The LA Rams have lost their last two games because the offense isn’t scoring points. In fact, this is the worst offensive output that I can recall over the past 5+ years under head coach Sean McVay. Curiously, this is also the first time over his tenure that the Rams have fallen below .500 as well.
The Rams are struggling, yes. But whether or not it’s a direct cause and effect, or simply one of a systemic pattern of disappointments is more than I think anyone can say right now. The more the offense passes, the more opportunities that defenses have to pressure the Rams quarterback. More passes mean fewer runs. Fewer runs mean fewer opportunities to get into a rhythm at running.
It’s all a catch-22 for now, at least until the Rams sort it all out. Right now, that is exactly what the team is doing.
Rams not content
LA Rams head coach Sean McVay has seen enough. Normally, he tempers his words, measuring what he shares with the media because he is the head coach of the LA Rams, and anything he allows to be put to print and the internet is forever.
So when he admitted that the offensive line is ‘not good enough,’ you needn’t be a soothsayer to interpret what that means. The LA Rams front office is likely ringing phones with other NFL teams and player agents right now trying to get this offense fixed.
So what happens in the meantime?
Will the Rams open the draft vault once more?
We tallied all of the absent Rams players and projected when they might return to the team. Right now, the first player likely to return to the Rams’ active roster is TE Brycen Hopkins, who comes back from a three-game suspension. While Hopkins may help the LA Rams offense, don’t look for huge production from him in his first week back.
If the LA Rams are looking to trade future picks for present-day players, they have some tradeable assets in the vault once more. The Rams have ten picks, starting with Round 2, for the 2023 NFL Draft, and first-round picks in the 2024 NFL Draft and beyond.
Will the Rams move to acquire help for the offensive line? Perhaps. But don’t set your sights too high. The Rams are not going to add a premier RB unless the team fixes the offensive line. And if the Rams fix the offensive line correctly, there will be nothing left to trade for or pay a premier RB.