En segunda oportunidad desde su yarda 38, el quarterback que fue el “MVP” de la NFL en 2016 conectó un pase a Mohamed Sanu bueno para 52 yardas hasta la 10 del otro lado, una jugada clave, y poco después Ryan flotó un envío a la esquina donde Julio Jones (9 recepciones, 94 yardas) logró el touchdown de 8 yardas que puso a los Rams contra las cuerdas (26-13).

Esta era una serie en la que la defensa de los Rams, de gran partido hasta entonces, estaba obligada a detener, pero no pudo.

El touchdown se les negó

Los Rams siguieron peleando. Necesitaban dos touchdowns en menos de seis minutos de partido y aparentemente habían conseguido el primero de ellos restando 2 Men’s Authentic Customized Oakland Athletics Road Gray MLB Jersey Sale :11 cuando en tercera oportunidad Goff encontró al ala cerrada Tyler Higbee con un pase de 5 yardas, pero tras revisarse la jugada los oficiales descubrieron que el ovoide se le cayó al hombre que generalmente es muy seguro de manos y revirtieron la anotación.

Al Memorial Coliseum, con cerca de 75,000 espectadores agitando toallas blancas, se le salió el alma cuando el pase de Goff en cuarta oportunidad no pudo ser atrapado por Sammy Watkins, quien reclamaba justificadamente que un defensivo lo estaba abrazando mientras realizaba su ruta.

“De ninguna manera quieres que esto (los playoffs) se acabe  oakland athletics custom jersey tan pronto, así que es duro en este momento”, admitió el quarterback Goff, quien completó 24 de 45 pases para 259 yardas y un touchdown. “Pero tenemos un núcleo bueno y fuerte que construimos este año y nosotros hablamos después del partido. Alec (Ogletree) nos habló a todos, que estemos listos para trabajar y regresar más fuertes el siguiente año”.

Gurley corrió para 101 yardas en 14 intentos, pero los Falcons estuvieron preparados para detenerlo en esos pases pantalla que tanto éxito tuvieron toda la campaña para los Rams. El candidato a “MVP” de la NFL atrapó 4 envíos para solamente 10 yardas.

En síntesis, la ofensiva estuvo mucho tiempo fuera del campo (los Falcons tuvieron 37:35 minutos de posesión contra 22:25), la defensiva no pudo causar balones perdidos de Atlanta no obstante que ejercieron buena dosis de presión sobre el quarterback, y los equipos especiales cometieron errores costosos.

A pesar de todo, el entrenador McVay djo que a su equipo no se achicó en el juego más grande de la franquicia en muchos años.

“No creo que este haya sido un juego que nos haya quedado demasiado grande. Somos un equipo joven que no hizo suficientes jugadas para salir adelante”, consideró el estratega de 31 años de edad. “La derrota va a ser gran motivación para nuestros jugadores”.

Cuando le preguntaron a Goff sobre si la falta de experiencia había marcado diferencia, el joven mariscal respondió: “No lo creo. Ellos jugaron mejor que nosotros. Experiencia en playoffs… yo realmente no sé lo que eso significa”.

Bueno, los Rams regresarán a la temporada de 2018 llenos de expectativas, hambrientos, y tal vez más listos para trascender. Vivir la experiencia de una derrota dolorosa los puede impulsar a no quedarse cortos la próxima vez.

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Watkins Hopes to Stay with JA Happ Jersey  Rams in 2018

WR Sammy Watkins may be set to become a free agent this year, but he is hoping to return to L.A. next season.

A lot can change in one year.

Wide receiver  JA Happ Jersey Sammy Watkins entered 2017 training camp thinking he’d be with the Bills long term. Instead, he’s finishing his first season with the Rams and contemplating whether or not he will be back with Los Angeles in 2018.

“I just know it’s a business. Since I got traded from the Bills, it’s like anything can happen. I didn’t see that coming,” Watkins said. “So, for me I just can’t wait to see what my future holds here or anywhere else.”

This season was Watkins’ last in his rookie contract. With the Bills declining the receiver’s fifth-year option for 2018, he will now hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent, joining 12 other players from the Rams’ 2017 roster. L.A. will now have the option to sign Watkins to a long-term extension, place him under the franchise tag, or let him go.

