This is the second time in four years the LA Rams have been featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks. And boy, what a difference four years makes. This was an interesting episode for several reasons, but I’d have to say that just having football back has to be the best part. I even got into the LA Chargers, Anthony Lynn and Joey Bosa. Yes, the pandemic is doing strange things to people.
My initial thoughts are that the two real MVPs on the Rams are Senior Director of Medicine and Performance, Reggie Scott and Director of Football Operations, Sophie Harlan. Both are responsible for implementing all COVID-19 compliance measures – basically safeguarding all players and staff. Make no mistake, this is a feat of monumental proportions.
Another takeaway is how much Sean McVay has loosened up and is showing his funny, personable side. From wearing the face shield to playing pool basketball with his dog and joking around about the port-o-potty, the 34-year old is showing why players respond so well to him.
Two cornerbacks, Jalen Ramsey and Donte Deayon made impressions for two very different reasons. Deayon, a 2016 UDFA out of Boise State joked with Aaron Donald about his workout and then went on a funny rant about the locker rooms. Deayon is exactly the type of entertainment we love.
As for Ramsey, he left a virtual interview because he grew frustrated with questions about his contract. He has a point. Ramsey can answer the same question the same way so many times. My belief is that he, his agent and the Rams all know when the contract will happen and for how much and he can’t discuss it.
As for the players on the field, I noticed that Jared Goff was taking snaps behind an offensive line consisting of Andrew Whitworth, Austin Corbett, Austin Blythe, David Edwards and Rob Havenstein. I’m not sure if the omission of Joe Noteboom is due to injury or that Edwards is ahead of him on the depth chart.
All in all, it was a fun episode and I look forward to seeing more action on the field.