Look for the LA Rams to be competitive through the end of 2023

Los Angeles Rams v Dallas Cowboys, Matthew Stafford, Sean McVay
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Even as the LA Rams have fallen to a record of 3-6, there are plenty of silver linings to the stormclouds this season. The Rams have some very impressive performers on offense in rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua and running back Kyren Williams. The Rams defense has its own set of surprising stars in outside linebacker Byron Young and NT Kobie Turner.

So isn't it about time that this team begins to synch up and string together some wins? I think that is entirely possible, particularly considering the fact that the Rams have been very competitive in all but two games so far this season.

After all, this was the same team that defeated the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) handily in Week 1 by a score of 30-13. In that victory, the Rams used two tight ends more than any other time this season and scored their most one-game total this year. And despite rushing for just 2.3 yards per run, the Rams stuck with a running attack that kept the Seahawks defense on the field, and their offense on the bench.

Let's get back to having fun again

It seems that an effective rushing attack means more than a dominating rushing attack.

The LA Rams are loaded with talent. Forget the past standards of boasting All-Pro caliber players in all phases of the Rams roster. Those days have gone by the wayside, replaced by the current standard of a young, inexperienced, but high energy group of players who need to have fun and patience to achieve their optimal performance.

That is exactly what the LA Rams organization signed on for when the team carried just 44 players into the 2023 NFL Draft. The Rams have six rookie starters who have contributed better than expected so far. I believe that the Rams have two or three more rookies who can contribute to the team before the season ends.

Perhaps it's time for the LA Rams to get back to the business of having fun, harnessing the talents of young players, and letting the chips fall where they may. What do the Rams have to lose? If the Rams are truly focused on 2024, the Rams have got to make the opportunities to see what rookies can do when given the chance.

The LA Rams stand at a huge fork in the road in Week 11. But regardless how this game turns out, the Rams have to see the bigger picture as well. It's time to start preparing for the 2024 NFL season as well.