The LA Rams hinting about a fullback before the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine leads to questions: Who gets them there, and what does that offense look like?
The LA Rams, like any for-profit organization, must replicate past successes while creating new challenges for opposing teams. Challenges like a “What do I do with this 250-pound muscular fullback running straight at me?” sort of thing. Bad for them, Great for the LA Rams. A lot of rejuvenation occurs during the NFL Scouting Combine. This is the time when teams and fans alike remove last year’s soiled memories and don new clean hopes for a new season.
A new season for the Rams will likely include a fullback. But so far, this is not even to the blackboard phase. It’s merely a concept we’re tossing around, and the LA Rams are tossing around, and the original reactions have been that it just might work. All the while, the team is dividing and conquering, where GM Les Snead leads the team’s scouting department out and about at Indianapolis. Meanwhile, head coach Sean McVay remains in Los Angeles with his new coordinators.
Well, let’s add a little more progress to the concept. After all, the LA Rams have had a fullback in the offense before. And we’d pointed out the correlation of fullbacks and offenses when the team hired the new running back coach Thomas Brown. That never happens if head coach Sean McVay had not already decided that the LA Rams need a fullback to add versatility to their offense.
Part of the reason the LA Rams have chosen a path for their new coordinators like sequestered jurors is to create new options, new dimensions, new challenges for opposing teams. One of those new challenges is placing a fullback in the offensive formation. And while the NFL has witnessed the diminished role of the fullback, some of the most successful teams have not only stuck with the fullback position but emphasized it.