What exactly has led the Rams to an inconsistent 2-3 record in their first five games? The squad based out of Inglewood California, had a happy Hollywood ending last season with the team’s first Super Bowl win since returning to the Golden State.
Going “All-In” last year is putting the reeling Los Angles Rams into an “All-Out” spiral. What can head coach Sean McVay and the team do to turn things around?
The Rams deserve all the props they received for completing the “All-In strategy” as the team hoisted its first Super Bowl win in Cali with coach, McVay. Their roster was loaded with some of the NFL’s top ranked players. From Super Bowl Champion Von Miller and newly acquired Matthew Stafford to a rejuvenated Jalen Ramsey, these three pieces were added to an already projected Super Bowl caliber team.
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Don’t forget to add the “2021 Walter Peyton Man of the Year”, Andrew Whitworth who was always a great player with high character when the 36-year-old head coach signed him. They also had Robert Woods who enjoyed some success with the Buffalo Bills before the Rams grabbed him in free agency. The USC alum has always been a consistent route runner with phenomenal hands to catch the ball.
It’s difficult to see how the Rams are not up there with the Super Bowl contenders. Just ask the Buffalo Bills of the 1990’s who never won a Super Bowl, how hard it is to repeat, going to the dance 4-years in-a- row.
Winning the Big-Game is surely the bomb, however it has it’s downfalls. The Rams are definitely detecting some heat from their spending bout. Their record stands @ 2-3 and they have one of the worst offenses in the league. They could use some help on their defense as well.
The former team from St. Louis is currently underperforming as a whole team. Yes, they still have the former QB from the Detroit Lions under center and also one of the best receivers in the NFL in Cooper Kupp. The key issues are they lost Miller who is now with the Buffalo Bills and they don’t really have a strong number two option at receiver. Even Kupp their number one receiver was playing hurt Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
What Happened last Sunday
The players that the Rams brought to the field just weren’t cutting it against the Cowboys on Sunday. Trying to defend DeMarcus Lawrence, Micah Parsons and the rest of the defensive line is tough for any team, but the Rams talent just couldn’t keep up.
Stafford was under pressure for the whole game. He was sacked a brutal five times and hit for another 11. The “Boys” also collected six tackles for a loss on only 15 rushes. That is not going to work against the Dallas D-line.
It also doesn’t help that the Rams suffered injuries to the guard positions of their offensive line. That has made the offense harder to coach and additionally throw in the fact that some of the starters haven’t been playing their best.
Their Main Players
This season Stafford, Ramsey, Donald and Kupp make up for 40.5% of the Rams’ salary-cap room. Woods and Whitworth count for an additional 7 percent of the cap because of dead money. These cap problems would be simpler to figure out if your team has cost-controlled first and second round picks to join your roster. They bundled four first round picks to pick up Ramsey and Stafford, and gave up a second round pick for Miller last year. Their plan worked because they won a Super Bowl. Now, they’re feeling the heat for surrendering all that cap space.
The harsh reality of their offensive line woes is they are only going to worsen as the season goes on. It’s not a bad thing to continue to add more players in the trenches, but at the same time, it is. That’s because it could rob Stafford of having a more viable option as a number 2 receiver than Free Agent bust Allen Robinson II.
How Can they Turn Things Around?
The Rams are going to have to think fast on their feet as their current process has been aborted after harsh losses to the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. It will only be tougher to control next offseason as they’re predicted to be over the 2023 salary cap by $3 million. The Detroit Lions will get the Rams original first round pick, as they gave it up for the quarterback out of Georgia.
GM Les Snead must put on his idea helmet to guarantee the Rams have long term success beyond 2022. The starting players remain some of the league’s finest, but they have seen better days and hope that the sun keeps shining on them. Their roster has been assembled by a very weak margin for error and also plagued with injuries.
Break a leg Sean McVay. This is something you have to look forward to. Now it’s your responsibility to fix the broken pieces.
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excellent article…….enjoy your writing!
Great article!! Kudos to the writer, I was able to understand it all without being a mega-fan of the sport
The rams were a fluke and will amount to nothing…
Nice article Jamie!
The Rams offense is a mess this year! Regretting drafting Stafford and Henderson in the fantasy draft. Good article!
at least they’re not still in st. louis