Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon will return in 2024
Now, on to some positives for the Rams. They may not have been picked to be a competitive team this year, but there are some aspects of this football team that remain competitive. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon is a free agent after this season, but he has played well enough to warrant another contract in Los Angeles.
Witherspoon has been phenomenal in run defense this year, which is the type of aggression and fearlessness you want to see out of a starting corner in this league. But, he has also been above average in coverage. When targeted, Witherspoon is allowing a quarterback rating of 68.6. He is also allowing 50 percent completion on the year. Witherspoon will be 29 in March, but he still deserves a chance to start on this team. He's worth bringing back.
Secondary coach Chris Beake will return in 2024
Sticking with the secondary, I think coach Chris Beake deserves to keep his job despite some coaches potentially being replaced on the defensive side of the ball. The Rams' pass defense has actually fared pretty well this season, currently coming in at no. 13 overall and allowing 217.2 yards per game.
Beake transitioned to this role after serving as the team's linebackers coach last year, where he helped develop Ernest Jones and worked alongside Bobby Wagner. Beake's 25 years in the NFL are well-worth keeping around, and he has a ton of experience on the defensive side of the ball. Remember, Beake came to Los Angeles after nine seasons in Denver, where the Broncos were typically known for having a strong defense.