LA Rams offensive line will make or break 2023 season

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Fool me twice, shame on me

The LA Rams learned costly and heartbreaking lessons during the 2022 NFL season. One such lesson learned too late was the plan to have starting right guard Coleman Shelton serve in the dual role of backing up the offensive center position, a spot held by oft-injured Brian Allen. To no one's surprise, Allen was injured early, forcing the Rams to adjust by moving Shelton to the offensive center spot, and then backfilling the right guard position.

If the LA Rams choose to start Joe Noteboom at right guard, how will that impact backing up the left offensive tackle position? If the plan is to have Noteboom as the backup left tackle (a wise option), then the LA Rams have learned nothing from last season. That, i fear, is unacceptable.

RT - Rob Havenstein

The senior stateman of the LA Rams offensive line is veteran right tackle Rob Havenstein. Standing 6-foot-8 and tipping the scales at 330 pounds, everyone on the offensive line looks up to him (pun intended). While always a steady and dependable performer, Havenstein will need to become a more vocal and outspoken leader to the Rams newly-configured offensive line.

The Rams bounced back from an injury-riddled 2019 season that decimated the offensive line to become one of the NFL's Top units in 2020. The belief is that with the investments made into the offensive line this season, the Rams offensive line can return to a Top-5 ranking this year.

This group will have their first test against the small but agile Seattle Seahawks defensive front in Week 1. Let's see how the Rams OL holds up.