And while Watkins pointed out the NFL is indeed a business, he’s hopeful he’ll remain with the franchise that brought him in this season.

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Watkins finished 2017 leading the Rams with eight receiving touchdowns, having caught 39 passes for 593 yards. But because he was in Buffalo for the offseason program and got to L.A. during the middle of training camp, it admittedly took the wideout a while to begin feeling comfortable in the offense.

“Maybe four to five weeks into the season,” he said of the time frame. “You just have to learn how to play into what the coach wants from you. I think it took me probably four to five weeks just to get on the same page, know the offense and just play hard and block.”

Despite the time it took to get acclimated, head coach Sean McVay said he “could not have been more pleased with the Josh Donaldson Jersey  way [Watkins] progressed.” And while his numbers may not have shown it, Watkins’ presence was felt on the field throughout the year.

“It sounds cliché, but when you have a player like him, he does often dictate and determine coverage,” McVay said. “He was productive for o Justin Smoak Jersey ur offense and that isn’t exclusive to just looking at his catches, his touchdowns, and his yardage. That’s what he did without the ball, how he affects the defense, and then what that does to open up some people around him.”

“But I think as you get into being around players for another year, absolutely we feel like we can figure out a way [where] I think we can use him better,” McVay continued. “I have to do a better job of utilizing his skill set.” 

And looking past how he may have affected things on the field, Watkins said the best part about this season has been how he has grown off the field  — becoming more team-oriented than he has ever been.

“I just played through the those guys. We call it playing through others dreams and that’s what it’s about,” he said. “I’ve been the guy that’s been thrown the ball 15 times a game, but they actually helped me play without the ball and be a teammate. That’s the best thing I think I learned this year.”

But now the business of football does kick in, and both the Rams and Watkins have a decision to make. Wide receiver Robert Woods — who was Watkins’ teammate in Buffalo — would love to see him back. Woods said the two have always worked well together on field, feeding off of one another and pushing each other to be better competitors.

“We’d all love to have him back [with] the way he plays for this team. We need players like that,” Woods said. “I know he definitely wants to be here. He loves the organization. But it’s also a business, it has to be correct and it has to work in his favor.” 

Watkins said one thing is for sure — he is ready to return to the Rams if given the opportunity.

“You see this team building something with the coaching staff, with the players. [So] it would be a pleasure to come back” he said. “It was a special season. We just have to continue to get better as a team and I think we’re going to do that.”

How to Watch: Rams Host Falcons in 2018 W Lamar Miller Jersey ild Card Round

All the information you need to watch the Rams take on the Falcons in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs.

The Rams will match up with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night in the club’s first playoff appearance since 2005. L.A. will host Atlanta at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the NFC’s Wild Card Weekend, with a kickoff time set for 5:15 p.m. PT. The game will be available live on NBC.

Check below for all the information you need to watch Saturday’s playoff game:

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— TELEVISION: The game will be available live on NBC with play-by-play provided by Al Michaels and color analysis from Cris Collinsworth. Michelle Tafoya will be the sideline reporter.

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Head coach Sean McVay addressed the media on Monday ahead of the Rams Wild Card matchup with the Falcons.

Head Coach Sean McVay – Media Availability – January 1, 2018 

(On how he keeps his team even keeled throughout the next five days)

“We take our same process and our same approach. We certainly don’t shy away from what a great opportunity it is to be able to play on Saturday night, primetime. I think it’s something that our guys will be excited about, going against the defending NFC Champs. It’s a great opportunity, but I think it’s just about playing our style of football, playing to the best of our ability and just keeping that same mindset and focus and concentration with our week of preparation, with our approach. Hopefully, that will lead to that good performance that we’ve seen for a handful of times this year.”

