Days after winning the Super Bowl, Rams players stood on a stage at a post-parade rally and shouted their desire to “Run it Back” this season.
But slogans, no matter how loudly they are uttered, do not win Super Bowls.
No team has won consecutive titles since the New England Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
The Rams players are aiming to become the first team in nearly two decades to achieve the feat.
“Everyone wants another one,” linebacker Justin Hollins said Saturday after arriving at a Newport Beach hotel for the start of training camp. “It’s football heaven. You want to stay in football paradise.
In 2019, the season after losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, the Rams suffered from post-Super Bowl malaise. They finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the only time in Sean McVay’s five seasons as coach.
Can it be any different now that they approach him as the defending champion?
Since their first off-season meeting, McVay and his players have repeated as a mantra that last season is history and will have no impact on the season to come.
As they prepare for their first training camp practice Sunday at UC Irvine — practices open to the public begin Friday — here are seven questions they’ll answer ahead of their regular season opener on 8 September against the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium.