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The Rams pinpointed their weakness. Can they fix it?

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:15 am
by RamBill
The Rams pinpointed their weakness. Can they fix it?

Dan Graziano
ESPN Staff Writer

After his usually dazzling Los Angeles Rams offense laid an egg against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, Sean McVay didn't want his players to focus on one bad performance in an otherwise outstanding season.

He wanted them to focus on three bad performances.

As part of the Rams' offseason review, the coaching staff made the offense review and study three of their four losses from last season -- the loss to New England, and the early-December losses to the Bears and Eagles. The Rams' offense averaged 30.8 points in 2018 -- second only to the Chiefs -- but only 10.7 in those three losses. (Their other loss was a 45-35 loss to the Saints that, presumably, the defense had to rewatch a few times.)

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Re: The Rams pinpointed their weakness. Can they fix it?

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:40 pm
by malibu
Only time will tell against strong interior defenses.

Certain teams naturally will have better dlines - in those situations we must learn how to adjust slightly NOT go away from a offense strength.

Gurley was hurting, and Brown was out and Sully was one of the two semi weak links in the middle of our line. If we get one dimensional teams are just going to tee off against us.

The other issue which is a concern is pass rush the Pats, Chicago and Philly blitzed a good deal with 5 or 6 players - Pats especially 17times.
Goff MUST be ready this year for it. Last year tougher defensive teams took advantage of that and Goff was not as remotely good under pressure as with s clean pocket. Hopefully one more off-season and a ton of study corrects it plus a slightly upgraded Center so he rises to the elite level like Brady/Brees two QBs who get the ball out faster eliminating the rush and with deadly accuracy NOT like Cam against us and the Bucs. Accuracy is a defensive killer.

Accuracy is easy to achieve by really great QBs, but they need to recognize the blitz and have an answer for it.

Re: The Rams pinpointed their weakness. Can they fix it?

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:10 pm
by Wildflecken
This is a great read Rambill, thank you once again for posting. Pretty much in line on what I have been posting this offseason on Rams need to improve their running attack. Love what I see to date with the incorporation of the beast that is Malcolm Brown.

Re: The Rams pinpointed their weakness. Can they fix it?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:35 am
by Clovis
The article calls attention to a difference in "running up the middle" and "running between the tackles".
IMO that's the definition of picking knits. Possibly the writer had a minimum word count assignment so he added a bunch of senseless stuff for content? Fun stuff to talk about I suppose.

Bottom line is without Kupp and with a wounded TG30 we were less effective. McVay didn't have the answer for what the D threw at him. The 2 games that clearly stand out (bears and pats) the RAMS 5 OL did not stop the opponents 4 rushers.

McVay has mentioned how some things ate at him and I do believe McVay will have the 2019 RAMS fully prepared to handle this situation.