The LA Rams have not exactly poured a lot of financial resources or effort into the running back position since the team parted ways with all-purpose elite NFL running back Todd Gurley. But this Rams teams has never truly excelled at offense without the balance of a good rushing attack. And so, the LA Rams have been a bit dysfunctional at times when this team has the football.
While the Rams rushing offense has not met my expectations in many of the years under LA Rams head coach Sean McVay, it's not just been the fact that this team cannot run the football. On many occasions, it's the fact that the team won't run the football. Still, if you compare the annual number of carries over the last 6.25 NFL seasons, it does appear as though the Rams are a bit more consistent in the number of runs per season than originally expected.
- Year - # Rushes - Rushing yards - TDs - Top Rams RB - # Rushes - Rushing yards - TDs
- 2017 - 454 - 1953 yards - 17 TDs - Todd Gurley - 279 - 1305 yards - 13 TDs
- 2018 - 459 - 2231 yards - 23 TDs - Todd Gurley - 256 - 1251 yards - 17 TDs
- 2019 - 401 - 1499 yards - 20 TDs - Todd Gurley - 223 - 857 yards - 12 TDs
- 2020 - 473 - 2018 yards - 19 TDs - Cam Akers - 145 - 625 yards - 2 TDs
- 2021 - 420 - 1683 yards - 10 TDs - Sony Michel - 208 - 845 yards - 4 TDs
- 2022 - 411 - 1661 yards - 15 TDs - Cam Akers - 188 - 786 yards - 7 TDs
- 2023 (so far) - 111 - 416 yards - 6 TDs - Kyren Williams - 64 - 245 yards - 5 TDs
So are the Rams any better at running the football this season than previous seasons? While it appears to be a small sample size of just four games, the Rams are averaging 104 rushing yards and 1.25 rushing touchdowns per game this season. That rudely projects to 1,768 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns this season.