The LA Rams offense hasn’t seen much of rookie RB Cam Akers so far, but here are three reasons why the rookie shows up big after the bye week
The LA Rams have not exactly rolled out the red carpet for rookie Cam Akers. For as much of a welcome, praise, and glowing commentary that welcomed the Florida State running back to Los Angeles, the reality is that the Rams have not done a good enough job of welcoming the rookie to the team.
Truth be told, the Rams have seemed, at times, to have made it a bit difficult for the young man to get any significant portion of carries in this offense. Not only has the team focused most of the offensive snaps to veteran running back Malcolm Brown, and most of the carries to veteran running back Darrell Henderson, but head coach Sean McVay dials up 61 passing plays on an afternoon when the running game is working well, and Cam Akers is certain to hear his number called.
The LA Rams offense has witnessed a bit of a backslide recently. For whatever reasons, defenses have discovered that overwhelming pressure upon the offense in terms of a pass rush triggers a pass-happy response. On many occasions, whether by the personnel on the field for the Rams, or the play options that are sent to the huddle, the Rams simply ran their offense directly into the sharp teeth of the defense.
The problem seems to be an offensive arrhythmia. That is, the offense seems unable to dictate to the defense. The Rams try to pass their way out of dominating defense. Either the team runs plays too quickly, or successive multiple plays for the team to a premature punting situation. In either case, the offensive rhythm skips a beat, thwarting plans for a prolonged offensive drive to consume the clock. That arrhythmia creates a racing ineffective offense. But there is a cure.