The Los Angeles Rams won Super Bowl 56 over the Cincinnati Bengals in February, climbing back to the mountaintop for the first time since the Greatest Show On Turf Rams of 1999. But, heading into the 2022 season, there are some concerns for the team.
Matthew Stafford’s elbow injury is likely something they will have to keep an eye on all season as no one knows how it will react during the season. They have done a great job managing his reps this offseason to put him in the best position to succeed and stay healthy.
The Super Bowl hangover is also very real. The last time a team won back-to-back Super Bowls was the New England Patriots in Super Bowls 36 and 37. Only seven franchises have won back-to-back Super Bowls but it has been done eight times as the Pittsburgh Steelers did it twice.
Having a target on your back as the defending champion is always difficult. You are going to get the best shot from your opponent week in and week out as they want to be known as the team that knocked off the Super Bowl champs.
That is likely part of the reason that Chris Canty, during a recent episode of Get Up on ESPN, made a bold prediction about the Rams for the upcoming season. He believes that the Rams won’t defend their title, as they will miss the postseason altogether.
That is certainly a bold prediction as the Rams once again have a loaded roster on both sides of the ball. Stafford will have Allen Robinson to throw the ball to, alongside Cooper Kupp. Darrell Henderson is in the backfield with Cam Akers.
Defensively, the team is loaded at every level. Aaron Donald is arguably the best player in the NFL along the defensive front. Linebacker Bobby Wagner was signed following his release from the Seattle Seahawks and Jalen Ramsey still leads the secondary.
With head coach Sean McVay leading the way, it would be improbable for them to miss the postseason. But, in the NFL, anything can happen. They are called bold predictions for a reason and Canty certainly delivered on that.