Patience, not money, fixes LA Rams offensive line woes

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Abundant young talent

The Rams are by no means devoid of young talented players.  In fact, the team recently announced signing nine players to reserve future contracts.  Amidst the nine signees are offensive guard Jeremiah Kolone and center Nate Trewyn.

Right now, the Rams have more young offensive linemen than veterans. That means the team will be committing plenty of coaching resources and effort to coach them up to NFL ready this off-season.  Some of the young players will experience their first LA Rams training camp with the team in 2020. Others will have the benefit of some playing time in 2019 to make real progress this off-season.  The second year for many linemen is where is all begins to “click”.

But no one, neither veteran nor rookie, will have played at Sofi stadium before. That unto itself will be a huge motivator for fans and players alike. With the new stadium comes an unprecidented home field advantage.

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We’re all fans, aiming blindly at what the team needs to do to improve the team in reaction to what went wrong.  Sometimes, the best fix is patience. Young players need time and playing time to truly develop.  It doesn’t help that the Rams are likely to swap out four of five staring linemen from the Super Bowl team just two years after the fact.  Perhaps the wiser path here is to slow down on the rapid changes to the O -line, pause and take a deep breath, and limit moves to those which are both necessary and have greatest chance of improving the team.  Otherwise, the team is just panicking and risks making the difficult situation even worse.