V - Hired RB Coach Ron Gould
The LA Rams running attack was chaotic and dysfunctional throughout the 2022 NFL season. The LA Rams had to bench their leading rusher Cam Akers because he was upset over his diminishing role on the team's offense. Making matters worse, the team had him on the trade block. The runner up running back, Darrell Henderson Jr., was cut by the team at mid season. The Rams rookie running back, Kyren Williams was injured twice for significant periods, and ended the season with 35 carries, 139 yards, and no touchdowns.
The Rams got a huge boost to their running attack when the team hired venerable running back coach Ron Gould. I love Gould on the Rams coaching staff and believe that he is uniquely qualified to get the most out of the Rams' running game once more. He is not bucking for promotion, and he loves coaching on the West Coast. But he knows his stuff, having helped a number of collegiate runners land successful NFL careers. Now he is aboard the LA Rams coaching staff to help optimize running backs' performances, enhance their role on the team, and extend their NFL careers.
IV - Signed RB Sony Michel
The small chapter in the LA Rams' history with running back Sony Michel is short and sweet. I was never able to connect the dots as to how Sony Michel was valued so highly as to be acquired with two draft picks, only to sit on the Rams bench for 10 of the first 11 games in the 2021 NFL season. When the Rams finally did feature him, he exploded for 540 yards and three touchdowns over the last six games of the season. But despite a yet-to-be-fully-healthy Cam Akers, Michel was benched in post season and allowed to walk without any effort from the Rams at the end of the 2021 season.
Now, he's back, and that's great news for the LA Rams offense. A veteran of five NFL seasons, the 5-foot-11 215-pound former Georgia Bulldog has a no-nonsense north-south style of running that is ideally suited for a Ron Gould rusher. While he may not get 200+ carries in a season, he does give this Rams group the potential to have three very good rushers to choose from throughout the 2023 NFL season.