Rams say Miller and OBJ’s arrivals reflect team plan and culture | KWKT

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Odell Beckham Jr. arrived in Los Angeles on a private jet on Friday and headed north to the Rams’ training complex. Although he passed his physical exam and signed his contract, the receiver did not participate in his new team’s first practice.

There are only eight regular season games left for the Rams (7-2), but they have no intention of rushing their final awards into action. Los Angeles acquired Beckham and pass thrower Von Miller to help it out over the next two months, but also in hopes of making the next month – the playoffs – even more special.

“We’re trying to win now,” said Aaron Donald. ” That’s what it’s about. When you see them doing moves like this, bringing in some really talented players like we do, with the talent that we have, it’s like the sky is the limit.

And none of that damages the Rams’ plan to compete for a Super Bowl spot again next year, according to the men who took the team’s bold action.

General manager Les Snead simply sees the door open to the title fight this year, and he wants the Rams to have the best chance of their way.

“It is very important to be aware of the window you are in,” said Snead. “We are very aware that we are 7-2. … We realize that we still have a chance to accomplish certain things that we want to accomplish. But all we can control is the practice today and the mission at hand, which is San Francisco (Monday night). We know it, but every year matters.

Reality, they say patiently, is more nuanced and complicated than a tweet or a talk radio sound byte.

Snead and McVay both believe the loss of two trade-high draft picks to Miller, or the possibility of drama created by adding Beckham to a select group of receivers, is outweighed by the benefits of going for a title. now – and more, by being a team that always aggressively tries to win.

Rams fans and the whole town feel that vibe, Snead said. According to McVay, NFL players too – even players from other teams who watch the Rams’ swashbuckling.

Just ask the current rams, who realize how attractive their situation is.

“Look, this is LA, a hot team, great coaches,” said 2020 All-Pro defensive tackle Donald. “Who wouldn’t want to be here?” This is how it works. If anyone else wants to come, they can come. We are trying to make things happen.

McVay also points to the clear evidence that the Rams appear to be emerging out of nowhere to land Beckham this week with an aggressive recruiting pitch organized by their veteran leaders, notably Jalen Ramsey.

“I knew there was a possibility (of landing Beckham),” McVay said. “Because every time you have some of the players that we have, being in this big city and (being) a good organization, you’re going to attract guys. “

Ramsey led the LA players’ pursuit of Beckham after the wide-out escaped Cleveland. While Ramsey’s reputation was hit in his stormy start from Jacksonville, the hand-held defensive back is now respected as a team leader and Rams ambassador – and as a recruiting bonus, he’s friendly with little. nearly all the big names. NFL star.

“If you don’t try you can’t be successful, so I’m just trying,” Ramsey said, a smirk hidden under a hood. “I’m still working on other people too. We never know. I’m trying to get (loader safety) Derwin (James) here then. We never know. No just kidding. But I am not.”

Although the Rams have used the same three receivers on nearly 80% of their offensive shots this year, they have finally recognized they need depth after DeSean Jackson’s trade demand and end-of-season youth injuries. Tutu Atwell and Jacob Harris. After failing to buy out veteran Josh Reynolds from Tennessee, the Rams aggressively took on Beckham – and succeeded.

Miller, who trained with the Rams linebackers on Friday, skipped Los Angeles’ first game since arriving last weekend to rest his injured ankle. McVay isn’t revealing anything, but the Rams are clearly planning not to use their two big acquisitions until their next week off.

Given the distinct possibility of Miller and Beckham leaving as free agents in the spring after appearing in just seven regular season games, the Rams’ strategy seems odd and risky for many other front offices and fan bases.

Still, Snead can point out his results. He’s been doing business that way since the Rams traded six draft picks for the chance to draft Jared Goff on their first big move after returning to Los Angeles in 2016.

Since then, they’ve landed an impressive roster of star players – Ramsey, Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, Brandin Cooks, Sammy Watkins, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, among others – without damaging their depth in ways they didn’t. could overcome. with solid writing and smarter veteran acquisitions.

The perception of Super-Bowl-Or-Bust persists, but the Rams are heading into their fifth straight winning season under McVay, who also produced three playoff teams, two NFC West titles and a Super Bowl berth.

“I think it’s really exciting to partner with great talent, but we want to make sure we’re building the right team the right way,” said McVay. “I’m not naive that the narrative (Super-Bowl-Or-Bust) exists, but all of these moves reflect what we thought we had made our football team better. We felt like these two guys would offer something to help. It’s our job to make sure we put it together the right way.

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