Thought IV: OL is good
The LA Rams offensive line is pretty damned good, isn’t that a pleasant surprise? After losing starting offensive center Austin Blythe in free agency, and then fiddling with the offensive line configuration up to and including the pads went on, the results are beyond satisfactory.
This offensive line has allowed just one quarterback sack per game. That is outstanding protection for an immobile pocket passer who loves to take deep shots downfield. Matthew Stafford is enjoying a renaissance in his career. Or is it Stafford whose ability to move around in the pocket, instantly diagnose defenses, make his progressional reads, and throw the ball to the open receiver that is rejuvenating this LA Rams offensive line?
However you solve this chicken or the egg paradigm, the offensive line is doing exactly what it is paid to do. They are protecting Matthew Stafford so that Stafford can throw the ball so the Rams offense can score so that the Rams can win.
While this offensive line may not be chewing up the yards on the ground yet, that was never really the plan in the first three games. The Rams have faced three very strong defenses that play the run well. That combined with the fact that the team did not want to grind it out and risk injuries to their shallow running back depth in September. Well, starting running back Darrell Henderson suffered a rib injury despite the precautions. The schedule in pitting the Rams offense against defenses that are far more susceptible to a rushing attack.