4 OL who won’t be back for the LA Rams in 2023
By Bret Stuter
The outcry for the LA Rams to fix that offensive line is pretty loud and constant in almost every conversation held about this team right now. But the solution is seldom given much thought. Without much thinking it through, fans call for the LA Rams to commit multiple valuable picks in the 2023 NFL Draft to add offensive line prospects to the Rams roster.
The problem with fixing this offensive line is not simply throwing out the lot and starting over, or even trying to infuse multiple rookies into the offensive line in 2023. With each new face introduced to the Rams’ offensive line, that is one more action that is extending the lack of continuity. Much like a defensive secondary, even average players can perform very well on an offensive line that is compatible, has good communication, is cohesive, and carries continuity to ensure no disruption of play.
The Rams’ offseason processes do not give rookies much of a chance
None of those current trouble spots get fixed by drafting even highly regarded rookies and sending them onto the field to learn their NFL role with on-the-job training.
The Rams either give the new guy the nod and then bubble-wrap him until he must learn how to play cold turkey surrounded by seasoned veterans in live NFL action. Or the Rams will send him out in preseason games, surrounded by other backups who are vying to learn how to play but never get a chance to show just how effectively he can mesh with the starting offensive linemen.
The Rams are their own worst enemy when it comes to reformulating a starting offensive line. We’ve witnessed how ineffective the Rams were in 2021, giving all of the training camp snaps at the center position to IOL Austin Corbett, and then trying to do a mad scramble when the pads went on and pivoting to start Brian Allen at the offensive center.