Do you love or hate Alaric Jackson’s 2 Rams OL scenarios for 2023?

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When it comes to the LA Rams offensive line for 2023, put two people in a room and you’ll get three opinions. That’s simply the cost of doing business with an offensive line that played 15 different players, and different iterations of the starting offensive line for 12 consecutive weeks.

It was not until the Week 14 starting lineup of LT Tysekhe, LG Coleman Shelton, OC Brian Allen, RG Matt Skura, and RT Rob Havenstein, the same five players who had started Week 13, that the team actually had one week of continuity. Of course, Brian Allen was hurt after two offensive snaps in Week 15, forcing Coleman Shelton back to center, and Oday Aboushi to come in to play offensive guard.

How can anyone make heads or tails of OL on the Rams roster?

Not only was it tough to make heads or tails of who was actually playing for the LA Rams offensive line, and at which position, but virtually impossible to decypher who was playing well, and who was struggling simply due to the chaos of too many players starting so many different positions too closely together, and which players were simply not up to the challenge of playing a starting role in an NFL offensive line.

Unlike skilled positions in the NFL, offensive linemen are as dependent and linked to one another from that unit as defensive backs are in a defensive secondary. We know all too well that a quarterback sack, although ultimately attributed to one player on the offensive line, is generally perceived as a failure of the entire unit.

That’s the way it was, is, and will be for the group.

With all of the technological advances in the NFL that have led to groundbreaking means of recording speed, separation, and a host of statistics related to the quarterback’s release motion and release time, there have been no similar advances for the NFL in terms of tracking how effective offensive linemen are.