2. Can McVay manage the egos?
Sean McVay established himself as one of the best offensive coaches in the NFL last season. This year, he needs to prove to everyone he can be one of the best psychiatrists in the league. His front office has given himself a lot of talent, but a lot of egos as well.
Some executives might be inclined to believe managing Aqib Talib is a full-time job. He might not even be the most difficult personality in the Rams secondary. The Chiefs let go of Marcus Peters purely because of his off-the-field issues.
There’s also a combustible situation on the defensive line. Donald is the best player on the team, but he’s not even the highest paid defensive tackle on this roster. That honor goes to Suh. That’s going to be an awkward situation to say the least.
You’ll notice we haven’t even discussed the offensive side of the ball. Jared Goff had a massive sophomore campaign, but Todd Gurley might be the emotional leader of the unit. That worked like a charm in 2017, but players react differently to success.
In short, there are tons of potential personality landmines for McVay to maneuver around this season. His ability to cultivate a harmonious locker room could be the key to the Rams season.