5 ways the LA Rams can get back on track to winning

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2. Try to stretch the field and get vertical

There’s no question the Rams haven’t had much success with the deep ball in the 2020 season. The problem is that they aren’t even attempting it much either.  Could this be because the Rams felt more confident slinging it deep with wide receiver Brandin Cooks and before that to wide receiver Sammy Watkins?

There’s no way to be sure but you have a few guys on the roster that are more than capable. We’ve seen in previous years that quarterback Jared Goff has had success with slinging it deep to Josh Reynolds, so why not give him some opportunity to do so? Also, Van Jefferson is another candidate that could achieve success with the go route. Although Jefferson couldn’t run the 40 time at the combine, per Jim Nagy, they clocked him as being the fastest WR at the senior bowl with a max speed of 21.05 mph.

The 49ers counted on the Rams to stick to the short game to thwart the pass rush. So they gambled, defended the short field, and won the game. Air it out carefully and see what happens.

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3. Take better care of the football

The Rams turned the ball over four times in the loss to San Francisco and still only lost by a last-second field goal. It’s tough to get on RB Malcolm Brown over his costly turnover in the first quarter because he’s not known to have a fumbling issue. But Goff on the other hand, was responsible for three of those turnovers and all of them were head-scratchers. Goff had two head-scratching interceptions vs the Buccaneers as well but fortunately, the Rams were able to overcome those for the victory.

The Rams defense is good enough to overcome it on most occasions but as the matter keeps on  happening each game, losses are starting to happen as a result. The coaching staff realizes that and knows it’s an area that needs to get cleaned up immediately. In head coach Sean McVay’s presser after the 49ers game, he stated his frustration by saying “Our quarterback has got to take better care of the football”. It’s nice that the coaching staff is finally on board. But had they taken a firm stance earlier in the season, the Rams might be at 8-3 right now.