After the Los Angeles Dodgers secured the World Series on Tuesday night, Rams quarterback Jared Goff sent text messages to outfielders Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson to congratulate them on their title.
“‘It’s your turn now,'” Goff said.
After the Lakers won their 17th NBA title earlier this month and the Dodgers won the World Series for the first time since 1988 on Tuesday, the Rams are currently receiving the message that they’re on the snare to hit a trifecta for L.A.
“@RamsNFL ……. you know what to do!” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted after the Dodgers’ victory.
“I mean that’s the first thing you hear is, all right, now it’s your turn,” said Goff, who has led the Rams to a 5-2 record as they prepare for a Week 8 matchup on the road Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. “And I mean — we’ve talked as a team since these two teams have done it, or I shouldn’t say as a team, but as a group chat within the team, these two teams have done it and now it’s our turn. It’s something that we’d like to do.”
Rams mentor Sean McVay said the Lakers’ and Dodgers’ titles give an update about the desires for L.A. fans.
“Just seeing that for the city and the success, I don’t know that you’re any more motivated to try to kind of be on par with those teams,” McVay said. “But you certainly want to make sure that you continue to compete and produce at a high level because you got to be great to be relevant here in this city and I think that’s awesome.”
After McVay took over as coach in 2017, the Rams won consecutive division titles, secured a NFC championship and showed up in Super Bowl LIII, where they lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots.
However, last season, the Rams completed 9-7 and were taken out of the playoff race in Week 16, when they were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers, who proceeded to lose in the Super Bowl.
Goff advised about looking excessively far ahead yet communicated certainty when inquired as to whether this current season’s team – with champion defensive tackle Aaron Donald, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp – can possibly make a Super Bowl run.
“Of course,” Goff said. “We got all the pieces, we’re winning games, we’re playing well on offense, defense and special teams. We always believe in ourselves and we’ve been there once with a lot of the same people and we know how to get there. Just got to finish it off and hopefully this is the year.”