“When you transition from 4-3 to 3-4 (system),” General Manager Les Snead said Wednesday, “it helps to live a year, as you put guys in positions that they’re not necessarily used to. So I think last year helped, to figure out who were the best fits and who weren’t. It’s nothing against individuals. It’s just the scheme.”
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@BenHoffmanNYT: "The moves — with more sure to come when free agency begins next week — show a commitment to embracing the defensive philosophies of Phillips. His signature 3-4 defense that propelled Denver to victory in Super Bowl 50 thrived, in part, because the front-seven was able to rely on superb coverage by the team’s cornerbacks."
@LATimesklein: "The trade, the Rams' fourth since the end of last season, will not become official until Wednesday when the NFL's new league year begins. The Rams will send the Broncos a fifth-round draft pick. The deal for Talib came to light only a few hours after the Rams announced they had signed veteran cornerback Sam Shields, who sat out nearly all of the last two seasons because of concussions."
@Alden_Gonzalez: "Ogletree, like Quinn, wasn't an ideal fit in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme, which is why Ogletree, like Quinn, was deemed better off somewhere else, giving the Rams additional salary-cap flexibility and draft capital they can use elsewhere. The Rams are now approaching $50 million in salary-cap space -- $3 million more will come off the books when they inevitably part ways with Tavon Austin -- and have accumulated 10 picks for the upcoming draft."
“It starts with what is the right thing to do in one of the most incredible markets not only in the United States but, arguably, the planet,” Williams said. “So that deep dive that we did, a number of things rose to the top, one of those things being the diversity of Los Angeles, the people and how they live. That was very important to us. We strove to make the venue as authentic Los Angeles as we could.”
@LATimesklein: "On Tuesday, the Rams put the non-exclusive franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner, essentially assuring that Joyner will play for the Rams for at least one more season. The Rams tagged Joyner rather than receiver Sammy Watkins, who is bound for free agency. The non-exclusive tag comes with a salary tender of $11.2 million this season. The Rams and Joyner can continue to work on reaching a long-term deal until July 16."
“Everybody’s going to come here intentional and prepared — as they should be, it’s an important interview. But you try to take that guard down. Not necessarily for them to make a mistake, but just to get the real personality,” Snead said. “I think once you get about three or four plays in, if you’ve got a scripted answer, you’ve run out. And then you get to get those guys more comfortable.”
@DailyNewsVinny: "Just like that, the Rams got younger, better and more financially flexible as they approach an offseason for which improving on last year’s surprising 11-5 finish and closing ground on the elite teams in the NFL is the singular priority. Boom. What a way to kick off the offseason."
@LATimesklein: "The trade ends Quinn's seven-year run with the Rams, who selected him out of North Carolina with the 14th pick in the 2011 draft. Quinn has 62 1/2 career sacks, including 8 1/2 last season, when he switched from defensive end to edge-rushing linebacker in coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme."
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@latimesklein: "The Rams last week agreed to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs that will bring them the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year's draft and a second-round pick in 2019."
@Alden_Gonzalez: "Peters, a two-time Pro Bowler who was named first-team All-Pro in 2016, has compiled an NFL-leading 19 interceptions since being drafted 18th overall three years ago... The 25-year-old will cost $1.74 million toward the salary cap this season."
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@Alden_Gonzalez: "The message was clear: Snead needed an extraordinary offseason, to steer this franchise in the right direction and validate what had been built over the previous half-decade. Then Snead went ahead and had one."