The LA Rams offensive line is getting plenty of scrutiny by the fans this season, and for good reason. The unit has been entrusted with protecting a quarterback who is arguably the most vital piece to making the offense go in veteran QB Matthew Stafford. The same unit is also forced to open running lanes for running backs who have not exactly been flashing the brilliance to gain huge chunks of yardage.
And the group is trying to overcome one starter retiring, one starter leaving via the NFL Free Agency market, and a host of injuries that have already impacted three players on the line. After Week 2, make that four offensive linemen who have already been impacted by injuries.
So why the intense scrutiny? The Rams entered the season with durability questions surrounding QB Stafford. Those questions multiplied after the LA Rams opened the season in a humiliating loss to the Buffalo Bills. Not only were the Rams outscored 31-10, but Stafford was banged around with seven quarterback sacks and more QB hits throughout the game.
Rams quilted offensive line
The Rams’ offensive line is a group of NFL players who must generate almost impossible results. The Rams have not invested heavily in the offensive line, preferring to draft players for the group in the later rounds, or even to sign undrafted rookies.
The Rams have even added some players by signing them from other teams’ practice squads.
A good analogy to the methods employed by the LA Rams to construct a cohesive offensive line is akin to an old-fashioned quilting bee.
Once on the LA Rams roster, the team is heavily dependent upon the coaching staff to get them up to speed and to the NFL level of play. The Rams have been fortunate in having had the services of former offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, and now the benefit of offensive line coach Kevin Carberry.