Washington Football Team’s rebuild parallels Rams’ rise to success
By Tim Meek
Comparing Washington’s rebuild to the Rams rebuild: New coaches
In 2017, the Rams hired Sean McVay as their new head coach. He brought with him a new attitude to an organization that desperately needed an identity. He had a plan, the players bought in and he had a unique ability to adapt.
In his first season, McVay took a first-round QB who was already being touted as a bust and turned him into a competent NFL starting QB.
The statistical difference in Goff from Year 1 to Year 2 was staggering. He had a 28-to-7 TD/INT ratio and he completed over 64 percent of his passes. The Rams went from 4-12 the year prior to 11-5. That worst-to-first path has become commonplace in the NFL.
Admittedly, McVay was widely regarded as a special talent and one of the brightest young football minds in the game. To compare newly hired Scott Turner to him is unfair.
However, Turner does come from great lineage. He’s also young and innovative. Everything we’ve heard from Training Camp has been a focus on tempo and becoming less predictable…isn’t this sounding more and more like the McVay and the Rams?
In Year 2, McVay took his team to the Super Bowl. When McVay was hired, he was known for his offensive prowess. But one of the most important things he did when hired was bringing in Wade Phillips to run a young & talented, but underachieving defense lead by Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald.
Again, the similarities are staggering between the Rams and Washington. Rivera is being praised for his attention to detail, his ability to relate to players while being tough and for the structure and leadership he’s bringing to this organization. Like McVay, he hired a defensive coordinator with top-level experience (Jack Del Rio) to coach up a young and promising defense with potentially dominating players across the defensive line.
Can Rivera have the same impact on this organization as McVay did with the Rams? Absolutely! Can Haskins progress in Year 2 the way Goff did? Without a doubt! Will Washington see the same level of success in a short amount of time? That’s impossible to predict, but we do need to remain patient. Not every rebuild happens as quickly as it did for the Rams.
We’ll see what comes in Week 1, but for now, I’m soaking in every bit of this journey.