LA Rams: Brian Allen is suddenly the starting center
By Bret Stuter
And the winner is…
Now, before you panic. There are probably some bits of information that you may be lacking. You see, Brian Allen did not rest in a hospital bed for the past two seasons. Oh no, not at all. By many accounts, he arrived at training camp this year bulked up and buffed. He trained his body to promote his strengths. Natural leverage. Got stronger. Got nastier. Thanks to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue who put a lot of context into Brian Allen’s journey to get to this point
And here we go. Head coach Sean McVay recaps training camp. He talks quarterbacks. And then… (queue the drum roll of anticipation, please?)
The statement made about the center position occurs (at the 2:47 mark) when LA Rams head coach Sean McVay states:
"“But Brian (Allen) has really done a nice job. We’re going to continue to evaluate it. But if we were to play right now? You know he’s done a really good job and he would be our (starting) center.”"
Of course, the LA Rams will continue to evaluate it. With that decision, the LA Rams have pulled Brian Allen and Austin Corbett out of competitive play in preseason games. Suddenly, Bobby Evans is back to blocking bodies against the LA Chargers this Saturday.
Brian Allen could work at the center. In fact, the offensive line that he will spearhead feels like it should be a bit more cohesive than one with two offensive linemen in new positions. But it will create problems in a year. If this configuration holds, the LA Rams will face re-signing or replacing three starting offensive linemen in 2022: Andrew Whitworth, Brian Allen, and Austin Corbett. If they play well, the Rams won’t be able to bring them back. If they struggle, the Rams have no incentive to try to bring them back. What a predicament.