With the NFL season behind them, many teams are already gearing up for their offseason. As one team gets ready to head into the offseason with a new hope in their eyes, it’s time to take a look at how well this year went for other franchises around the league and get an idea of what they’ll be doing in 2019.
The “la rams” is a football team that plays in the National Football League. They are based in Los Angeles, California. The Rams will be busy this offseason as they prepare for the 2018-2019 season. Their head coach Sean McVay told reporters that he has a place where players want to be and they have an opportunity to earn more money next year.
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Brady Henderson is a professional football player. ESPN
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Sean McVay posed for photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at 9 a.m. PT Monday, 14 hours after the Los Angeles Rams won Super Bowl LVI, and said it was a “amazing pleasure” to be standing at the stage reserved for the game’s winning coach and MVP.
“Having a team win a championship and then having to come in the following morning and conduct a news conference this early,” McVay laughed.
The Rams had partied the night before in celebration of their second Super Bowl triumph in team history and their first since returning to Los Angeles from St. Louis in 2016. The party will continue on Wednesday with a championship parade that will end at the L.A. Coliseum, where the club played before relocating to owner Stan Kroenke’s $5 billion SoFi Stadium in 2020.
The Rams, who will be represented by McVay, Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, and management at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, will then turn their attention to all of the major challenges they’ll face in order to repeat in 2022, a feat accomplished by only one NFL team in the last two decades: the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. That might be particularly difficult for the Rams, considering all of the resources they gave up in order to win in 2021, and now that doubts about two of their most key components have surfaced.
Last week, McVay expressed openness about his coaching future, with sources telling ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry that the coach had explored a move to the broadcast booth. The NBC claim that Aaron Donald would retire if the Rams win was shown during the Super Bowl pregame show, a possibility that the star defensive lineman neither acknowledged nor denied later.
When asked about the incidents on Monday, Rams COO Kevin Demoff chalked them up to the rigors of a lengthy season, expressing no worry.
“You’re talking about 26-27 weeks when these players could have had a bye weekend off,” Demoff said. “And when you speak about Aaron, who works tirelessly on his skill in the offseason, and Sean, who works into the wee hours of the night, I believe all of these guys are exhausted.” And I believe the petrol tank will be empty by the time they arrive to this place.
“… Someone once told me that the most difficult part of winning the Super Bowl is waking up the following morning to the start of the new season. It’s finished. To be honest, I think it’s intimidating to get up this morning and realize, “I’ve got to go do it all over again,” and you don’t have the energy to do it. As a result, I believe the conversation is natural. When you consider who Aaron Donald is and what he’s done, it’s clear that this was a legacy piece.”
On Friday, McVay discussed his efforts to strike the right balance between his work and personal life as he prepares to marry this summer and raise a family.
Demoff answered, “I would agree.” “If you want to have a family, I don’t believe Sean’s present pace is sustainable in terms of how much effort he puts in… But I believe one thing is certain: these guys all like football, they enjoy being around one another, and they feed off of one another. All year, Sean has emphasized, “We win with our people, and they win together.” All of them are natural inquiries that are difficult to answer and speculate on in the moment. I imagine things would feel a lot better after a month, two months apart from everyone.”
Demoff provided vague responses to concerns about whether the organization may extend contract extensions to McVay and Donald this summer. Both McVay’s and general manager Les Snead’s contracts stretch through the 2023 season.
“While a lot has happened in the last five years, Sean and Les have provided incredible, unshakable leadership,” Demoff said, “and it goes without saying that we’d want that to continue.”
Donald’s 2018 contract extension is for three years and $55 million, none of which is guaranteed.
Demoff remarked of Donald, “I’d have to check; I believe he’s got a few years left.” “The one thing I remember from 2019 is that when you go to the Super Bowl, everyone is deserving of having their work scrutinized and improved, yet we lost that year. When you win, everyone on the squad is almost definitely entitled of a merit increase. I believe it comes down to the issue of how to assemble a squad capable of competing in 2023 and 2024. And how do you recognize those who are deserving of recognition? This includes all 53 players as well as all 20 coaches.”
Some of the Rams’ other important players, notably wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a potential free agency, are facing major contract problems. Beckham’s predicament might be exacerbated further by a knee injury he sustained late in the first half of Sunday’s game, after scoring the game’s first touchdown.
McVay had no update on the injury on Monday.
He added, “My heart goes out to him.” “Odell is one of my favorites. I am really appreciative for all of his efforts. Without him, we wouldn’t be champions.”
Von Miller, an outside linebacker, is another high-profile athlete who is set to become a free agency. Andrew Whitworth, a left tackle with a $17 million cap figure, might be released if he doesn’t retire before the end of the season. Austin Corbett and Brian Allen, two more starters on the offensive line, are also unsigned beyond 2021.
The Rams are now above the salary limit for 2022 and aren’t expected to choose in the top 100 in April’s draft, after trading their next two first-round picks, as well as this year’s second and third-round picks, for quarterback Matthew Stafford. In a recent survey of each team’s offseason capital, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert ranked the Rams last.
“However, finding a way to accomplish things that are unusual is part of the fun of this group,” Demoff added. “Working with Sean and Les, as well as [vice president of football and business administration Tony Pastoors] and Stan, the unthinkable becomes achievable.”
“I’ve seen certain charts that indicate offseason resources, and if there’s a bottom to it, we’re off on the next page. On the other hand, I believe we’ll have eight draft selections. We’ll take a look at the salary cap and see what we can do about it. But there is one thing I will say, and Stan, Sean, Les, and the players deserve a lot of credit for this: this is an environment where players want to be. Other players, as well as our own. And, after seeing the sights from last night, becoming a Los Angeles Ram will seem even more appealing. And once you’ve established that assumption, there are a number of things you can do to boost your chances of returning to this news conference next year.”
Another goal for the Rams this summer is to take advantage of what Demoff described as a “great opportunity” to grow what remains a tepid fan base in Los Angeles, a market that the Dodgers and Lakers have long dominated. Demoff emphasized that it would not occur overnight.
“Obviously, this gives us a leg up in terms of truly going out and building our band, crew, and organization,” he added. “Perhaps the students are a little more delighted to see you when you go into a school.” However, our work in Los Angeles is only getting started. We’ve had an incredible first six years… but that’s all part of the deal when it comes to running a successful brand here. And I want us to put in just as much effort this offseason to create fans, compete, and develop the next generation. Everyone will have to put in a lot of effort.
“However, it can probably wait a few days.”
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