The Los Angeles Rams currently will be cleaning house with not only their 2016 coaching staff, but as well as the current players on the Rams roster.
Clearly this team needs a complete overhaul on the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line in PARTICULAR! The defensive side is pretty much well set, but a couple of tweaks here and there and an addition at the linebacker position and corner, will make them tougher to play against once again.
Let’s start on the defensive side of the ball, the one position the team needs to seek out first, is a new middle line backer. The Los Angeles Rams should seek out and add a talented line-backer to bolster their defense during the NFL free agency period.
A bolster to their roster would be by signing a calipher type of linebacker such as Jamie Collins Sr, a veteran defender that has proven versatility enough to contribute on the defensive side of the ball as well as special teams.
Collins career numbers while he was a New England Patriot, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound line-backer totaled 285 tackles, 10.5 sacks, five interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown and a blocked extra point.
His numbers this season playing in eight games as an Cleveland Brown, he totaled 69 tackles (48 solo), 2.0 sacks, and a forced fumble. Collins numbers while playing in the seven games as a Patriot he totaled 43 tackles (31 solo), 1.0 sack, 2.0 interceptions, 3.0 pass deflections, and 1.0 forced fumble.
Collins 2016 combined team totals totaled 112 tackles (89 solo), 2.0 forced fumbles, 4.0 sacks, 3.0 pass deflections, and 2.0 interceptions. These stats would finished him only second in tackles to lead team by Alex Olgetree, and would have been the leader in all the other categories.
Collins was traded by the Patriots for a measley compensatory draft pick at the trade deadline, because head coach Bill Belichick had claimed his play had declined. It was rumored that Collins had been seeking for a new contract and wasn’t be rewarded in “good-faith” and subsequently his reward was being traded to the worst team in the NFL. The contentions of this trade may backfire in the Patriots faces, because Collins remains to play at a high caliber level and probably will seek even more millions for a new contract with negotiation leverage this off season.
Collins current head coach Hue Jackson has stated that Collins is a dependable, and accountable player that is always there.
In my opinion, Collin’s is very versatile and that he can play not only at the outside but he is even more effective as a middle linebacker. He has shown the ability to take on all of that and hasn’t blinked at all, such as the Rams did with current converted safety to linebacker Mark Barron.
Since joining the Browns finishing (1-15) through a trade with the Super Bowl contending-Patriots nearly two months ago, Collins has registered 69 total tackles, including 48 solo stops, two sacks and one forced fumble over his seven starts.
Over his illustrious 4 year NFL career, Collins has now totaled 354 tackles, 12.5 sacks, five interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown and a blocked extra point.
Collins could enter free agency in the offseason if he does not reach a contract extension with the Browns as a hot commodity. The Browns are hopeful that the emerging veteran defender will return and again bolster a young group of players. However, I strongly feel that the Los Angeles Rams shall enter the sweepstakes and sign Collins Sr, and move Alec Ogletree back to the outside linebacker position. The team currently is slightly under $41 million of salary cap space to work with, until other roster players are released, and then expect for that cap to increase to around $60 million.
Signing Jamie Collins is the direction that this organization is moving to prove to the L.A. Rams loyal fans that their loyality is at great concerns. The team is looking for a complete 180 of the 2016 season with an winning culture in the front office and dedication to its fans. Collins will be a total upgrade at linebacker for this talented Rams defense, and when you need the quarterback pressure, when his number is called, he will be in their face when requested.