Here we go heading into training camp, and the LA Rams head coach Sean McVay kicked everything off with the inaugural press conference. Kicked off the opener to training camp, but kicked any expectations that the LA Rams are set in stone for the offensive line plans just yet. Let’s recap for everyone. The LA Rams made a low-ball offer to free-agent offensive center Austin Blythe. He opted to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. The LA Rams passed over offensive linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft. all but ensuring that the Rams would fill the void from returning players on the current roster.
The plan for the offensive center was laid out after the 2021 NFL Draft when the LA Rams opened Organized Team Activities (OTAs) with Austing Corbett shifting to the center role, and Bobby Evans sliding into the right guard with the 1s. But now, that plan appears to remain still ‘in flux’ based on the comments of LA Rams head coach Sean McVay. (see video below starting at the 11:28 minute mark) Well, you need to read between the lines to draw that conclusion, but if you’ve followed McVay in the past, you know that is where he parks his messages.
McVay does a very good job of disguising ‘We just don’t know’ at the podium, as he mentions Austin Corbett, Brian Allen, and even Coleman Shelton as he dives into where he views the offensive line starters ending up on the opening day of the 2021 NFL season.
It’s no slight on the Rams coaching staff to be a bit uncertain, if not outright confused, right now.
So far, all they’ve seen is guys in shorts and tee shirts lining up and going through the motions. No physical contact, no pads, no physicality. With what the Rams have undergone so far, both Bobby Evans at right guard, and Brian Allen at center, could certainly appear to be sufficient. Their weakness appears at full speed, full-strength pads crashing like ocean waves upon rocks.