Dene and Nick Vespe are biological brothers and forever fans who passionately discuss the Los Angeles Rams. The show is packed with game highlights, celebrity guests, impactful stats, media reactions, player sound-bites and much more. We make our way around the league, too. If you're not a fan of th…
The Rams went into MetLife Stadium and dismantled the New York Giants, who've now fallen to 1-5 on the season. We discussed in our latest episode how the Giants had been bitten by the injury bug, as it continued to be the narrative throughout this game. WR Kadarius Toney limited off the field during the Giants' first offensive possession, and from there on out -- it was all Los Angeles Rams. Dene and Nick discussed the progression of Taylor Rapp and Robert Rochell, and why this was by far their easiest assignment of the year (but a necessary one). Also discussed is Kurt Warner's tweet on Matthew Stafford's no-look pass, Sean McVay's inability to break the game open early with scripted series, looking at what the Cardinals did against the Browns, and speculating on the on-field drama that will be happening next weekend at SoFi Stadium. Support Rams Brothers: The Pod, An LA Rams Podcast by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/rams-brothers-the-pod-an-la-rams-podcast Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-7b497c for 40% off for 4 months, and support Rams Brothers: The Pod, An LA Rams Podcast.
The Rams head into MetLife Stadium to face the 1-4 Giants. The Giants were bit by the injury bug against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, and now have to face the Rams without Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay. The Giants have found ways to lose games this year, and after their performance last year at SoFi, we were led to believe they were on the path to taking the next step. Dene and Nick dig into the Giants' poor play on the defensive line, the impact of Blake Martinez' injury, James Bradberry's massive regression, Kadarius Toney's meteoric rise, Andrew Thomas' status, and much more. Nick also continues riding his unorthodox betting tactics in the "Nick's Picks" segment of this episode. Support Rams Brothers: The Pod, An LA Rams Podcast by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/rams-brothers-the-pod-an-la-rams-podcast Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-7b497c for 40% off for 4 months, and support Rams Brothers: The Pod, An LA Rams Podcast.
The Rams were coming off of a tough loss to Arizona, and had to travel to Seattle to get back on track. They went into Seattle, were able to contain their offense, knocked Russell Wilson out of the game, and did enough offensively to come away with the win. Dene & Nick spend time trying to understand what happened with the offense through their first 4 series in this game, replayed Stafford's interception, evaluated Sean McVay's lack of aggression with first half play calls, and why the run game was so effective. Additionally, Dene & Nick dug into what makes Terrell Lewis so special, Aaron Donald becoming the all-time sack leader for the Rams, Rochell & Scott's contributions, and a struggling special teams unit. Nick also takes us through a difficult slate of bets this weekend, and why he believes introducing a "teaser" is his secret to success. The schedule ahead leaves the Rams with plenty of room to improve upon an already successful campaign (NYG, DET, HOU, TEN). Let's see how they handle it. Support Rams Brothers: The Pod, An LA Rams Podcast by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/rams-brothers-the-pod-an-la-rams-podcast Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-7b497c for 40% off for 4 months, and support Rams Brothers: The Pod, An LA Rams Podcast.
The Rams hosted a very talented Cardinals team over the weekend, and completely got knocked off their spot after an impressive win vs. Tampa Bay. The Cardinals offense was overwhelming for the Rams' defense to say the least, so Dene & Nick dug into why the Rams had such an issue containing Kyler when they've shown the ability to do so in the past. Also included is Raheem Morris' comments on David Long Jr.'s performance against Arizona, ways to improve the defense, Jalen Ramsey's ever-changing role, Aaron Donald's lowest pass-rush grade of his career, and how to bounce back against Seattle. Dene & Nick strongly believe that Seattle has all of the makings of a .500 football team, so it's going to be on the Rams to right the ship on Thursday night.
The Rams play host to current MVP-favorite Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, and are looking to increase their undefeated record since 2017 to 9-0. Dene and Nick dive into the 3-game sample size that Arizona has put out, including their deficiencies on the interior defensive line, injuries to three starting offensive lineman, and the addition of Quinton Dunbar. Jalen Ramsey's role is also further evaluated, as well as the Rams' defensive backs huge responsibility of covering the likes of A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Rondell Moore and Christian Kirk (who currently leads all receivers in yards from the slot). Nick has also been hot with his picks (going 4-1 last week) and looks to increase his overall win percentage to over 75%.
The Rams introduced Tom Brady to SoFi Stadium and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-24. Dene and Nick look back at what they discussed during the game preview, Matthew Stafford's MVP start, how Stafford's 3-0 start has compared to others in the past, the Rams' defense under Raheem Morris compared to Brandon Staley's defense last year, and much more!
Looking back to last years match-up between the Rams and Bucs in Tampa Bay, Full Tampa Bay Buccaneers preview, Why their front-7 has so much success and why their defensive backs continue to struggle, and why this game will be Matthew Stafford's coming-out party. Oh, and can't forget Nick's Picks of the week, a.k.a. your chance to make (or lose) some money this weekend! Dene also returns as full-time host and comments on Nick & Ryan's performance in their latest episode.
