The Los Angeles Rams have had a busy offseason, recently capped by the addition of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He joins Aaron Donald to create a ridiculous defensive interior. Add in the additions of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and Wade Phillips has a lot of toys to play with this season.
There has been plenty of gushing about the Rams defense with these additions, most notably with the Suh signing. The Rams have some questions on the edges, but Suh and Donald will be a heck of a combination up the middle.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked his thoughts on the Rams additions and the difficulty it could present. He didn’t blow off the question, but he kept things pretty simple.
“It is what it is. [Suh]’s a good player. There’s a lot of good players in this league. I know one of the best is there too with Donald, so it’s gonna be a huge challenge. I was messing with Sean [McVay] last night about it, but I’m sure they’re gonna draft some more good ones also. We plan on improving our team, which I think we’ve done, and I think it’s gonna be a challenge this year, and I think it will be a challenge for years to come. And we look forward to it.”
The 49ers and Rams are getting all the chatter this offseason. The Seattle Seahawks are in the midst of what they call a reloading, but looks in some ways suspiciously like a rebuilding. The Arizona Cardinals have a new head coach and need to find a long-term answer at quarterback.
But Shanahan would not write either the Seahawks or Cardinals off. When asked about the resurgence of the 49ers-Rams rivalry, he had this to say.
“I think we got four good teams in our division. I know Arizona and Seattle have been at it for a while, and I’m not gonna act like they’re not gonna be there every year also. There’s four good organizations, good coaches, good players. It’s a tough division to be in, but it makes it more fun also.”
None of the divisional games will be a gimme, but the Rams-49ers rivalry is going to be front and center heading into the coming season. It’s too easy a storyline for the media to jump all over, and I imagine we’ll see plenty of it in the lead up to the new season.