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NFL Q&A: Should Rams trade Jalen Ramsey?


The season is just not unfolding the way in which Rams and Chargers fans thought it’d. Injuries, underperformance and play-calling are only a number of the issues which have readers miffed. Rams beat author Gary Klein, Chargers beat author Jeff Miller and national NFL author Sam Farmer address fans’ concerns and questions:

It appears to me that Jalen Ramsey’s production has slipped considerably this season. He has been burned often by leading receivers of the opposing team. He and other Rams corners have maddeningly been playing very loose coverage, allowing teams easy 5-to-7-yard completions with the specter of long gains with yards after the catch. Should the Rams consider trading Ramsey for a package of high draft picks within the upcoming draft?

Ram Ambatipudi, Glendale

Klein: With the Rams going through a lost season, general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay will consider all options. The NFL is a cold-hearted business. Every player is a potentially tradable asset. In response to overthecap.com, Ramsey next season is scheduled to earn a base salary of $17 million and carry a salary-cap variety of $25.2 million. That could be a large financial commitment. Ramsey stays an elite player and little question could be valued by one other team trying to contend for a Super Bowl.

As a baby I grew up following the Chargers, even went to a number of games on the old Balboa Stadium within the old AFL days. After moving to Northern California within the Nineteen Seventies I started to also follow the 49ers. After the Eddie DeBartolo debacle, the 49ers fell into the ownership hands of Jed York and had an ideal downward spiral for several years. Sooner or later York stood back and gave the reins to football individuals who got funding to field a team, at which point the team began to grow to be a winner again. It’s amazing what their current GM and head coach have done! Reduce to the Chargers, it seems obvious ownership is at a loss to field a winning team, as well as, [Justin] Herbert is getting the crap beat out of him! Will this ever change?

Joe Gee, Northern California

Miller: So the query is: Will the Chargers ever be good? The 2018 team I covered won a playoff game, at the least. Does that count? The Chargers are considered one of 12 current NFL teams to never win a Super Bowl. My guess is that may change in some unspecified time in the future, but good luck attempting to forecast when.

They seem to have a promising future with quarterback Justin Herbert. If he plays here at an elite level for an additional, say, 12 years, I could see the Chargers contending for a Super Bowl title during that point.

The Chargers’ Justin Herbert (10), shown throwing against the Arizona Cardinals last week, appears to be the form of quarterback who can carry a team to a Super Bowl.

(Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

I might imagine most team practices are on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. How long does practice last? And what do they do on Monday and Saturday?

Jeffrey Bortz, Boone, N.C.

Klein: The Rams’ schedule for a typical week with a game on Sunday would go like this:

Sunday: Game

Monday: Film review and rehab

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: Meetings, walk-through and practice

Thursday: Meetings, walk-through and practice

Friday: Meetings, walk-through, short practice

Saturday: Meetings and jog-through.

That schedule changes with the run-up to Monday night games and Thursday night games, however the routine stays mostly the identical. Practices last about 90 minutes, though the Rams reduce because the season progresses.

If an NFL player is injured in a playoff or Super Bowl game with a non-guaranteed contract and is just not physically capable of play the subsequent yr, are they paid for the next yr and by whom? What happens when a free agent just like the Rams’ Odell Beckham Jr. gets injured within the Super Bowl and can’t play many of the yr? How much do they receives a commission?

Phil Hershon, Chatsworth

Klein: Only a few NFL contracts are fully guaranteed. But when a player signs a multiyear contract, and the team doesn’t cut him after the season, he receives his pay the subsequent season even when he’s rehabilitating. Odell Beckham Jr. signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Rams. He received his bonuses for the playoff victories and the Super Bowl. However the Rams’ financial responsibility ended. Also, keep in mind that NFL players’ full salaries are paid per regular-season game.

Greater than ever, a team’s success is set by who’s injured, especially the quarterback, relatively than which is actually the higher team. I can’t consider one other sport that has this dimension. Friends say I should follow soccer where, for essentially the most part, your favorite players are there week after week. How do you alter that?

Jack Meyer, Portland, Ore.

Klein: Quarterback is arguably crucial position in skilled sports. You might argue that the beauty of the NFL is that a team’s situation changes almost weekly due to injury situation, forcing coaches and other players to rise to the occasion and determine ways to strategically overcome the losses. But I might not discount your mates’ advice. Soccer, especially at the very best international level, is great.

Miller: Football is a brutal sport that breaks bodies. It’s just about that easy. One of the best teams typically are those that avoid significant, long-term injuries and/or have excellent depth to fill in. There isn’t any approach to legislate injuries from the sport.

With the Rams’ season principally over, what draft selections do they still have next yr?

Stephen Rath, Phoenix

Klein: The Rams have a second- and third-round pick, three sixth-round picks and a seventh-round pick. In addition they are expected to receive compensation picks for the departures of free agents akin to Von Miller and Austin Corbett.

What are the defensive coaches doing to show defensive backs to wrap up and tackle as a substitute of attempting to knock them over?

Dale O, Jamestown, Ken.

Klein: Defensive coaches put players through drills with upright padded “dummies” and other padded equipment to practice tackling. Unlike in years past, few if any NFL teams actually tackle during workouts, even during joint practices with other teams. The collective bargaining agreement also limits the variety of full-pads practices.

Farmer: NFL coaches have a robust incentive for defensive players who miss tackles: the bench. Yes, there are teams that tackle poorly, but those situations normally end with the coach being shown the door. There’s no time within the NFL to “coach the basics” within the classic sense. You’ll get that in highschool, perhaps somewhat in college. But these players are expected to know what to do. They wouldn’t be in the professionals otherwise. They understand some great benefits of wrapping up. In the event that they don’t do it and consistently miss tackles, they don’t last long.

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