It's the newest Rams Brothers: The Pod, only on LAFB Network! Nick Vespe and Guest Host Ryan Dyrud give their glowing reviews of the week one match up of the Rams & Bears. The duo discusses an in-depth analysis of the game, quarter by quarter and delve deep into the new Stafford Era in LA. Afterwards they touch on the Carson Wentz conundrum brewing in Indianapolis, and how the Rams will stack up against their exit Iron Curtain. Last week Nicks Picks ended up with a winning margin so naturally to end the POD, Nick and Ryan lay out some coming locks for next week! Subscribe to Rams Brothers wherever you listen to podcasts and on YouTube at LAFB Network!
Full Chicago Bears preview (position by position), opinions on Sean McVay claiming that Matthew Stafford is helping him develop as a head coach, players in the last 10 or so years to switch teams and have success and how it compares to Matthew Stafford's situation, and Nick's Picks of the week.
Nuggets from training camp, players to watch on offense/defense + special teams vs. Chargers, favorite to win punt returner job, expectations for Kevin O'Connell (calling plays on offense) and Raheem Morris, regular season prop bets & much more! Brought to you by Manscaped and Brewery X.
Updates, insights & expectations from camp, Akers' injury, who starts at Center, defense "deep dive" (Morris' defense compared to Staley's, who will earn the starting roles at MIKE, nickel, EDGE opposite of Floyd), who should own punt/kick returner roles, and updated conference/Super Bowl odds.
Biggest takeaways from Peter Schrager & Sean McVay's "Flying Coach" podcast with Kyle Shanahan, understanding the origin of Sean McVay (built by the Shanahan's and Gruden's), Changing/tweaking schemes over the last three years, How to improve the offense in 2021, What to expect in training camp, Opinion on the American Underdog trailer: the Kurt Warner film from Lionsgate, and of course - new uniform drama. Brought to you by Manscaped. Use promo code 'LAFB20' for 20% off and free shipping at https://www.manscaped.com! Check out our friends at Brewery X in Anaheim, CA! Https://www.brewery-x.com
McVay's new attitude, a week of "mandatory" OTA's, capped off with a massive 35k-person open practice. This episode also includes live odds, the inside scoop on the open practice, jersey number changes, new uniform updates, and much more. Huge thanks to our sponsors! Head to https://www.manscaped.com and use the promo code "RAMSBROS" for 20% off and free shipping! Check out the delicious beer of Brewery X here: https://www.brewery-x.com To get your very own Garrison Brothers Whiskey, click this link: https://attach.mikmak.tv/c8ad6ab1/c93c0a48-2d83-3a53-6413-7e2ea7272465?channelType=display&trafficType=paid&attachCampaignName=la-football&handle=garrison-brothers&platformType=lafbnetworkcom&adPlacementType=custom-320x50-mobile&adUnitType=static-ad&paidAudienceType=lafb-site-visitors&adUnitCreative=na&campaignObjectiveType=awareness
Jourdan Rodrigue from the Athletic joins the show joins to discuss all things related to the Rams' draft approach. Jourdan provides a ton of information related to the Rams' thought process in specific scenarios, how they've used analytics and data to draft players, which players she believes will be most successful right away, and so much more.
The Los Angeles Rams officially announce and finalize the trade for Matthew Stafford. We'll discuss Stafford's cap implications, a potential new deal, Jared Goff's dead money, and how the Rams are managing the 2021 salary cap. Additionally, we'll discuss the restructures of Andrew Whitworth, Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp & Robert Woods, the re-signing of Leonard Floyd, Johnny Mundt and the 1st round tender placed on Darious Williams. The Rams' approach to FA has been limited due to cap restraints, but we'll discuss Austin Blythe's situation, the positions we feel need the most attention over the next month and a half, as well as why Leonard Floyd's prorated, backloaded contract has been the standard for the Rams.
Episode 77 details (Goff & picks for Stafford, insane 2+ week timeline)Jared Goff and three draft picks have been traded to the Lions for Matthew Stafford. The Lions will receive the Rams’ third-round pick in 2021, their first-round pick in 2022 and their first-round pick in 2023 in what is the first exchange of former No. 1 overall picks in the common draft era (since 1967)The Lions are taking on the four years, $106.6M left on Jared Goff’s contract which was a MASSIVE part of this trade, and that’s the part that Les Snead said he was hung up on a few days ago. So, they got that part ironed out, then had to throw in 2 1st’s (which the Rams clearly don’t value) and one of their three comp picks from this year to sweeten the dealHow Matt Stafford fits into the Rams offense - Stafford has top-5 arm talent, he can throw outside of the numbers, he can change arm-angles, and has a massive edge athletically over Jared Goff. Matthew Stafford wants to push the ball down the field, and there’s no question that McVay wants to do the same thing.Matthew Stafford also is really good on the move and out of play-action, and can literally do everything out of structure. I think he has much better pocket awareness, can avoid defenders, can extend plays, and can convert long down and distances because of it. It’s going to create a much more efficient offenseGoff vs. Stafford head-to-head stats: deep passes of 20+ yards down the field, air yards per attempt, air yards per game, big-time throws, turnover-worthy plays, quarterback ratings, turnovers. Insane rollercoaster: 16-day timeline - 5 coaches and 2 front office members poached in roughly two weeks. Since, the Rams have hired two new coordinators in Morris & DeCamillis, and traded their $134M quarterback and former 1st overall pick to the Lions for Matthew Stafford -- who was the first overall pick back in 2009.
