Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will have to go into the 2018 season having lost Alec Ogletree, Connor Barwin, and Robert Mathis, who all departed this offseason.
Instead, Phillips will have Cory Littleton, Samson Ebukam, and Matt Longacre projected to be his starting linebackers, and despite their collective inexperience, Phillips is confident in what they can do.
“We’ve got some good looking players,” Phillips said, according to Kristen Lago of the team’s official website. “We’re not set there like we are in some other positions as we are with cornerbacks and safeties, but we’ve got some good players up front. So, we have a lot of strength, we just need some guys to come through, and it looks like they have the ability to.”
“I think when you just really look at it from a big picture standpoint on the defensive side of the ball, Cory Littleton playing that MIKE linebacker spot has done a great job,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said.
Rams, Sean McVay Could Work Out Contract Extension
According to ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, despite the fact that the Rams inked McVay to a five-year pact when they hired him back in 2017, they could be looking to extend that deal with three years still remaining.
The Rams would be wise to ensure that McVay is around for a long time to come, especially after the job he has done in bringing them to a Super Bowl game.
The New England Patriots Win Super Bowl LIII 13-3
On February 3rd, 2019 Super Bowl 53 took place. The New England Patriot went head to head with the Los Angeles Rams in the city of Atlanta GA.
The first quarter was several three and outs for both the Patriots and the Rams. Both teams were having trouble getting down the field during the first quarter. Several overthrown passes by both Tom Brady and Jared Goff. Both the Patriots and Rams defenses have been playing at elite levels, to prevent both dominating offenses from scoring.
First points were put on the board in the second quarter by the New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski . However, the quarter went on with several three and outs. The Rams were having difficulty incorporating Todd Gurley in the game. The game started to heat up around the three-minute mark. Tom Brady made a necessary completion to Julian Edelman, which resulted in a first down. Brady connects with Patterson for a gain of 9 that put the Patriots in field goal range. However, the offense remained on the field and Brady’ pass to Gronkowski was incomplete and the downs were turned over to the Rams. First and 10 and Goff was sacked on the Rams 25. By the end of the first half, the Rams only had 57 yards and two first downs.
The third quarter started with a shaky start by the Rams. The offense continued to have trouble heating up and had difficulty getting down the field. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked a 65-yard punt. This 65-yard punt is now the new longest punt in Super Bowl history. Rams finally get on the board making the score 3-3. A monster sack by Dont’a Hightower force the Rams to kick a 53-yard field goal to tie the game. At the end of the third quarter, the game was tied -3-3.
The fourth and final quarter took some time to get momentum. Goff has been under pressure all quarter. The first red zone play and touchdown of the game happened with only 7 minutes remaining in the game. With two big plays by Brady to Gronkowski and a goal-line push by Sony Michel put the Patriots up by 7. The Rams offense started picking up momentum and charged down the field. Goff throws an interception after the could have been touchdown drop by Brandin Cooks. Brady marched his offense down the field and got a field goal making the score 13-3.
The game concluded with the Patriots victory and the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Congratulations to the New England Patriots for winning Super Bowl LIII 13-3. Congratulations to Julian Edelman for being named this Super Bowl MVP.
DeSean Jackson Wants to Play for Rams
Jackson could be a cap casualty, but new Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians is interested in Jackson remaining with the team.
Should Jackson hit free agency, he made it clear where he would prefer to land.
“If anything, I would like to kind of end up in L.A., being a Ram,” Jackson said, during an appearance on the Simms and Lefkoe podcast.
“Sean McVay, you know, we got some connection from when I was in D.C., but we’ll see how it plays out, man. Right now, I got another year in Tampa. So we’ll see how it plays out, man.”
Jackson, 32, says he wants to play for a team that has a coach, and a quarterback, who understand the needs of a veteran player such as himself.
“I think like where I’ve been able to come to in my career, as professional athletes having so much success, and early on in our career[s], being Pro Bowlers and being some of the players that have done some things that no other players have done, you kind of create that model and that mold behind that, like, ‘I know what it takes to get the job done,’” Jackson said.
“But then you have some coaches that have the old-school mentality, where, ‘You gotta go to practice. You gotta do it this way.’ But we’re like, ‘As long as when Sunday comes in between the white lines we do what it takes, we know what needs to be done.’”
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