The LA Rams entered the offseason with needs at offensive line. But the team has greater needs than the offensive line now
The LA Rams exited the 2019 NFL Season with an oh-so-close-but-just-missed-the-playoffs sort of ending. And for all intents and purposes, the most obvious needs for the team this offseason were offensive in nature. The consensus for the 2020 offseason has been an offensive line fix.
The fix of the offensive line seemed to be the wellspring of anything needed to correct the team. Fix the offensive line to get running back Todd Gurley back on track. Fix the offensive line to give quarterback Jared Goff enough time to find WR Brandin Cooks on deep routes. Fix the offensive line to control the game clock. Fix the offensive line because the 2019 offensive line “sucked” and the only players who played well were free agents in 2020, and getting too old to be counted on this season.
That original consensus began to take on a life of its own. Despite developments elsewhere on the team’s roster, fans stuck to their guns about the need to get that offensive line in shape. After all, the 2018 Super Bowl roster had an incredibly productive offensive line. Restore the team to THAT level of play and the Rams would be a Championship caliber team once more.
What if I told you that the biggest problem that the LA Rams face is NOT the offensive line in 2020? Would you continue to read? Now I’m not saying the offensive line is a finished product, but the developments with the roster since the 2019 season ended has placed greater urgencies for the team at other parts of the team.