New LA Rams RB coach Brown signals fullback likely returning to offense

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Brown + Brown, Henderson, and Gurley = Fullback?

With Brown coming aboard to oversee a veteran running back corps, how much of an impact can he truly make? Let’s slow down the speculation and fold Coach Brown into the offensive scheme of head coach Sean McVay and new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.

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We’d discussed how O’Connell would likely help QB Jared Goff.  The quick and dirty lowdown is O’Connell will design the offense to take advantage of the talents of his players.  So how does that open a door for new running backs coach Thomas Brown?

Well for starters, the South Carolina Gamecocks recruited fullbacks to their team for the 2020 season, recruiting that was spearheaded by Brown.  In 2018, the Miami Hurricanes converted to a fullback in the offense.  Prior to that, the Georgia Bulldogs employed a fullback under Coach Brown, but was phased out after 2016.  So too had the Wisconsin Badgers used the fullback position in 2014.  Can you see the pattern here?

We’d talked about the Rams need to give serious consideration to reinserting a fullback into the offensive game plan, and hiring coach Brown seems to confirm that the Rams are committed to doing so.  But adding a new position requires a coach who is prepared to address that new position. Brown has done so.