The offseason has already started for the Los Angeles Rams since they were unable to qualify for the postseason. Each team has the same goal in the offseason, get better. The only question is, how will the Rams get better during the 2017 offseason?
Almost a year ago, the Rams made the blockbuster trade for the Tennessee Titans number one pick in the 2016 NFL draft. That deal required the Rams to send numerous picks to the Titans, including their first and third round picks of 2017. This leaves the Rams with six picks in the 2017 draft.
While early draft picks are highly sought after since they can result in cheap talent, the Rams have not shown the ability to draft great talent. At least on the offensive side of the football.
Since 2012, the Rams have used 26 draft picks on offensive players. Running back Todd Gurley is the only player to make the Pro Bowl and be ranked as one of the top players at his position.
While the Rams have been able to successfully draft defensive talent, they have also struggled to retain that talent. Players such as Janoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, have left the organization since initially being drafted there.
It gives reason to feel some trepidation when it comes to the Rams’ ability to draft and develop talent. Things will be different in that department for better or worse since the Rams will hire a new coaching staff. Whoever the Rams bring in will have their fair share of holes to fill though.
Of course, the draft is not the only way to fills holes on the team. There is also free agency. The Rams ability to lure free agents to their team will have a lot to do with who they hire as their head coach.
At the moment it appears as though Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay is the front runner for the job. Whether it is McVay or someone else. That person will have to be able to either improve on the team’s current talent. Or add talent through various means.
The Rams’ offensive line is the weakest part of the team. The offensive line is ranked 27th in the league according to pro football focus. Rodger Saffold was graded the best player on the line at 80.7 which was 26th among linemen via pro football focus. It will be imperative that the Rams acquire more talent on their offensive line before focusing on other facets of their team.
The line is weak, but the quarterback position is arguably just as bad. Rams quarterback Jared Goff is their quarterback of the future but did not look it in his rookie season.
Goff threw for 1,089 yards, five touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 54.6 completion percentage. Goff’s quarterback rating was 22.1 throughout eight games and seven starts. If Goff improves largely in 2017, the Rams will improve sooner than later.
The Rams ability to improve this offseason will largely depend on who they hire as a head coach. Whomever they hire will definitely have their work cutout for them. Fortunately, there are pieces on this team that could make the job a lot easier.
Hopefully the Rams end up making the correct decision. For their own sake.