5. They are a run first team
Listen, there is no doubt that this is a quarterback driven league. If you do not have a quarterback then you need to do whatever is needed to get a franchise quarterback — it’s simply how you win in this league today. However, in the Rams case, their guy is not required to be the most effective player on the field and can be relegated to game manager duties.
The Rams won seven games last year with two different starters and three different quarterbacks playing. Todd Gurley, in his rookie season put up 1,106 yards at a 4.8 yard per carry rate and scored ten touchdowns all in 12 games. He was fresh off of an ACL tear less than 12 months before his return, and wore down in the stretch run, but was still a top five running back in the league almost no matter how you saw it.
Los Angeles needs a quarterback — but that goes without saying in the NFL these days. But you also need depth for that quarterback to not have to carry the entire team on his back. That’s not a winning strategy and the Rams started to build depth through the draft in 2012 when they fleeced Washington. But it’s like a drug, trading for a top draft pick, and once a team sets its sights on making that deal, no wealth of future depth seems to be worth it.
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