Running back Cam Akers has been portrayed in many unflattering ways recently due to the disagreement with head coach Sean McVay. Now, it appears as though the Rams and the runner have agreed to let bygones be bygones and move forward. Akers is indeed active for Week 9, and so the hope is that he can reclaim his role with the Rams with a solid performance
While I don’t expect a great game from Akers this week, I would not be shocked if he is pissed off enough to throw all caution to the wind and just let ‘er rip.
The Rams are not going to give any running back 20+ carries in a game, unfortunately. At least, not without the game firmly in hand. At times, it feels as though the Rams need that heavy rushing workload to self-diagnose and correct the myriad of problems that have been added to the pile due to no continuity on the offensive line or with the running backs.
It was not until the Rams committed to featuring veteran RB Sony Michel exclusively in 2021 that the Rams rushing attack became formidable. Does that lesson not apply now? Perhaps if Cam Akers was demanding 20+ rushes per game, he may be onto something after all?
Rams RB summary
So where are we? The LA Rams are no closer to an answer or solution to their rushing woes. There are so many running back options, and at least one, if not two, is knocking on the door to get added to the team’s active roster. I’m talking about designated-to-return rookie RB Kyren Williams and practice squad running back Ronnie Rivers.
It appears as though the decision to sit RB Cam Akers has not created far more options at the running back position than expected.
It’s clear that any hope for a 1000-yard rusher this season has long since dissipated. In fact, 1000 yards from the entire LA Rams organization this season is no sure thing either.
Do the Rams have what it takes to get this offense running the ball effectively again? I used to think so, but I cannot make a compelling argument any longer. Even if the Rams find someone who can carry the load for a game or two, there are no guarantees that the team will optimize the chances to run next season. In fact, based on the play calling and the personnel decisions, you could make an argument that the Rams have tried to sabotage their ground game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense has struggled to stop the run this season. The LA Rams have struggled to run with the football this season. Something has to give, doesn’t it? And depending on how Week 9 turns out for the Rams, could define how the Rams approach running with the football for the rest of the season.