What is the most important key to LA Rams 2023 NFL season?
By Bret Stuter
Hang on, help is on the way
Okay, so what’s the answer? Well, it’s already on its way. Whether you believe that LA Rams HC Sean McVay is the lone voice in creating the offensive playbook, or believe that he collaborates with his offensive coaching staff, it’s McVay who has decided to hire former Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. And let’s be clear, LaFleur was not fired by the decision of New York Jets Robert Saleh. Rather, that edict came from ownership.
Mike LaFleur will be the new LA Rams offensive coordinator. But unlike Liam Coen, he is not coming in to validate the whims and ideas of HC Sean McVay. He has his own style of offense, and that was clear when the NY Jets started out the 2022 NFL season with a record of 5-2. So what happened? The Jets lost star rookie running back Breece Hall for the season after those initial seven games, and the offense was never able to adapt.
Can LaFleur make a difference?
So what are we looking for in an offense with Mike LaFleur as the offensive coordinator? Well, from the moment that Mike LaFleur was rumored to be close to being hired, we surveyed what effect that could have on starting quarterback Matthew Stafford’s season. As news of LaFleur’s hiring became official, we took another approach, this time considering how LaFleur might influence the season for LA Rams feature running back Cam Akers.
In both cases, the Rams’ offense will likely benefit from the concepts and commitment to running the football that Mike LaFleur brings with him.
It was not NFL defenses that caught up to the LA Rams offensive concepts, but rather the Rams offense that has dummied down their plays to allow defenses to gain the upper hand. The Rams should be able to establish an effective running game in 2023, and from that setup, play-action passing can stretch defenses. Those two elements open up the entire LA Rams offensive playbook.
Fiction? Pipe dream? Think again. The last time Sean McVay had a LaFleur as his offensive coordinator, the Rams’ offense was among the best in the NFL. A LaFleur is back on the Rams coaching staff, albeit the younger brother of Matt LaFleur.
What is the most important key to the LA Rams 2023 NFL season? It all comes down to having fun again. And when the Rams’ running game is chewing up yards and scoring TDs, it’s always a blast.