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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Chris Long knows the feeling of euphoria the Rams felt last Sunday when they won their ninth game of the season, guaranteeing their first winning season since 2003.

Long, now with the Eagles as a backup defensive, had spent eight from those seasons lost to the Rams beginning in 2008 when he was the second overall draft pick until he was released after the 2015 season.

In the first two seasons of Long, the Rams finished 3-29.

But Long and three other former Rams at Eagles _ safety Rodney McLeod (2012-15), backup quarterback Nick Foles (2015) and kicker Donnie Jones (2007-11) _ do not harbor any ill will towards their former team when the Eagles face LA on Sunday.

That's because the circumstances are totally different now for both the former Rams and the team they left behind. Long, for example, has since won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots and is with an Eagles team that is tied for the NFL's best record of 10-2. The Rams have a game behind 9-3.

"If they had never cut me, I would never have gotten a Super Bowl ring," Long said. "I love those guys I played with, a lot of people, I still talk regularly that they are there, if I did not play like shit, they would not have cut me off, if I was not hurt, they would not have cut me."

"I was eight years old great there I have great respect for that organization. I'm happy for those guys. "

In fact, the old Rams said they always felt that their old team was close to becoming an elite team.

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"I'm not surprised," said McLeod. "We had a lot of players on defense and they brought in a good coach who knows what he's doing and is very familiar with the offensive side of the ball and can train field marshals. [Quarterback] Jared Goff is the No. 1 pick for a reason and he is playing well and doing a good job there. Obviously, they added many other pieces. "

Despite the losing seasons, the Rams have had a strong core in defense in recent years, led by defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, and linebacker Robert Quinn. [19659070] The biggest changes were made to the offense, the Rams selected Goff as the first general in 2016, trading to get that place, the Eagles exchanged for the No. 2 spot they used for Carson Wentz.

After from a 4-12 season in Goff's rookie year – he did not start playing until the ninth game – the Rams used the offseason to sign veteran offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Joe Sullivan, and wide receiver Robert Woods in the free agency for wide receiver Sammy Watkins

has made a difference, Goff was sacked 26 times in seven games last season, but has only been fired 20 times in 12 games this season. And, like Wentz, Goff has flourished in Year 2 under first-year coach Sean McVay.

"I just think expe" They put him in good positions, and they have great guys around him, "said McLeod." They can run the ball with Todd Gurley and ride many races with their action and game play. And they also have the receivers to do it. "

The Eagles did the same with Wentz, signing free-agent catchers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, along with running back LeGarrette Blount, who are then traded by running back Jay Ajayi on October 31.

Did that make some former Rams, like Foles, want those types of players not to be added when they were there?

"No, not really," Foles said. "As I've always said , I learned a lot during that year. I'm very happy to have learned that and developed those relationships. "

The Rams traded Foles in March 2015 and won a second round pick in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford The former Rams coach Jeff Fisher proclaimed Foles the team's franchise franchise, as did former Eagles coach Chip Kelly with Bradford.

Neither Foles nor Bradford had a second season with their new teams, as they were set aside for Goff and Wentz

"He always expected me to change and that you can make a difference," said Foles. "I think any player who enters a situation as a competitor feels that way. They had talented boys, and unfortunately, we could not do that when I was there. They're doing a good job now. "

McLeod said he felt the same.

" Obviously, I would have loved it when I was there, "he said." But I'm happy to be where I am, and I'm happy for them. "

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.