5 improvements for the LA Rams defense after off-season additions

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The LA Rams’ defense throughout the 2021 NFL season was not exactly getting weekly rave reviews from the fans after their games ended. Win or lose, there was a rather established enclave that seemed to chime in each and every week with a punch list of plays where the Rams did not dominate their opponents.

And it continued up to the postseason.

Some complaints were justified. After all, the bar for the defense was set relatively high in the 2020 season, and the LA Rams lost multiple key contributors that were difficult to replace immediately for the 2021 NFL season. The defense was built to stop opposing offenses from making big plays, and they were rather successful at that.

Defensive dilemma

But the play-by-play was a bit more difficult to master. At times, it appeared as though the defense could not make a stop on third down to force a punt. At other times it felt as though opposing offenses that were determined to run on the LA Rams could do so far too effectively.

Of course, there were games where the LA Rams quarterback, Matthew Stafford, threw a pick-six, and the defense was penalized with surrendering a score without ever taking the football field. On two other occasions, the starting defense was pulled off the field and the backups were not nearly as stingy in surrendering points.

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But there are areas that the team needs to address this year.  Areas that the LA Rams front office appears to have addressed in the offseason with offseason additions to the team’s roster. Let’s take a look at some of the team’s defensive shortcomings, and discuss how the team will try to do a better job this year?