Rams Notebook: Inside The Hotel California

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Feb 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of Los Angeles Rams blue and white throwback helmet (1965-72) at the Santa Monica Pier. NFL owners voted 30-2 to allow owner Stan Kroenke (not pictured) to move the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Hotel California takes one last look at the Los Angeles Rams. This week, we note offseason changes to both the offensive line, and what we might expect from the teams defense. Also, I tell you who has to avoid the dreaded “Sophomore Slump”, and how a move out west, changed the football landscape in California and the NFL forever.

Rams New Look O-Line

New head coach Sean McVay and returning G.M. Les Snead have clearly identified the offensive line as a key area in need for improvement this offseason. As if every fan hadn’t already identified this weakness through aggressively yelling at their TV.

Avoiding The Slump

2017 will likely have Los Angeles fans approaching this season with cautious optimism. Given 2016, it’s hard to find fault with such a notion. But as Sean McVay prepares for his first season, he’ll find himself reliant on three players who won’t have the luxury of sliding into the dreaded sophomore slump.


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Rams Free Agent Moves On Defense

With the 2017 NFL Draft approaching in April and limited cap space left to their name (about 11 million), it has been reported that the Los Angeles Rams will likely stay quiet for the remainder of the free agency period, at least on the defensive side of the ball.

Did Rams Light The Fuse On Relocation?

When the Rams put down stakes for their second stint in Los Angeles, few predicted the ripple effect the move would have. One year later, San Diego is scheduled to play in a soccer venue in 2017, and the Oakland Raiders are departing Northern California for the neon lights of Las Vegas.

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