I believe that it's safe to say that, in terms of continuity, the LA Rams front office has to view the Rams offensive line as ground zero in terms of the 2024 NFL season roster. Regardless of how the team got there, the Rams' offensive line stepped up and roared in the second half of the 2023 NFL season. Since the BYE in Week 10, the Rams' offense was one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. And
And if you dig down just a bit deeper, you will come to understand that it was all due to the cohesive and communicative style of the Rams offensive line.
What do I mean? Well, let's let one of the NFL's best analysts, Brian Baldinger, break down the productive performance of the LA Rams offensive line in a hard-fought contest against the New Orleans Saints, a game in with the Rams emerged d the victor by a score of 30-22. And as you watch the embedded video, note how well the Rams offensive linemen are able to coordinate dealing with defensive linemen stunts on any given play:
The Rams' offense was truly superb after the BYE, and the offensive line really began to gel. So what was it about the Rams' offensive line that took so long to find the secret sauce? And once the Rams did put it all together, what about the Rams' offensive line is at risk for 2024 that could blow up in their faces and force them all back to square one?
Rams offseason priority: Keeping the OL on track
- IV: What took so long for the Rams OL to gel in 2023?
- III: Offensive center Coleman Shelton
- Best strategy: Extension of 3 years, $15 million (APY $5 million)
- II: Left tackle Alaric Jackson
- Best strategy: 2nd Round Qualifying Tender Offer - 1 year, $4.63 million
- I: RG Kevin Dotson
- Best Strategy: Promote his replacement