The Rams can now get right what they got wrong with Sammy Watkins

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Tavon Austin
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Tavon Austin /

In what is now shaping up to be a busy offseason for the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Sean McVay and GM Les Snead get a chance to get it right with Sammy Watkins now gone.

The Los Angeles Rams wanted to make a big splash in 2017, and trading for wide receiver Sammy Watkins looked to do just that. With a new head coach in Sean McVay and a reworked offense to build around an 0-7 quarterback, Watkins looked to be on the verge of a breakout in LA versus Western New York.

The Rams will still need to figure that out. They also will want to know, especially with what was an unexpected 11-5 finish, what the big play offense is in Los Angeles, because it wasn’t in Watkins.

For the record, Jared Goff to anyone BUT Watkins worked just fine.

Goff to Robert Woods? Check.
Goff the Cooper Kupp? Check.
Goff to Todd Gurley out of the backfield? Check, check.

If there is one area that seems to still be in the offensive shadows of McVay’s offense, it’s the tight end position. I mean, what the heck happened with Tyler Higbee, and Gerald Everett?

And while I’m asking that, why hasn’t the passing game to either of those tight ends evolved to anything beyond being only a vague idea?

Perhaps the Rams moving past with what didn’t work in Watkins, the offense in a second season under McVay begins to involve Higbee and Everett with greater production.

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Or maybe someone else.

Either way, and as I’ve written, McVay and General Manager Les Snead have some house money to play with heading into what is already a busy offseason, and finely tuning what is one of the most dynamic and high scoring offenses in the National Football League.

they will also do it without a guy they were betting on pretty heavily last year.