The Rams may look like the best team in football after yet another free-agent signing, but the Buccaneers still wouldn’t switch places.
At this point, the Rams almost look desperate to make every move possible to give them an edge over the Buccaneers. After making every major trade and massive free-agent signing imaginable to provide the roster with the best chance to make and win the second home Super Bowl in NFL history, the Rams still have several shortcomings in their process.
The first miss is obvious; Matthew Stafford is no Tom Brady. Stafford was a significant improvement at the quarterback position for the Rams and has looked good so far this season, but he still isn’t the GOAT. Brady is leading in the MVP race for a reason.
Tom Brady changed the culture in Tampa and revolutionized the way the team was seen by the NFL world as a whole, and while Stafford is good, he still falls short in this category.
The Rams did follow the Buccaneers by adding a very good quarterback one way or another, but they still missed the mark substantially in the way they built their team. The Bucs made the Super Bowl with limited trades and mostly lived in free agency through connections built by Brady. The Rams had to sell their entire future just to make it close.
Fans have already started joking about how few draft picks the Rams have. Giving up numerous high-value picks for players like Stafford, Von Miller, and Jalen Ramsey helps in the short term, but the Rams are now going to be without their most consistent way of adding talent each year.
Now, the Rams are in a great position to win this season and for the next few years while these players finish out their current contracts, but all signs point to the Rams being very bad down the road when it’s time to pay up.
On the other hand, the Bucs just won the Super Bowl, are in a great position to compete for the title this year, and the future is completely protected for a front office that can draft as well as anyone else in the sport.
Winning the Super Bowl is obviously the priority, but the Buccaneers were able to do it while keeping their chances to do so alive for down the road. The jury is still out for the Rams.
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