Episode 76 details (Rams lose to the Packers in the divisional round, lose Brandon Staley to the Chargers and the issues between McVay & Goff)Full recap of divisional game in Green Bay: Sean McVay's offense in the red zone, utilization of wildcat formation, hook & latter two-point conversion, and scheming high-percentage throws for his QB. Rookies continue to step up: Van Jefferson & Cam Akers each score touchdowns, are responsible for the two-point conversion that put the Rams within 1 score. The impact of not having a fully healthy Aaron Donald on the field, missing Cooper Kupp and David Edwards due to injuries, and why we already can't wait for the rematch next season when the Rams are at full healthSaying goodbye to Brandon Staley, why it's so difficult to say goodbye to the guy who was only coaching for the Rams for such a short period. Sean McVay's "coaching tree" continues to grow, starting with Matt LaFleur, to Zac Taylor, to Brandon Staley (and eventually others). Who we should expect to take the open coordinator position (internal and external recommendations) and why we feel like the Rams are capable from recovering from the loss, and quicklyThe biggest story line of the last 24 hours: Jared Goff and Sean McVay's relationship needs "marital counseling", according to Steve Wyche of NFL Network. Why this relationship has gotten increasingly worse over the last 4 or so weeks, and where the Rams will go from hereA bizarre tweet from ESPN Los Angeles, who is discussing the idea of trading Aaron Donald for Deshaun Watson. Why we think the idea is far too ridiculous to actually happen, and why we think there's a better chance of Goff being moved for Watson
Episode 75 details (Packers Preview & Nick's Picks of the Week)Aaron Rodgers vs. the Rams’ Defense: pre-snap looks, rotating in coverage, when to blitz, their most frequently used coverage, and why we should expect a wide variety of looks to prevent Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones from exploiting them in any way. Stopping the run when always having to account for the pass: LeFleur's tendencies, similarities to McVay/Shanahan - clog gaps, make tackles, and winning at the line of scrimmage. Davante Adams vs. Jalen Ramsey: the national media should be focused on Jalen Ramsey, opposed to Davante Adams. Ramsey so far this season has shut down: Cooper, Diggs, McLaurin, Robinson, Evans, Hopkins (2x), Metcalf (3x). How we can expect the Packers to utilize Davante Adams, if Ramsey locks him down early on.Rams offense vs. Packers defense: remembering last year, when Jimmy Garoppolo completed six passes in the NFC Championship, and the 49ers ran for 285 yards and went to the Super Bowl - how the Rams can somewhat duplicate that effort.Jared Goff wearing two gloves and his attitude towards the media recently. Also, we'll discuss Aaron Donald's injury, Cooper Kupp/David Edwards listed as questionable, Goff ACTIVE & starting, Wolford OUT. Nick's Picks of the Week!
Episode 74 details (Wildcard win over the Seattle Seahawks, Rams advance to play the Packers in Green Bay)Sean McVay extends his record when leading at halftime to 37-0 and his playoff record to 4-2, while also handing Pete Carroll his first playoff loss at home - and he did it with a quarterback who had surgery on his thumb two weeks agoRemembering the history of "Let Russ Cook" and "Mr. Unlimited", and why the Rams' defense (led by Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey & Leonard Floyd) was Russell Wilson's kryptonite this seasonThe Rams' defense had 12 defenders grade a 68 or better, according to PFF.com, and Jalen Ramsey wasn't even one of those players. Why Brandon Staley's defensive scheme and game plan has benefitted not only the "stars" (Donald, Ramsey) but has developed players like Reeder, Fox, Joseph-Day, Nick Scott and Greg Gaines into productive players. Rams offense, led by Cam Akers, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Cam Akers ran for 131 yards, added another 45 receiving yards and really carried the offense. Akers was productive because of the offensive line, and McVay's usage of 12 & 13 personnel. Cooper Kupp & Robert Woods were targeted a total of 17 times, Kupp caught a 44-yard pass over Jamal Adams, and Woods scored in the 4thEscaping, but barely: Donald, Wolford, Kupp, Edwards all listed as day-to-dayQuestions we'll answer on Thursday: Who will be under center on Saturday for the Rams?Can the Rams reproduce this game and avoid turning the ball over in 25 degree weather, at Lambeau Field, with fans in the stands? How will Aaron Rodgers fare without his LT? How will Jalen Ramsey handle Davonte Adams, who leads the league in YAC? Are you STILL not following Nick's betting advise? If not, your chance at redemption is this weekend!
