Why did the LA Rams appear so pathetically overwhelmed in the third and final preseason game against the Denver Broncos? While you would naturally expect the Rams to improve with each game, the Rams appeared to regress. And when I say regressed, I mean to say that the LA Rams seemed to all take a running leap off a cliff to their doom.
But that makes no sense. Did the LA Rams suddenly forget everything that they were taught? Did the Rams roster experience turbulence as the team flew to Denver, Colorado, triggering the entire team to suffer from disorientation? Clearly, something unexpected happened.
Well, with a bit of digging, and a little bit of social media luck and perseverance, I was able to identify the root cause of what likely appeared to be the major contributor to the LA Rams roster and the unexpected lapse into jet lag.
You see, the LA Rams chose to sit 13 additional players who are making the Rams 53-man roster, and who will either have a starting, rotational, or primary backup role throughout the 2023 NFL season:
After layering these players on top of the estimated 18 or so players who were already committed to street clothes for all preseason games, the Rams held out more than 30 players against the Denver Broncos. While that may not seem significant, keep in mind that what that meant for this Rams roster was that the only players to dress were almost exclusively bubble players. And due to the dynamics used to assemble the Rams roster this year, the majority of the players were rookies.
Does that help to calm your concerns? Or are you too embedded in that foreboding feeling of unavoidable doom that the news does not help to placate your fears?
As the LA Rams always do, preseason games are more about showcasing the players who will not make the team than knocking the rust and dust off the players who will make the team.