The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with the 2016 last-place teams in the eight divisions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. Now we are onto the clubs that finished third. And that means the Los Angeles Rams are in the spotlight.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips

It has been a busy few days for general manager Les Snead and the organization. According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, the team will not pick up the fifth-year option on offensive lineman Greg Robinson. The number two overall pick in 2014 has been a major disappointment. On the other hand, in a much-less shocking development, the club will pick up the option on sensational defensive tackle Aaron Donald. You will get very little debate from anyone in terms of him being the best player at his position in the league.

The latter is great news for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who has made the rounds in the NFL but lately spent time with the Denver Broncos. His unit in 2015 led the league in fewest yards allowed and sacks and paved the way for the franchise’s third Super Bowl title. Now he gets to work under young head coach Sean McVay and has some quality pieces in Donald, defensive end Robert Quinn, interior presence Michael Brockers and talented cornerback Trumaine Johnson. The club also added some depth in free agency in the form of CB Kayvon Webster (Broncos) and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Buffalo Bills), as well as defensive end Connor Barwin (Philadelphia Eagles) and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker (Detroit Lions).

It will be fascinating to see Phillips do his thing. And perhaps this unit could help lead the team to the playoffs, somewhere the Rams haven’t been since 2004.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for and the founder of Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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Russell S. Baxter
EndZoneScore (NFL) Lead Columnist

A freelance NFL writer, editor, researcher and analyst for more than 30 years with a background in both television (ESPN)--contributing to shows that won 5 Emmy Awards--as well as radio (both live and voice-over), Baxter is the founder of He also writes for NFL Spin Zone, FanSided, Pro Football Spot, Blasting News and The Sports Post. He has written for Bleacher Report, Cold Hard Football Facts, Pro Player Insiders, The Football Girl,, NFL Female and more. Baxter has been a steady guest on Yahoo! Sports Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, FOX Sports Radio and also appear on a weekly basis during the NFL season on Patriots Playbook on Radio. Baxter can be heard on numerous other stations and podcasts across the country and all over the world. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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