Episode 73 details (Seahawks Wildcard Weekend Preview) & Nick's Picks of the week!)Rams vs. Seahawks so far in 2020, the season series is tied, 7 of their last 10 meetings have been decided by single-digits. What to expect from Seattle this weekend: how the Rams can continue to prevent D.K. Metcalf. The first time the Seahawks faced the Rams, he was close to nonexistent. He’s had less than 65 receiving yards in each of his last 4 games. Seattle's Biggest Weakness: the Seahawks pass defense ranked 31st in the NFL at stopping passes over the middle and 27th at stopping short passes entering the final week of the season, per Football Outsiders, and how the Rams can exploit it the third time around. Coming back from injuries: Andrew Whitworth, Cooper Kupp, Michael Brockers, Micah Kiser (potentially). Kiser, Kupp and Whitworth were all out in Week 16's match-up. Jamal Adams' status is still "up in the air". Random questions - will Jared Goff start? If he doesn't play well, how much will the media be discussing his regression? How does Andrew Whitworth perform after being out for 6 weeks? How can the Rams offense get back on track and return to form in time for a playoff run? Nick's Picks of the Week!
Episode 72 details (Cardinals recap, clinching the 6th seed, discussing John Wolford's first start & more)John Wolford's debut: John Wolford is the first NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for over 200 yards and run for over 50 yards in his NFL debut. Absolutely battled after the interception, in which he blamed jitters, and was in control of the entire rest of the gameSean McVay's strategy on how to avoid announcing who the starting quarterback will be until Sunday, and why it may make sense to bring Wolford into the game if Goff starts and struggles. Also, who we'd prefer to start and play on SundayBrandon Staley's defense: D'Marco Farr's tweet on why Rams fans should be loving what they're seeing defensively (led by Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald)How Brandon Staley's usage of specific personnel, formations and looks have brought to the Rams to very top of the "elite defenses" list, how it complements the offense, and why the Rams' defense is statistically better than Seattle's Why Rams fans should be excited about being an underdog (+4.5) vs. Seattle, and how Seahawks fans are already showing signs of concern on social media
Episode 71 details: (Seahawks recap, introducing John Wolford & discussing a potential QB controversy)What went wrong in Seattle: how the Rams' offense (led by Jared Goff) has been abysmal since beating the Cardinals & Patriots in back-to-back weeks Jamal Adams' comments on the Seahawks being "the best defense in the NFL", and how the tides have shifted since the Rams' last match-up in Seattle on November 15th, 2020 Why we believe that Sean McVay has become somewhat complacent after he finally beat Bill Belichick. After the game vs. New England, we were sold on the fact that Sean McVay had another 10 chapters in his playbook that were untouched to that point Why the John Wolford vs. Jared Goff conversation will continue all offseason if Wolford performs well against ArizonaImplications of moving on from Jared Goff if the Rams decide to move in another direction this offseason (contract makes this entirely too difficult) The back-up QB phenomenon: why John Wolford reminds Rams fans of Vince Ferragamo, Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger Introducing John Wolford & what to expect from him: discussing his college experience at Wake Forrest, his AAF experience with the Arizona Hotshots, the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams
Episode 70 details (Jets recap & NFC playoff seeding as it currently stands)How Adam Gase and former St. Louis Rams Linebacker coach & interim Jets defensive coordinator Frank Bush managed to outcoach Sean McVay and Brandon Staley 10 days after dismantling Bill Belichick's PatriotsJets defensive front dominates Rams offensive line when in pass protection and when attempting to establish the run: Quinnen Williams, Nathan Shepherd, Frankie Luvu, Tarell Brasham & John Franklin-Meyers compile 11 tackles, 8 QB hits & 3 sacksThe (now) 1-13 Jets were better than the (now) 9-5 Rams in the following categories: passing & rushing first downs, 3rd & 4th down efficiency, total plays, total passing yards, total pass yards per play, less sacks given up, more rushing attempts, less turnovers and won the time of possession battle by more than 9 minutesDetrimental moments: the punt block early on in the second quarter (Nick wants John Bonamego to be fired), handing the Jets back-to-back possessions on their own territory after an INT & blocked punt, first drive after the half for NYJ (11 plays, 72 yards, capped off with a Frank Gore TD), play calling on 3rd & 4 and 4th & 4 (which received criticism from Kurt Warner) and the inability to stop the Jets from getting a 1st down on 3rd and 6 late in the 4th quarter. How the Rams can clinch a playoff berth this weekend vs. SeattleThe NFC seeding as it currently stands, where we expect the Rams to finish and who we should expect as a potential first round match-up
