3 lessons Steelers can learn from the Super Bowl champion Rams

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) . Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers need to get with the times

I think perhaps the biggest lesson that the Steelers could learn from the Rams Super Bowl victory is that they really need to get with the times. There are a lot of things I love about the organization and the front office, but I think that many of their methods are outdated.

As much as I believed Najee Harris would be a good player in the NFL, I was not on board with spending a first-round pick on a running back, because it’s just not a good team-building strategy. The Steelers have also pigeonholed themselves into drafting for positional need and haven’t made big purchases in free agency.

On the other hand, the Rams have been the most aggressive team in the league when it comes to their front office, and they have a terrific grasp of which positions are worth spending on. Los Angeles filled all of their ‘money’ positions with great players — almost all of which came from outside the organization. They invested high in a quarterback, left tackle, cornerback, and their pass rush.

By building their team the right way, nobody should be surprised that the Rams are Super Bowl champions this year. The Steelers should follow suit.

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I’m not suggesting that the Steelers should try to replicate every move the Rams have made (and there have been some bad ones mixed in as well). However, Pittsburgh’s front office would be wise to steal a few of these ideas from the Super Bowl champions this year.