The Los Angeles Rams haven’t been to the playoffs in 13 years.
The Los Angeles Rams haven’t been to the playoffs in 13 years.in Sprachpolitik 11.06.2019 05:57
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Their roster has only six players with NFL postseason experience Elgton Jenkins Jersey , and they’re led by the youngest head coach ever to earn a playoff berth.
They’ve also got Wade Phillips, who has done, seen and counter-schemed just about everything that can be accomplished on a football field during 40 NFL seasons with 10 teams.
”He’s a guy that you love having on your side when you’re going into any situation,” said Sean McVay, the Rams’ 31-year-old head coach.
The Rams’ 70-year-old defensive coordinator in the NFL postseason for the 20th time after putting together yet another solid defense in his first season with a new team. Phillips has been a head coach, a defensive mastermind and a steady mentor to generations of football talent during an all-encompassing career, and he shows zero signs of slowing down.
”As long as you have a passion and you can contribute, and that’s what you like doing. I’m lucky to be where I am,” Phillips said recently. ”I enjoy what I’m doing. I love what I’m doing. I love working with the players that I have. Those things in life – if that’s what your work is http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-jace-sternberger-jersey , it’s pretty gratifying.”
When the Rams (11-5) face the Atlanta Falcons (10-6) on Saturday night at the Coliseum, Phillips will be going after his second championship in three seasons after winning his first Super Bowl with Denver just two years ago. That title was a long-awaited reward for decades of hard work, but Phillips is visibly energized by the chance to contend for another ring with the NFC’s No. 3 seed.
For the eighth straight time since 1989, Phillips has accepted a new job and immediately taken a team to the playoffs in his first season. Phillips knows experience is important, but the veteran coach thinks these Rams already have it.
”If you’re playing for the division against Seattle or playing to get in the playoffs against Tennessee, those are playoff-type atmospheres,” Phillips said. ”I don’t see a whole lot of difference, except the Super Bowl is the one that stands out from all the other playoff games, as opposed to the big games you play during the year.”
It’s tough for Phillips to face any opponent these days with which he has no connection Dexter Williams Jersey , and the Falcons are no exception: He became Atlanta’s defensive coordinator for a 2002 playoff run, and he served as their interim head coach in 2003 for the fired Dan Reeves.
McVay and Phillips seemed to be an odd-couple pairing when they first teamed up last January, but they’ve reveled in their differences. Scarcely a day went by during the Rams’ playoff push when McVay didn’t publicly express his gratitude for being able to rely on the experiences and strategies accumulated by Phillips.
”Age doesn’t make any difference with me,” Phillips said. ”I had some opportunities, but his seemed like the best.”
Phillips knew he could work with McVay based on the young coach’s relationship with Phillips’ son, Wes, who served as McVay’s tight ends coach for the previous three seasons while McVay ran the Washington Redskins’ offense.
The Rams already had a solid defense last season under coordinator Gregg Williams. But because of the Rams offense’s utter ineptitude, that defense wore down and struggled, particularly late in their 4-12 campaign.
While McVay transformed the offense Nick Bosa Jersey , Phillips got the most out of a team that allowed 20.6 points per game this season, down from 24.6 last year.
Phillips changed the Rams’ scheme from a 4-3 front to a 3-4, but that strategy includes many lineups with five players hitting the line and four-man rushes. While the Rams’ average rankings in pass defense and run defense haven’t changed drastically since last season, Phillips’ defense has produced a whopping 48 sacks – fourth in the NFL and 17 more than last season.
Phillips is quick to direct much of that credit to Aaron Donald, the Rams’ line-destroying defensive tackle and one of the game’s best players. Phillips has campaigned for Donald to get league MVP consideration.
When asked about his biggest surprise this season, Phillips quipped: ”Aaron Donald. I knew he was good, but I didn’t know he was better than everybody.”
NOTES: Pro Bowl kick returned Pharoh Cooper missed his second straight day of practice with a shoulder injury, but McVay remains confident he will play this weekend. … LB Mark Barron was limited again with his Achilles’ tendon injury, but also is expected to play.
BALTIMORE — The Seattle Mariners came into their final series of a three-city road trip having won just one of six games against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Now L.J. Collier Jersey , they have a chance Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Seattle has won the first three games of this series, the last coming on Wednesday with an 8-7 victory in 11 innings over the slumping and injury-riddled Orioles. After rallying in the ninth, the Mariners can get their first four-game sweep in Baltimore in team history.
Mike Leake (8-4, 4.11 ERA) will start for the Mariners against Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0, 15.43).
Dylan Bundy was supposed to make the start for Baltimore, but the Orioles put him on the disabled list Tuesday after he rolled his ankle while running the bases in Atlanta last weekend.
Leake has no record in just one career game against the Orioles. This season, the right-hander has won five of his last six decisions and pitched well.
Yacabonis was just called up Wednesday and will be making his first appearance against the Mariners, who have hurt the Orioles with late-inning rallies.
Seattle won the first game 5-3 with two runs in the seventh. The Mariners posted a 3-2 win Tuesday thanks to a pair of runs in the eighth. Then, Seattle tied Wednesday’s game on Kyle Seager’s two-run homer in the ninth and won it on a Denard Span 11th-inning sacrifice fly.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he talked with Manny Machado about the way the shortstop did not fully run out the ground ball that became a double play in Tuesday’s loss and agreed it did not look good.
“It still is a really bad presentation and he knows that http://www.seahawkscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-marquise-blair-jersey ,” Showalter told reporters on Wednesday. “The toughest thing about it is it’s a poor presentation of what he’s really about.”
Machado must have gotten the message because he made an alert base-running play in Wednesday’s loss, scoring all the way from first when the Mariners mishandled a throw from the outfield to the plate.
On the injury front, Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz did not start for a second straight day due to lower back tightness/spasms. Cruz told reporters on Wednesday that he’s hoping to be back for Thursday afternoon’s game.
Mariners manager Scott Servais also was hopeful of getting Cruz’s big bat in the lineup for the series finale.
“Nellie feels much today,” Servais told reporters before Wednesday’s game. “Still thought it would be best, talking to our medical staff, that we give him an extra day. Tough not putting him in here. I know he’s anxious to play here in Baltimore.”
The Orioles’ season-long injuries problems have continued in this series.
Side-arming right-hander Darren O’Day injured his hamstring while trying to field a bunt in Tuesday’s loss and went on the disabled list.
He initially hurt the hamstring several days ago but will be out after re-aggravating it.
Outfielder Craig Gentry also went on the 10-day disabled list with a rib fracture (retroactive to June 24). Baltimore brought up the versatile Steve Wilkerson from Norfolk to fill Gentry’s spot.
The team was not sure on when either O’Day or Gentry would return — and that’s the way it’s gone much of this season for the Orioles. They’ll also be making one or two more roster moves before Thursday’s contest.
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