(On if there is any update on CB Troy Hill, DB Blake Countess or LB Mark Barron)

“Yeah. With Troy, fortunately he didn’t have a concussion. He was good after the game, so he should be in good shape. With Blake, he went into the (concussion) protocol, but he came in today, he was feeling good, he’ll get with the doctors and go through those tests and things like that. But (Director of Sports Medicine/Performance) Reggie (Scott) seemed to feel optimistic about the symptoms and the way that he was feeling today after he came in. Then as far as Mark Barron is concerned, really he would be the only guy that you’re talking about. He feels good and I think his mindset and mentality is he’s getting ready to play for a playoff game on Saturday night. I think this week will serve him well, giving him that time off and then he’ll get a couple extra days and then we’ll see how he feels on Wednesday and try to ramp it up. That will give us a really good gauge of if we can expect him to play, but things are looking good for him.” 

(On if the youth of his team and minimal playoff experience is a real obstacle that they will have to overcome)

“I certainly think that if there’s anything that I’ve learned, just specifically for myself, there is a lot of value in experience. This is a very humbling business, you try to learn from the experiences that you do have and not try to repeat the same things, repeat the same mistakes twice. I think when you look at what our team has done a nice job of – certainly playoff football is a great opportunity, great challenge for us and the game ramps up. But just looking at all the obstacles that our team has faced, especially being a younger team, whether it be traveling more miles than anybody else in the league, having to overcome different injuries, different obstacles, I think our guys have responded the right way. You look at the way we’ve bounced back from losses this season. So I think for a younger team, we’ve demonstrated a maturity and I think our approach and our preparation – we try to be consistent with that. You hear us talk about that process over and over again and I think our guys have bought into that. We’re still playing a football game against an excellent team this week, but we know that the stakes are a little bit higher because if you win you continue playing and if not then your season is over. But as far as how we get ready, how we go play a football game, we’ll remain the same in terms of that focus, that concentration. I think our players have responded the right way being that we are a youthful team, but I think we’ve demonstrated good maturity throughout the course of the year.”

(On if he thinks there is a tangible difference between a tough regular season game as opposed to an elimination-type playoff game and if there is a different mindset you need)

“I don’t know if there is a different mindset. I think every player and coach probably has a different way of kind of preparing themselves mentally to get ready for a game. I think what you just know is kind of what you mentioned. That it’s if you don’t take care of business then your season ends and if you do then you continue on. Now when you get into these elimination games, that’s really where the stakes change for you. Certainly, it’s exciting for us. It’s one that our players are excited about the opportunity to go against a great team and be able to do it in front of our home crowd is really exciting, especially on a Saturday night, so it’s going to be fun.”

(On if missing the one day when playing on a Saturday affects him)

“It does because you’re typically accustomed to having kind of a seven-day work week and everything gets bumped up. I think fortunately for us, and a lot of situations with some of our players with the way that we dealt with last week, it’ll be a little bit more seamless for us to go tomorrow and treat it like a normal Wednesday. So as far as for our preparation, we just bump everything up one day. I’ll probably be here, we’ll be here a little bit later as a coaching staff today, so I’ll probably have a little bit more heavy eyes tomorrow, but it’s an exciting thing. I think Houston Texans Shirts  Atlanta is doing a similar deal where I had seen that they are traveling on Thursday night, but they’ll move everything up a day with their normal, kind of standard operating procedures with how they handle a normal work week and a game week and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”

(On if he has faced a team this year that has the explosiveness of Falcons WRs Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu)

“I think when you look at it, certainly these guys are excellent receivers. I think we’ve played some good offenses this year. But in terms of what Julio does, what he’s done year-in and year-out and then I think Mohammed Sanu is one of the more underrated receivers in this league that h Lamar Miller Jersey e’s got the ability to do a lot of different things. He can create after the catch, he’s wired to separate on some of those options and those choice routes, great aggressive hands. So, those two guys are a nightmare to deal with. Then you talk about their two (running) backs, (Falcons TE Austin) Hooper is a good tight end that can make a lot of plays. So you see why this is one of the best offenses in the league and the weapons Houston Texans Youth Jersey  they have and they have the quarterback that has a great command and understanding and he can distribute the ball to all of their playmakers.

