LA Rams pose difficult quandary: Is it due to the talent or the scheme?

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There are those who find fault with everything the LA Rams do. There are others who seem to be okay with everything and are horrified if anyone challenges the play-calling. But it does leave some questions about the team itself. Is this team so talented that 12 wins each year should be a given?  Or is this team only about a seven-win team, and it’s the coaching that boosts this team’s success rate?

Or can we even tell?

Whatever else the general consensus is on social media, the LA Rams who swell Twitter and Facebook after games are consistent in their messaging after each loss, and even after some wins: “Fire Raheem Morris.” But I’ve seen that messaging broadcast both after both losses to the San Francisco 49ers, to the Green Bay Packers, and to the Tennessee Titans.  I’ve even seen it after a couple of wins as well.

Roster challenges

Well, let’s back this up a bit. Did you realize that these LA Rams had a few things going against them? What, pray tell? Well for starters, the LA Rams won 12 games this season but fielded one of the youngest rosters in the NFL.

Per’s Jimmy Kempski, the LA Rams had the fifth-youngest team in the NFL. The other four Top-Five youngest teams in the NFL were: New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, and the Carolina Panthers.  Those four teams averaged records of 5-12. So riddle me this? How were the LA Rams able to flip that win-loss record?

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Need more proof? The expectation that the Rams defense should be nearly as good as a year ago seems to overlook the fact that they were never going to be. That’s right, not even if Brandon Staley returned to be the defensive coordinator for a second season.