Episode 68 details (Cardinals recap with substitute co-host Rich & Patriots preview with Evan Lazar of the Patriots Beat podcast)Main headlines: Jared Goff & Sean McVay's post-game comments, Ramsey vs. Hopkins recap, Justin Hollins forced fumble/Greg Gaines recovery, Troy Hill pick six, Nsimba Webster fumbled punt return, Matt Gay's 37-yard miss in the 4th quarterShowing the ability to respond: Webster's fumble led to a Kenyan Drake touchdown run, but Darrell Henderson & the Rams' run game responded. Matt Gay's 4th quarter miss was negated by Troy Hill's pick six. Sharpening the iron: third down efficiency, establishing the run early on, mixing up concepts, playing mistake-free & turnover-free footballContinuing to lean on the defense: how they should prepare for New England's rushing attack vs. what they've been preparing for & playing against teams with top tier passing attacksInterview with Evan Lazar: Difference in personnel vs. what the Rams saw in the Super Bowl (missing Trey Flowers, Danny Shelton, Adrian Clayborn, Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy from Super Bowl Roster)How the Patriots are preparing for the Rams' offense (scheme tendencies, coverage, rotations, common formations) and how they toyed with Josh Herbert What to expect from the Patriots' talented defensive backs: McCourtey twins, Stephon Gilmore, Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, J.C. Jackson and how Bill Belichick will use a combination of those players to cover Cooper Kupp & Robert Woods Does Sean McVay have something up his sleeve to counter the 6-1 front, or should we be expecting carry over from Super Bowl 53? Evan is confident in Sean McVay
Episode 67 details (Full Cardinals Preview)The national headlines: Sean McVay and Brandon Staley's thoughts on spying Kyler Murray, John Johnson's "roadrunner" quote, and Jared Goff addressing the criticism from McVay earlier this weekPlayoff implications: as it stands right now (if the season were to end today), the Los Angeles Rams would be the 5th seed, and travel to Metlife Stadium to play the Giants in the wild card round. Borrowing Belichick's defensive scheme to stop Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense, limiting his ability to runRamsey vs. Hopkins: the Heavyweight Fight of the YearInjury report: both teams relatively healthy heading into this game, might be the first time Larry Fitzgerald misses a game vs. the Rams since 2004The owner of Matt Patricia's "burner account" is a member of the #RamilyNick's Picks of the Week
Episode 66 details (Full 49ers recap)Getting swept by San Francisco and falling to 7-4, does the blame fall on Goff or McVay's shoulders?The pre-game narrative: 49ers had game changing players who came off the injury report and immediately made a difference (Sherman, Samuel, Armstead, Mostert)Kyle Shanahan's ability to out-scheme McVay despite limited talent offensively, saying "it was the exact type of game we were hoping for"Why the Rams defense is wasting a Super Bowl caliber defense with an inability to consistently execute on offenseMcVay's questionable play-calling down the stretch (5-straight run plays with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter)Re-evaluating Jared Goff, asking the question of what Sean McVay's offense would look like with a dual-threat quarterback that can extend plays
Episode 65 details (Full 49ers preview)Dissecting the major headlines: "Surging Rams seek revenge in rematch with slumping Niners"Digging deep into the history of Sean McVay vs. Kyle Shanahan The latest odds to win the NFC: Rams at +100, Seattle at +125, Arizona at +600, 49ers at +10,00049ers in previous three weeks: lost three straight to NFC contenders, all by double-digits. Still without Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, Dee Ford, Trent Williams, etc. What to expect from San Francisco's offense, led by Nick Mullens, Deebo Samuel & Jerrick McKinnon & why the 49ers still have one of the best defenses in the NFLRecent Rams transactions: No Terrell Lewis, Natrez Patrick promoted from practice squad, Obo Okoronkwo is healthy& Nick's Picks of the Week!
Episode 64 details (Full Buccaneers Recap)Digging into the main story lines: Rams improve to 7-3 on their 5th trip to the East Coast in 11 weeks, improve to 2nd in the NFC, 1st in the NFC WestBeating Tom Brady for the first time since 2001 - attempting to understand why Tom Brady avoided the entire Rams roster and refused to shake their hands after the game endedThe rookies show up in a big way: Cam Akers & Van Jefferson caught their first TD's of their careers, Jordan Fuller had his first two INT's against Tom Brady, Terrell Lewis impactful as wellThe officiating: unbelievably inconsistent, lopsided, shifted in favor of Tampa BayMcVay's pass-happy approach: Tampa forced Jared Goff to beat them (and he did) on 51 attempts & only 37 rushing yards (20 attempts) - really impressed on his numbers vs. the Blitz, when targeting the Slot, & when under pressure as a wholeThe Defense is officially the new identity: currently ranked first in 6 major categories, awarded number one spot on Aqib Talib's "No Fly Zone".
