As much as I would love to hang my hat for the Rams success on the offense, the true tale may be that the Rams defense is the true pioneer of their run of wins. While the Rams defense has been the object of a complete and transformative makeover from 2022, the Rams clearly have found a backbone for years to come.
Few could have guessed that the LA Rams defense could be the least bit competitive after losing veteran outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, All-Pro inside linebacker Bobby Wagner, and All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey simultaneously. But the Rams have found a way.
We will talk about the Rams defensive rookie stars in a soon-to-published future article, but it's safe to say that the Rams have hit grand slams with the likes of rookie OLB Byron Young and rookie NT Kobie Turner. But this Rams defense has been built on more than rising rookie stars. The Rams have committed to several out-of-favor veterans who are playing to reclaim respect, or even to establish themselves as contributors in the NFL.
This no-name Rams defense, with the exception of All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, is built around being hungry and sharing the spotlight. Veterans like Jordan Fuller, Ahkello Witherspoon, and John Johnson III have made the Rams secondary a treacherous place to compete for opposing receivers. And the Rams defensive front has been solid at stuffing the run as well as getting after the quarterback.
And then there is the fact of keeping a handle on the football.