Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead put the NFC on notice managing a smash hit trade for Von Miller that could shape the playoff race, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers success simply might alter the story, and more
The Los Angeles Rams are all in.
Monday, in advance of Tuesdays trade due date, Rams general supervisor Les Snead pried the MVP of Super Bowl 50, Von Miller, from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a third-round and 2nd pick in next springs NFL Draft.
The Rams can now drop Miller into a protective line along with Aaron Donald and opposite Leonard Floyd, forming among the NFLs most powerful and disruptive front-sevens.
Los Angeles new pass-rushing triumvirate has combined for 19 sacks and 98 pressures. Thats more sacks than the total of 23 teams..
All the best, NFC quarterbacks.
” Theyre this years Tampa Bay,” a league source informs FanSided, following the Miller trade.
That might be real in many ways, especially considering the similarities defensively and the truth the Rams 7-1 start has been sustained by the addition of veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford leaving to an MVP start.
There is one crucial distinction: the playoff experience level at quarterback.
Make no error, Stafford has been great. Just Tom Brady has actually passed for more than Staffords 2,477 backyards. Just Brady has thrown for more touchdowns, 27, than Staffords 24. And among Week 1 starting quarterbacks, only Russell Wilson (who has just played five games), has a greater passer score than Staffords 118.
However, Brady arrived in Tampa Bay last offseason with six Super Bowl rings on his fingers. Stafford, meanwhile, has never ever won a championship game.
Still, the resemblances in between last years Super Bowl champion Buccaneers and this years Rams are vast. Both boast star-power on defense; while the Rams have a dominant front 7 and a secondary that consists of All-Pro Jalen Ramsey, Jordan Fuller, and Taylor Rapp, capable of stifling a passing video game.
Los Angeles has as strong a case as any competitor at the top of the NFC; along with the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, and Bradys Buccaneers, as the favorite to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. The Rams would be the No. 5 seed if the season ended today.
What if Stafford and the Rams have to go through Lambeau Field, with Aaron Rodgers and his Super Bowl ring on the opposite sideline?
Or if Brady and Stafford fulfill in the postseason? Will experience matter? Los Angeles has an issue if it does.
Can the Rams defense, presently allowing 21 points per video game, offset any lack of postseason experience at the quarterback position? Snead and the Rams are definitely going all out.
Los Angeles is likewise making a run at reproducing the Buccaneers success hosting the Super Bowl and hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in their house stadium.
Whether the Rams can attain their objective stays to be seen, but Snead is also strengthening a young core with the veterans included in current years (Stafford, Ramsey, Miller, Floyd) who can potentially sustain long-term success in the NFC Wests crucible.
Miller, center Brian Allen, kicker Matt Gay, and defensive take on Sebastian Joseph-Day are the only starters set to become complimentary agents next March.
Additionally, the Rams draft cabinet is nearly barren. After trading for Stafford and Miller, Los Angeles now has only a fifth-round and two seventh-round picks in next springs draft.
Likewise, the Rams are forecasted to have less than $8 million in cap area next winter. Snead has the flexibility of signing Stafford to a long-term extension to significantly reduce his $23 million cap hit in 2022, to continue constructing a championship-caliber roster.
Whatever takes place in January, Snead has actually put the NFC on notice. The Rams are all in.
” Well go daily, however anythings possible, right? Anythings possible. The difference in between Player A and Player Z is an opportunity in reps. Thats what this league is– thats professional sports.
” Thats why they come out of nowhere, somebody gets a chance. What Mike does with his chance is– hes got the world in front of him. Just have to make the most of it.”.
— Jets head coach Robert Saleh on the possibility Mike White ends up being the Jets long-lasting starter, after his heroics versus the Bengals, in relief of Zach Wilson.
Robert Saleh needs to be mindful here.
The Jets definitely require Zach Wilson, picked with the No. 2 total pick in the NFL Draft, to be successful in bringing the quarterback carousel installed outside MetLife Stadium to a screeching stop.
However, Wilson has actually had a hard time mightily in his audition to be New Yorks Great White (and green) hope.
Prior to suffering a PCL injury that put Wilson in a position to be Wally Pipp d by Mike White, chosen by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Wilson completed just 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,168 lawns with just four goals to 9 interceptions.
With Wilson, the Jets offense continued to be, as it relatively constantly has been, stuck in the mud, averaging 13.3 points en route to a 1-5 start. Meanwhile, White went off for 405 backyards with 3 goals to 2 interceptions in an unlikely upset win over the Bengals.
It appears unlikely that White is the next Tom Brady, and Wilson Drew Bledsoe.
Saleh now must figure out how to balance putting his group and his locker space in the finest possible position to win this season and catering to Wilsons advancement. The 2 may prove mutually unique.
Wilsons battles, and his injury fire up new argument over when to play rookie quarterbacks and for how long to keep them on the sideline in a baseball cap and headset holding a clipboard.
Whites outstanding debut raise questions over Wilson is or can be the Jets answer. But, his introduction certainly seems like the type of problem the Jets have found themselves in for years.
How Saleh browses the next few weeks might prove significant to his and the Jets future … and Frankly, Wilsons, too.
Whatever the reverse of Separation Sunday would be, is exactly what happened in the NFL last Sunday.
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals entered as double-digit favorites over the New York Jets, led by Mike White, and left the Swamps of Jersey with their 3rd loss of the season.
In Cleveland, any allure that the Browns can complete for a playoff spot, let alone a Super Bowl, went up in smoke when Ben Roethlisberger discovered novice tight end Pat Freiermuth in the back of completion zone to lift the Steelers to a 15-10 division win that all but torpedoes the Browns.
