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Four games into 2018, ESPN's Bill Barnwell has determined his award winners a quarter of the the way through the NFL season. A handful of Rams made the list, including running back Todd Gurley and head coach Sean McVay, who were both award winners in 2017.
Although Barnwell doesn't have any Rams at the top spot in any category, Gurley, McVay, and QB Jared Goff are top-three in their respective categories.
Coach of the Year
Third: HC Sean McVay
"Plenty of offensive geniuses have struggled through a sophomore slump. McVay is only getting better. The Rams have rarely needed to hit top gear so far, although we saw just how dominant they can be during a ferocious shootout with the Vikings on Thursday night. They lead the league in Offensive WPA despite running only 254 offensive snaps, which is 10th-most."
Offensive Player of the Year
Third: RB Todd Gurley
"The production is still there. Gurley has really had only one big play so far this season, the 56-yard screen pass he took downfield against the Vikings in Week 4, but he's consistently productive and is tied for the league lead with six touchdowns. He's averaging nearly 11 yards per target, which would be a good number for most wide receivers, let alone a running back."
Most Valuable Player
Second: QB Jared Goff
"It's possible that this is the best quarter-season we see from Goff. Goff posted a passer rating of 112.2 over the first four games of last season. Over the remainder of the year, he was below that mark at a passer rating of 96.7. Some of that was due to receiver injuries in midseason, and the Rams didn't suffer much because Gurley took over in December, but those factors might also influence Goff's MVP case as the season goes along this year, too. For now, he's undeniably a contender."
For Barnwell's full article, click here.
WEEK 4 GRADE
Grades are in for the Rams following Week 4's Thursday night matchup against the Vikings. Kristopher Knox of the Bleacher Report said that despite a less-than-perfect defensive performance, the Rams were able to get it done on Thursday by stopping the run and riding Goff's career performance.
"The Rams were able to lean on their run defense (just 3.2 yards per carry allowed) and an offense that looks as good as any in the NFL right now. Jared Goff is quickly becoming a top-tier quarterback, and he showed as much Thursday while consistently whipping the ball all over the field."
Week 4 Grade: B
Season Grade: A-
For all grades from Week 4, click here.