LA Rams offense must run the football in 2023

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout Stetson Bennett, Matthew Stafford, Dresser Winn
Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout Stetson Bennett, Matthew Stafford, Dresser Winn / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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The LA Rams offense, despite the strength and proficiency of the team's passing game, needs to establish the run in the worst way this year. Let's talk about that assertion.

In the NFL, there is a saying that goes: "Winning fixes everything." And for the most part, success does have a way of minimizing bad play, poor coaching, and a host of off-field distractions that would otherwise make headlines and be of significant interest to fans. That interest in diagnosing what is wrong with an NFL team diminishes as the team strings together victories.

But a quick examination of the LA Rams roster and veteran distribution reveals that most of the seniority of this team is on the offensive side of the ball. So if winning is the goal for the LA Rams this year, (it is), then the team will need to leverage the offense to shoulder more of the burden for the entire team's success this year. So how can the LA Rams Manage that? Simply by running the ball.

Control the clock

The best strategy for the LA Rams is to keep the ball out of the hands of opposing offenses. That means grinding it out, moving the chains, and putting points on the scoreboard. Of course those long aerial bombs that become instant scores are awfully thrilling to watch. But in terms of game-strategy, An offense that puts up points instantly puts their defense back onto the football field.

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I would prefer that the Rams offense, and not the very young defense, sees more playing time in games. The benefit of a successful running game is more than clock management. It means first downs on third down and short yardage. It means points in the red zone. It means converting on third downs and fourth downs. Add all of those up, and that means victory