(On if he gets a sense of what Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur is feeling on getting to go up against his old team)

“Oh, yeah. He’s excited. I think he has so much respect and admiration for (Falcons Head) Coach (Dan) Quinn and really what that organization did for him and Men’s Lamar Miller Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey  his experiences there. (Falcons Assistant Head Coach) Raheem Morris is a great coach on their staff as well that Matt and I are both very close with and we’ve worked with him previously. But no, for Matt I think he’s excited about the opportunity to compete against these guys and he has nothing but great experiences from his time there. A lot of the things that we’ve kind of implemented into our schedule, or our weekly or our daily rhythm, is from some of the things that Coach Quinn did based on Matt’s recommendations and how good he thought that experience was.”

(On how close he grew up to the Georgia Dome)

“I would say about 30 minutes. It’s closer to where my parents live now, kind of in that Buckhead area, but it’s close. I was there a lot  Men’s Nike Houston Texans Will Fuller V Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey when I was growing up and I know the new stadium is right next door.”

(On if he ever adopted the Falcons as his team because of the hometown ties)

“I think you were familiar with what was going on. To say you ever really rooted for them when you kind of had somebody in the family that was involved with a team earlier. When I was younger they were in the same division and then just kind of growing up I had a lot of respect for watching the way that those guys competed and they were playing really well. When you had (Falcons QB Michael) Vick and (Falcons RBs Warrick) Dunn and (T.J) Duckett and those guys. I’ve always just been a fan of football and we would go down to the games a bunch. My dad was the general manager for WSB (WSB-TV Atlanta) and they had a nice box that we would go over to from time-to-time and it was something that we enjoyed, but I wouldn’t say that I was a specific fan of the Falcons, I just enjoyed being able to go watch good, competitive games.”

(On if he feels like this is going to be a different type of game for him and if he will take in the moment)

“Oh yeah, I think so. You certainly want to enjoy this. I think this is a great goal – one of the goals is to be able to play in a game like this that our team sets out at the beginning of the year and you certainly want to enjoy it. You think about some of the atmospheres that we’ve been able to play in this year at home, and then the Seattle atmosphere a couple weeks back. Those are special things and things you want to take in and enjoy. Those kind of atmospheres and environments gets you ramped up and excited. It’s one of the things you love so much about this game. But I do think in terms of just having an inexperienced approach being in this role – these are great opportunities to be able to rely on a (Defensive Coordinator) Wade Phillips, who’s been through things like this before. And guys on your staff that have had more playoff experience than you’ve had and that’s where you feel good, because any time that you go into a challenge like this – we’re all going in it and we’re all striving for the same things. We’ve got a bunch of great people in this building that I can really rely on and feel comfort in that.”

(On if he learned anything from his two postseason games with the Redskins)

“Unfortunately, both of those, we lost Seattle and we lost to Green Bay. Both of them were at home playoff games. I think being able to do that were very exciting times for us. You always learn from different things. I think especially just being a playcaller – some of the calls or some of the things that you want to try to make sure that you don’t repeat those mistakes. There was a handful of things in that Green Bay game that I can think of – to be able to name right now then you try to handle in a different manner when we played them the next year. We played the Falcons two years ago and it was a back-and-fourth battle. Great system that they have. They’re fundamentally sound. (Falcons Head) Coach (Dan) Quinn does a great job and (Falcons S) Marquand Manuel has been excellent this year. You see they’re basically top 10 in every major category. It’s going to be a great challenge. But, I think in terms of just whether it be a playoff game or any game – you try to learn, look at yourself critically, figure out what you can do. But, I think this season, especially just being in this role provides a great opportunity to reflect on the mistakes that I’ve made for myself and how you can try to avoid those going into a big game like this.”

(On what he sees in the Falcons defense that he will scheme against)

