The LA Rams offense has descended a bit from the euphoria that hit when the team seemed to be capable of scoring with any play and doing so from anywhere on the football field with less than one minute needed. Of course, after five games, the offense has seen the need to do things a bit differently.
Even with the combined offensive brain trust of Head Coach Sean McVay, Offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, and quarterback Matthew Stafford, the LA Rams are susceptible to falling into a rut and becoming very predictable. How predictable? How about those first four games of the season, when practically every third pass thrown was towards Rams’ wide receiver, Cooper Kupp.
While Kupp was amazingly productive in the first three games of the season, the trend became obvious. And with each week where it continued, it became even more apparent.
Defensive coordinators in the NFL are masters at detecting trends and tendencies based on the down and distance. Even though Stafford is new to the Rams offense, and still learning the plays and familiarizing himself with his receivers, his early success with Kupp betrayed the Rams in one of the most important games of the young season.
While few suspected just how good the Arizona Cardinals might be after five games, it was quite obvious to those of us who follow and discuss the team that the Rams playcalling was setting the team up for a disappointment.