We are basically two months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams get ready for mini-camps and OTAs, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. You can play catch-up by clicking here. Now it’s time to check out the Los Angeles Rams.
It’s a streak of futility that has gone somewhat unnoticed due to futility of other franchises like the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. However, it’s now been 13 consecutive years that the traveling road show known as the Rams has posted a winning season. You have to go back to 2003 to find a 12-4 team that won the NFC West but would fall at home in the divisional playoffs to the Super Bowl-bound Carolina Panthers. Of course, one year later the Rams actually returned to the postseason with an 8-8 record and beat the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round. One week later, they were pummeled by the Atlanta Falcons and haven’t been back to the playoffs since.
Every football team is looking for a little continuity. But one year after gaining the fewest total yards in the league, the Rams finished dead last in the NFL in the same category once again. Be it erratic quarterback play or a disappointing second season for 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley. Be it a lack of explosive plays from the wide receivers and a poor overall performance by the offensive line (more on that later). It all added up to 23 offensive touchdowns and a league-low 224 points. Can new head coach Sean McVay get quarterback Jared Goff and company on track?
In 2015, Todd Gurley carried 229 times for 1,106 yards and 10 scores. This past season, the Los Angeles Rams ran 375 times for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns as a team. The club averaged a dismal 3.3 yards per carry. Add in the fact that the Rams allowed a whopping 49 sacks and it was time for moves. Left tackle Greg Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, will now challenge Rob Havenstein at right tackle (via Mark Inabinett of AL.com two months ago). He’s joined by newcomers Andrew Whitworth (Cincinnati Bengals) and center John Sullivan (Washington Redskins). All told, this unit was a disaster in 2016.