Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 Rams—The New Over-the-Hill Gang?

By John Turney
In 1971, and also for several following seasons, George Allen, the Washington Redskins coach brought in older players through trading away his draft picks. He declared "The Future is Now".

Allen brought in Billy Kilmer, Verlon Biggs, Ron McDole, Myron Pottios, Maxie Baughan, Jack PardeeRitchie Petitbon among others. All were older, established players. Allen also brought in some younger established players like John Wilbur (28) and Diron Talbert (27) again, among others.

Rams General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Sean McVay are nowhere near what Allen did, but in terms of today's NFL, it is interesting to look at some of the Rams additions and losses over this offseason.

Traded away were starters Alec Ogletree (27) and Robert Quinn (28) and brought to Los Angeles were Aqib Talib (32), Ndamukong Suh (31), Sam Shields (30).

Additionally, the Rams still have holes at outside linebacker and inside linebacker. It is, as of now, presumed that Samson Ebukam will be one of the starting linebackers and Mark Barron will be one of the inside linebackers—so that leaves two slots.

There have been some rumors that the Rams are talking to Junior Galette (30) who may eventually be one of them and would join the 30-and-over crew. Also, there is still a possibility that the Rams may re-sign SAM backer Connor Barwin (32), a move that would allow Ebukam to move to the weak side.

Could they look at Navorro Bowman (also 30) to fill the other inside (MIKE) position? We have not seen rumors of that anywhere but on Rams fan chat boards. They could go with Ramik Wilson as the MIKE, a player who has started some at that position for the Chiefs the past couple of seasons. Or they could go with smallish special teams demon Cory Littleton at that spot.

We will keep a close eye if the Rams do bring in more 30-year olds and see if the Rams now are doing what the early 1970s Redskins attempted and bring "The Future is Now" to a reality.


  1. Very nice piece John, you forgot however to mention Harland Svare's aborted attempt at the same in San Diego. Unfortunately that went up in a puff of smoke - literally.

  2. Lots of analogous situations, how about this one
    Eagles 2011
    --CB Nnamdi Asomugha: UFA Raiders: $60M/5 yrs, $25M guaranteed.
    --DE Jason Babin: UFA Titans; 5 yrs, terms unknown.
    --RB Ronnie Brown: UFA Dolphins; $1M/1 yr, guarantees unknown.
    --DT Anthony Hargrove: UFA Saints; 1 yr, terms unknown.
    --T Ryan Harris: UFA Broncos; $735,000/1 yr, $50,000 SB.
    --WR Johnnie Lee Higgins: UFA Raiders; 1 yr, terms unknown.
    --DE Phillip Hunt: FA Winnipeg-CFL; terms unknown.
    --LB Rashad Jeanty: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
    --DT Cullen Jenkins: UFA Packers; $25M/5 yrs, guarantees unknown.
    --DT Derek Landri: UFA Panthers; 1 yr, terms unknown.
    --TE Donald Lee: FA Packers; 1 yr, terms unknown.
    --G Evan Mathis: UFA Bengals; terms unknown.
    --S Jarrad Page: UFA Patriots; 1 yr, terms unknown.
    --WR Sinorice Moss: FA; terms unknown.
    --CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (trade Cardinals).
    --WR Steve Smith: UFA Giants; $4M/1 yr, $2M guaranteed.
    --CB Isaiah Trufant (waivers Jets).
    --DE Chris Wilson: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.
    --QB Vince Young: FA Titans; 1 yr, terms unknown.

    Eagles were 10-6 in 2010, went 8-8 in 2011 then 4-12 in 2012 and Andy Reid was fired