After a tough Week 11 loss, the Los Angeles Rams have plenty of issues to deal with.
The Los Angeles Rams were riding high on a four-game winning streak prior to Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, blowing opponents out while using creative play-calling on offense, along with a stingy defense. Unfortunately, it was the Vikings who apparently have the stingier defense after exposing major flaws of the Rams in Week 11. And if Los Angeles doesn’t improve these holes soon, there will be a big problem over these next few weeks, as teams are vying for playoff positioning.
The Rams’ pass rush was sub-par against the Vikings. It could be because Minnesota has improved their offensive line tremendously and it neutralized the Rams’ pass rush with virtually no pressure all game. The Rams had five quarterback hits all game and three of those hits were from All-Pro Aaron Donald. Ethan Westbrooks and Michael Brockers failed to make that much of an impact. The Vikings were ready for ready for whatever the Rams brought. This unit was supposed to be the strongest group on this defense let the team down big time.
Should the Rams consider trading Robert Quinn in the offseason? He clearly hasn’t been the same since his epic 2013 campaign. It doesn’t seem like he’s a great fit in Wade’s 3-4 system. He hasn’t been too effective this season. His six-year, $65.6 million dollar contract would come off the books which could clear the way to re-sign Donald and maybe also Trumaine Johnson.
The Rams must address the problem in the secondary and provide the team some depth at the cornerback position in the offseason. Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman both were injured in the loss against the Vikings and it exposed the lack of depth the Rams have at the cornerback position. Dominique Hatfield came in to replace the injured corners and he did horrendous. The Vikings saw that and totally exposed the Hatfield. It seemed as if the Vikings threw in his direction on every single play. And unfortunately, the Rams could not adjust. Wade Phillips is one of the greatest defensive coaches of all time, and he should know how to get this unit ready, regardless of injuries.
The offense was abysmal, but seeing as the Rams had the No. 1 offense in the NFL prior to this game, there’s no need to overreact on that subject. The offensive line didn’t do their job, but veterans like John Sullivan and Andrew Whitworth will help this group improve and become even better. Cooper Kupp made a few rookie mistakes with the key drop on third down and the fumble at the goal line. All young and upcoming teams need adversity to succeed in the future. The Rams came into a playoff type of atmosphere and succeeded on their first drive, but couldn’t get it going after that. No worries, Los Angeles will adjust and they will learn from this, as the Rams have room for error, especially after starting off the season 7-2.