Can the L.A. Rams Build a Winning NFL Super-Team?
This offseason, the team has brought in numerous high-priced free agents and high-risk personalities.
In the NBA, the Miami Heat put together a collection of superstar players leading up to the 2010-11 season. That super-team—which included All-Stars LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh—went on to make the NBA Finals four consecutive times, winning two of them.
But the National Football League is not the NBA.
Traditionally in the NFL, bringing in a bunch of big-name veteran players with big salaries and even bigger egos without regard to team chemistry has not worked well. For evidence, see the dashed hopes of the 2000 Washington Redskins—led by notable bust, QB Jeff George—or the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles—who started the season as Super Bowl favorites but did not make the playoffs.
In Los Angeles, the Rams are ignoring this history and have been stockpiling big names like Brandin Cooks, Aqib Talib, Ndamukong Suh via trade or free agency as fast as they can.
Are last year’s NFC West champs the team that’s going to reverse the super-team trend? Rams coach Sean McVay seems to think so.
“I think when you just look at … different situations that kind of recreate history, if you will, for us, what we look at is each individual piece or each individual player that we wanted to add,” McVay said last week at the annual league meeting. “We felt like the main reason is these are guys that love football. They’re about the right stuff, and they’re obviously very talented football players. And we felt like if they came in, they’ll fit with what we’re trying to accomplish.”
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