5 sleepless-night narratives emerging out of LA Rams' first preseason game

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The LA Rams may not have had a great game plan for the first game, but the execution of the offense was not exactly crisp. In fact, the execution of the entire Rams team looked very much like a young team that needed about two or three more weeks to prepare.

If you wanted clean crisp football, you were likely disappointed by this one. At halftime, 12 penalties were called by the referees for 110 penalty yards.

Hey, it's preseason. The uglies show up early and often in this one. As far as coachable events, the Rams coaches had to be happy with the team's performance. There were plenty of teachable moments in this one. Not just for the players on the field, but for the entire team.

The LA Rams starting offense may need to put up a lot of points because the Rams' defense looks a bit raw and unsettled. When the team needed to make a stop, they didn't

V: Rams run defense is going to have serious growing pains

The LA Chargers averaged 6.8 yards per carry on 20 carries in this one. Despite that success at grinding out the yards on the ground, the Rams' defense held the Chargers' offense to just 20 points late into the fourth quarter.

But this was preseason. The Rams defense struggled to make stops against the run. It's early, but on several plays with a 'pile,' far too many Rams defenders stood back and watched while Chargers offensive linemen moved the pile forward before the whistle blew.