In light of the Los Angeles Rams season being a complete letdown this season, I’m here to tell you why they are quickly headed for disaster. After winning the Super Bowl in 2022, the Rams fell off a cliff and went 5-12. Head coach Sean McVay is coming back next season, but I’m not too convinced that he can get the Rams back to Super Bowl form in 2023.
The Rams have not made a first round selection in the draft since 2016. That pick was quarterback Jared Goff, and he’s no longer on the team. They don’t have a first round pick in this upcoming draft either, and after this past season, they could definitely use one. In general, the Rams have sold too many draft picks the past few seasons, and it has finally caught up with them.
My next point is that the stars on the Rams roster are getting up there in age. On offense, they have Matthew Stafford, Allen Robinson, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee, and Rob Havenstein who are all age 29 and older. On defense, they have Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, Jalen Ramsey, and Bobby Wagner who are all age 28 and older. Being in this situation either means you need to win now or trade away your assets and get some draft capital. To me, they need to attack getting some draft picks and start rebuilding while they have the chance.
When you start talking about money, the Rams are spending over $20,000,000 on five different players in 2023. That’s only five players out of 53 on the roster, and that’s not including the practice squad either. Big decisions loom in Los Angeles, don’t be surprised if some moves are made and one or two of the Rams’ star players get shipped to another team. If they decide against doing any trades, then expect players to take some pay cuts to help with salary cap issues. They’ll need to do something if they want to be involved in free agency. I expect the Rams to have a busy offseason.
All of these issues to me seem like too big of a mess to climb out of in just one season. Sean McVay being back in 2023 helps, but he seemed hesitant for a while, and I still think he is wary about coming back. Aaron Donald is sniffing retirement, and he’s the backbone of the defense. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has a lingering elbow issue, and he’s 34 years old. There are plenty of problems in Los Angeles, and I think the best thing the Rams can do is sell their star players and take the draft head on. If they let their players get any older, they won’t hold much trade value. It’s time for a rebuild in Los Angeles.