Look for LA Rams offense to adapt quickly in 2020

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OC O’Connell is here to flex offense

The Rams already have a fix in place by the name of newly hired offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.  But before we share details about the fix, let’s synchronize our perspectives on the root cause of the Rams offensive woes last season. In short, the Rams were inflexible. And the offense was, with no one else to help balance it, all upon head coach Sean McVay’s shoulders.  Translated? McVay failed the offense. Here’s how.

Insanity is expecting different outcomes from the same inputs.

Suspicions are proven

Thanks to some excellent work by Sharps Football Analytics, we have proof of what we’d suspected all along.  The Rams suffered injuries to key players in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  In the previous two seasons, injuries were few and far between.  That allowed the Rams to promote backups and take everything in stride. That wasn’t the case in 2019. The Rams suffered too many injuries in the offensive line while facing very determined defenses.

Instead of using the same plays, lesser talented players were tasked with meeting a much stronger and better-coached defense.  While the Rams held on to a 9-7 record, the team let several wins slip through their fingers by refusing to change the game plan.  Now, thanks to new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, we have the means to rectify the situation tout de suite!