LA Rams McVay and Goff must end Belichick haunting their career

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LA Rams Jared Goff Sean McVay
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Shifting priorities

The two key offensive weapons of that Super Bowl matchup were Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley. Neither player is on the LA Rams roster today. The Rams evolved, and neither player fit the new and improved offensive formula. Is this offense setting NFL records? Perhaps not. But this offense has improved in a number of ways.

First of all, the Rams quarterback Jared Goff exerted a great deal of effort to improve his ability to move in the pocket, and to throw off-balance with accuracy and velocity. While that skill  is still improving, his accuracy this year is significantly better. Now, Goff does not find himself stuck in the pocket as often.  That has given Goff a renewed confidence, and when it shows up on the field, it’s a beautiful thing to observe.

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Offensive swarm

Meanwhile, the Rams backed away from repetition. Now, the offense uses a running back by committee approach. That allows the Rams to challenge defenses with various runners, and feature the one most successful against that defense.  That also creates a mini-competition among the three teammates each week to put their best on the football field. That neutralizes a defenses ability to ‘key’ on the running back, because they simply cannot negate all three in the same game.

So too, the Rams have featured multiple receivers this season in games. The Rams have won games this season by throwing to Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Gerald Everett, Tyler Higbee, Josh Reynolds, and most recently even rookie Van Jefferson has gotten into the act. Each new weapon on the Rams offense becomes one more headache for the opponent’s defense.