“Well, I don’t know if I’m going to tell you exactly how we’re scheming them (laughs). I see a fundamentally sound defense. You see great speed. You look at them upfront – (Falcons DT) Grady Jarrett shows up all over the place. Obviously, (Falcons OLB) Vic Beasley’s a great rusher, (Falcons DE Adrian) Clayborn’s had a great year. But then when you look at the inside linebacker position specifically with (Falcons LB Deion) Jones and (Falcons LB De’Vondre) Campbell – two of the fastest linebackers. They pursue sideline to sideline. (Falcons S) Keanu Neal is one of the more physical safeties. You draft him kind of with the vis Will Fuller V Jersey ion to be like a (Seahawks S) Kam Chancellor and that’s what he is certainly playing like. I say that as a huge complement because of how much respect I have for Kam. And then (Falcons S Ricardo) Allen does a nice job playing in the safety and I think as far as the corners go with (Falcons CB Desmond) Trufant and (Falcons CB Robert) Alford, they’re two of the more competitive corners. It’s a great duo. You see a lot of the same principles that you see in some of those Seattle defenses, some of the Jacksonville where it kind of comes from the school of thought, but everybody puts their own twist on it and they do a good job of mixing things up situationally. They make you earn every single yard. You hear us say that consistently, but that is a staple of a really good defense in this league – where you can see they’ve got great adjustments, they know exactly the fundamentals and techniques, they play with great effort, they tackle well and you can see they violently attack th Shane Lechler Jersey e football. They take advantage of some of those tips, those overthrows and they turn them into turnovers. Coach Quinn is a guy that’s preached, ‘It’s all about the ball.’ And he’s had a lot of success doing that and their defense is certainly playing at a high level. You look at the way they were able to play – specifically yesterday in a got to have a game, against a great offense in the Carolina Panthers. It was impressive tape to watch. Then you continue to watch how they played throughout the course of the regular season and you see why they are a top unit.”

(On if he has any concern at all with the players who didn’t play getting back into rhythm)

“I don’t think so. I think they did a good job kind of trying to stay in a rhythm. The best example that we can kind of draw on just this year in particular is the Bye Week and even in the Bye Week those guys are away. I thought they came back the right way when you look at just the way that we were able to prepare for the Giants game. Guys seemed like they were pretty fresh and we try to keep some of the rhythm and timing offensively, I think our guys specifically those skill guys got some good work in. they even got some work in before the game yesterday, so for a lot of guys I think that will serve us well. Being a little bit fresher, especially the guys that were banged up. But for the skill players and some of those things where that timing and rhythm is at a premium, we feel good about them being able to kind of stay on track with where we left off.” 

(On what ways he thinks the Falcons are different than they were last year)

“I think it’s hard to say. I think just when you look at it, they’re still an excellent football team. I didn’t actually go through the actual amount of preparation that you would right now, where we didn’t play them last year, it’s hard to say. I think you just look at it still dynamic offense, lot of play makers, guys getting involved in a variety of ways. They change up the personnel groupings and then I think defensively when you look at just when you kind of come into a place and you start to see that identity show up and they get more comfortable playing and having that identity within the framework of the system. I think they’re a year more comfortable with how they want to operate and I think (Falcons Head) Coach (Dan) Quinn and (Falcons Defensive Coordinator) Coach (Marquand) Manuel have done an excellent job. (Falcons Linebackers Coach) Jeff Ulbrich’s one of the best coaches in this league as well, getting those linebackers in alignment. They’ve got a bunch of guys who are playing comfortable in the system that look like it. I think that’s what you see show up. Those teams that have that continuity, you look at Seattle how they’ve been able to play at such a high level for so many years. Well there’s a comfort level and being able to have an identity. Get comfortable in the system and the scheme. We talked about that as we’re transitioning our guys to (Defensive Coordinator) Wade’s (Phillips) system. I think hopefully we’ll see that improvement from (year) one to (year) two like we saw as the season progressed and the same thing with our offense. I think that’s what you’re seeing in Coach Quinn’s third year with them defensively.” 

(On if a matchup against Former Raiders and Buccaneers Head Coach Jon Gruden is something that he would like to see in the future and if he has any comment on the reports that the Raiders are interested in Gruden)

“No. If you get a chance to coach against one of your mentors and a guy that taught you almost kind of the foundation of what you know about this game. I think it would be a fun, humbling opportunity. But, if that’s what he wants to do – I think he’s certainly earned the right and he’s more than capable. He’s one of the rare people that I think has been away from the game, but he’s been as involved in the game as anybody where he’s kind of getting exposure, the ins and outs. He’s a great communicator, if that’s the case then Oakland will be getting a great head coach. Somebody that’s been instrumental in helping me personally out and I can’t say enough about Jon (Gruden) and what he’s done and what he’s been able to teach me and kind of the way he put his arm around me and taught me this game.”

