What was the plan for 2019?
A running game by committee would be a viable alternative for the team to consider this year. Unfortunately, and changes to the status quo comes with an endless stream of questions. Last season, the team did not seem ripe to field those questions.
Of course, whatever the case for either 2019 or 2020 in terms of the running game, the Rams will be hiring new staff to oversee player development. The Rams elected to part ways with running back coach Skip Peete this year. At the time, the mood was that this was a result of Gurley’s sub par production in 2019.
In hindsight, could it have been more related to the lack of Henderson making a bigger splash on the offense last season? Was the plan to get Henderson more touches in 2019, but he simply wasn’t ready in time?
That could explain why the team turned to Goff’s arm. More emphasis on the passing game would likely be the “Plan B” if the team’s original hope to get Henderson rushing early and often stalled. And that would also be a solid reason for head coach Sean McVay to hire on an offensive coordinator, specifically to help monitor the readiness of players for larger roles in the offense.