LOS ANGELES — Last year at this time, the Los Angeles Rams were a team with a bunch of returning star players looking to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
We all know the season didn’t go as planned as injuries and poor play ruined any hope of another title run.
So, now we are here a year later and the team has its “Big 3” (Cooper Kupp, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Donald) back but they are surrounded by new faces on both sides of the ball.
“I feel like we’ve got something to prove as a team. I think I got something to prove as a player, and that’s how we’re going to take it,” Donald said. “I feel like to get to where you need to be, it’s like starting over from scratch again. It’s a brand new year.”
Fans and pundits look at this season as a rebuild but coach Sean McVay sees this as a chance to ‘reset’ its roster to get back to it winning ways.
“People use the word ‘rebuild’ but this is an opportunity for us to reset ourselves,” McVay said. “Continue to re-establish and let’s go ahead and see what this build looks like.”
The Rams comes into this preseason with one of the youngest rosters in the NFL. The team has 68 players who list at 25 years of age or younger, the most in the NFL by a large margin.
“With young guys, you get a little bit of you don’t know what you don’t know, which sometimes can be a good thing – a lot of times, that can be a good thing,” said Rob Havenstein, the team’s well-respected ninth-year offensive tackle. “Honestly. You just go out there and you have fun and you play fast and you get after it and you rely on the leaders in the room to kind of steer you in the right direction if maybe you get off course.”
This year’s team will be very reminiscent of McVay’s first year coaching the Rams in 2017. That team went 11-5 and won the NFC West. This time around, however, McVay has his star players and veterans like Havenstein to lean on to make a postseason run.