A giant victory over the Miami Dolphins has put the Chargers within the thick of the AFC playoff race and the acquisition of quarterback Baker Mayfield has added some curiosity to the final portion of a disappointing season for the Rams. With 4 weeks remaining within the NFL common season, Rams beat author Gary Klein and Chargers beat author Jeff Miller deal with followers’ issues and questions:
Are you able to guys write concerning the Rams/Chargers PA scenario that Al Michaels commented on Thursday night time? As a season-ticket holder, I discover it actually annoying as effectively. Do different groups scream on the crowd like this to fabricate crowd noise? I discover it embarrassing as a fan.
Dom Mucciacito, Los Angeles
Miller: The inane, screaming “Make Some Noise!” PA announcer is now a factor at most professional sports activities venues throughout the nation. The excellent news for Chargers followers is that their SoFi Stadium video games sound prim and correct in comparison with the sophomoric nonsense I heard the final time I used to be at a Rams recreation there. Look on the brilliant aspect, it doesn’t matter what soccer stadium you’re in — be it faculty or the professionals — you’ll by no means need to marvel if the opposition is going through “THIRD DOWNNNNNN!!!” as a result of the PA announcer will inform you. Each. Single. Time. In. Each. Single. Stadium.
Klein: The Rams and Chargers apparently really feel that followers have to be stimulated by means of sound and imaginative and prescient from the second they stroll into the stadium till the second they go away. Neglect sensory overload. That is supposedly leisure.
Can the Rams commerce future picks for a 2023 first-round draft decide?
Ramon Cordova, Monterey Park
Klein: The Rams can commerce picks however don’t rely on it. Proper now, what would have been the Rams’ 2023 first-round decide belongs to the Detroit Lions as a part of the Jared Goff-Matthew Stafford commerce. And the decide that might have belonged to the Rams is trending as a top-10 decide for the Lions.
I’m underneath the impression NFL groups can rebuild and nonetheless discover high quality gamers within the fifth, sixth and seventh draft rounds. Why is that this impression true in soccer however no different skilled sport?
Stan Shirai, Torrance
Klein: The identical holds true in baseball. First-round draft picks might be given each alternative to achieve and keep within the main leagues. And gamers akin to Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw are only some examples of nice gamers picked excessive within the draft. However MLB is filled with high quality gamers who have been lower-round picks. In 2016, Ken Griffey Jr. grew to become the primary No. 1 general decide to be enshrined within the Corridor of Fame. That very same yr, Mike Piazza, a 62nd-round decide, additionally was enshrined.
Miller: There are many examples of later-round hockey gamers turning into stars within the NHL too. NBA draft is just two rounds lately, in order that league is out of the dialogue.
Is it attainable to get Baker Mayfield on a budget for just a few years? This might assist our salary-cap points. Wouldn’t it be attainable to persuade Jalen Ramsey to transform to security? He’s getting beat a bit too typically. Make the most of him for security blitzes and run stuffing. Taylor Rapp is far too sluggish at his place and will consider bulking up and enjoying linebacker, a way more pure match within the NFL.
Lorenzo Fuentes, Santa Maria
Klein: NFL careers typically don’t final lengthy so gamers should not apt to signal “on the cheap” until there’s a scenario like Blake Bortles just a few years in the past, when he signed with the Rams for $1 million as a result of the Jacksonville Jaguars owed him hundreds of thousands. Mayfield, if he performs effectively, can have a marketplace for his providers. Ramsey already is enjoying a hybrid place that options parts of enjoying security. Might he transfer to that spot full time sooner or later his profession? He’s definitely succesful. Rapp got here into the league with linebacker qualities. Throughout coaching camp final summer time, he slimmed down. He’s within the closing yr of his rookie contract, so it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if the Rams try to re-sign him.
With their season mainly completed and unable to make the playoffs, what was the purpose in signing Baker Mayfield?
Laura Nash, Los Angeles
Klein: Matthew Stafford is on injured reserve and John Wolford was coping with a neck damage. Within the grand scheme of issues, signing Mayfield value the Rams solely $1.4 million, and so they get an prolonged have a look at a former No. 1 general decide, whom they could or might not try to retain. If he leaves as a free agent, the Rams would most likely be entitled to a compensation decide within the draft.
The police-sponsored membership I belonged to took us to Rams video games within the Coliseum the place we watched our heroes Bob Waterfield, Norm Van Brocklin, Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsh, Tom Fears, Glen Davis, Dick Hoerner and ‘Deacon’ Dan Towler play — with full successful seasons. These have been thrilling occasions, however none extra thrilling because the final half of the fourth quarter of the sport tonight (Dec. 8). It appears to be like like Baker Mayfield is the actual deal … what a present! As an apart, I’ve seen the Rams put on totally different uniforms through the years. It’s good to see them again with the blue and gold of the years I knew them. Did Towler, that nice Rams fullback who stop abruptly to enter the ministry, ever get accepted to soccer’s Corridor of Fame?
Kenneth Cooper, Albuquerque, NM
Klein: Glad to listen to you had a fantastic expertise watching the Rams on the Coliseum a few years in the past. These have been thrilling groups. And that definitely was an thrilling end final Thursday in opposition to the Raiders at SoFi Stadium. However let’s reserve judgment on Mayfield. Up till that time, he was fairly common, a victory in itself as a result of he arrived solely two days earlier. However let’s not overlook that he and the Rams received fortunate when an interception was nullified throughout that drive due to a pass-interference penalty. And a Raiders lineman’s bone-headed determination to knock the ball out of Mayfield’s hand after a sack, leading to one other penalty. And the Raiders’ determination to play press protection in opposition to receiver Van Jefferson. As for Towler, he was a key participant for the Rams — and led the NFL in speeding one season — however he has not been inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
Why did the Chargers do away with their cheerleaders?
Nick Schermerhorn, Rancho Palos Verdes
Editor’s observe: The Chargers Ladies have been based in 1990 and continued till 2021, when it was introduced the squad had been disbanded for monetary causes. Seven of the 32 NFL groups wouldn’t have cheerleading squads, the others being the Buffalo Payments, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Inexperienced Bay Packers, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.