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Daily Dose: Rams Have Second-Best Odds to Repeat as Division Winners

Posted May 16, 2018

All the latest headlines surrounding the Los Angeles Rams for Wednesday, May 16.

This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Tuesday, May 15th about your Los Angeles Rams:

Patriots, Rams Among Least Vulnerable Division Winners 

In the NFL, as in many other professional sports leagues, success is never certain. For example, a year ago at this time the Cowboys, Packers, and Seahawks were riding high as the reigning champions of their division. But by January, those titles had been usurped.

For that reason, the NFL.com’s Gil Brandt is taking a look at the teams with the most risk of being knocked from their perch in 2018. Fortunately for Rams fans, L.A. is among the teams least likely to be replaced at the top of their division — standing the best chances of repeating as NFC West Champions.

Los Angeles Rams (NFC West)

“The Rams already had a sound defense under coordinator Wade Phillips -- and then they added corners Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters to the secondary and Ndamukong Suh, who will team up with Aaron Donald to form the stoutest pair of defensive tackles in the NFL, up front. The question is, now that people have seen a full season of Sean McVay's offense, will Jared Goff and Co. keep soaring? I have faith, not least because new receiver Brandin Cooks is an upgrade over departed free agent Sammy Watkins. Both have excellent speed, but Cooks presents more of a challenge as a route runner.

The competition: Russell Wilson is a great quarterback, but the Seahawks are in rebuilding mode. Jimmy Garoppolo makes San Francisco a theoretical threat, but we still can't be sure yet that last year's five-game winning streak to close the season means the Niners are actually going to take a big step forward in 2018. As for the Cardinals, it's hard to win with a new coach and quarterback, whether Sam Bradford or rookie Josh Rosen is starting.”

Seven Best Offseasons of 2018: Giants, Browns Make Strides

The NFL offseason provides teams with opportunities to improve their situations via front office hires, free agent signings, trades, and the draft. And now that many of the roster-building chances have come and past, the NFL.com is breaking down which teams have made the best use of their offseason thus far.

According to writer, Gil Brandt, the rankings take into account the entire spectrum  of avenues for self-help as mentioned above.

4) Los Angeles Rams

— If there were an award for "happiest defensive coordinator," Wade Phillips would surely win it in a runaway after the Rams added studs Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh to a defense that already included Aaron Donald. If you look every place Phillips has won before -- including in Denver, when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 -- his success came because of good corners and potent inside tackles, and that's exactly what the Rams have now. And it's not like Los Angeles forgot about offense; the Rams also traded for receiver Brandin Cooks, who is a superior route-runner to ex-Ram Sammy Watkins. The only thing the Rams need to do now to make this offseason complete is sign Donald to a long-term extension.