The Los Angeles Rams have found struggles on offense this season. Their best offensive output came in week two vs. the Atlanta Falcons, scoring 31 points. Over four weeks, the Rams have dealt with more injuries than years prior. The offensive line has five injuries, including newly drafted guard Logan Bruss. Having lost left tackle Andrew Whitworth to retirement and guard Austin Corbett to free agency, there are big shoes to fill.
The offensive line is missing five players on top of losing Whitworth and Corbett. Two of them are on injured reserve with season-ending injuries. The three others will be or have missed a few games already. However, there is a chance that center Brian Allen will return this week vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Guard David Edwards could return from a concussion this week as well.
Getting two guys back, at least, would be a start. The Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers pass rushers made the line look like Swiss cheese. Both of those teams recorded seven sacks on Matthew Stafford in winning efforts. In the two games the Rams won, Stafford suffered just three sacks combined. Keeping Stafford upright has always been the goal, but the execution hasn’t been successful. Due to the poor play of the offensive line, Stafford has struggled. Throwing no touchdowns in the last two games and one interception.
With an offensive line that has played sub-par, the run game has suffered tremendously. Compiling just 274 yards on the ground, the running game averages 3.3 yards per attempt. Those numbers rank them 30th in the league in rushing. If Matthew Stafford is getting sacked 17 times in four games, I’m not willing to blame the running backs for the lack of production. The Rams must do something to keep Stafford upright and regain the balanced attack.
Fixing The Struggles:
In 2019 the Rams dealt with similar issues coming off of a Super Bowl run. Shuffling the offensive line on more occasions than one can count, the offense couldn’t find a rhythm. In the middle of the season, they adjusted their blocking schemes. Coach Sean Mcvay started calling bootlegs and a more efficient smash-mouth running style. There was some rhythm and success with it.
We see the same situation here, so why not turn to those adjustments that worked? With Stafford under center, this team has a chance to be great. Coach Mcvay shouldn’t coach like this is last year’s team. Everyone who’s laid eyes on a Rams game this season can tell it’s not the same. With the number of injuries to key pieces on the offense, the boy genius must not be afraid of the past. In this case, it might just help his team tread water until everyone is almost healthy again.
With a new blocking scheme and a new mindset on offense, we could see Allen Robinson show why LA signed him. So far, he’s been a dud for the Rams catching just nine passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Mcvay says he vows to get Robinson more involved, but if Stafford doesn’t have the time, how’s he supposed to find Robinson? Hopefully, we see a significant change this Sunday at home vs. the Cowboys and get back on track.
Read more on this related subject with this article “Why The Rams Offense Isn’t As Explosive”
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