As Super Bowl LIII approaches, the Rams and the Patriots have used different methods to reach the big game. We ask you which one is more sustainable.
The L.A. Rams had a busy offseason in 2018. After going 11-5 last season before being eliminated at home in their first playoff game by the Atlanta Falcons, they decided it was time to shake things up. They traded for defensive backs Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, they signed Ndamukong Suh, and they also signed wide receiver Brandin Cooks. These moves, while they have paid off, they have also come at a very steep price. The Rams were at the bottom of the league in terms of cap space during the season and don't have a lot of room to make moves next season. But as for right now, these moves have paid off as the Rams get set to face-off against the New England Patriots.
Ah, the Patriots. The team that gets rid of players one year early as opposed to keeping them one year too late. New England over the past nearly two decades has built through the draft or signed the lesser named free agents, the guys who work harder than everyone else, and this has lead to continued dominance in the NFL for a very long time. Guys like, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Rex Burkehad, and that's just on this team alone.
So we ask you, is it more sustainable to spend a lot of money to win now, aka the Rams way, or build methodically, aka the Patriots way?