The Los Angeles Rams have high hopes going into the 2016 season. A good number of fans believe that the team will make the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. Unfortunately, with injuries, no change at quarterback, and a mediocre head coach, the playoffs might be a stretch. Here are five reasons the Rams will once again miss out on the postseason.
1. Lackluster QB Play
Whether it be Jared Goff or Case Kennum, the Rams are going to have lackluster quarterback play. If Goff comes in there are going to be rookie bumps and turnovers and with Keenum he’s a guy that averaged just 165.6 yards per game last year when he started.
Jeff Fisher and his supporters may think other wise, but the NFL is a quarterback oriented league and without one, you are not going to make the playoffs. Every team last year except the Texans with Brian Hoyer had franchise quarterbacks.
2. The Secondary Won’t Be As Good As People Think
Trumaine Johnson a number one cornerback? Ok, maybe I can get on board with that. Behind him though? An injury prone EJ Gaines, Coty Sensabaugh, LaMarcus Joyner, Mo Alexander, and TJ McDonald.
The only way the secondary manages is if the Rams front four can create pressure. If they can’t do that, then the secondary is doomed. This was seen in the preseason when Dak Prescott shredded them. When you have to play against quarterbacks like Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady this year, it doesn’t bode well.
3. Lack of depth on the offensive line
As it was seen in the preseason, when you take out the starting offensive line, Rams quarterbacks dont get a lot of time to throw. There are ways to get around it, but when your offense is predicated on running the football and play action, it’s key to buy time and create holes.
This is the NFL, the starting five offensive line aren’t going to stay healthy all year. Roger Saffold is prone to injury, Rob Havenstein hasn’t even played yet and he’s hurt. It’s all downhill from here on the Rams’ offensive line.
4. Youth will show with Rams’ skill players
The Rams drafted some potentially good skill players in Pharoh Cooper and Tyler Higbee. However, they are just rookies this year. We can’t expect Cooper to have 1,000 yards receiving or Higbee to be Greg Olsen right out of the gates.
Until these guys are ready, the Rams can only really expect Tavon Austin and Todd Gurley to be the main guys on offense and that’s not ideal. They proved they can score points, but they can’t completely carry an offense.
5. Jeff Fisher
It’s amazing how many people still think Jeff Fisher can somehow lead a team to the playoffs. The last time he did that was 2008, just two years longer than the last time the Rams were in the playoffs. It’s been that long.
Fisher is mediocre, its that simple. 7-9, 6-10, 8-8, 9-7, that’s just who Jeff Fisher is as a head coach. The team didnt draft Andrew Luck at quarterback, they dont have a number one receiver, and the defense has a lot of question marks. Another 7-9 season should be expected.