After 21 seasons in St. Louis, the Rams are back in Los Angeles, and their return to the city they called home from 1946 to ’94 brings all the complex trappings of the modern NFL with it to a region used to a special spotlight. Their No. 1 pick in this spring’s draft goes under the microscope as he waits his turn to take the reins as the starting QB, their coach shoulders the pressure of years of mediocrity and their longtime fans welcome the team back with open arms. On Saturday night, the Rams host the Cowboys for their first preseason game inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the next step on the road to their regular-season home opener on Sept. 18 against the Seahawks.
Read on for in-depth stories on every angle of the Rams’ return, written by SI.com’s staff of NFL writers.
An iconic stadium’s decades-long pro football history will come full circle when the Rams take the field for the first time. By Don Banks
Adam Mirghanbari can explain what the Rams really mean to Los Angeles better than anyone. By Greg Bishop
Notes from Rams training camp, including the well-documented history of college-to-pro growing pains the No. 1 pick is in for. By Andrew Perloff
The Texas native is settling into his new West Coast existence and trying to fend off the No. 1 overall pick in the draft for the starting QB job. By Andrew Perloff
Aaron Donald is the All-Pro anchor, but he’s only part of the reason defensive coordinator Gregg Williams thinks his charges can challenge the Seahawks and Cardinals for the NFL’s best unit. By Greg Bedard
HBO’s latest The Rams’ migration to L.A., an intimidating defensive line coach, and a quarterback cut loose. By Amy Parlapiano