Episode 63 details (Full Buccaneers Preview)The true identity of the Rams (moving from McVay, Goff to Staley, Donald & Ramsey)?How the Rams defense has excelled to top-3 in the entire NFL behind Brandon StaleyLimiting Tampa's running game and getting pressure on Tom BradyUnderstanding Tampa Bay's offensive approach, how to contain their three-headed monster in Brown, Evans & GodwinLeveraging our own three-headed monster in Henderson, Brown & Akers (aka, RUN-DMC) against the #1 ranked defense against the runExpectations for Goff if the Rams are unable to establish the run (or if McVay moves away from it)Looking ahead at the NFC West & the Rams' final trip to the east coast& Nick's Picks of the WeekThis episode includes a brand-new microphone from Nick. We're not proud that it took this long to get him the right set-up, but we've left his bad phone line in the past. Onward and upward for RBTP, and for the Los Angeles Rams.
Episode 62 details (Full Seahawks Preview)Full game preview (SEA @ LAR)How the Rams offensive should approach Seattle's league-worst passing defenseHow Seattle faired vs. the Buffalo Bills explosive offense, utilization of Cover 0 and Cover 1What to expect from Jared Goff on Sunday, how he's played historically vs. the SeahawksWhy "letting Russ Cook" could be Seattle's only option offensivelyHow the injury bug should impact this match-up and play in the Rams' favor: injuries to K.J. Wright, Shaw Griffin, Quinton Dunbar, Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic, etc. Looking ahead at the NFC West & the Rams' travel scheduleThe long-awaited debut of A'Shawn Robinson, welcoming Jordan Fuller back off of IR& Nick's Picks of the Week!
Episode 61 details (Full Dolphins Recap)Full game recap (LAR @ MIA)Continuing film study on the offense: operating with efficiency against the 6-man frontWhat is Sean McVay's offensive identity as the Rams head into their bye week? Is it too similar to what we saw in 2019? Understanding why Sean McVay moved away from the running game, is underutilizing Cam Akers Restoring balance: the Rams are 4-0 when they run the ball more frequently then passBrandon Staley's defense continues to shine, expecting more of the same against Seattle with the debut of A'Shawn Robinson & return of Jordan FullerStock continuing to rise for Darious Williams & Taylor Rapp Full Sean McVay/Mike Martz comparison at this point in their careers Coaches who have figured out how the "Sean McVay Machine" operatesLooking ahead to our next 8 games (5 in-division): SEA, TB, SF, AZ, NE, NYJ, SEA, & AZ
Episode 60 details (Full Bears recap & Dolphins preview)Full game recap (CHI @ LAR)Digging into Sean McVay's offensive identity: why the Rams moved away from the running gameUnderstanding why the defense has been so effective (especially in the second half) under Brandon StaleyContinuing to utilize Jalen Ramsey in the "Star", moving Aaron Donald around on the line of scrimmageFixated on a 4-point spread: why traveling to the East Coast again will take a toll Dissecting Tua Tagovailoa & the offense we should expect to see from Chan GaileyWhat to expect from the Dolphins defense: what to look for from Xavien Howard, Byron Jones, Raekwon Davis & Shaq LawsonHow the Dolphins have fared against San Francisco & Seattle & Nick's Picks of the Week!
Episode 59 details (Full game preview)Full game preview (CHI @ LAR with D'Marco Farr)Full breakdown of the Bears' roster: personnel on defense, weapons on offense, winning on the road, winning games by one possessionWhy Nick Foles' magic could continue in Los AngelesWhat to expect from Jared Goff & the Rams' offense vs. Bears defense after only scoring 16 points against San Francisco and struggling historically against Matt Nagy's BearsBrandon Staley's reunion with Chicago& of course, NICK's PICKS OF THE WEEK!
Episode 58 details (Rams beat the Washington Football Team at home, 30-10)Full game breakdown: player/team stats, highlightsJared Goff’s ability to stay consistent in his 5th yearSticking to the running back by committee approach with Henderson, Akers & Brown for 35 carries & 129 yards FB/TE Gerald Everett continues to impressDefense allows -6 yards and 0 total points in 2nd halfAaron Donald totals 4 sacks, continues MVP campaign Replacing Jordan Fuller (on IR for at least 3 weeks)Upgrading the LB & EDGE position& more!
Episode 57 details (Full game preview)Full game preview (LAR @ WAS)Full breakdown of Washington’s roster: first three losses vs. Arizona, Cleveland & BaltimoreDwayne Haskins benched in favor of Kyle Allen (AKA, KA!)Ron Rivera x Jack Del Rio’s top-3 new-look defenseWhat to expect from the Rams’ offense vs. Washington’s 4-3 defense and front full of 1st round picks Mike Shanahan’s coaching tree, McVay looking for his first win vs. WashingtonPredicting the outcome of Sunday’s game & of course, NICK’s Picks of the Week!
Episode 56 details (Rams beat NYG at home, 17-9)- Full game breakdown: stats, snap counts, etc. - Uniforms: The official debut of Royal & Sol- McVay's pre-game comments on the Giants' defense, understanding where and why the offense stalled- Gerald Everett's first touchdown (and biggest mistake) of the year- Struggling to stop the Giants' run-game- Darious Williams game-saving interception- Jalen Ramsey vs. Golden Tate& more!
