Is LA Rams coach Sean McVay too popular for his own good?

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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 24: Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 24: Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

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The Rams need to re-establish their offensive identity. The running game leading to an indefensible passing attack was abandoned in 2019. That identity must be reestablished in 2020. Starting quarterback Jared Goff is talented enough to hold up the passing game for the Rams, but he definitely needs the help of play action passing downs.

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Running back Todd Gurley remains one of the most feared and versatile running backs in the NFL today.  He is the featured running back on this offense until he is… not.  If that’s the case, then the Rams can draft his apprentice from a bevy of talented running back prospects this year.  Even a young rusher from late rounds could be a significant contributor in this offense.

Few teams boast the level and depth of talent equal to the Rams. While that creates it’s own set of problems strategizing the roster within the NFL salary cap limits, it does give the Rams a much better starting point for designing offensive plays. And with that much talent on one offense, the coaching staff should be able to create mismatches all over the football field.

Should be able to is the key. Now it’s up to the front office to reload the team’s roster in the off-season. Meanwhile, the coaching staff must reformulate the playbook to restore the mismatches on the football field. That’s a pretty tall order for a team which faces the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and rapidly improving Arizona Cardinals twice a season.

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Head Coach Sean McVay took the NFL by storm in the 2016-2018 seasons. To keep his reputation, however, he must prove that he can continue to out strategize the other 31 head coaches in the NFL.  And as more and more assistant coaches migrate to the other teams, that task becomes more difficult all the time.  The time to reinnovate this team’s offense is now.