The Rams' quick ascension to the NFC West title came through a combination of their own dominance, highlighted by their 11-1 record, and an unusually down year in a typically strong division. The Seattle Seahawks are the only other team with a winning record, and they are barely above .500 at 6-5.
"He'll raise his hand and say, 'Yeah, I F'd up, I put you all in a bad position. I'll fix it, I'll change it,'" defensive tackle Michael Brockers said. "When you have a coach like that, that's OK with taking that accountability and putting it on himself and being vocal with it outwardly, it allows everybody else to also man up."
Guard Rodger Saffold added, "We have it really good over here. Probably got it better than anyone around the league as far as just the way he takes care of his players and those types of things, then at the same time I feel like there's accountability here. We don't have vague boundaries. We have strict boundaries and you have to follow them."
It's allowed a star-studded roster led by quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley II, defensive end Aaron Donald and even enigmatic defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to coexist peacefully without any hint of on-field turmoil or off-field drama.
Now, the key question is whether the Rams will be able to translate their regular-season success into a deep playoff run and potentially even a Super Bowl title.
Los Angeles suffered a 26-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in its first playoff game last season. Failing to win a postseason contest this time around would qualify as a major disappointment.