(On the Falcons emphasizing the idea of attacking the ball)

“You could see it’s a point of emphasis for them. They attack at it – when guys are stood up, they’re rake-hammer, they’re punching at the football, they’re finding ways to create turnovers. Guys are trying to get their hands on the a ball to create some of those tips, those overthrows. I think when you’ve got guys that play with that type of fanatical effort that you see on tape snap-in and snap-out, you’re going to be about capitalize when the ball’s on the ground whether it’s recovering a fumble or whether it’s taking advantage of some of those tips and over throws. You look at yesterday, there was a couple interceptions that they were able to make from those specific plays, because guys just are contesting throws, making you earn it. It’s tight window throws and if you’re just a tick off, then they hit it up and here’s the post-safety ready to make a play or here’s guys in position because they distribute the field evenly, but they’re matching everything as well. It’s a great defense. They’re tough to go against and you’re watching this tape and you’re thinking this is going to be a great challenge for us.”

 

Goff’s Performance  David Bakhtiari Jersey Instrumental in Rams 2017 Turnaround

After promising to give everything he had to bring about a Rams turnaround in late 2016, QB Jared Goff has been instrumental in Los Angeles claiming the NFC West title this season.

It’s December 24, 2016. The Rams have just lost their sixth game in a row — a 22-21 final score to the division-rival 49ers. L.A. has already decided to make a coaching change. And quarterback Jared Goff is standing at the podium, facing the media for his postgame press conference.

He’s asked about defenses making adjustments, s David Bakhtiari Jersey ince they have a few games of tape on him. And he begins his answer by addressing the question. But then he says something else, unprompted.

“I’ll say this — to all the fans and everybody that came out today, we’re appreciative. We understand where we are and we know they understand where we are,” Goff said that day. Then he paused. “It’s just hard. And I know they see it, I know we — it’s hard in the locker room. It’s hard for all of us.

“But I promise you guys, it will get fixed,” Goff continued. “[I’ll give] everything in my heart and soul to get it all fixed.”

Fast forward a year to the day and the Rams are NFC West Champions, having clinched the franchise’s Packers Jersey For Sale  first division tittle since 2003 with a 27-23 victory over the Titans in Week 16.

So for Goff, is there any extra gratification in knowing that the turnaround was able to get executed in just a calendar year?

“You know, I think it goes back to what I was saying — it’s a whole team effort,” Goff said recently. “I was upset at that time, and it was a hard time for not only myself, but the whole team — the whole staff, everybody involved in the organization. I wanted to kind of take a lot of it upon myself to try to get it fixed, and try to do a lot of things. But, ultimately, it’s been a complete team effort here.”

The quarterback clearly did a lot to improve over the course of the offseason — from working with famed private instructors Tom House and Adam Dedeaux to getting receivers together to run routes after the conclusion of the offseason program.

But Los Angeles also hired a strong coaching staff that continuously put Goff in position to succeed in 2017. And that paid dividends to the tune of the quarterback completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,804 yards with 28 touch Green Bay Packers downs and just seven interceptions — the first signal-caller in franchise history to have at least 25 TDs and fewer than 10 picks. Goff ended the 2017 season No. 5 in passer rating at 100.5.

“We’ve got a great rapport, our coaching staff, with Jared. And players really respond to him,” head coach Sean McVay said. “I th Men’s Nike David Bakhtiari Green Bay Packers Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Jersey Green ink he’s got a great, authentic way about the way that he’s leading. And he’s playing at a really high level. And anytime you’re able to lead your team to 11 wins through 15 games is a real credit to a lot of the things that Jared has done for us.”

“I’ve just gotten more comfortable, started to understand things a bit more, and started to understand defenses, and our own offense. And just settled in and got comfortable,” Goff said. “I feel like I’m in a good spot.”

Running back Todd Gurley had an up close view to everything Goff went through as a rookie, but figured Goff would have a strong 2017.

“He’s been playing like I’ve been expecting him to play — just like he’s been playi Nick Perry Jersey ng his whole life,” Gurley said. “We know he’s a special talent — he wasn’t the No. 1 pick for no reason. And the main thing as a team, you’ve just got to make your quarterback feel like he’s that guy — which he is that guy. Protect him and just let him do the work. That’s what makes him a special player. And just the way h Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey e’s been able to compete, make  Martellus Bennett Jersey plays for us this year, has been huge.”