Episode 55 details (Full game preview)- Full game preview (NYG @ LAR)- Full breakdown of Giants roster, first three loses vs. Steelers, Bears, 49ers- Daniel Jones: QB of the future?- Marc Colombo's offensive line, Joe Judge's refusal to make any changes- Sean McVay: prepping for the Giants defense is a "real pain"- What to expect from the Rams offense vs. Giants defense- Aaron Donald & Devonta Freeman's Reunion- Jason Garrett vs. Sean McVay- & of course, NICK's Picks of the Week!
Episode 54 details (Rams lose to Bills in Buffalo, 35-32)- Full game breakdown: stats, snap counts, etc. - High-powered offense: coming back from a 25-point deficit with 29 unanswered points- Balanced attack: Jared Goff, Darrell Henderson, Cooper Kupp & Rams' offensive line continues to impress- Robert Woods' return to Buffalo- Issues defensively: inability to cover the slot, stop 3rd downs, long down & distances- Aaron Donald is a one-man show, pass rush needs to improve (EDGE rushers, especially)- The highly questionable pass interference call on Darious Williams (4th & 8 on the Rams' 13-yard line)- Comparing the Rams at this point last season, to now- Looking ahead to NYG (at home), WAS (in Washington), & SF (in SF).
Episode 53 details (game preview):- Full game preview (breakdown of Bills roster, first two wins vs. Jets & Dolphins)- Josh Allen: potential MVP candidate?- Improving the pass rush- What to expect from the Rams offense vs. inconsistent Bills defense- Injuries, match-ups, score predictions- & NICK's Picks of the Week!
Episode 52 details (37-19 win over the Eagles in Philadelphia):- Full game breakdown: stats, snap counts, etc. - Offensive adjustments: the coming out party of Darrell Henderson, adjusting to injuries to Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown and Joe Noteboom- Defenses' ability to force turnovers and clamp down in the second half- The Eagles inconsistencies/deficiencies this year so far, ability to run the ball well, health of offensive line, limiting Aaron Donald to no sacks and 1 tackle- Micah Kiser's team-leading 16 tackles, Darious William's game-changing interceptions, Taylor Rapp's low snap count (in favor of Jordan Fuller, again)- Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz: is the debate settled?- Sean McVay vs. Doug Pederson: who is the better head coach?
Episode 51 details:- Full Eagles preview, breakdown of what we saw last Sunday against the Washington Football team- Injuries, match-ups, predictions- The latest argument in Philadelphia: Doug Pederson vs. Sean McVay: who would you rather have lead your team over the next 5 years?- Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz, who were projecting to have a better game/season- The incredible fluctuation of the betting line- & NICK'S Picks of the Week!
Episode details - We’re going to discuss: Projected 53-man roster, which position groups need the most focusWhat to expect on the defensive side of the ball with Brandon Staley and why he’s in for the biggest challenge of his lifeSean McVay’s quote-on-quote “running back by committee”Then we’re going to talk to Lindsey Thiry about:Her coverage of Andrew Whitworth and his family during COVID-19Sean McVay’s outlook on training camp and a potential start dateShrinking the roster down from 90 to 80 playersWhat to expect on this season of Hard KnocksThe mindset of late-round draft picks & undrafted free agentsAnd of course, the latest and greatest on SoFi Stadium
RBTP47 is titled: "Bad to the Bone" because we are loving the original, one-of-a-kind "bone grey" uniform that was (FINALLY) released yesterday. The episode starts with us talking through the schedule and its quirks. But, the leading story here is the uniforms, so we allocated a significant amount of time to the new look. After a 4-year wait and an overwhelming amount of anticipation, Jared Goff accidentally spilled the beans and told Houston Astros third basemen Alex Bregman that the uniforms were being released "tomorrow" (in reference to May 13th) on a Fortnite twitch stream. Goff then scrambled and mumbled "sometime this week", but the news had already traveled through the social media airwaves and Rams fans throughout the world were excited beyond belief to get a glimpse of the new-look. We discuss Kevin Demoff, as he went on a few ESPN radio shows to discuss why this was such a drawn out process and involved so much detail, and we also discuss (former) Rambassador Eric Dickerson's reaction and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner's reaction to the rebrand as a whole. Additionally, we talk to THE NEW Rambassador, Jim Everett (crowned by us) to give us his initial gut feeling to the rebrand. Jim also ranks the 6 other teams' uniform updates, he discusses which 4 players he would put on the grand stage from the 1980's to present the new look, he tells us a story about Georgia Frontiere's idea to add lime green into the Rams color scheme, he discusses why Eric Dickerson once referred to him as a "corporate pimp", and takes us through the challenges of the schedule.
