Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters has never met a wide receiver he couldn’t cover or a microphone he didn’t like. So what happens when you combine both of those things with a Super Bowl LIII media circus? Exactly what you think.
It’s no secret the Rams’ front office broke the bank and surrendered several draft picks to have a chance to win the coveted Lombardi Trophy. They traded for Peters, fellow defensive back Aqib Talib, and signed free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh — just to name a few — to build a nasty defense in hopes of stopping the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on February 3 inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
So as the 26-year-old Peters fielded questions before the biggest game of his life, he went down a strange path with Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star to compare the LA Rams to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
No, seriously, this is a thing. The 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback actually compares his team and what they did to the dynasty that features multiple NBA All-Stars and has won three of the last four NBA titles.
“What happened with Golden State brought in all those people?,” he said before the reporter acknowledged it worked. “Alright, cool. So what’s the difference between them bringing in guys and us bringing in guys?”
To be nice, here are the similarities: Both the Rams and Warriors have plenty of star power and both are competing for championships. That’s really about it.
The Warriors primarily built their core in the NBA Draft with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Then they signed some key veterans such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston before ultimately landing superstar forward Kevin Durant in free agency and signing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
One could the argue the Rams did something similar with drafting stars such as defensive tackle Aaron Donald, running back Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff, but let’s be clear about one thing: NOBODY THE RAMS ACQUIRED THIS OFFSEASON IS ANY SORT OF FOOTBALL EQUIVALENT TO KEVIN DURANT.
That includes Peters, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and former No. 18 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft who was traded to the Rams from the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason.
“A change of scenery is always good sometimes,” Peters said. “I guess it just wasn’t working in KC. It was just time to move on. . . .I got a chance to be closer to home and take full advantage of your opportunities. When you come into a great organization with a great head coach, great G.M., great owner and just the whole organization how everything’s run so smoothly, you respect it and you want to be a part of their things.”
— Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters
Are the Rams a good team? Yes. Are the Rams a great team? Beat the Pats first, then the conversation can start.
It’s easy to understand why Peters made the comparison Monday night. After all, he is from Oakland, California, which is the current home of the Warriors.
However, acquiring a few players and then using the backdoor to get to Super Bowl 53 is not even close to having the greatest record in NBA history, signing arguably the second best player in the world, and then winning a pair of titles.
Never change, though, Marcus. Never change.