It’s pretty clear that the state of the LA Rams backfield is a mess, and that’s being awfully kind. But the LA Rams offensive line looks like a battlefield, and it keeps getting worse. Early in Week 6, the LA Rams were running the football on third and one yard to go from their own 16-yard line when the first carry by RB Ronnie Rivers resulted in no yards. But the LA Rams lost left tackle Joe Noteboom to a nasty-looking injury.
As Noteboom was carted off the field with a reported ankle injury, the Rams’ outlook on offense is getting darker all the time. The Rams have now lost Tremayne Anchrum and Logan Bruss from their reserves, and have lost starters Joe Noteboom, David Edwards, Brian Allen, and Coleman Shelton.
The LA Rams’ offensive line is getting destroyed, and that will not do much to get fans excited.
Let’s hope that the story in this one is not all about the LA Rams offensive line.
Rams resume normal offense
The Rams are finally (yes finally!) committing to the run. With time running out in the second quarter, the Rams have run ten times and passed nine times. But unlike other times where the Rams try a token run, only to revert to an almost steady diet of passing, the offense is running in obvious passing downs.
To compensate for the injury to Noteboom, the LA Rams inserted veteran Oday Aboushi in at the right guard position (their fourth right guard in six games) and moved Alaric Jackson to left tackle. It was after the Rams reformulated their offensive line one more time that the team’s offense sprang to life.
Of course, it could be the fact that the Rams have rushed 10 times, passed 11 times, and even targeted WR Allen Robinson twice.
But you can thank the Carolina Panthers for featuring RB Christian McCaffrey with eight carries for 59 yards. If the Rams’ front office is truly interested in acquiring McCaffrey, the Panthers have done an incredible job of showcasing his talents.