RBTP46 is titled: "Post Draft Feels" because we're coming off of one of the most interesting drafts in recent history for the Rams. Not only was it unpredictable, but it was extremely entertaining considering the circumstances. And to be honest, we all needed some form of football back in our lives. Nonetheless, the Rams have consistently provided us with entertainment all offseason, and the draft was no exception. But before we dove into the draft, we discussed the updated salary cap after restructuring Goff and Havenstein, officially signing Robinson and Floyd, Orlando Pace's reaction to Tremayne Anchrum's number selection and Clay Matthews filing a grievance against the Rams. After those topics are discussed, we dive into the profiles of the inaugural 2020 draft class, and discuss why we believe a few of them could be immediately impactful in the upcoming season.Additionally, we welcome Cam DaSilva to the show (managing editor of the Rams Wire) for his second appearance, and allow him to dig even deeper into the new draft class. Cam discusses his opinion on draft grades from the national media, how he would grade the draft, what he may have done differently, who he believes will be most impactful vs. developmental, Louis Riddick's comment on how well Cam Newton would fit into Sean McVay's offense, and much more. A lot of the information that Cam discussed is also featured on www.theRamsWire.com.
RBTP45 is titled: "Stache-ing Draft Picks" because of Jared Goff's recent Zoom call with reporters where he revealed a masterful quarantine mustache and Les Snead's remarkable ability to stockpile draft picks in later rounds. Over the past two weeks, a lot of news has been broken, starting with the Rams deciding to trade Brandin Cooks in exchange for the 57th pick in the draft (2nd round), Jay Glazer announces Brian Allen's COVID-19 diagnosis during his FS1 show, an inevitable Jared Goff contract restructure, the and new uniform reveals of the Browns, Buccaneer's, Falcons & Colts. Additionally, draft expert Sosa Kremenjas joins us to break down his big board, and all of the prospects that he thinks would be great fits for the Rams. Sosa has studied this draft class inside & out, so he's able to help us in predicting the most likely outcomes based on Les Snead's draft history and the Rams' biggest needs in 2020. Sosa also provides us with a full mock draft, based on his big board that is published on TurfShowTimes.com.
RBTP44 is titled: "It's not just a logo", because there is so much more to the Rams and football than just their new logo & color scheme. That being said, we truly sympathize with all the Rams fans who are struggling with the new brand identity and outlook for the 2020 season at brand-new SoFi Stadium. In this episode, the Rams Brothers (and their dad) discuss the Michael Brockers physical situation and how it compares to Rodger Saffold's deal in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders, the highly anticipated Vic Fangio x Brandon Staley defense and how Staley will utilize new FA's/specific personnel, Losing Greg the Leg Zuerlein, how recent FA moves impact the cap, the logo drama, Demoff's variety of trolls and Eric Dickerson's interview on AM570. We saved the logo reveal for last, because Rams fans are completely up in arms in the middle of a pandemic regarding the reveal. We give our extremely honest feedback, and explain why there's so much more to re-brand than "just a logo".
RBTP43 is titled: "Mourning the loss of Todd Gurley" because we received breaking news that Todd Gurley (& Clay Matthews) were going to be cut while we were in the middle of recording this episode. The news broke 45 minutes into this episode, but prior to the breaking news, we discussed: the new CBA, the free agency frenzy, roster shake-up, managing the cap and the trade rumors that were led by Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks. It's hard to imagine a team being 2 years removed from losing the Super Bowl releasing players who were key contributors to their appearance. But, the NFL is a business over anything else. And the Rams need to find a way to get back so that they can continue to prove to their fans that they're committed to winning. We'll also address our outlook to the 2020 season and quickly discuss the logo drama (before it was officially released).
RBTP42 is titled: "Family, No Matter What" in honor of captain Andrew Whitworth's post-game speech to close out the 2019 NFL season for the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams were able to sweep the Arizona Cardinals for the third consecutive year, but it wasn't enough to sneak into the playoffs. The Rams were the only team out of 13 teams with winning records to miss out on a playoff bid, finishing the season with a winning record at 9-7. The Rams Brothers (and head coach Sean McVay) believe that although this season didn't quite live up to expectations, that missing the playoffs was a "blessing in disguise" heading into the 2020 offseason. With plenty to be concerned about, it's fair to wonder if the Rams will ever return to their 2018 form - with lingering salary cap questions, big-time contracts to restructure, and free agents to prioritize over the next few weeks. In this episode, the Rams Brothers play the role of "Twitter GM" (as some would say) and look very closely into next years' salary cap, suggest roster moves that could clear up a ton of cap for 2020 and recommend players to trade. Additionally, we discuss the future of the coaching staff, and why the Los Angeles Rams were reluctant to send assistants or coordinators to the podium following their victory in the final home game at the Coliseum. There is plenty of concern over bringing in additional help for Sean McVay (an offensive assistant or analyst that won't call plays but can help adjust schemes and tempo mid-game), retaining Wade Phillips and all of his glory and the implications of losing his experience on the staff, and moving on from Jeff Fisher's special teams brain-child, John "Bones" Fassel. It is all addressed in the final #RBTP episode of 2019. Enjoy!