3 reasons why LA Rams rushing offense is concerning for 2022

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Since the LA Rams had hired head coach Sean McVay, the Rams have been a fairly well-rounded offense. But whether by design or random forces that have combined in 2021, the team’s offense is not the ground gaining gargantuan that it once was. While that won’t stop the team from scoring, it does change the dynamics for both the defense and for special teams.

One of the key items that the LA Rams believed would help the offense and new quarterback Matthew Stafford’s transition to the game plan was the fact that the running game would be able to take much of the burden off Stafford’s shoulders.

Only, that really never happened. With the injury to feature running back Cam Akers, the team had to scramble a bit to add a veteran who could step in and take up the lion’s share of the offensive snaps if necessary. But the LA Rams offense is more than snap, handoff, plunge through a running lane. And so, rushing became a garnish to the Rams’ pass-centric offense.

Pass happy offense

To respond, the Rams’ offense passed more, scored more quickly, and yes, sometimes even made careless mistakes with the football. That put undue pressure on the defense to hold their opponents to a three-down-and-punt series. But the Rams 2021 defense was constructed to stop opponents from scoring at the expense of stopping them at the line of scrimmage.

Now that we are in the off-season and the entire team is on the lift, the front office can tinker with the roster. That means reworking the offense to give more oomph to the ground game, letting everything remain ‘as is,’ so as to get a jump out of the blocks, or simply going with the strength of the team and strengthening the passing game.

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So what is causing the concerns?  Well, we have three reasons to take a wait-and-see perspective on the Rams’ rushing attack for the upcoming season.  What are they? So glad you asked…