A predictable offense is the main reason the LA Rams have plummeted to a sub-.500 record of 2-3 right now. That’s according to a former NFL safety who started for three teams and has been left aghast at how “one-dimensional” last season’s Super Bowl champions have become. Who leveled this criticism on the LA Rams? None other than former Tennessee Titans defensive back Tank Williams.
Results on the field bear out this criticism, with the Rams scoring just 10 points during Week 5’s humbling 22-10 defeat at home to the Dallas Cowboys. The sluggish offensive display was the second bad day at the office in less than a week, following a 24-9 loss against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
Putting 10 points or less on the board on a regular basis is uncharacteristic of LA Rams head coach Sean McVay’s offense, but Tank Williams knows why things are going wrong.
Lopsided Play-Calling Dooming Rams’ Offense
Speaking on The 33rd Team, Williams called this Rams offense “the most one-dimensional that I’ve ever seen.” Williams, who played for the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and New England Patriots, pinpointed the main problem: “The Rams can’t run the ball, they really can’t throw the ball unless they’re going to Cooper Kupp.”
McVay’s script against the Cowboys revealed an over-reliance on the pass. Matthew Stafford aired it out 42 times against the league’s deepest and most talented pass defense and pass rush.
A pass-happy formula was always going to be a risk for an offensive line that’s now given up 21 sacks. The Cowboys logged five of those QB takedowns and it was no wonder when dominant pass-rushers like DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons were given so many opportunities to tee off on Stafford.