5 reasons LA Rams offensive line goes from rags to riches

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Fans believe the LA Rams must add to their offensive line to fix it for the 2020 season. But the Rams offensive linemen will go from rags to riches in 2020

The LA Rams did not perform well in the 2019 season.  Ask anyone what the problem was, and you will get the exact same answer. The offensive line.  The 2018 Super Bowl LIII team boasted left tackle Andrew Whitworth, left guard Rodger Saffold, center John Sullivan, right guard Austin Blythe, right tackle Rob Havenstein. Immediately following that season, the Rams lost Saffold to free agency and failed to make Sullivan an offer to return.

The result? The Rams started the 2019 season with first-time starters Brian Allen at the center, and Joseph Noteboom at left guard. That was not a very well thought out plan, on so many levels.

Meanwhile, the Rams drafted two offensive linemen, OT Bobby Evans and OT David Edwards to backfill the team’s depth chart.  Two out, two in, the “balance” was restored. In the eyes of the front office, the Rams had accomplished their part.  Now, it was up to the coaching staff to prepare the young men for the season.

Both Brian Allen and Joseph Noteboom had arrived at the team in 2018 via the NFL Draft. Noteboom was a significant investment for the Rams, garnering a third-round pick. Allen required a fourth-round pick.  One year of apprenticeship, and then promoted to a starting role on a defending NFC champion.