DB Kamren Kinchens could end up being the ideal keystone for Rams secondary

The Rams did not draft many defensive backs in the 2024 NFL Draft, but selecting DB Kamren Kinchens may have been just enough.
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Turnovers win championships

I cannot emphasize enough that turnovers are the easiest and most certain way to propel a team into the NFL Playoffs and the NFL Championship game. Unless you are the Kansas City Chiefs, the fortunes of NFL teams often coincides to the net turnover statistic by season's end. When the LA Rams won Super Bowl LVI, the Rams held a +2 net turnover statistic. Since that season, the Rams have fallen to a net turnover stat of -1 in 2022, and -3 in 2023.

In 2017, the 11-5 Rams net turnovers stood at +7. In 2018, the 13-3 Rams rose to a net turnover of +11. In 2019, the team's net turnover fell to 0. That same year, the Rams struggled to end the season with a record of 9-7.

There are two ways to impact a team's net turnover statistic. The first method is to rapidly improve ball security on the team's offense. That translates into mitigating fumbles and trying to throw as few interceptions as possible. In 2018, the Rams allowed 19 turnovers. But in 2023, the Rams allowed just 18 turnovers, the fewest number of giveaway turnovers by the Rams since hiring HC Sean McVay in 2017. So why did the Rams end last season with a net turnover statistic of -3?

That is due to the fact that the team's defense created just 15 takeaway turnovers throughout the entire 2023 season. Just ot place that number into perspective, that was 15 turnovers in 17 regular season games. That number was just half of the number of turnovers that the defense created in 2018, a year in which the team played just 16 regular season games.

So it turns out that the Rams front office is onto something by emphasizing ball-hawking defensive backs for 2024.