3 lessons Steelers can learn from the Super Bowl champion Rams
By Tommy Jaggi
The Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl champions. Here are three lessons the Pittsburgh Steelers can learn from their successful season.
It wasn’t an easy journey, but the Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl champions after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals. Over the past several years, the Rams front office has been criticized for many peculiar moves they made — most of them jeopardizing the future in some way.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers would be wise to learn from the Rams, as they have built a championship team by being aggressive. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for Super Bowl success, but here are three lessons the Steelers could learn from the Super Bowl champion Rams:
Draft capital can be overrated
Don’t get me wrong, draft capital is a great thing. The Steelers have built championship rosters in the past two to become one the greatest and most successful franchises in NFL history. But what happens when they haven’t been so great with their draft capital? It suddenly becomes far less valuable.
Though they have drafted Hall of Fame players like Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu under Kevin Colbert, the GM has also taken players like Devin Bush, Terrell Edmunds, and Artie Burns in recent years.
While nobody likes to trade elite draft capital away for players who are making a lot of money, the Rams have shown that this is worth the risk. Over the past few seasons, they have made blockbuster trades for high-profile players like Matthew Stafford, Jalen Ramsey, and Von Miller. The Steelers were right in trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick, and perhaps they should be willing to make a few more aggressive trades to get their team back on track.