The NFL and more specifically, the LA Rams, welcomed Sean McVay to the ranks of head coaches in 2017. For the next two seasons, the Rams' offensive firepower behind the robust arm of then quarterback Jared Goff coupled with the unstoppable running of RB Todd Gurley were the tinder, and McVay's offensive strategy supplied the spark that lit a roaring offensive bonfire that would burn brightly for two seasons.
The Rams would trade Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. The result was a win in SoFi Stadium in Super Bowl LVI. But winning Super Bowl LVI was not so much about a better offensive strategy. That victory was about playing game changing veterans to carry the team to an optimal performance.
The Rams Super Bowl winning team had All-Pro WR Cooper Kupp, WR Odell Beckham Jr. QB Matthew Stafford, LT Andrew Whitworth, and even the help of veteran RB Sony Mitchell to get the team to that point.
Wasted on the way
The LA Rams had unprecedented success up to and through Super Bowl LVI. The Rams regular season record for the first five years of McVay's tenure as head coach of the LA Rams is 55-26. So far, the Rams regular season record for 2022 and 2023 is 8-18. So what has triggered a complete opposite role reversal in the Rams success?
That of course is a very complex question that does not really avail itself an easy, definitive, or consensual solution. The problem itself avoids an answer, else why would the Rams organization have already self scouted itself, arrived at the problem and solution, and implemented corrective action already?