On the NFC side of the bracket, Tom Brady uncharacteristically tossed an interception that sent the SuperDome into ecstasy and pulled the Saints to within a half-game of the NFC South lead.
Sure, the Dallas Cowboys got away Minnesota with a win led by Cooper Rush and the Packers knocked off Arizona, possibly becoming the 2 NFC favorites at the same time, but the pack has caught the leaders.
Now eight games into the NFL season, with the calendar turning to November, its time to begin thinking seriously about the NFL Playoffs. Much is yet to be decided in an AFC that is more wide open than rather a long time, while whichever group takes the field on the second Sunday in February representing the NFC in February will have survived a proverbial trial by fire.
The goal for the Packers, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Rams, and now the Saints, beyond making it to January, is preventing Wild Card Weekend at all expenses.
Entering today, the leading five seeds (Green Bay, Arizona, Dallas, Tampa Bay, and L.A.) have a combined 6 losses.
Do you want your playoff hopes resting on beating Prescott, Brady, Stafford, or Murray?
Whichever group makes homefield in the NFC will certainly have actually earned it, with the Buccaneers and Cardinals (the 28th and 24th ranked remaining strength of schedules) now maybe with the inside track.
However, in a year where the NFC side of the bracket has the possible to be a war of attrition, removing an extra postseason video game might prove important.
Has Aaron Rodgers Packers future altered as Green Bay vaults to top of NFC?
Aaron Rodgers has actually followed up an offseason of discontent with the Green Bay Packers front office with a full-blown attack on the NFC.
The Packers quick start continued last Thursday night, by dispatching the NFLs last unbeaten, the Arizona Cardinals, in persuading fashion in Glendale.
Green Bay hung on 24-21, however it felt like Rodgers and Green Bays offense could do what it desired against Arizonas vaunted defense.
Rodgers didnt exactly fill the stat sheet, passing for just 184 backyards, however he did toss a pair of touchdowns. When the pressure was highest, and the lights the brightest, Rodgers orchestrated a 12-play, 91-yard drive the culminated with a touchdown pass to Aaron Jones, to extend the Packers result in 24-14.
Nearly seven minutes later on, cornerback Rasul Douglas took down an interception in the end zone off Kyler Murray, sending the Cardinals house with their very first loss and sending out the Packers to the top of the NFC standings.
But, has anything in between Rodgers and the Packers actually changed? Especially with Green Bay sitting at 7-1, and poised to host the NFC Championship Game if the season ended today.
Might the tundra be defrosting?
” I feel Aaron will finish his career in Green Bay,” a league executive acquainted with the Packers thinking tells FanSided. “The only place that makes more sense for Rodgers is the 49ers, whichs not occurring now. Aaron is getting what he wants from the front office, from the company, and thats all that matters to him.”.
That view is in stark contrast to how lots of have seen Rodgers and the Packers marital relationship because Green Bay concurred to revisit the possibility of trading him at the end of this season.
It likewise isnt an all held opinion.
” Theyre copesetic today,” previous Green Bay Packers vice president Andrew Brandt informed me, throughout a recent look on FanSideds The Matt Lombardo Show podcast. “My head says its still going to be business choice … the business choice from the Packers side to move to Love after two years, I still believe its their strategy.
” But, more significantly, the business side for Aaron Rodgers; I dont think hes feeling like all that his problems with this front workplace are resolved. The exact same individuals exist, the absence of heat exists, perhaps they listened to him on Randall Cobb … but, I always had this sensation that this is the last dance.”.
Rodgers run through the NFL, completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,894 lawns with 17 touchdowns to simply 3 interceptions, begins the heels of an acrimonious offseason focused around his emotions over the Packers choosing quarterback Jordan Love in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
” Its sort of like when we took Rodgers, with a Hall of Fame quarterback on the lineup,” Brandt states. “We wanted 3 years for Aaron. It has actually looked like this is a two-year timeline for the Packers and Love.”.
What takes place if Rodgers and the Packers win the Super Bowl this year? Would that modify the roadmap of this season that seems predestined for a split at its end, friendly or otherwise?
To be figured out.
But, how the Packers manage another star on offense just might dictate Rodgers future in Titletown.
“But, I just dont understand if theyve had serious settlements because Devante cut them off. That tells me, he wants to be free.
” Now, once again, its all related … If Aaron says hey, Im back, Im sure Devante Adams will put the Packers at the top of his free-agent list. If Aarons up in the air, Devantes certainly going to look around.
Numerous reports state the Packers and Adams have not discussed an agreement extension since talks broke off back in August. Adams has since captured 52 passes for 744 backyards and 3 goals in 7 video games, as Rodgers preferred target.
Adams unsure future apparently makes it less likely the Packers and Rodgers continue their run of success together beyond whenever this season ends, a minimum of according to Brandt.
” Especially with this being Devante Adams in 2015, and I think gun to my head, it still is Rodgers last year,” Brandt says. “My head states separation, although my heart would like it to continue.”.
” I feel Aaron will complete his career in Green Bay,” a league executive familiar with the Packers thinking tells FanSided. “The only location that makes more sense for Rodgers is the 49ers, and thats not happening now.” Its sort of like when we took Rodgers, with a Hall of Fame quarterback on the lineup,” Brandt says. It has actually seemed like this is a two-year timeline for the Packers and Love.”.
” Now, again, its all associated … If Aaron states hey, Im back, Im sure Devante Adams will put the Packers at the top of his free-agent list.