3 former Rams coaches who are killing it with their new teams

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The LA Rams are struggling right now. Of course, the simple answer for all of the Rams’ problems is that the team injuries to offensive linemen have created a snowball effect across the entire Rams roster,  The team cannot score, which forces the Rams to play from behind, which forces the Rams defense to play more conservatively. Okay, maybe I don’t quite get the gist of all that cause-and-effect linkage because, to be honest, I don’t buy it.

The LA Rams’ struggles are not unique to the LA Rams nor to this season. Each year, the Rams attempt to overemphasize the passing game until the coaching staff is forced to avoid crashing into the mountain by pulling out of the nosedive, rallying their combined efforts to restore their ground assault and avert a disastrous season.

That has been the pattern since 2019, the year when the Rams’ offensive line was decimated by injury, not unlike this season. But this season, the Rams’ offensive line injuries happened too frequently, too quickly.  It felt as though the Rams’ strategy took the play calling to the limit and beyond.

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That lack of timely change of strategy forced the team to suddenly snap out of whatever trance it was in. But unlike in 2019, when the Rams tried to pull back on the joystick to get the nose of the team up, there was nothing there. There was no blocking tight end like Johnny Mundt, who could line up and help handle blocking for offensive linemen who were trying to get a handle on their positions and teammates.

The Rams are a different team this year. That is not simply due to the Rams having a new roster, but rather a completely new set of positional coaches. There is a lot to be said about those coaches who were so gifted at taking raw but talented young men and turning them into NFL players.

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So what about those former Rams positional coaches who have gone on to take on more responsibilities elsewhere? Are they struggling as well? Or have they emerged from the shadows of the LA Rams staff into a spotlight of their own making? Let’s pivot from the trials and tribulations of the LA Rams this season, and talk about three former positional coaches who have stepped into the NFL spotlight quite convincingly.