Analysts have begun to dive into that summertime debate during minicamp period and with training camps a month away. But for one NFL analyst, he’s a believer that this Rams team can closely resemble one of the more exciting championship teams of all time…and a team Ram fans are quite familiar with.
‘We Could be Seeing the Beginning of Another Incredible Scoring Period’
Remember the “Greatest Show on Turf” from 1999 into the early 2000s? Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report remembers.
And he believed in his column on Wednesday, June 8 that this version of the Rams could trek down the path of those teams that featured future Hall of Famers in Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, etc.
“A little more than two decades ago, NFL fans witnessed the Los Angeles Rams’ historic offensive run between the 1999 and 2001 seasons. Pay attention because we could see the beginning of another incredible scoring period for the franchise,” Moton wrote.
Moton, though, brought up the difference between that era and what Sean McVay uses.
Comparisons Between the 2
Under head coach Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz was the top architect of that Rams offense ignited by Warner’s arm, followed by Faulk’s versatility then the dynamic downfield plays of Bruce and Holt. Martz, though, used a different approach that at the time took the league by storm.
“Head coach Sean McVay doesn’t use the Air Coryell scheme like Martz,” Moton said. “Though his West Coast Offense can pose a threat to the Greatest Show On Turf’s franchise scoring record.”
That’s quite the bold statement, considering the Rams offense that season put up a franchise record 540 points — averaging 33.75 points per game.
The Super Bowl 56 champs hit 460 points in a 17-game schedule…averaging under 30 points per game. But Moton pointed out how a change in quarterback led to the Rams’ run to the title — much like that ’99 season.
Moton then concluded that the elements are there for the Rams to compete with “The Greatest Show on Turf.”
“In five seasons as the Rams head coach, McVay has fielded a top-seven scoring offense three times. He’s earned praise as one of the modern league’s brightest offensive minds,” Moton said. “With Stafford under center, a deep wide receiver …read more