Are the LA Rams one of the NFL’s Top-5 offenses this year?

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Reasons for a worse offense

Pulling the offense down is the fact that the team will have no less than two new offensive linemen starting for the team this year. Coincidentally, the last time the LA Rams tried to pull that off was also the year after appearing in Super Bowl LIII. We know how that 2019 offensive line played.

Also complicating the matter is the fact that the LA Rams’ rushing offense was almost entirely a result of the powerful rushing of veteran running back Sony Michel. Unfortunately, the Rams allowed Michel to sign elsewhere, and are banking on the healthy return of Cam Akers plus the already injured rookie RB Kyren Williams.

Finally, the LA Rams have committed to infusing both Tutu Atwell and Jacob Harris into the offense this year, despite the fact that neither player contributed much in 2021, and the coaching staff appeared to be a complete loss as to how to remedy that even before both players were injured.

Will the team spend so much time trying to fix players who may not be fits in this offense at the expense of not optimizing those players who are fits?  Time with tell. Hopefully, the coaching staff will not try to force the issue. The Rams found a way to put points on the board in 2021. If they ignore what works, and try to be too cute or clever, those points can disappear very quickly.