Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

LA Rams audibles cracking up football fans

The LA Rams are rolling in their first season back in Los Angeles (the team moved from LA to St. Louis in the 1990s, the team was originally located in Cleveland) thanks to Sean McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history, a roster of hungry players and a great offense.

Quarterback Jared Goff leads the Rams attack, and per duty of quarterbacks, has to call audibles (switch plays or assignments) at the line of scrimmage before snapping the ball.

McVay’s audible system uses a collection of very familiar celebrity names. Other teams use similar systems, most famously Peyton Manning, who would call “Omaha” often at the line of scrimmage. The “Omaha” call became a viral internet theme.

Goff’s calls include “Elvis,” “Obama,” “Tupac,” “Dusty,” and “Ric Flair.” 

Audible calls have been around football for half a century. With spread and quick snap offenses now the norm, sideline signs with different photos to send plays to the quarterback have become a common scene on many sidelines. The randomness makes for a good unintentional nap. 

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Wake Forest coaches use signs to signal in a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson in Winston-Salem, N.C. Once a technique used to replace hand signals for offenses, in the past few years, defenses have started using them, too. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
Photo: Chuck Burton

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