LA Rams pass rush is beginning to find its range at the right time

Pittsburgh Steelers v Los Angeles Rams, Aaron Donald, Kobie Turner, Byron Young
Pittsburgh Steelers v Los Angeles Rams, Aaron Donald, Kobie Turner, Byron Young / Harry How/GettyImages
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The LA Rams pass rush has been a bone of contention for the fans this season. After all, it was not so long ago that the Rams powerful pass rush was among the Top 5 pass rushing defenses in the NFL. Of course, things do change over time. Right now, the LA Rams pass rush is ranked 22nd in the NFL out of 32 teams. But there are reasons for optimism. So let's get right to it.

In 11 games so far in 2023, the LA Rams defense has faced three of the top 10 NFL offensive line units as ranked per the 33rd team. They are the Philadelphia Eagles (ranked #1), the Dallas Cowboys (ranked #6), and the Indianapolis Colts (ranked #9). The Rams' pass rush recorded one quarterback sack against the Eagles, two quarterback sacks against the Colts, and three quarterback sacks against the Dallas Cowboys.

So here comes the bad news. The Rams will face two more outstanding offensive lines in the next two games. The Rams will face the Cleveland Browns (ranked #3) in Week 13, and then travel to face the Baltimore Ravens (ranked #4) the following week. So are you ready to wave the white flag of surrender? Don't be so eager to give up. I'm just about to share some very positive news about the LA Rams pass rush, and you will want to stick around to the end for this one.

Rams pass rush is heating up

As soon as the LA Rams agreed to part ways with veteran OLB Leonard Floyd and start over with their defense, we knew that the Rams front office had to understand what that strategy would entail. It was merely a continuation of the 2022 NFL season strategy of culling veteran edge rushers from the Rams roster and reforming an entirely new pass rush rostered by young, hungry, and very inexpensive players.

So far this season, Floyd has 9.5 quarterback sacks in 12 games for the Buffalo Bills. Did the Rams part ways prematurely?

The new LA Rams pass rush would be led by venerable All-Pro veteran defensive lineman Aaron Donald. But beyond Donald, the Rams entrusted a cast of anonymous players. Every veteran outside linebacker who had any pass rush experience from the edge position in the NFL before 2022 were either traded or outright released.

So what exactly were the Rams up to? A crazy strategy. A strategy so crazy that is just may work, it seems. Here we go . . .