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 by SolarRam
6 days ago
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United States of America   San Diego, CA
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So...can we all agree (after a very small sample size), that all our typing, all our discussions, all our heated opinions on what was wrong w/ the Rams for the last couple years....

It wasn't the OL!!!

 by AvengerRam
6 days ago
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Israel   Lake Mary, Florida
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Sometimes, it was.

Sometimes, it wasn’t.

 by UtahRam
6 days ago
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United States of America   Salt Lake City
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The O-Line played well at the beginning of last season too. Let's hope they continue but...

 by Hacksaw
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United States of America   AT THE BEACH
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Stafford helps. The way he moves his feet. His command and quick reads. And that quick release. He helps the o-line.
The Bears d-line are no slouches either.

 by max
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United States of America   Fairfield County, CT
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Hacksaw wrote:Stafford helps. The way he moves his feet. His command and quick reads. And that quick release. He helps the o-line.
The Bears d-line are no slouches either.


No doubt that Stafford helps his OL better than Goff did. He simply has better command of the protections. You won't see him turning the ball over like Goff did in Miami. All of a sudden, McVay will not look so dumb like fans called him after the Miami game.

 by RedAlice
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United States of America   Dallas, Texas
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Hacksaw wrote:Stafford helps. The way he moves his feet. His command and quick reads. And that quick release. He helps the o-line.
The Bears d-line are no slouches either.


Stafford is probably pretty familiar with their D-line too - so, it must've been nice facing them this time with a better Offense.

 by Rams the Legends live on
6 days ago
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United States of America   Colorado Springs
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RedAlice wrote:Stafford is probably pretty familiar with their D-line too - so, it must've been nice facing them this time with a better Offense.


Good catch Alice. Also makes it good news we have 3 more opponent's, GB, Min, and Det, he will be familiar with them as well.

 by Ramsdude
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max wrote:No doubt that Stafford helps his OL better than Goff did. He simply has better command of the protections. You won't see him turning the ball over like Goff did in Miami. All of a sudden, McVay will not look so dumb like fans called him after the Miami game.


I still think McVay could have done some things in that Miami game to help the OL and Goff. IMO, McVay adjusted late to what they were doing. Just like he did in the SB.

McVay seems like a great smart HC but...he is far from perfect and from time to time can make you scratch your head and wonder what he was thinking. lol

Having said that, there is no other HC I would rather have right now than McVay!

 by AvengerRam
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The offensive line protects the QB.
The QB can make the OL's job easier.
Deep threats keep defenders out of the box, which makes the OL's job easier.
The OL's success allows deep passes to develop.

All of these things are true.

 by /zn/
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SolarRam wrote:So...can we all agree (after a very small sample size), that all our typing, all our discussions, all our heated opinions on what was wrong w/ the Rams for the last couple years....

It wasn't the OL!!!


No that's not correct.

The OL was a mess in 2019 and it made a difference all the way around on the offense.

Both AW and Hav began the season playing poorly. Hav went out and AW eventually righted himself. Allen and Noteboom also began playing poorly. They both then went out. Fortunately Allen has improved this year.

During the season they then had to shift Blythe to center and then started 3 inexperienced depth guys (Corbett, Edwards, and Evans)--including 2 rookies. OLs do not do very well under those conditions. If the exact same scenario happened in 2021 the results would not be that different. Unless you can name all the qbs who play well under those or similar conditions (I can only think of 2 who have and it caught up with both of them).

This year's OL is the best they've had in a while. It was mostly solid last year but was inconsistent, having big lapses in a few games.

Why this year is the best in a while.

Whitworth--still playing well
Edwards--3rd year as a starter, always had good potential (he fell in the 2019 draft because he played college ball injured in 2018)
Allen--much improved over his 2019 self, and better (so far) than either Blythe or the depleted Sullivan of 2018
Corbett--2nd year as a starter, and was getting good buzz last year
Hav--Hav is Hav, he lapsed pretty bad in 2019 but was playing injured, had a good Bears game to start this season

Stafford needs a solid, relatively healthy OL, just like every other qb (with a couple of rare exceptions).

Stafford playing well will also help this OL have what will most likely be it's best year since the 1st half of the 2018 season. It's the classic good 1-2 punch. Solid, relatively healthy OL helps the qb, good qb play helps the OL. And if Allen holds up all year they ought to be better than just solid.

The issues with the OL start in 2022, not 2021. Lots of free agents and Whitworth probably retiring. That's when there could be problems, though they have plenty of time to address it.


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