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, however, has been around only for the 2017 season and said he’s been struck by the way Goff’s even-keel demeanor comes through in all situations.

“I think with Jared if you look all the way back to OTA’s his growth has been determined, one by his want to — really his passion to get better in every single way, in every single week, his ability to handle pressure, his ability to handle the big moments of games,” Whitworth said. “It’s amazing how calm and really relaxed he is as he’s gotten more polished and understands things better. He’s just continued to grow in leaps and bounds. Honestly you look at where he’s been and I think it’s night and day just from the start of OTA’s until now how much confidence not only that he has in himself but that we have in him.”

Like his teammates, Goff is now preparing for what’s sure to be a tough matchup against the Falcons. Even though this will be the quarterback’s first postseason start in just his second season, Goff maintains he’s not looking to change his approach from what’s been successful in 2017. But he does recognize that it’s going to be special to begin the postseason in Los Angeles.

“Yeah, it means a lot. It’ll be great,” Goff said of having a home playoff game. “It’s rewarding to these fans who have been through a lot — a lot of the fans had the team leave 20 years ago, and then had it come back, and then had to go through last year, and are able to enjoy it with us this year. And I think it’ll be fun to get out in front of them and have some fun.”

Rams Power Rankings: Final Regular Sea David Bakhtiari Jersey son Edition

Find out where the Rams rank among the sports media landscape power rankings heading into the postseason.

The Rams are headed to the NFC playoffs. As the NFC West division champions and the No. 3 seed in the conference, the club will make its first playoff appearance since 2005 — hosting the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

Every week, TheRams.com will be taking an aggregate look at where the team ranks in different outlets across the sports media landscape. Here are the power rankings for the Rams at the conclusion of the regular season:

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco Rank: 5

Last Week: 7

Change: +2

“They rested guys against the 49ers to get ready for the playoffs. Now they will face a tough challenge in the 2016 NFC-champion Atlanta Falcons.”


ESPN.com Rank: 5

La Men’s Nike David Bakhtiari Green Bay Packers Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Jersey Green st Week: 4

Change: -1

“Opponent winning percentage: .504; 15th-hardest. The Rams finished first in scoring after finishing last in 2016, becoming just the second team to complete that turnaround according to the Elias S Green Bay Packers ports Bureau (the first was the 1965 49ers). What makes that even more impressive is the Rams played a group of opponents who finished the seaso Packers Jersey For Sale n above .500.”


The Wa Martellus Bennett Jersey shington Post Rank: 4

Last Week: 5

Change: +1

“They were one of the feel-good stories of the season. Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, immediately turned Jared Goff into a franchise QB, RB Todd Gurley into an MVP candidate and the Rams into winners. They also have a defensive player of the year candidate in DT Aaron Donald. There’s no telling how the Rams will handle the bright postseason spotlight. But this team is plenty talented enough to be a factor in these NFC playoffs, as long as McVay makes sure the Rams are not satisfied merely to have gotten there.”


Bleacher Report Rank: 4

Last Week: 4

Change: –

“I put zero stock in the Rams’ loss in Week 17. Los Ange Nick Perry Jersey les was resting up to ensure it put its best foot forward on Wild Card Weekend. I agree with that decision. David Bakhtiari Jersey 

The Rams are a super-talented team with some special players at key positions. They have offensive and defensive play-callers in Sean McVay and Wade Phillips who are as good as it gets. They also have a special teams unit that was one of the league’s best before the injury to kicker Greg Zuerlein. Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey 

…The Rams are one of the best teams in football, and I expect them to come out of the weekend with a win.”


USA Today Rank: 5

Last Week: 4

Change: -1

“It’s been 39 years since they last hosted playoff game in L.A. Coliseum. Hopefully Saturday goes better than their 28-0 loss to Dallas in 1979.”


