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    Meet the veteran at center of Rams’ high-scoring attack: John Sullivan

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-rams-goff-sullivan-20171205-story.html

    Jared Goff likes to run the up-tempo, no-huddle offense not only because it yields results, but also for the laughs it consistently provides the Rams’ quarterback at center John Sullivan’s expense.

    “When he hears me going, ‘Hey! We’re going no-huddle, here we go!’” Goff says, “He’ll…”

    Goff stops talking and makes a noise that sounds equal parts sigh and angry grunt.

    “He’s slow, he’s a center, he’s not supposed to be fast,” Goff says, chuckling. “But there are probably a handful of plays when he does have to get out and run and those are always fun to watch.”

    Goff, 23, and the 32-year-old Sullivan are the starting points for one of the NFL’s highest-scoring and most entertaining offenses. The Rams, under first-year coach Sean McVay, are averaging 30.1 points a game, tying them with the Philadelphia Eagles for first in the NFL.

    The NFC West-leading Rams play host to the NFC East-leading Eagles on Sunday at the Coliseum.

    Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, and Sullivan, a nine-year pro who was signed in April as a free agent, quickly developed a rapport and chemistry. “We get along really well,” Sullivan says.

    The Rams signed the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Sullivan to help protect Goff, who was sacked 26 times in seven games as a rookie.

    Sullivan played at Notre Dame and developed into one of the NFL’s most reliable players at his position during seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. During the 2015 preseason, he suffered a back injury that required two surgeries and sidelined him for the regular season. In 2016 he signed with Washington and played for McVay, who was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator.

    McVay, hired by the Rams in January, pursued Sullivan knowing he could assist in developing a young quarterback.

    “He does such a great job of commanding the communication, the calls,” McVay says.“He sees the game from a 22-man perspective.”

    Sullivan, who sports a black beard that features flecks of gray, was one of several offseason additions the Rams made to upgrade their offensive line. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, 35, was brought in to protect Goff’s blindside, and he has played well for a unit that has given up only 20 sacks, tied for seventh fewest in the league.

    But it’s Sullivan, coaches and teammates say, who has become a coordinator on the field. Before each snap, Sullivan analyzes defenses and communicates to teammates.

    “The sport is a lot easier if you know what you are looking at right in front of you, rather than just having to be reactive to what’s going on,” Sullivan says.

    Sullivan makes “everybody’s life so much easier, just understanding the game,” running back Todd Gurley says, noting that Sullivan is equally helpful in the film room. “He’s been so well prepared, getting us prepared.”

    No player has benefited from Sullivan’s presence more than Goff, who has passed for 20 touchdowns with six interceptions.

    “It takes a lot off my shoulders for sure,” Goff says, “with his ability to understand defenses and make a lot of calls up front.”

    Sullivan and Goff understand that the quarterback has the final say at the line of scrimmage, but there rarely is a power struggle.

    “If I see something, and overrule, I can,” Goff says, adding, “99% of the time he’s right.”

    Sullivan has been happy to see Goff mature and improve “in terms of what he is able to see, his reads and everything” in the eight months they have been teammates.

    Goff faces a big test Sunday against an Eagles defense that ranks third in the NFL. He’ll lean on Sullivan to help guide him through the challenge.

    “He’s been tremendous this year and a great help for myself,” Goff says. “And a big reason why our offense has been so successful.”

    #78513
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    Is there a single free-agent signed under McV that has disappointed?

    A single draft choice thats disappointed?

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    #78514
    InvaderRam
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    gotta credit snead too. and he is also at least partially responsible for drafting the key players who came from the fisher era.

    but yeah. mcvay snead are looking like a pretty good combo.

    #78515
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    Is there a single free-agent signed under McV that has disappointed?

    A single draft choice thats disappointed?

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    Well remember, they drafted fairly well before. The problems before were free agency.

    So that’s not just McVay, that’s McV + Snead. One of the benefits of continuity.

    And in fact a lot of guys from before this year are coming through…it;s not just the starters. So it’s not just Tru, Joyner, Longacre (to an extent), Tree, Barron, Donald, Brockers, Saffold, Brown, Hav, Higbee (to an extent), Austin (to an extent), Goff, Gurley, Zuerlein, Cooper, and Hekker, it’s also guys like Hager and Littleton and Brown and Cody Davis etc.

    And yes they had a great draft this year and the best free agency signings as a group that I can remember.

    Short version: agreed.

    #78517
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    Is there a single free-agent signed under McV that has disappointed?

    A single draft choice thats disappointed?

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    v

    Well remember, they drafted fairly well before. The problems before were free agency.

    So that’s not just McVay, that’s McV + Snead. One of the benefits of continuity.

    And in fact a lot of guys from before this year are coming through…it;s not just the starters. So it’s not just So it’s not just Tru, Joyner, Longacre (to an extent), Tree, Barron, Donald, Brockers, Saffold, Brown, Hav, Higbee (to an extent), Austin (to an extent), Goff, Gurley, Zuerlein, Cooper, and Hekker, it’s also guys like Hager and Littleton and Brown and Cody Davis etc.

    And yes they had a great draft this year and the best free agency signings as a group that I can remember.

    Short version: agreed.

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    Yeah the drafted well enough before but this time they had no first rounders and no multiple 2nd or 3rd rounders (i think?) as opposed to snisher years. Plus, the free agents under McV. Not a dud among them. No jarod cooks, etc.

    If they can duplicated that offseason one more time
    they are set for a title run.

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    #78518
    zn
    zn
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    Yeah the drafted well enough before but this time they had no first rounders and no multiple 2nd or 3rd rounders (i think?) as opposed to snisher years. Plus, the free agents under McV. Not a dud among them. No jarod cooks, etc.

    If they can duplicated that offseason one more time
    they are set for a title run.

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    v

    Agree on what having another double-A-plus off-season means.

    But remember they drafted well in the lower rounds before too. An example of that is 2016, which includes contributors like Cooper. After Goff, they did not have a 2nd OR 3rd round pick in 2016 but leaving Goff out of it you have to consider it a good draft in the lower rounds.

    So yes they did a good lower round draft this year, but the 2017 draft class was one of the deepest drafts anyone can remember. One of the positions where it was unusually deep: receiver.

    And yes they didn’t have a #1 pick in 2017 but then also remember that that also means they didn;t get a Brockers, Tree, Donald, Gurley, or Goff either.

    Tellin ya. Don’t be underestimating Mr. Snead.

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