Sports Illustrated’s Rank: 4

Last Week: 5

Change: +1

RAMS POWER RANKINGS AT THE START OF THE REGULAR SEASON

NFL.com — 29

ESPN.com — 27

CBS Sports — 26

Yahoo! Shutdown Corner — 25

The Washington Post — 27

USA Today — 24

Bleacher Report — 28

Sports Illustrated — 29

 

Dan Quinn, Falcons H Martellus Bennett Jersey ave Much Respect for Aaron Donald

Rams DT Aaron Donald recorded a sack on Atlanta QB Matt Ryan in the 2016 matchup between the two teams.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is widely regarded as one of the premier players in the league, and for good reason. In just 14 games, Donald recorded a team-leading 11.0 sacks, which is a mark that tied his career high. And according to Pro Football Focus, Donald led the league with 91 quarterback pressures heading into Week 17 — 12 more than the Von Miller at No. 2.

That’s why one storyline over the course of this week will certainly be Donald versus the Falcons’ offensive front. Atlanta just placed starting left guard Andy Levitre on injured reserve after re-aggrivating a triceps injury during Sunday’s game against Carolina. That means reserve offensive lineman Ben Garland is in line to start throughout the postseason.

Garland has three career starts, a Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Elite Salute To Service Jersey ll of which have come this season.

Plus, Falcons center Alex Mack has been playing through a calf injury. He was Martellus Bennett Jersey  listed as limited for Atlanta’s Tuesday practice.

Atlanta head coach Da Green Bay Packers n Quinn said he’s not anticipating any changes in terms of scheme on the interior. But Atlanta certainly has a lot of respect for Donald and how he can impact a game.

“We really value his quickness,” Quinn told L.A. media on a Tuesday morning conference call. “My background is in defensive line, so why I think he’s so unique is he’s got the get-off of a defensive end. If he was just playing defensive end, he’d probably do just fine because he’s got that kind of quickness to get off the ball and get on the edge of a blocker. Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Nick Perry Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey  Then, when you add that kind of quickne David Bakhtiari Jersey ss inside — I think that’s what makes him so unique.”

Atlanta got an up close view of Donald last year when the Falcons played the Rams and Donald was able to sack quarterback Matt Ryan in the contest. Quinn noted that Donald seemed as pro ready as players come when he entered the league out of Pitt, in part because of how well he uses his hands. But Quinn has also noticed how Donald’s added elements to his game.

“Here’s what I see in his game righ Nick Perry Jersey t now — the ability not just to play up field, the stunts that go with it,” Quinn said.  Packers Jersey For Sale “I think he’s in the right scheme for him, because of his ability to go up the field. As far as rushers go, that’s a challenge every week — and certainly the Rams have their share of them.

“But man is he having a hell of a year and definitely somebody that’s earned our respect,” Quinn continued. “I know the defensive line watches a lot of sacks around the league each week just in terms of training and staying ready and Aaron’s been on that tape quite a bit.”

Isaac Bruce Named 2018 Pro Football Hall of  Martellus Bennett Jersey Fame Finalist

Former Rams wide receiv Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Nick Perry Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey er Isaac Bruce was named one of 15 Green Bay Packers  finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce has been named one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.

Bruce was a key member of one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, dubbed the Greatest Show on Turf. As part of the dynamic unit, he was instrumental in the Rams winning Super Bowl XXXIV — catching a 73-yard game winning touchdown in the club’s 23-16 victory.

The Memphis product played 16 NFL seasons (1994-2000), including an incredible 14-year campaign with the Rams before finishing his career in San Francisco. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and currently ranks No. 5 in NFL history with 15,208 yards receiving. Bruce also holds the record as the Rams all David Bakhtiari Jersey -time leader in yards receivi Martellus Bennett Jersey ng, having Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Elite Salute To Service Jersey  gotten there with four consecutive 1,000-yard se Packers Jersey For Sale asons.  Nick Perry Jersey Plus, he retired as the franchise leader in receptions and yards from scrimmage.

Bruce’s No. 80 is retired for the Rams.

The Hall of Fame finalists will be presented to the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame selection Committee during its annual meeting on “Selection Saturday,” — the day before Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. From that point, the committee will determine which players will be inducted into the 2018 class.

To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent during the annual selection meeting.

You can read the full list of Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists by clicking here.

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